academic programmes

Secondary School Curriculum



Our broad and enriching secondary school curriculum features internationally recognised Cambridge programmes and qualifications including the IGCSE and A Levels. It is carefully designed to engage students and give them solid foundations to achieve high levels of academic and personal attainment.

Our Year 10 students embark upon the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. The two-year IGCSE programme is academically rigorous and provides excellent preparation for Cambridge A Levels and for progression to other educational systems. Many of the subjects have specific international elements and content developed by specialists to make the topics relevant to students worldwide.

Students at BIST choose 8-9 IGCSE subjects from 5 different subject areas giving them a broader subject base while gaining the International Certificate of Education (ICE). This allows them to be well prepared for the next stage of education whilst leaving time to continue to develop other interests. The choice of subjects is an important one, both in order to build on students' strengths and interests and to introduce students to a future career. The school provides students and parents with plenty of information in advance about options to ensure choices are well informed.

Every IGCSE student at BIST takes the core subjects including English, Literature, French or Spanish, Mathematics and Coordinated Science. In addition, students choose three subjects from a range of options which may include: History, Geography, ICT, Computing, Business Studies, Economics, Art and Design, Sociology. PE is compulsory but not taken as an IGCSE subject. Cambridge IGCSE examinations take place at the end of the two-year course [Year 10 and Year 11] and can include written and oral tests, coursework and practical assessment.

Teaching and learning at the secondary school continues to emphasise the development of students' general academic and intellectual skills. Learning remains enquiry based and focused on problem solving. Students are expected to become increasingly independent in their learning as they broaden and deepen their knowledge in each subject.

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