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    Well qualified staff with relevant British curriculum experience ensure that the education on offer is amongst the very best available anywhere in the world.

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Secondary Curriculum - BIS HCMC

Secondary education at the British International School consists of three distinct, consecutive phases. It delivers a curriculum that is both stimulating and challenging, providing a broad and balanced education that is essential in preparing students for the future. 

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We provide the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) as the recognised pathway to tertiary education.

Key Stage 3   Three year levels Years 7, 8 & 9 (Grades 6-8)
Key Stage 4   Two year levels Years 10 & 11 (Grades 9-10)
Key Stage 5   Two year levels Years 12 & 13 (Grades 11-12)

Key Stage 3

The curriculum and teaching at Key Stage 3 reflects the fact that these are the first three years of Secondary school. All subjects are taught by subject specialist teachers and a more mature and analytical approach is expected. Pupils are encouraged to develop their organisation skills and undertake greater independence in managing their own learning.

English, Mathematics and Science remain as core subjects, with Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Art and Design, Design Technology, ICT, Physical Education, Music and Drama also as compulsory subjects. Vietnamese is offered at three levels according to ability and there is a structured programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).  Key Stage 3 Curriculum Handbook

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students are prepared for external examinations, sat towards the end of Year 11. These challenging, externally assessed examinations are designed to cater for a wide range of abilities and offer a broad and balanced curriculum through a wide range of subjects including English, Maths, Science, ICT, French, History, Geography, Business Studies, Art & Design, Design Technology, Music, Drama and Physical Education. Personal, Social and Health Education continues to be taught at this time. The examination qualifications are awarded by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

The school is recognised as an IB World School and the IB Diploma Programme is open to all students during Years 12 & 13.

Students who follow this rigorously academic and challenging Diploma Programme (IBDP) are required to study six subjects, write an Extended Essay and study a Theory of Knowledge component. Targets of personal improvement are also set in respect of creativity, action and service with each participant’s efforts and achievements recorded in a personal log.

Successful completion of this course will ensure that the students are well prepared and suitably qualified in the search for placement in the most competitive of universities anywhere in the world.

ILS

International Life Skills 

The International Life Skills (ILS) programme is a comprehensive programme of personal, social, health and citizenship education course. For secondary aged students it builds effectively with the Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE) and integrates Sex & Relationship Education across the school. In line with our school mission statement, it also encompasses skills for global citizenship.

The ILS Hexagon 

The ILS Hexagon mirrors the IB Diploma Programme hexagon in form. It sets out the six vertical strands of the programme and the embracing themes of community and internationalism. The strands interconnect to be mutually supporting. For example, the important skills involved in conflict resolution draw upon aspects of personal management such as emotional intelligence, effective communication, problem solving and an understanding of change processes.

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