Year 12 and Year 13, Entering the IBDP journey
At Sixth Form (the British term for the final two years of secondary school education), BIS HCMC offers the IBDP. We favour the IBDP for its worldwide prestige, the international pathways it opens up for our students and for the fact it is known for preparing students far better for university study than any other programme.
The curriculum is specifically designed so that its core elements reflect the way university students study their degree. Through tasks like the extended essay, students develop skills like independent research and thinking creatively so that they shape their own opinions.
Our teachers also contribute tremendously to each students' academic journey. It is essential that the school is able to foster a learning environment where experienced and skilled staff are encouraged to develop new ways of approaching knowledge and learning, which then in turn, trickles down to the benefit of our students. Being at the forefront of teaching & learning enables our students to not simply repeat and memorise answers, but thoroughly understand what the answers mean, why it is important and how their learning fits within both a local and a global context.
At BIS HCMC, we guide our students to think about their pathway not in terms of destinations, but as a direction. Instead of pushing a student to aim for a placement at a particular university, we encourage them to think about what values and interests underpin their subject interests. Our students may then identify that they are passionate about making a contribution to a specific field such as healthcare or agriculture. We then help them to identify what skill sets and subjects in the IBDP they would need to pursue that direction and achieve their goals.
Many 16-18 year old’s have a limited idea of what careers exist because they simply haven’t been exposed to them yet, so it is important that we help them to explore their options. Our BIS HCMC' specialist University Guidance team hold sessions to help students think about different career pathways and possibilities, understand university systems, and gain a better understanding of which careers different university courses can lead to. We also provide a wealth of online resources, webinars, careers workshops and career showcases in which students can explore jobs through the experiences of people who work in the field.