Senior Curriculum

In Year 7, pupils make the transition from Primary School to Senior School.  The Senior School covers Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

At the foot of this page there are links to the Curriculum Handbooks for each Senior School Key Stage

 

Key Stage 3: Years 7 – 9 (students aged 11-14)

In KS3 all students follow a course involving a wide range of subjects designed to stretch and challenge every individual, providing the opportunity to discover and examine their own particular interests and talents.

Students study two languages: French and German. The courses are designed to develop an interest and enthusiasm for using other languages and to provide a basic grounding for further study of one or more languages at a higher level later in school. Special provision is made for mother tongue speakers of these languages.

During Year 9 students study the three individual sciences (physics, chemistry & biology). Towards the latter half of Year 9, students select the subjects for their IGCSE examination courses for the next two years – this selection process is based upon a wide range of guidance and advice and is undertaken in close consultation with parents and staff.

 

Key Stage 4 (IGCSE): Years 10 – 11 (students aged 14-16)

During Years 10 and 11 the majority of students will follow IGCSE courses in 8 or 9 subjects. These subjects will have been selected by the students in close consultation with parents and staff. Students are encouraged to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum by building upon a core of the following subjects:

  1. English Language
  2. English Literature
  3. Mathematics
  4. Combined science (OR individual Sciences, biology, chemistry, physics)
  5. Geography or history
  6. Information and communication technology
  7. Modern Foreign Language (French OR German)
  8. Option 1 – Business studies, drama, art
  9. Option 2 – Business studies, music, PE

NB Option blocks subject to change dependent on student choice.

In addition all students also follow a physical education programme covering a wide range of sports and activities.

Pre IB

PBS offers an alternative to the IGCSE, primarily for students who are enrol at the school aged 15 – 16 who would benefit from a preparatory year before starting the IB. This programme, The Pre-IB, normally takes one year and is not for students who have successfully completed the IGCSE course either at PBS or elsewhere. Please click HERE for the Pre-IB Curriculum Handbook.

 

IB Diploma Programme: Years 12 – 13 (students aged 16 – 18)

Entrance to Years 7 - 11 is non selective, however students wishing to enrol in the IB Diploma Programme must attain a minimum of six A* - C grades at IGCSE (or the equivalent) or successfully complete the PBS Pre-IB programme. Further, students should attain an A or B in the IGCSE subjects that they wish to study at Higher level in the IB.

Upon being accepted to study the IB Diploma at PBS, students embark on a two year course of study which will allow them entrance to universities around the world. This popular two year course equips students with a wide ranging educational experience and also allows students to develop as independent learners and critical thinkers.

Students study one subject from each of the following areas:

  • World Literature
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanity
  • The Arts

In addition students complete; Theory of Knowledge, Creativity Action and Service and undertake an Extended Essay on a topic of their choosing.

RESOURCES

Please click on the links below for the PBS Curriculum Handbook for each Senior Key Stage.