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
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:
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Physical Education or BTEC Sport
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.