The negotiated curriculum

We operate a negotiated curriculum because we feel it is important for our students to feel a sense of ownership of their own learning and to be involved in the planning and assessment of what they are studying as well as the actual study itself. We expect most students to study English, maths and science, as well as IT skills, and there is always a PE option available (eg swimming, badminton, gym) for those who want it. Lessons are a mixture of 1-1 sessions and small groups of 2-3, and are at the pace and level our students need to catch up on anything they’ve missed. Our teaching areas include a science lab, art room, music room and a library, and if it’s really nice weather, and the subject is suitable, there’s also a chance to be outside instead.

Subjects available at RB-Cambridge

As well as offering English, maths and science at a range of certification levels up to Key Stage 4, students can study a range of additional subjects. The full list of subjects available at RB-Cambridge, and the qualification levels at which they are offered are as below:

Design TechnologyEntry Level Certificates
English LanguageGCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificates
English LiteratureGCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificates
History/History of ArtGCSE
Modern Foreign LanguagesGCSE, FCSE
MathsGCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificates, FSMQ, Edexcel Award in Maths
Media StudiesGCSE
MusicGCSE, Arts Award
Performing ArtsArts Award
ScienceGCSE, Entry Level Certificates
Religious StudiesGCSE
Duke of EdinburghAward


If a student is particularly interested in a subject not currently provided at the Centre we are sometimes able to provide additional subjects if suitable provision can be obtained.

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Extra-curricular activities at RB-Cambridge

We know the measure of a successful education is not simply achieving high grades in exams – real accomplishment is about students growing as individuals, improving their abilities and confidence, and building and maintaining relationships with their peers. In addition to subject lessons, PSHE, and well-being, RB-Cambridge has a focus on additional activities to help our students grow, as well as have some well-deserved fun. Various trips are run over the course of the year. These can be small groups of students from RB Cambridge or students may on occasion join with those from other centres. We run an annual residential adventure trip to Ormside Mill in the Lake District, allowing our students to gain experience in planning and team work while enjoying exciting activities such as canoeing and climbing. In addition to this, we offer a holiday club for students to meet with peers and engage in a range of activities (NB these do not take place during every holiday).