Secondary education takes place at The British School of Barcelona campus in Castelldefells.
The National Curriculum for Secondary is organised on Key Stages Three and Four. At the end of each key stage, students’ performance is formally assessed to measure their progress.
Key Stage 3 | Ages 11-13
Key Stage 3 fits the first stage of Secondary school (from Year 7 to Year 9). In these three years students have specialist teachers in each subject area and a form teacher who provides tutorial support and guidance, and who is responsible for monitoring their overall progress and well-being.
The emphasis of Key Stage 3 curriculum is to ensure pupils experience a wide and challenging range of subjects as well as gaining proficiency and skills in English and at least two other languages. We deliver an extensive enrichment programme as part of our curriculum, covering areas such as public speaking and food technology. At this stage in a young person’s development we deliver an extensive developmental course of personal, social and health education, covering all the key issues of adolescence.
We follow the relevant sections of the English National Curriculum. In addition, we meet the requirements of the Spanish Curriculum so that students at ages 16 and 18 can gain both British and Spanish qualifications.
Years 7-8The British School of Barcelona KS3 compulsory national curriculum subjects are:
- English Language and Literature
- Physical Education
- Spanish and Catalan
In Year 9 we have developed a curriculum, which not only allows pupils an element of choice but is also designed to make their option choice decisions at the end of Year 9 better informed.
In Year 9 all pupils will need to study the following subjects:
They will then be able to choose 6 more subjects from the following list:
- Sociales (compulsory for native Spanish pupils)
- Academic PE
Key Stage 4 | Ages 14-15
Students of The British School of Barcelona, in Key Stage 4, enter the last stage in compulsory education (Years 10 and Year 11) and, over these two years, are prepared for the examinations of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Subjects are now studied in more depth. Some of them are compulsory and decisions must be made as to which optional subjects to take.
- English Language
- English Literature
- Double Award Science/Triple Award Science*
- Physical Education
- Information Technology
- Business Studies
- Academic Physical Education
Pupils must choose 3 of these optional subjects
External examinations are taken at the end of Year 11 (16 years). The British School of Barcelona is an authorised centre for both The University of Cambridge (CIE) and the University of London (EDEXCEL) Examining Boards.
The school requires students to gain 5 or more A*-C grades or 9-4 grades (depending on subject choice) to enter Year 12.
In order to successfully complete Year 11 and meet the requirements needed for validation of the Certificate of Secondary Education (ESO), students must:
- Pass a minimum of 4 subjects of (I)GCSE with the qualifications between A* and C (or 9-4)
- Obtain a minimum grade of 5 in the Spanish, Catalan and Sociales subjects in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11