Pre-University Education takes place at BSB Nexus, our purpose-built campus for students aged 16 to 18.
Our 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 our students 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)
Our educational offer at Pre-University stage comprises three different pathways: A Levels (British Curriculum), International Baccalaureate (IB) and an International Access Programme.
The three programmes share a core curriculum of subjects that all students take.
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 IBDP is recognised and respected by the world’s leading universities. It offers a multidisciplinary approach and 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 comprises Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and an extended essay. There are different courses within each subject group, which students must choose from.
The IAP programme is a post-16 three-year programme which facilitates students the access to an international education, regardless of the education system they are moving from, or their level of English.
The first year is an intensive course tailored to the individual needs of the student based on previous academic results and level of English, and it is meant to help the student consolidate the base of previous education and embrace the environment and culture of our system.
The course includes a core (I)GCSE package and up to two (I)GCSE courses. On successful completion, students may choose an A Level or IBDP pathway to complete a further two years at BSB.
Our 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.
All students as part of the Pre-University programme are given opportunities to gain experience and qualifications in: sports and outdoor education (International Award), creative and expressive arts, life and independence skills, personal and social skills, community work and work experience.
Careers and Futures Guidance
We provide a comprehensive career-oriented programme to guide, counsel, refer and ultimately help students refine their choices and make informed decisions for their future. This includes our annual University Fairs, the successful speed mentoring forum with parents and many presentations from prestigious universities/colleges from around the world in school.
Each student is encouraged to bring in their own laptop/tablet, which is used as to support many lessons and independent study and research.
BSB Nexus is a purpose-built campus for students aged 16 to 18.
The new centre 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.