Senior Curriculum

The academic programme at our Senior Schools is based on the English National Curriculum but has been adapted to meet the needs of our international student body.

Senior School

The academic programme at our Senior Schools is based on the English National Curriculum but has been adapted to meet the needs of our international student body. 

In Year 11 (ages 15 – 16), students sit the internationally recognised qualification of General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSEs).

In Year 12, when students are about 16 years old, they can choose to follow either English A Levels, BTECs, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).


The BISU is the only international school in Sweden to offer this choice. It is our priority to  help those who transfer into the school to settle in quickly and become part of the community.

Senior School

British Education

Senior Curriculum

Our Secondary Key Stage Three curriculum provides uninterrupted continuation from our Key Stage Two Programmes and a very clear progression pathway for our Key Stage Four courses, including GCSEs and IGCSEs. We place high value on our curriculum being balanced and stimulating, fostering an academic culture which encourages students to become independent enquirers and thinkers, learners who read widely, challenge and question. 

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is designed to facilitate learners to grow independently, with the presence of hard work and perseverance. Curriculum content in core and non-core subjects frequently links to iGCSE standards to prepare learners for choosing their options and beginning the courses upon moving into Key Stage 4. Lessons are all pitched at curriculum standard within the Key Stage, allowing learners to develop application, analytical and meta-thinking skills in all subjects. Importantly, teachers also always offer the opportunity for challenge and tailor learning where support is needed.

In Key Stage 3, along with the rest of the secondary school, we assess frequently during lessons each day. Deep marking in core subjects takes place once every two weeks allowing learners to respond and build on the foundations of their work. Progress checks take place frequently in Key Stage 3, whereby the class teacher takes into consideration progress over time to accumulate a milestone of the level the learner is working at.

Key Stage 4 at British International school is the first stage where students take responsibility for selecting their own curriculum pathways. After selecting five different options they want to pursue, alongside the core compulsory subjects, they begin their journey through Key Stage 4.

These chosen subjects are selected through their interests, their achievements and the guidance received from the school for their future.

Over the two years, students are assessed through both their classroom work and formal assessments. Our staff are continually thinking of innovative ways to assess our students ensuring student wellbeing is our top priority. Through establishing independent self-study revision skills that evolve through our Key Stage assessments, we ensure all pupils have the necessary tools to sit their IGCSEs at the end of Year 11.

Finally, towards the end of Year 11 they are then given the opportunity to refine their interests into four subjects to be studied further in Key Stage 5. Through expert guidance from our careers counsellor, teachers and online platforms, students can begin to investigate where their future lies wherever that may be around the world. Once they have made their final choices and completed their IGCSEs in May and June they continue through to Key Stage 5.


Admissions Process

At The BISU, we are an inclusive non-selective school and welcome applications to our school all year round from students of all abilities. 

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You can contact the Admissions Team in the following ways to discuss any questions you have about The BISU and the Admissions process.

Applying for a Place at the BISU

The BISU Admissions Team is here to support and guide you during your child’s next learning journey. We are excited and enthusiastic about each and every enquiry and application, and view each one as our priority.