Pre-University Education

Pre-University Education takes place at BSB Nexus, a purpose-built campus for students aged 16 to 18

Pre-University Education

Pre-University Education takes place at BSB Nexus, The British School of Barcelona purpose-built campus for students aged 16 to 18.

The British School educational model at this stage aims to prepare students for the real world in an environment that allows them to develop 21st century skills, through learning techniques that encourage creativity and innovation, resilience, lifelong learning and unlearning for continuous growth. The education the students receive is based on three core aspects: delivering academic excellence, developing character and nurturing a global perspective.

Every year the students of The British School of Barcelona take up places on courses at exceptional universities in the UK, Spain and around the world. The vast majority of our graduate students go to their first-choice university. Read more on desinations for higher education.

The BSB School Offer

The British School of Barcelona educational offer at Pre-University stage comprises two different pathways: 

  • A Levels (British Curriculum),
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP).

Both programmes share a core curriculum of subjects that all students take.

Click on the blue tabs to display contents about each pathway

The British Curriculum is a highly personalised programme that allows students to tailor their studies by choosing subjects that best suit their interests.

A Levels are the standard entry qualification for British, Spanish and other prestigious universities across the globe. Students are required to study a minimum of three A Levels, with very few restrictions on which subjects can be taken.

Entrance to university depends largely upon attaining good grades at A Level together with results already achieved at (I)GCSE.

The British School of Barcelona is an accredited IB World School offering International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16-18/19. The IBDP is an international and enquiry-based programme that takes students onto a journey of becoming academically independent learners. In addition to excellent academics, IBDP “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect”.  

IBDP is highly recognised and respected by the world’s leading universities due to its multidisciplinary approach which gives students a more global perspective, helping them make key decisions about their future.

The curriculum is made up of the DP Core and six subject groups. The DP core consists of Theory of Knowledge (TOK)Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE). There are different courses within each subject group which students must choose from. All IBDP students will study two languages, one science, one maths and one humanistic subject. The sixth subject can be the arts. In case students do not wish to choose arts, they have the option of choosing a second science or second humanistic subject (depending on the blocks). Out of six subjects they choose for their IB Diploma, three of those subjects must be studied at the Higher Level (HL) and three at the Standard Level (SL). 

Additional Offer

Spanish Qualifications
The International British School Pre-University curriculum also ensures that students can fulfil the requirements of the Spanish and Catalan Governments so that they can achieve the Spanish Bachillerato qualification, if they complete the relevant courses and assessments throughout Years 12 and 13.

In addition, we prepare our students to take the Spanish University Access exams (PCE or Pruebas de Competencias Específicas) to access Spanish universities.

Core Programme
All students as part of the Pre-University programme are given opportunities to build their University Applications by gaining the relevant experience and qualifications in:

  • Academic extended writing:
    • Extended Essay (EE) for IBDP students
    • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) for A Levels students
  • Creativity, Activity, Service – Experiential Learning
    e.g. International Award (Silver), Language Assistance Programme, MUN and HMCE debating experiences, Event and Project management, Fundraising Volunteering, Drama Project, etc.
  • Work Experience Programme
  • TOK (critical thinking course for IBDP students)
  • PSHE (life and independence skills and personal and social skills)

Careers and Futures Guidance
The BSB School students will go on to universities and careers throughout the world and our specialist advisors will work with individuals to create their personal pathway.  We support the students through information, advice and guidance to enable them to make informed choices about their onward educational journey.  Students of The British School are guided through the different stages of the application process and provided with all the relevant school documentation to complete this. This includes our hosting of the 2 annual University Fairs, the successful ´What Next´ Careers event with speakers from a variety of industries and many presentations from prestigious universities/colleges from around the world. 

Learn more about our Careers and Futures Guidance programme.

We continue to develop our careers programme in line with the Eight Benchmarks set by the Gatsby Benchmark Guidance report. 

Each student of The International British School of Barcelona is encouraged to bring their own laptop/tablet, which is used to support many lessons and independent study and research. Through the access to the Microsoft Office, students use the Educational Apps to access and share educational material created by the teachers, thus integrating the technology into their day-to-day school life and learning how to study using technology. 

BSB Nexus

BSB Nexus is a purpose-built campus for students aged 16 to 18.

The new centre of The British School of Barcelona provides a distinct educational model that not only educates students of this age academically but also helps them develop 21st century skills, including critical thinking, emotional intelligence, communication, and teamwork, to meet the demands of a fast-changing world. The aim of BSB Nexus is to help students reach their full potential as they prepare for university and their future careers.

The campus addresses this focus with study areas and social spaces for individual and group projects, and also strengthens personal skills such as initiative and leadership, social skills and the sense of belonging to a community.

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