Secondary School Subjects At Key Stage 5 & 6th Form A-Level Courses
At Year 12, students at BSG start their two-year A-level examination courses.
A-levels are a globally accepted qualification. They are recognised and held in high regard by universities, colleges, and employers worldwide, including in US, Asian, European, Canadian, and Australian universities, with some even offering whole semesters' worth of credit to A-level graduates because of the depth of the work required for these academically demanding courses. The A-level certification we offer is externally marked by Cambridge University and Edexcel, two ‘gold standard’ accrediting boards.
Our students can choose any combination of the 17 A-level subjects we offer. This provides flexibility for students who wish to maintain breadth in their studies, as well as those who wish to specialise in a particular academic area of strength.
The subjects are Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Business Studies, Economics, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Fine Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, Computer Science, Spanish, French, Music, Psychology, Chinese, and Physical Education.
To provide breadth and a greater emphasis on skills, students can take part in further complementary courses. These can include qualifications like the highly regarded Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is similar to a university dissertation. This helps our students prepare well for their future academic work, as they apply to the world’s top institutions.
Sixth Form Goals
The main priority for our sixth form students is to ensure they achieve enough credit during their time with us to allow them to go to the most prestigious universities available to them. We also want students to leave the British School of Guangzhou with the correct skills and attributes to be highly successful life-long learners.
Secondary School Curriculum Enrichment
We enrich our secondary school curriculum at BSG in the following ways:
- Leadership Opportunities: In addition to formal positions of responsibility, we also provide students with opportunities to show leadership and initiative. These include subject prefect positions and running after-school activities for younger students.
- Residential Trips: Our students take part in a few trips throughout Sixth Form to develop their leadership skills and to allow opportunities for personal growth. These have included trips to Europe, the US, and throughout China and Asia with outward-bound courses in Hong Kong involving sailing, kayaking, and trekking.
- Global Campus: All BSG Secondary students have access to Global Campus, Nord Anglia Education’s global education platform. This enables students at BSG to interact in challenges, events, and competitions with their peers at NAE schools across the globe and to work with world-renowned collaborators The Julliard School (known for performing arts), MIT for STEAM subjects, and UNICEF for humanitarian causes and social impact.
Our students’ access to these activities within the curriculum allows them to achieve additional qualifications to enhance their personal portfolios. This is our way of recognising the importance many top universities place on students’ holistic education and interests beyond the classroom.