Ages 16 to 18

BTEC International Level 3

BTEC, which stands for Business and Technology Education Council, is a globally recognised qualification that equips students with practical skills and knowledge essential for a successful career. Developed by Edexcel, a subsidiary of Pearson, BTEC programmes are designed to bridge the gap between academic theory and real-world application. On successful completion of a BTEC International Level 3, students can progress to employment or continue their learning in the same or related areas of study, in higher education and professional development programmes. 


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As a student in our BTEC programme, you'll experience hands-on learning tailored to real-world industry demands. Our curriculum emphasises practical exercises, simulations, and projects to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills crucial in today’s job market. Supported by experienced teachers, you'll thrive in our vibrant learning environment with access to top-notch facilities and resources.


Moreover, our programme extends beyond academics, offering internships, industry exposure, and networking events for holistic development. Your journey with us promises not only intellectual growth but also abundant career opportunities in the global workforce. 


A BTEC course is right for you if:

• You prefer a more practical way of learning.

• You have developed a special interest in Business, IT or Sport.

• You are prepared to take guidance from the team to become an independent and active learner.

• You prefer coursework to examinations.

• You want to be prepared for university/ apprenticeship/ work/ running your own business. 


Reach out to our dedicated support team for any queries or further information.

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BIS Abu Dhabi offers various BTEC options to enhance our students' academic journey.

BTEC Business


BTEC Business is a dynamic and practical programme designed to equip students with essential skills and knowledge for success in the world of business. Through a hands-on approach, students explore key concepts such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and management, gaining valuable insights into real-world business operations. With a focus on practical application and vocational readiness, BTEC Business prepares students for a variety of career paths in business and entrepreneurship.

The BTEC International Level 3 Diploma in Business is equivalent to two A Levels and can potentially be studied alongside IB subjects. The BTEC course covers the key areas of Business Management, including Finance, Human Resources, Operations and Marketing. For the full two-year course, students will study 9 units based on the different areas of Business. There may be the option to study the Extended Diploma which is equivalent to three A levels and involves studying a total of 15 units. Alongside their BTEC, students can also undertake the IB’s Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), which will develop students as a whole person and encourages them to foster their own individual talents.

Units are assessed internally with no external examinations. The units are assessed using a variety of methods including research projects, presentations, reports and role plays throughout the year. Each unit is made up of between one and three assignments, all of which have specific deadlines which must be met.
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Embarking on the BTEC ICT journey offers students a dynamic and hands-on approach to mastering the intricacies of Information and Communication Technology. This Level 3 programme, equivalent to two A Levels, is meticulously crafted to equip students with not just theoretical knowledge, but practical skills essential for thriving in today's technology-driven world. From software development and hardware fundamentals to networking, databases, and web development, the BTEC ICT curriculum ensures a comprehensive understanding of the diverse facets of ICT.

What sets this programme apart is its commitment to real-world applicability, with assessments and projects mirroring industry scenarios. Students will delve into immersive, project-based learning that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Additionally, the programme recognises the importance of a well-rounded education by requiring students to undertake an IB course such as Mathematics alongside their ICT studies. This dual emphasis not only prepares students for a career in IT, but also cultivates a passion for technology and innovation, laying the foundation for a future where they can confidently navigate the ever-evolving landscape of information technology. The programme's relevance, practicality, and its power to instil a deep-seated love for technology will resonate with both students and those seeking a comprehensive educational experience.

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BTEC Sport

The BTEC Sport is a comprehensive programme designed to foster a passion for sports and propel students towards a successful career in the field. Our course offers a diverse range of units, enabling students to broaden their learning experiences to align with their interests and career aspirations.  

Our programme offers flexible unit selection with a wide array of optional topics covering anatomy, physiology, psychology, nutrition, coaching, and more, alongside practical learning opportunities that allow students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios and develop essential skills in coaching, leadership, and sports management. Additionally, our curriculum, designed in collaboration with industry experts, ensures students gain insights into the latest trends, technologies, and practices shaping the sports industry on a global scale, while benefiting from a supportive learning environment provided by experienced teachers dedicated to their academic and personal development.  
Students with an interest to pursue their career in sport related degrees, can choose the Level 3 Diploma in Sport, equivalent to two A Levels or the Subsidiary option (one A Level equivalent combined with other IB topics to make up offering).     

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The Senior School Programme 2024-25

IB Prospectus 2024-25-revised.pdf (16 MB)

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BTEC University Recognition List

btec-int-uni-recognition-list.pdf (490 KB)

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Our IBDP students enjoy an incredible breadth of learning experiences, CAS opportunities, and academic inspiration every day.
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Global learners
Our oldest students’ morning kicks-off with tutor time. Our BTEC gives students a global perspective, and chalkboard, Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), and wellbeing activities are a great way to start the day.
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Do your own thing
No two students’ days are the same. Why? Because our personalised approach to teaching means that every child follows their passions, forging their own path to success. For some that means building robots in our STEAM lab; for others, learning Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in one of our music suites.
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Planning for the future
At this vital stage, we make sure your child has the time and space to make big decisions, including which university course to study. We support every student and their parents on their journey to higher education.
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Taking the lead
t’s time to take the lead and make a difference – either through our exclusive collaboration with UNICEF, on our Young Leaders programme, or mentoring and reading with our early years learners.
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Creativity, Activity and Service
Extraordinary Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) opportunities are part of every IBDP and BTEC student’s day. Learning the piano or guitar, playing badminton or basketball, or working towards The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, the world is your child’s oyster.
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IBDP pass rate for the class 2022.
Our 2023 IBDP points score outperformed the global average of 30.
of our IBDP students scored 40 points or more.
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Guided by exceptional teachers who nurture both personal and academic development, your child will achieve outstanding IBDP results. They’ll also become socially responsible global citizens who leave us knowing there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
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Our purpose-built campus has some of the best school facilities in Abu Dhabi. Every day, everywhere, outstanding sports facilities, creative spaces, and technology-filled classrooms, labs, and libraries transform how and what our students learn.


Our talented teachers deliver extraordinary learning experiences that nurture our students’ growth and ensure they get outstanding academic results.

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