At Baleares International College, the highest quality, fully-trained teachers from the UK are selected for their experience and excellence. Each one is proficient in teaching the English National Curriculum, from the early years (from 2 years of age) through to achieving the highest pass rates at IGCSE and A Level examination.
Today, A Level examinations are sought after by all prestigious universities and employers across the world. At Baleares International College, we work with the prestigious examination boards of Cambridge University and Edexcel to deliver the highly esteemed Advanced Level examinations.
You can learn more about the English Curriculum on the UK Government’s website by selecting the button below.
We also have specialist teachers offering the highest quality English as an additional language (EAL) programme. In addition, all of our teachers are trained to deliver a curriculum to both English first language and second language students in their classroom.
The information below shows what Key Stage your child would be in as part of the English National Curriculum at Baleares International College.
To access the 2020/2021 curriculum plans please click below:THE ENGLISH CURRICULUM
When we moved to Mallorca we were looking for a school where our children would be academically challenged in a positive, motivating and caring environment. We found this and much more at BIC. A vibrant and helpful parent community, encouraging and passionate teachers led by a remarkable management team.
Year 2, 5 and 8 school parent
Early Years Foundation Stage
Students aged 2 to 5 years
Nursery and Reception
We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observation of children’s needs, interests and stages of development across seven areas of learning to enable the children to achieve and exceed the early learning goals.
All the seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas are the prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children are also supported through the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Children are provided with a range of rich, meaningful first-hand experiences in which they explore, think creatively and are active. We aim to develop and foster positive attitudes towards learning, confidence, communication and physical development.
Parents are involved at every stage, and are regularly updated on their child's progress. The Nursery and Early Years Department works very closely with the school's Primary Department, to ensure our students have a seamless transition into the primary classes.
Key Stage 1
Students aged 5 to 7 years
Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 1 (KS1) is the British curriculum taught to children of age five to seven years. With a special emphasis on developing the core subjects of literacy and numeracy, it ensures that the building blocks of children’s learning in these core areas are fully-developed and understood.
Combined with activities to develop these core curriculum areas, specialist teachers introduce the children to Spanish and Music. Extra support is also given to students with English as an additional language (EAL), to ensure they can quickly access the rest of the curriculum being taught.
Each class has a low teacher to child ratio. This ensures each student gets the attention they need to optimise their development. Each of our highly qualified UK teachers are supported by a fully-qualified and experienced teaching assistant.
Key Stage 2
Students aged 7 to 11 years
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Key Stage 2 (KS2) is the British curriculum that is taught to children of age 7 to 11 years. While the core subjects of Maths and English are further developed, the Key Stage 2 curriculum also provides breadth to focus on other skill and subject areas including the introduction of modern foreign languages, drama and internationalism. Students' abilities and talents in the expressive arts and sports are also extended through further specialist teaching and other curriculum opportunities. Students in KS2 also have the opportunity to learn Catalan, German and French (dependant on campus).
You can be assured that our Primary curriculum, delivered by British teachers, will provide your child with the best foundations for the next stages of their education. Extra support is also given to pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), to ensure they can quickly access the rest of the curriculum being taught.
Your child will be regularly assessed in a discreet manner using standardised material published in the UK, which measure a student’s attainment in English, Mathematics and Science against UK expectations for their age. At every step of their development we are aware of the areas of their learning that need additional support to ensure they are always challenged and are progressing. Students with particular gifts and talents are also identified and provided with additional opportunities to flourish in their areas of strength.
Key Stage 3
Students aged 11 to 13
Years 7 and 8
When a student enters the secondary department of school, he/she is in Year 7 and will be learning all subjects in English, based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales Key Stage 3, until the end of Year 8.
The students have the opportunity to study English, Spanish, German, French, Catalan, Maths, Science, Information and Communication Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education), Art and Music.
Key Stage 3 focuses on providing the foundation of knowledge for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education work starting in Year 9.
Key Stage 4
Students aged 13 to 16
Years 9, 10 and 11
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE):
IGCSEs are international qualifications developed by Pearson Edexcel and the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). At Baleares International College, the IGCSE is typically taken by 16 year-old students, at the end of Year 11. These are external examinations. This means that the examination papers are sent to the school by Edexcel and Cambridge and are then returned to them for marking and grading by an official body. The results are announced in August. IGCSE is a highly respected and internationally recognised qualification.
The students will all study English Language and Literature, Spanish, German or French, Maths, a Science and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) in addition to core PE (Physical Education). They also have optional subject choices which include Art, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Computer Science, Drama, Music, Business Studies and Physical Education. Spanish Nationals are also required to follow Catalan.
An overview of the options available in our current Key Stage 4 curriculum can be downloaded here.
Key Stage 5
Students aged 16 to 18
Years 12 and 13
In the Sixth Form, students are prepared for the Advanced Levels (A Level) examinations or the careers-based qualification. Students also have the opportunity to take an Extended Project Qualification, a self-directed and self-motivated project on a topic of their own choice, which is worth half an A Level.
A Levels remain the gold standard for students who aspire to access university in the UK or their home country. A Levels are taken over two years: the first year is called an AS, or Advanced Subsidiary level. This is equal to half an A Level. The second year is called an Advanced level. A Levels are graded A*, A, B, C, D and E.
Career-based qualifications have earned a worldwide reputation because it provides learners with a clear route into university or straight into their career. Today’s employers are looking for confident, work-ready employees who have the practical knowledge and technical skills that are acquired while studying a Career-based course.
All the courses are taught in English except the language courses, which are taught in the language studied. Competence in English is a prerequisite for success in the A Level programme. It shows that students have the fluency in written and spoken English to meet the demands of an undergraduate university course right from the start.
To be eligible to study A Levels, it is highly recommended that students have at least 5 IGCSE passes at grade C or 4 and above (to include Mathematics and English).
More information about our 2020 Examination Results can be found HERE.