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Four Academic Pathways

The Sixth Form at The BSN 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.  

CHOICES: Sixth Form Handbook 2017/19

University Destinations


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.  

In Year 12, students will be expected to study FOUR subjects as part of the A Level course. These will be completed in the summer of Year 12. All students take a core programme alongside academic studies which includes life skills, sport, directed study and tutor time/assembly.  

In Year 13, students will normally discard one subject, and continue into the second year of Sixth Form studying THREE subjects. The core programme also extends to include a lecture programme.

A LEVEL Curriculum Handbook

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.

The IB Diploma is built around a core which consists of three compulsory elements – CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service), the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge are central to the philosophy of the IB.

Alongside the core, IB Diploma students study six subjects - one from each of the six groups – although the Arts, a group 6 subject choice, may be replaced by an extra subject from groups 1 to 5. Of the six subjects, at least three must be taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).

IB Diploma Programme Subjects/Groups
Group 1
Language & Literature
Group 2
Language Acquisition
Group 3
Individuals & Societie
Group 4
Experimental Sciences
Group 5
Group 6
The Arts
It may be possible for students to study their native language as a Language ADutchEconomicsBiologyMathematics StudiesMusic
English AFrenchGeographyChemistryMathematicsVisual Arts
   Computer Science  

IBDP/IBCP Curriculum Handbook

IB Career Related Programme (IBCP)

The BSN runs the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) alongside its IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and A Level examinations. We offer the IBCP focused around the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business.

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.

IBCP students at the BSN will follow two Diploma Programme courses at Standard Level, a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (equivalent to 2 A-levels) and a core consisting of Approaches to Learning, Language Development, Community and Service, and a Reflective Project, which will be related to their Career-related Study in Business.

IBDP/IBCP Curriculum Handbook

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 currently offer opportunities for students to study BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Business as well as a new BTEC Hospitality Diploma for selected students.