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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW 

At the British School we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales with adaptations to allow for the international nature of our students and also the location of our school in the host nation, the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Key Stage 3 (KS3) is comprised of three year groups, Years 7, 8 and 9. At the beginning of their secondary education, starting in Year 7, students study a wide variety of subjects. Up to the end of Key Stage 3 (age 14), all students follow the same core curriculum, which includes:
 
- English
- Mathematics
- Science
- Humanities
- Computer Science
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Languages - French and Spanish
- Music
- Drama
- Public Speaking
- Art
- Food Technology
- PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
 
Compulsory curriculum for Arab nationals:
- Arabic - For Arab nationals
- Arabic Citizenship - examined by the Ministry of Education.
 
In addition, all students registered as Muslim will also study Islamic studies, which is delivered in Arabic for Arab nationals, and in English for Non Arab nationals. Non muslim students will follow a religious studies curriculum.
 
During Year 9, students are prepared and supported in making their option choices so that at the end of Key Stage 3 all students are well placed to progress onto Key Stage 4 (Year 10) and begin their I/GCSE courses. To support this transition, Science teaching is split into the 3 disciplines in preparation for IGCSE triple award science; biology, chemistry and physics.
 

During Years 10 and 11 (children aged 14 to 16 years old) students take two year courses leading to examinations in a range of subjects at the level of General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). These qualifications are recognised throughout the world.
 
The I/GCSE is a single subject exam which is set and marked by independent exam boards in the UK. Students at the British School usually take a minimum of 9 GCSE exams in different subjects, made up of the core subjects and 3 option subjects.
At the British School the I/GCSE subjects on offer are very similar to those offered in schools in the UK. The compulsory I/GCSE subjects at BSB are:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Mathematics
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Physics
Selected students are entered for IGCSE mathematics in Year 10, and in Year 11 follow the IGCSE Further Pure Mathematics syllabus, therefore achieving an additional GCSE qualification.
 
Compulsory curriculum for Arab nationals:
- Arabic - For Arab nationals. Students are entered for IGCSE Arabic as one of their option choices.
- Arabic Citizenship - examined by the Ministry of Education.
 
In addition, all students registered as Muslim will also study Islamic studies, which is delivered in Arabic for Arab nationals, and in English for Non Arab nationals. Non muslim students will follow a religious studies curriculum, with optional entry for GCSE certification.
 
Following a fully supported Option Choice selection process in Year 9 and also depending on demand, students choose a further three optional subjects and BSB offers the following I/GCSE courses:
 
- Art
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Drama
- Economics
- French
- Geography
- History
- ICT
- Music
- Physical Education or BTEC Sport
- Psychology
- Spanish

All students also study compulsory, non-examined courses:
- PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
- Physical Education

As part of our world class university preparation programme, Beyond BSB, students in Year 10 will also be led through an independent study project in a topic of personal interest. This project develops the important skills required to thrive at University.

To cater for our many international students, we also offer a ‘community languages’ programme, where native speakers may be offered entry into their home language GCSE. This can be entered at any time throughout a student’s time at the school, as soon as they feel ready and able.

During Year 11, our students are prepared and supported in making their option choices to progress onto Key Stage 5 (Year 12 & 13) and begin their A level or BTEC courses.

During Years 12 and 13 students take two year courses leading to examinations in three or four subjects, which may be A Levels, BTECs or a combination of the two. These qualifications are recognised throughout the world and allow entry to a range of universities worldwide. Students are encouraged to select four subjects at the start of Year 12 and continue with them for the full course. However, some students may choose to specialise further in Year 13, reducing their study programme to three subjects. These students are encouraged to complete an AS Level at the end of Year 12 in the fourth subject, to strengthen their university applications. All subject courses have entry criteria which must be met in order to secure a place on the course, ensuring that students have the best possible chance of success to move on to the best University for them.
 
We offer the following subjects at A Level:

- Arabic
- Art & Design: Fine Art
- Biology
- Business Studies
- Chemistry
- Computer Science
- Drama & Theatre Studies
- Economics
- English Literature
- French
- Further Mathematics
- Geography
- History
- Mathematics
- Music
- Physical Education
- Physics
- Psychology
- Spanish


In addition, the following subjects are available as BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A Level), Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels) or Extended Diploma (Equivalent to three A Levels):
- Sport (Subsidiary Diploma)
- ICT (Subsidiary Diploma & Diploma)
- Business (Diploma & Extended Diploma)
- Engineering (Diploma & Extended Diploma)
  
Compulsory curriculum for Arab nationals:
- Arabic - For Arab nationals who do not select A Level Arabic
- Arabic Citizenship - examined by the Ministry of Education.
- Islamic Studies - examined internally

In addition, students in Year 12 are required to complete an independent study project on a topic of personal interest, as part of the Beyond BSB programme. Guidance and support is offered through a weekly PSHE session with their tutor. The presentation of the project is entirely the choice of the student, allowing them the flexibility and creativity to produce a piece of work to reflect their individual passion. Students also have the opportunity to submit this project for assessment to obtain the Extended Project Qualification, which is equivalent to one AS Level.