The BIST way
Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow
Introducing our Sixth Form
New choices and opportunities
The transition from IGCSEs into the Sixth Form is one of the most enriching journeys in education. Transitioning from a series of compulsory subjects, to a timetable established on the strengths and passions of the individual, allows every student to thrive in their specialist areas.
The progression to Sixth Form is an important and exciting step for all students as it leads the way to new choices, challenges and opportunities.
A Sixth Form education at BIST is a true pre-university experience, designed to stimulate, challenge and inspire each student to tackle the demands of tomorrow’s world and be capable of shaping a better world for the future.
On the way to academic success
At BIST we aspire our students to become more confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.
At the heart of the transition onto any of the above courses is the necessity to make the right choice for each child.
It is important, therefore, for students to consult with their form tutor, teachers, School Principal and their parents or guardians, as they make these choices that may well determine their academic success and future opportunities.
Life within the Sixth Form is about seizing the opportunity to discover new things; to be ambitious; to take risks and be brave; to celebrate success; and to embrace the challenges of the future.
What is Key Stage 5?
At Key Stage 5, our focus is on preparing our students for the next step. With this is mind, our Sixth Form programme is diverse and mirrors the skills needed to for a move into Higher Education.
The curriculum is a fully inclusive Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) Curriculum, encompassing 12 options (of which students upon entry can choose up to 4) at AS and A-Level. Additionally, we are proud to offer a vocational route through our BTEC courses in Business Studies and Computer Science.
The best practice worldwide
Between both examination boards, we have total confidence that all the assessments and qualifications we offer are in line with the very best practice worldwide.
Our staff has the expertise to advise and guide our students through this complex time. Their knowledge of University requirements is invaluable to ensure that they have the broadest possible choices.
Supported all the way through
With small class sizes, our A-Level courses allow for an even greater level of individual attention and personalised, supported learning.
We pride ourselves on getting to know each individual student so that we can provide support as and when needed. We offer well-thought-out and highly personalised support to ensure that Sixth Formers have the best chance of selecting a path that matches their personality, preferences, happiness, as well as their career ambitions.
Our caring team will be there to inspire, encourage, and advise students throughout.
The General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level are subject-based qualifications offered by schools and colleges in the UK and internationally.
Students usually take these examinations at the age of 18 in Year 13, in three or four subjects. Grades range from A* to E.
The A-Level standard is widely recognised by prestigious institutions around the world, not just the UK, it is a stepping stone to promising academic and business careers.
BTEC – Pearson Edexcel
BTEC stands for the Business and Technology Education Council.
They are high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work. They combine practical learning with subject and theory content.
On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification, students can progress to employment or continue their learning in the same or related areas of study, in higher education and professional development programmes.
IPQ – Cambridge Assessment International Education
The Cambridge International Project Qualification allows learners to demonstrate engagement with a topic of their choice beyond the confines of the curriculum.
The IPQ is an independent research project that requires the candidate to construct an appropriate question, undertake a literature review, and design and carry out their research. The IPQ helps students progress to higher education. The IPQ is valued the same as half an A- Level in UCAS.
Advanced Level program
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Preparing your child for the next steps
Preparing your child for University
Part of BIST’s ethos is instilling ambition and drive in students to achieve more and grasp the opportunities that come their way.
To help students on their educational journey, we are proud to work with Cambridge Assessment International Education and Pearson Edexcel to provide IGCSEs, A-Levels and BTEC qualifications. These internationally recognised examination boards means students can access the world’s best universities.
Preparing your child for career success
Our aim is to create world citizens, confident wherever they go, always open to acquiring new knowledge as positive seekers of experience, ready to meet the challenges of the modern era.
This is attainable through the creation of an appropriately challenging learning journey for each and every child in our school. This learning journey does not however end at BIST, and as such we take our responsibility very seriously in guiding every student in making the right decisions for their future.