Students prepare for Post-16 study on an academically rigorous, two-year specialized program.
Internationally-respected, the General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE) and International General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSE) are the most academically challenging courses currently on offer to 14-16 year old students worldwide.
A continuation of the English National Curriculum, the full two-year program features a combination of coursework and exam work. Students are required to independently prepare and monitor their own progress and study several subjects in depth. They must also demonstrate competency in reading and writing.
Students will generally take ten courses and upon passing are awarded qualifications in a full range of subjects. Top universities around the world look to these qualifications as an extra benchmark of performance when considering applications.
While examinations in American schools may vary depending on the state and curriculum, the GCSEs and IGCSEs provide a mark of quality which is understood and appreciated globally.
All British International School of Houston students take courses in:
- English Language, Literature and Media Studies
- Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
- At least one foreign language (French or Spanish)
- At least one social science (History or Geography)
Two electives are chosen from a range of options for the remaining subjects. Additional classes can be taken in:
- Art and Design
- Computer Science
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education