Secondary School – international education and qualifications


We have been developing our curriculum throughout the school in order better to prepare our students for the challenges of a global world. As a result, beginning with Grade 6 at Secondary school, we are working with a programme that focuses on inquiry-based learning and incorporates recent pedagogical ideas on educating students for a challenging future.

The curriculum aims to combine the best practice of the British educational system with the local curriculum and ideas drawn from innovative international programmes, with the intention of creating well-informed global citizens. Between Grades 7-10, the school is not academically selective, but we do insist that students have enough English to access the curriculum successfully.

In Grades 9 and 10 (Key Stage 4), a two-year course is followed, leading to the qualification of International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), a programme designed to suit the needs of an international student body Students who are successful at IGCSE then move into Grades 11 and 12, where they prepare for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a well respected and recognised qualification by universities throughout the world.

We want our students to become interested, inquisitive, independent and life-long learners, who take their place confidently in the world, whilst appreciating the cultural diversity of the world around them.

International General Certificate of Secondary Education in Grade 9-10:

The IGCSE is a two-year programme of study which students follow between the ages of 14 and 16. Designed and administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE), IGCSE has been specifically created for international students, although it is also taught by top national schools in countries such as the UK. It is accepted as a preliminary requirement for entry into all UK universities, and is recognised by universities and colleges around the world.

Core subjects:

English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Co-ordinated Science (double award), German (as a First or Foreign Language)..

In addition, students can choose to take three additional subjects, from: Economics,, History, Geography, Art, Music, French and Spanish.

Progression to the International Baccalaureate Diploma:

For students wishing to study in the IB Diploma Programme at Berlin British School in Grade 11, the minimum requirement of 6 grades between A* and C is expected. This must include Mathematics and English. The school does not seek to apply an academically selective approach to students who wish to enter the Diploma Programme, but we try to ensure that those students who enroll have a chance of passing the Diploma. We are equally proud of those students who pass with 24 points as we are of the two students in the last ten years who have achieved the notable success of scoring full marks in their Diploma, a feat that fewer than 0.02% of Diploma students attain worldwide.