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The Educational Project of British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia

In the following we invite you to see in all the details the structure of the educational project of the British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia Group and all the stages they include, as well as

In the following we invite you to see in all the details the structure of the educational project of the British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia Group and all the stages they include, as well as the learning areas and exams specific to each stage.

Foundation

This stage is made up of three levels: pre-nursery – 2-3 years, nursery – 3-4 years and reception – 4-5 years.  At Foundation Stage, learning is divided into 7 areas of development or the so-called Main learning areas, and the other four are identified as Specific learning areas. The Foundation Curriculum is as follows: the Main learning areas include communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. The Specific learning areas include literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design.

Primary, from 5 to 11 years old

This stage is made up of Key Stage 1, from 5 to 7 years, and Key Stage 2, from 7 to 11 years. The curriculum consists of 10 subjects, three of which are core subjects: English, mathematics and science, and 7 are foundation subjects: Art and design, computing, design and technology, geography, history, music, physical education. In addition to this the British Schools also teach the following subjects to their Primary and Secondary pupils: Spanish Language, Valencian Language and Social Science.

“We also thoroughly deliver the subject of PSHE, key to our pupils’ personal, social and emotional development, the management of the British Schools say. In Primary pupils have support lessons and in Secondary teachers who specialize in each subject area deliver the specific subjects, reducing the number of pupils per group at all stages in core subjects in order to offer high quality teaching.”

Secondary, from 11 to 16 years

Secondary education at British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia offers pupils the opportunity to follow an intensive and balanced program of studies with a variety of options during learning. This program trains them as young adults, preparing them for their future university career. The program is made up of two stages: Key stage 3 and Key stage 4, with a total of 5 year groups (from year 7 to year 11) and Sixth Form (Key Stage 5: year 12 and year 13).

Sixth Form: from 16 to 18 years

The complete program in Sixth Form includes the AS / A2 subjects along with subjects in Spanish related to the four specific lines of study: Health, Scientific – Technical, Humanistic – Social and Artistic. This offers them the possibility of achieving many points to gain direct access to universities in Spain or England. Whichever line of study pupils choose in Sixth form, they will receive high quality education that is adapted to each pupil’s needs.

Accessing University

Accessing University depends on the grades pupils achieve in the AS / A Level exams which are held at the end of the two years of Sixth Form; Year 12 and Year 13. At this level the following grades represent a ‘pass’ in subjects: A, B, C, D and E. Generally, in order to access Universities in the United Kingdom, pupils need to have passed at least two GCE subjects (depending on the college/university). However, in many cases in order to gain access to more prestigious universities, pupils are required to pass at least three subjects with a B or more.

In order to unify criteria, access to British universities is measured depending on the UCAS POINTS CHART obtained by each pupil. This chart assigns numeric values to the qualifications obtained in the AS/A2 exams.

On the other hand, access to Spanish universities requires achieving a numeric qualification on a scale of 0 to 14. The final grade obtained allows access to different universities according to each pupil’s access grade. In order for pupils who have studied in foreign educational centres using educational systems belonging to the European Union to access Spanish universities, they also must obtain a numeric grade. This can be achieved in two ways: access to university for pupils in the European Union or by sitting the Selectividad exam.

Academic Assessment

British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia pupils sit official external exams at the end of each educational stage. These exams are the most prestigious in Europe, as they are compiled and corrected by Cambridge and Edexcel’s prestigious Examining Boards.

The majority of pupils enroll at school in Pre-Nursery. The initial levels at Foundation stage are crucial to developing a good command of speech and comprehension of the English language.

Pupils sit the official SATs exams at the end of Year 6 (Key Stage 2) and Year 9 (Key Stage 3). In this way the academic level of pupils in a British school in Spain can be compared to that of pupils in similar British schools located both in other areas of Spain as well as in the United Kingdom.

At the end of Year 11 pupils receive a General Certificate of Secondary Education issued by the British Educational System, and the title ‘Graduado en Educación Secundaria’ issued by the Spanish educational authorities.

The official A-Level exams to obtain the GCE (General Certificate of Education) focus on the academic preparation carried out during the last two years of Secondary Education; that is Year 12 and Year 13. Pupils enrolled in foreign educational systems acknowledged by the European Union (British System) gain direct access to universities in Great Britain and to Spanish universities, either directly or by taking the ‘Selectividad’

Generally schools present their pupils to sit Cambridge exams: First Certificate in English FCE (B2 level), Certificate of Advanced English CAE (C1 level) and Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE (C2 level) at the stage of Sixth Form.


British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia Group constantly prove themselves to be one of the most successful models of education, and here at Spain Life exclusive we inform our readers on weekly basis on the philosophy and core values of the Group, and on their educative project, the facilities of the schools and the latest events.

For more details on British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia, check their website colegiosbritanicos.com

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