The IGCSE examinations are the last part of compulsory education in the UK. Students prepare for the GCE Advanced Level exams at the end of year 13. These are the exams they need for university entrance. With A Levels our students have direct access to universities in Spain and also have the option of studying at universities in other countries around the world as they gain the double qualification: Spanish and British.
In Bachillerato we have a group of students who never cease to amaze us with their academic and personal qualities. This stage is the one that most distinguishes us as no other school in the province of Castellón offers this curriculum. In Bachillerato our pupils specialise by choosing the subjects they are most interested in according to their university aspirations. This allows our pupils to have a personalised programme of study with the flexibility of the British Curriculum.
Baccalaureate students are a reference and inspiration for younger pupils. It is their responsibility to set a good example in their behaviour, dress and attitude. The relationship with the teachers becomes a partnership to achieve the best possible result.
ASIGNATURAS A LEVEL
After the IGCSE courses, the student is promoted to the A-level programme. This is equivalent to the last two years, post-compulsory, (Y12 and Y13) or “Sixth Form”. So KS5, Y12-13, Sixth Form and British Baccalaureate are synonymous terms. These are the two most important years at BSV. Success at A Levels will open doors to the best universities in the world, which will determine each student’s professional future.
A Levels are subjects with a very high academic standard. Therefore, all students coming from other educational systems than the British system must have completed the required studies in their own country’s education system as well as having an excellent level of English.
The Bachillerato at Laude The British School of Vila-real offers a wide range of A Levels:
|English Literature||Business Studies||Graphic Design|
|Physics||ICT||Spanish & Spanish Literature|
Normally our students choose three A-Levels plus A-Level Spanish.
With A Levels our students have direct access to universities in Spain (without the need to sit the General Phase of Selectividad) and also have the option of studying at universities in other countries around the world as they get a double qualification: Spanish and British.
If they wish to access Spanish universities, the marks they obtain in the A levels will be equivalent to the marks obtained in the General Phase of the Selectividad (up to 10 points).
In addition, they will be able to choose Specific Skills subjects to gain access to Spanish universities.
- Spanish Language
- Scientific Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics
- Technical Drawing
- History of Art
- Fundamentals of Art
One student chooses Lengua Castellana + 2 of the specific phase exams – the marks will be added to the A-Levels results in order to raise the mark to 14.
UNIVERSITIES AND CAREERS
The requirements of universities vary from one university to another. Some follow a comprehensive process and want to see evidence of a genuine interest and commitment to the subject, as well as the academic ability to study at university level. The personal statement and references are a very important part of the process, and at BSV we know how important it is to have more than just academic success.
BSV selects one student each year for academic excellence. This student wins an international scholarship to study at Lester B. Pearson at the University of Toronto.
Our students are studying a wide variety of majors such as: Translation and Interpreting, Languages, Business, Economics, Journalism, Immunology, International Business, Teaching, Video Game Development, Tourism, Law, English Studies, Engineering – Mechanical/Biomedical/Electrical, Physics/Maths, Medicine, Dentistry and International Relations, to name a few.
BSV students study at universities in Spain, the UK, throughout Europe and the USA.
Here are some of the universities our alumni have chosen to study at:
|Universidad Jaume I (UJI)||ESIC||Manchester University|
|Universidad de Valencia||ESAT Innovation School||Bangor University|
|Universidad Politécnica de Valencia||Universitat D’Alacant||Aberdeen University|
|Universidad Católica de Valencia||Universidad de Zaragoza||Warwick University|
|CEU – Valencia||Universitat de les Illes Balears||Aston University (Birmingham)|
|Universidad Complutense de Madrid||Glasgow University||Southampton Solent University|
|Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid||Exeter University||University of Edinburgh|
|Universidad Europea de Madrid||Portsmouth University||Vesalius College – Brussels|
|Barcelona – ESADE/Ramón Llull/Pompeu Fabra||Imperial College of London||Winthrop University – USA|
|Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona||Queen Mary University of London||University of Nebraska – USA|
|Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya||Dundee University||Reinhardt University – USA|
|Universidad de Navarra||Teesside University||University of Maine Fort Kent – USA|
LIFE IN SIXTH FORM
The IGCSE examinations are the last part of compulsory education in the UK. The next stage is the Baccalaureate or Key Stage 5. This covers years 12 and 13. Students prepare for the GCE Advanced Level examinations at the end of year 13.
In the Baccalaureate we have a group of students who never cease to amaze us with their academic and personal qualities. They are able to choose their own curriculum thanks to the wide variety of subjects we offer. This variety of subjects allows them to prepare specifically for their future studies. Results are always excellent and above the UK average, in some cases obtaining the highest marks in the world and in Spain in exams taken at Cambridge and Edexcel examination centres.
At this important stage, we recognise that Baccalaureate students have different needs to younger pupils. They therefore have the privilege of a common room to relax during breaks and lunch.
Study periods are very important in helping students to organise and extend their mastery of their subjects, with this in mind, the library is a quiet area, equipped with appropriate facilities and additional support from the librarian. We implement the A-level Mindset guidance programme to help students have a clear vision for the future, become independent learners and learn to manage their time. Tutors are an important part of the Baccalaureate support platform, helping them to stay focused and concentrate on their work.
Entering the Baccalaureate (6th Form)
To start the Baccalaureate it is recommended to have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade C (new system 4/5) or above. AS and A-Level subjects are very academic and require a lot of hard work. Some teachers may require a grade of B/6 or higher. Our aim is to ensure that students choose the right programme so that they can achieve the grades they need for their future careers.
It is important that students learn to organise their time. They have to become independent as well as able to work in a team. They have to learn to take responsibility, develop their leadership and public speaking skills.
The 6th Form pupils are a reference and inspiration for the younger pupils. It is their responsibility to set a good example in their behaviour, dress and attitude.
We expect and hope that they will attend all their classes every day from 9.15am to 4.45pm as if they were in a work place. Good appearance must be respected at all times. Students interact with teachers in a collaborative way in order to get the best possible education academically, socially and personally.