Academic Quality & Results

At The British School of Barcelona we are fully committed to excellence. This implies ensuring highest teaching standards at all levels and the best outcomes

At The British School of Barcelona we are fully committed to excellence. This implies:

  • Ensuring highest teaching standards at all levels.
  • Delivering quality first teaching in the classroom.
  • Making it possible for all students to realise their potential, whatever their needs and abilities, through flexible and varied provision.
  • Providing ample opportunities for students to find their talents.
  • Fostering academic ambition through a well-thought-out enriched curriculum.
  • Arranging appropriate educational settings which facilitate effective teaching and learning.

The combination of all these key elements allow our students to achieve outstanding levels of performance in their examinations every year.

We are regularly inspected on the quality of our work by inspectors and inspection teams from the UK from the BSO (British Schools Overseas) inspection service, CIS (Council of International Schools), Examination boards and teams from Cognita, our parent company. Read more

2018 Academic Highlights

2018 saw more pupils taking more exams in more subjects than ever before. We also saw the first cohort of students complete their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at BSB. Results highlights included the following:

%

of students achieved 5 A*-C grades in the IGCSE

%

of students achieved A*-A grades across all subjects in the IGCSE

%

of students achieved A*-C across all subjects in A Level

%

of students achieved A*-A across all subjects in A Level

2018 IGCSE Highlights

%

of students achieved A*-A grades in IGCSE French

%

of students achieved A*-A grades in IGCSE German

%

of students achieved A*-A grades in IGCSE History

2018 A Level Highlights

%

of students achieved A*-B in Art

%

of students achieved A*-B in A Level Biology

%

of students achieved A*-B in English Literatureof students achieved A*-B in A Level Maths

2018 A PCE Highlights

In 2018, 38 BSB graduates gained access to Spanish universities.
10 students out of these took the PCE exams.

Of all 2018 graduates accessing a Spanish university, 7 were awarded full or partial scholarships thanks to their outstanding academic results. 

 

* PCE: Pruebas de Competencias Específicas (required exams to access to Spanish universities – for those courses with highest demand)

External Exam Results Summary

Academic Year
A Level
% A*-A
A Level
%A*-C
%(I)GCSE
5+A*-C
(across all subjects)
%(I)GCSE
5+A*-C
(incl. Maths and Eng.)
% A*-A (I)GCSE
% A*-C (I)GCSE
2017–2018
34
76
91
87
44
89
2016–2017
42
81
96
94
51
90
2015–2016
47
81
100
96
46
90
2014–2015
34
82
93
93
53
92
2013–2014
44
84
98
98
60
94
2012–2013
36
82
98
98
52
92
2011–2012
25
62
96
94
56
93
2010–2011
49
91
98
95
58
95
2009–2010
44
81
100
82
41
88
2008–2009
46
82
98
90
55
94
2007–2008
29
69
94
Data not available
47
94

Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Every year our students achieve outstanding levels of performance in their external examinations, well above the average found in the United Kingdom. The prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards annually reward our top performing learners at both (I)GCSE and A Level exams, in recognition of the enormous talent and hard work not only amongst learners but also within our teaching staff.

The “Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards” programme celebrates the success of learners taking Cambridge examinations in over 40 countries around the world. Cambridge places learners at the centre of their international education programmes and qualifications which are inspired by the best in educational thinking.

‘Top in Spain’ refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in our country for a single subject

‘High Achievement’ is awarded to learners who have achieved the highest standard marks in their country in subjects which are not so widely taken

     
Awards category Student Subject Cambridge International Qualification Examination series
Top in SpainHannahGeography November 2017
Top in SpainEstellaBusiness Studies November 2017
Top in SpainAndreaEnglish as a Second Language (count-in speaking) November 2017
High AchievementJoanEnglish LiteratureAS LevelNovember 2016
High AchievementNurGeographyAS LevelNovember 2016
High AchievementMartaBiologyAS LevelNovember 2016
High AchievementClaudiaPhysicsAS LevelNovember 2016
High AchievementChiaraEnglish Second LanguageIGCSENovember 2016
High AchievementThibaultEnglish Second LanguageIGCSENovember 2016
Top in SpainNidiaGeneral PaperAS LevelJune 2015
Top in SpainAlexanderLiterature in EnglishAS LevelJune 2015
Top in SpainDiegoLiterature in EnglishAS LevelJune 2015
Top in SpainHerminiaFirst Language English (Oral Endorsement)IGCSENovember 2014
High achievementAlejandroBusiness StudiesAS LevelNovember 2014
Top in SpainHannahGeographyAS LevelJune 2014
Top in SpainKabilanBiology, Chemistry and PhysicsA LevelJune 2014
Top in SpainOlgaLiterature in EnglishA LevelJune 2014
High AchievementDiegoPhysicsIGCSENovember 2013

Destinations for Higher Education

We are very proud of our students’ excellent results. It is their passport to some of the best universities in the world and future career success.

Follow this link if you want to learn about our leavers’ destinations in the United Kingdom, Spain and all over the world, and the university courses they choose after school: Destinations for Higher Education