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. Students 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 known as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), 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).
Read more in our Key Stage 4 Handbook and in the IGCSE Options Booklet
Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)
The British International School is recognised as an IB World School and the IB Diploma Programme is open to all secondary 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.
Read more about the IB Options HERE
At BIS HCMC, we believe a great education is one that balances excellent academic outcomes, positive wellbeing and character development. We believe that by establishing a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create the right conditions, our students develop into global citizens who take responsibility for their own wellbeing and that of others,
with the skills and dispositions to truly flourish.
These foundations of wellbeing are intrinsically valuable and contribute to a variety of positive life outcomes. In addition, w e also understand the positive correlation between good wellbeing and excellent academic outcomes. We believe that explicitly teaching wellbeing to our students supports the development of a culture and ethos in our school which creates an environment in which our students can flourish and thrive in their school life and beyond.
Read more about Wellbing at BIS HERE.