International Pre-University Centre

International Pre-University Centre

Ages Taught 16 – 19 years old
Year Groups Taught Years 12 and 13
Curriculum Taught Advanced Level Examinations (A Levels), International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), Foundation Programme, Spanish Bachillerato
School Capacity 400 students

Welcome to The British School of Barcelona

I would like to welcome you to The British School of Barcelona (BSB) website, which I hope you find helpful and informative. I trust that it will give you an understanding of our pursuit for academic excellence, as well as a sense of the broad enriched curriculum, and our outstanding care for all children and young people.

Since its very foundation in 1958, the BSB has been a great independent school, and our pupils and students are encouraged to become global citizens; self-confident enough to express and discuss their beliefs and opinions, whilst demonstrating a deep understanding and tolerance of different cultures.

The British School of Barcelona follows the English National Curriculum and is fully accredited by the British and Spanish Governments. We strive towards excellent teaching and learning and an all-round education that goes well beyond examinations; this includes the values which we hold dear and which our pupils demonstrate. Our aim is that our pupils will leave school with a close group of friends, as well as the ability to make new ones, and that their academic achievements will enable them to succeed at university and beyond throughout the world.

Having the opportunity to serve and work alongside such a dynamic internationally-minded school community, is an enormous privilege for me. I hope that you will enjoy finding out more about our school’s rich history, current successes and aspirations for the future and that you will make an appointment to visit us in person to experience the school first hand.

I hope that we will see you here soon.


Amanda Hughes


The British School of Barcelona



Carrer Ginesta, 2-10

08860 Castelldefels
Barcelona, Spain

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The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels currently operate different bus routes serving most areas where students live and travel to school on a regular basis, such as Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Boi, El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans, Gavà, Castelldefels, Sitges, Sant Pere de Ribes, Vilanova i la Geltrú and Cubelles.

Please click here to learn more about the bus routes available and the booking terms and conditions.

Our new ‘state-of-the-art’ International Pre-University Centre is also located in Castelldefels, very close to our main school site.

The purpose-built, three-storey centre has:

  • Specially designed seminar and tutorial rooms
  • Large library and research/self-study centre
  • Social and external study areas
  • Cafeteria
  • Sports court

Students also have access to specialist laboratories, art rooms, sports facilities, music rooms and the large theatre on the main school site next door.

Please click here to view our facilities.

International Pre-University education is for students aged 16 to 19 (Years 12 and 13). Our offer and programme are designed to ensure students achieve the very best examination results they can, while having opportunities and support to prepare them for life beyond school – for the best university courses, for jobs that have not yet been thought of, for a successful and happy life in an ever changing world.

The International Pre-University Centre develops and enhances the current very successful offer we make to students today and have been doing for many years. We are one of the few schools worldwide to offer Advanced Levels (A Levels) in parallel with the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) alongside a core personal development programme.


Our Offer

  • Advanced Level Examinations (A Levels)
  • International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)
  • Foundation Programme
  • Spanish Qualifications
  • Core Programme
  • Careers and Futures Guidance
  • Technology


Click here to learn more about our curriculum.

Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Team is committed to supporting students, parents and staff throughout all the stages of school life by leading and managing all aspects of the school’s work

Mrs Amanda Hughes

Headteacher In June 2017 Mrs Hughes took up the Headship role of The British School of Barcelona. Before her new position, Amanda had been the Head of Secondary and Pre-University of BSB for ten years, where she successfully led that department through the first BSO inspection in the world, and a successful HMC accreditation. Amanda has a B.Ed (Hons) in Business from the University of Bangor and has served as exams officer. Since joining the BSB, she has also become a lead inspector for the NABSS inspectorate of British schools in Spain, and gained her M.Ed in Educational Leadership.

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Mr James Petrie

Head of Secondary and Pre-University
Mr Petrie has been Head of Secondary and Pre-University since July 2017. Previously he was the Deputy Head Academic in the Secondary School. Prior to this James was Senior Teacher and Head of English at Hereford Cathedral School. He is also an extremely keen historian and has regularly chaired events at the Chalke Valley History Festival in the UK.

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Mr Jake Richardson

Director of Pre-University
Mr Richardson has a Master in Educational Psychology from the University of Barcelona. He was Head of Inclusion at BSB Sitges for two years until he was appointed Director of Pre-U at BSB Castelldefels in September 2017. Prior to this Jake taught in the language departments of universities in Barcelona. Beyond teaching, he has participated in research groups investigating the implementation of ICT in schools and academic writing.

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