Key Stage 4

The two-year IGCSE programme, offered by the Cambridg, AQA and Edexcel examination boards, is academically rigorous, and recognised to be amongst the best in the world for this age range of students. Many of the subjects have specific international elements and content, developed by specialists to make the subject matter relevant to students worldwide.

Every IGCSE student at BSN takes English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science, either as a combined Science course or as separate subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). Pupils are then free to choose four subjects from a range of options including: Geography, History, ICT, Computing, Business Studies, Economics, French, German, Chinese, Music, Drama, Art and PE.

The choice of subjects is an important one, both in order to build on pupils' strengths and interests and with a view to a future career. The school provides pupils (and parents) with plenty of information in advance about options to ensure choices are well informed. Students at BSN will typically earn IGCSEs in 9 or 10 subjects, a number that allows them to be well prepared for the next stage of education whilst leaving time to continue to develop other interests.

Whilst the programmes of study are structured around the IGCSE curriculum, teaching and learning continues to emphasise the development of pupils' general academic and intellectual skills. Learning remains enquiry based and focused on problem solving. Pupils are expected to become increasingly independent in their learning as they broaden and deepen their knowledge in each subject.