The IGCSE curriculum is an internationally recognised curriculum used in over 150 countries across the world.

Curriculum Overview

At The BIS-Lund, we follow the National Curriculum for England preparing students to take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course and the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level Examinations of the Universities of Cambridge and London (UK).

The curriculum lays the foundation for students to pursue university levels of education or professional career paths suited to their abilities, talents and interests.

The IGCSE curriculum is an internationally recognised curriculum used in over 150 countries across the world.

STEAM Education stimulates innovation, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills

Our programme outline is as follows:

Every child deserves the best early years education. Our foundation stones of learning are put in place by inspiring, caring and experienced teachers in a wonderful setting. At BIS-Lund the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based upon strong educational principles ensuring children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for future progress through school and life.

During these formative years of the Foundation Stage, a carefully integrated two-year programme of learning is provided which covers seven key areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

This stage consists of three core subjects Mathematics, English and Science together with Computing and the foundation subjects of Geography, History, Design Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education. In addition to these subjects, we also teach Swedish from Year 1 which continues through all Key Stages.

Children in Key Stage 1 are taught through a ‘topic approach’. During these first two years of Junior School life, students are encouraged to learn both practically and academically and all work is monitored to ensure that students are making the desired progress. We encourage children to take pride in their achievements and adopt an independent and self-reliant approach to school and particular attention is given to the social and emotional development of all children.

Key Stage 2 is made up of the same core and foundation subjects covered in Key Stage 1. During Years 3 and 4 much of the work is ‘cross-curricular’, meaning that one theme is covered by several subjects. Topics are structured to allow children the freedom to explore new subjects in a stimulating way, encouraging a natural enthusiasm for more independent learning. In Year 3 the reading and spelling homework experienced in the previous year is supplemented with written work, which increases in Year 4.

Throughout Years 5 and 6 a greater degree of autonomy and independence is expected of the children, during which they are softly encouraged to accept new levels of responsibility and demonstrate leadership skills.

During the latter part of Key Stage 2, subject teaching becomes more defined especially in the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Computing. As students enter Year 6 they are prepared for the subject-oriented approach of the Senior School and are expected to become more independent in planning and completing their studies. The level of homework increases to three half-hourly sessions per week, plus spelling and nightly reading. Swedish continues throughout Key Stage 2 and in Year 6 students receive lessons in Spanish, French and German with one language covered per term across the year. These lessons are taught by specialist language teachers.

Our assessment team will work with the students from Year 6 (Ages 10) to ensure a smooth transition from Junior School to Senior School. We will do formative, on the spot, assessments which have a high impact on student learning.

As children get older we teach them to think more critically – it is at this stage that students develop a deeper knowledge and understanding across the arts, humanities, languages and sciences. They learn how to investigate, test and think about things rationally. At age 16 (Year 11), students take GCSE (General Certificate of Education) exams in 8-10 different subjects.

The final two years at school mark the beginning of adulthood. Students make choices and work hard during these years that prepare them for university and the start of their future career path. At the end of Year 11, and once students have finished their GCSEs they choose from four further study programmes: A Levels, IB Diploma Programme, IB Career-Related Programme or BTEC Qualifications.

Students enter the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) at the age of 16. The two years spent in the Sixth Form are an exciting and challenging time when students are able to focus on subjects which they truly enjoy, while developing their own ideas and opinions, and preparing for higher education.

The Sixth Form at The BIS-Lund offers four academic pathways – each of them is quite different but all are well-established, well-recognised and highly valued by schools, universities and employers. Students with any of these qualifications are able to transfer to secondary schools and apply to colleges and universities around the world. 

  • A Level

A Levels are a widely recognised and respected qualification which allows students to specialise in a few subjects in far greater depth than GCSE. It is a two-year programme of study, culminating in externally assessed examinations at the end of year 13. 

  • IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an academically challenging and balanced two-year programme with final examinations in May of Year 13. The IB is a well-respected and widely recognised programme of study which aims to combine a breadth of knowledge with in-depth learning.

  • IB Career Related Programme (IBCP)

The IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an alternative academic pathway available for students in post-16 education.

The aim of the IBCP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support their further studies and training during higher education, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce.

  • BTEC Qualifications

BTECs are vocational qualifications and administered by the Edexcel exam board.  Level 3 BTEC qualifications are the same standard as A Levels.  We will offer opportunities for students to study BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Business as well as a new BTEC Hospitality Diploma for selected students.

British Education

At The BIS-Lund, we follow the National Curriculum for England preparing students to take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course and the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level Examinations of the Universities of Cambridge and London (UK).