22 December 2022

Six Reasons to Move School for Year 10 … that just make sense!

Students are able to join Global Academy at the start of Year 10 to kickstart their careers in the creative industry. They’re able to get industry-led qualifications and opportunities while studying for their GCSEs.

Are you a creative and ambitious student looking for a unique educational experience? Look no further than Global Academy’s Year 10 program! This program combines the opportunity to earn industry-standard qualifications and gain valuable industry experience with the traditional GCSE curriculum, giving students a head start in their careers in the creative media industry. Here are six reasons why joining Global Academy in Year 10 is a smart move for any student looking to build a successful career in media and the arts.
1. A Fully Creative Curriculum

At Global Academy, creativity is at the heart of everything we do. In Year 10, students have the opportunity to study for industry-led qualifications in Creative Media and Production and GCSEs in creative subjects like Drama, Art, Music Technology, Business, and Computer Science. In addition, all core curriculum subjects like English, Maths, and Science are taught in a “creative first” way, with a focus on hands-on learning and real-world applications. This unique approach to education allows students to fully embrace their creativity and discover their passions within the media and arts industry.

Students join Global in Year 10 and study a rich and varied curriculum both in content and delivery. Yes, you’ll get to complete industry-led qualifications in Creative Media and Production worth 4 GCSEs – you’ll also, pick up GCSEs in creative subjects like Drama, Art, Music Technology, Business and Computer Science.

Not only that – we ensure all our core curriculum subjects like English, Maths, and Science are delivered in a “creative first” way. Our science department love creating TikToks and short videos to bring their experiments to life, in English – you may be asked to listen to a podcast to support your learning and Maths are always creative with the way you learn in the classroom.


Our teaching and learning puts creativity at the heart because we know Globallers are super creative and love to learn that way. Many students find the fresh start and creative opportunities within the curriculum the perfect way to learn and actually engage in learning much more than in their previous schools.

2. Opportunities and Partnerships

Global Academy is sponsored by Global, the company behind popular radio stations like Capital and Heart. This means that students have access to a range of exciting opportunities and partnerships, including events and projects with Global and other industry leaders. In addition, students can take advantage of work experience opportunities with top companies and organizations, giving them valuable industry experience and exposure. At Global Academy, there’s always something going on and plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and start building their careers.

There’s ALWAYS something going on at Global Academy and there’s plenty of additional opportunities for students to get involved in. Global Academy is sponsored by Global – the company behind your favourite radio stations like Capital and Heart. This means you never know who could be in the building. Each year our students get the chance to take part in exciting events that Global run for example the Summertime Ball. Additionally, each year before students start in Year 10 they get the chance to experience what the working world is like by spending the day at Global’s HQ in Leicester Square and even meet some of the presenters!

Students are encouraged to regularly check their emails during the school day (yes, you read that right!) as many opportunities to be involved in creative projects are shared with students. It’s not uncommon to spend your breaktime working on a film shoot or coming in early before registration to record your weekly radio show. As well as creating content there are also a whole hope of opportunities that help prepare you for a career including work experience with Year 10s working for companies in the past like Global, National Theatre and Tesco’s Marketing Team.

3. Being Industry Ready

But it’s not just about the skills and qualifications you’ll gain at Global Academy. You’ll also be joining a community of passionate and creative students who are just as excited to dive into the world of media and the creative arts as you are. From the radio show hosts and digital artists, to the trendsetters and young entrepreneurs, there’s something for everyone at Global Academy. And with a focus on industry-based learning and plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience, you’ll be able to pursue your passions and make a name for yourself in the creative world.

But that’s not all – our strong partnerships with industry professionals and top universities mean that by the time you graduate, you’ll already have a network of connections in the field. Employers and higher education institutions will already know who you are and be impressed by the skills and experience you’ve gained at Global Academy.

4. It’s Like School … But Different

Our KS4 curriculum at Global Academy is all about giving students practical skills and knowledge for a career in the creative industries. Not only will you be studying core subjects like English, Maths, and Science, but you’ll also get to choose from a range of creative subjects like Drama, Art, Music Tech, Business, and more. And the best part? You’ll be learning in a super creative environment where you can express yourself and have fun while you’re at it.

Think the radio playing as you walk into school, recording TikTok trends at break-time, and even using memes to help you revise for your GCSEs. We’re all about making education fun and relevant to the real world, so you can feel prepared and excited for your future in the creative industries. Plus, with our connections to top companies and organizations, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get real-world experience and build your portfolio. All in all, joining Global Academy in KS4 is a no-brainer if you’re passionate about the creative industry!

5. People Like Me

At Global Academy, we’ve got a community of super-talented and passionate students who are all about the creative industry. No matter what your thing is – radio, digital art, staying up-to-date on the latest trends, or even starting your own business – we’ve got something for everyone. Our students are all about making a name for themselves in the creative industries and know the value of gaining real-world skills to stand out. Plus, with a focus on industry-based learning and tons of opportunities to get hands-on experience, you’ll be able to dive into your passions headfirst at Global Academy. So if you’re ready to take your creative pursuits to the next level, come join us and be a part of our community!

6. Mum’s are ALWAYS right!

The Global Academy community is filled with passionate and supportive students, teachers, and staff. Your child will be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are eager to learn and succeed in the creative media industry. Plus, with a focus on collaboration and teamwork, your child will have the opportunity to build valuable relationships and connections within the school community.

Not only will your child have the support of their peers, but they will also have access to industry professionals and mentors who can provide guidance and advice as they navigate their way through the program. These industry experts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom and can provide valuable insights into the world of work.

In addition to the support and guidance from peers and industry professionals, Global Academy offers a range of resources and facilities to help students succeed. From state-of-the-art recording studios and radio stations to production labs and art studios, your child will have access to the tools and equipment they need to develop their skills and create professional-quality work.

Furthermore, the program’s focus on industry-standard behaviours and practices helps prepare your child for the world of work, giving them a leg up as they begin their careers in the creative media industry. From learning the importance of punctuality and professional communication to developing problem-solving skills and time management techniques, your child will be well-equipped to succeed in the workforce.

Finally – here’s a quote from a Mum of a Year 10 student:

Since being with you – my daughter has become reignited and now more passionate about her studies. She is talking about her future – A Level’s, University – whereas before she was overwhelmed with dry study and pressure. She used to hate maths and is now open to doing maths at A Level. She talks highly of all your maths teachers.

She feels she is taught in a much better way, that the teachers are better, and that she is clever and respected. She says the English teacher has taught her how to write an essay, how to lay it out and before she was just expected to know this and would be made to feel stupid if she asked for help.

If this has got you thinking about joining Global Academy in Year 10 – click the button below to apply or watch our KS4 Virtual Assembly for more details.

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?