At the British
Key Stage 3 (KS3)
Key Stage 3 (KS3) is comprised of three year groups, Years 7, 8 and 9. At the beginning of their secondary education, starting in Year 7, students study a wide variety of subjects. Up to the end of Key Stage 3 (age 14), all students follow the same core curriculum, which includes:
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
Students are also able to study languages and religious education.
During Year 9, students are prepared and supported in making their option choices so that at the end of Key Stage 3 all students are well placed to progress onto Key Stage 4 (Year 10) and begin their I/GCSE courses.
Key Stage 4 (KS4) GCSE
During Years 10 and 11 (children aged 14 to 16 years old) students take
The GCSE was introduced in 1986 and replaced the previous O’ level and CSE systems by merging them together. IGCSEs were introduced in 1988 and are internationally recognised qualifications.
The I/GCSE is a single subject exam which is set and marked by independent exam boards in the UK. Students at the British School usually take up to ten GCSE exams in different subjects, including mathematics and English language.
At the British School the I/GCSE subjects on offer are very similar to those offered in schools in the UK. The compulsory I/GCSE subjects at BSB are:
Following a fully supported Option Choice selection process in Year 9 and also depending on demand, students choose a further three optional subjects and BSB offers the following I/GCSE courses:
As part of their wider curriculum, all students also study compulsory non-examined courses at the British School.
During Year 11, our students are prepared and supported in making their option choices so that at the end of Key Stage 4 all of our students are well placed to progress onto Key Stage 5 (Year 12 & 13) and begin their
When starting out in the Sixth Form our students are entering a new phase in their education. They may be very clear about their career and higher educational goals or they may not. Whatever the situation, it is expected that there will be changes to
Our aim at the British School’s Sixth Form is to help prepare our students to adjust to new global academic demands and the fast pace of their final years at
To help our students through this process in the Sixth Form the school will: – provide a quality education – ensure full preparation for application to college/university.
Develop academic potential to the full – increase confidence and sense of independence – help develop individuals into responsible young adults
Entering Post 16 education involves a challenging transition from I/GCSE or equivalent to Sixth form study (IB,
We have incorporated many exciting opportunities to enable all students to take an active part in the life of the school and develop their own personal interests and pursuits. We hope this prospectus will assist you in making an informed decision about which courses you want to choose. We look forward to working with you in the future.
The BTEC course is a rewarding, specialist, vocationally-related qualification. They are equivalent to UK A-Levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike.
The suite of qualifications offered at the British School Bahrain provide students with high quality, industry-relevant qualifications geared to the specific requirements of key sectors. They provide valuable opportunities for students to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding which will support entry into work or progression to further studies.
The table below outlines the pathways and levels offered to students as British School Bahrain;
Year of Study
Units students study
1 Year Programme
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business
BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Business
BTEC Certificate in IT
BTEC Certificate in Sport
2 Year Programme
(Year 12 & 13)
BTEC Diploma in Business
BTEC Extended Diploma in Business
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT
BTEC Subsidiary Certificate in Sport
Important Note; Students may study up to 3 BTEC subjects (maximum up to 4 equivalent A-levels) or they can partner BTEC courses with traditional A-Levels
On each programme of study students must complete a specific amount of units (outlined in the table above) to achieve the qualification. The table below explains the units offered on each programme;
Unit 1: The Business Environment
Unit 2: Business Resources
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4: Business Communication
Unit 5: Business Accounting
Unit 13: Recruitment & Selection
Unit 18: Managing a Business Event
Unit 27: Health & Safety
Unit 33: The Impact of ICT on Business
Unit 36: Starting a Small Business
Unit 37: Business Ethics
Unit 38: Business and the Economic Environment
Unit 12: Internet Marketing
Unit 19: Developing Teams
Unit 29: Understanding Retailing
Unit 9:Creative Product Promotion
Unit 16: Human Resource Management
Unit 30: Market Research
Unit 1: Communication & Employability
Unit 2: Computer Systems
Unit 28: Website Production
Unit 38: Interactive Media Authoring
Unit 17: Project planning in IT
Unit 35: Digital graphics for Interactive Media
Unit 1: Principles and anatomy in physiology in sport
Unit 2: The physiology of fitness
Unit 3: Assessing risk in sport
Unit 7: Fitness testing for sport and exercise
Unit 8: Practical team sports
Unit 13: Leadership in sport
Unit 26: Work experience
All of the BTEC qualifications are assessed via 100% Coursework and there are no external examinations.
Each unit is graded by the teacher at a Pass (E Grade), Merit (C Grade) and Distinction (A-Grade) which are totalled at the end of the qualification which
If you have any additional questions regarding BTEC please email the BTEC Coordinator
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