Secondary education at the British International School Hanoi consists of three distinct, consecutive phases. It delivers a middle and high school curriculum that is both stimulating and challenging, providing a broad and balanced education that is essential in preparing students for the future.
Our secondary school phases are called Key Stages, as in the English National Curriculum, and are divided as follows:
- Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 & 9 (Grades 6-8)
- Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11 (Grades 9-10)
- Key Stage 5: Years 12 & 13 (Grades 11-12)
Key Stage 3
The curriculum and teaching in Key Stage 3 at the British International School Hanoi reflects the fact that these are the first three years of Secondary school. All subjects are taught by specialist teachers and a more analytical approach to learning is expected. Pupils are encouraged to develop their organisational skills and undertake greater independence in managing their own learning.
“Learning to learn” and developing the study skills needed to turn them into lifelong learners is a major focus for students during these middle school years. English, Mathematics and Science remain as core subjects, with Geography, History, Art and Design, Information and Computer Technology (ICT), Physical Education (PE), Music and Drama also introduced 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 4
During Key Stage 4, our Hanoi students are prepared for the external examinations they will sit towards the end of Year 11. The examination qualifications are awarded by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). These challenging, externally assessed examinations are designed to cater for a wide range of abilities.
To make sure our students are well-prepared, we offer a broad, balanced curriculum that features a diverse selection of subjects including English, Maths, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Business Studies, Art & Design, Music, Drama and Physical Education. Personal, Social and Health Education also continues to be taught at this time.
Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)
In August 2016, we began offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Successful completion of this course ensures that students are well prepared and suitably qualified to secure placement in the most competitive of universities, anywhere in the world.
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