International Curriculum

Find out more about what subjects you can study during your time at West Buckland


We offer international students a range of education programmes designed to meet their ambitions for studying in the UK.

Two Year Course

A-levels are the main qualification requirement for entry into UK universities. Students entering at Year 12 (usually 16 years of age) are generally expected to study three subjects at A-level for two years.

A-level students need a good command of English and support is provided by the school. In addition to A-level classes, international students study English in preparation for taking the IELTS qualification.

Popular subjects for international students include mathematics, further mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, art & design, and economics. Advice on subjects is offered to every student applying to study A-levels at West Buckland.

To find out more, please click on the link to get a copy of our Sixth Form Prospectus.

Sixth Form Prospectus

A Wide Choice of Subjects

GCSEs (General Certificate in Secondary Education) are an important first step on the pathway to university education in the UK and enable them to progress on to A-level courses.

In Years 10 and 11 students normally study eight subjects at GCSE/iGCSE level. All students are prepared for iGCSE English as a Second Language (Edexcel), and GCSE Mathematics. Students then select six optional subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Art & Design, Design Technology, Drama, Music, Business Studies and Computing, as well as their own language.


Setting the Groundwork

Students joining us at Years 7 to 9 (11 to 13 year olds) will follow a broad academic programme which forms the basis for subsequent study at GCSE and A-level. All pupils study the following subjects:



Biology, chemistry and physics studied as separate sciences

Geography, history and religious studies

Art & design, design technology, drama, food & nutrition, IT and music

Physical education and games

French and Spanish are available to overseas students with prior experience of these languages.

Short Stay

Every year we welcome students who join on short term programmes wishing to experience studying in a British school.

Most stay for one or two terms and receive a comprehensive teaching and learning programme, develop their English language skills, enjoy a rich cultural experience and participate in the huge range of sports, music, drama, art, outdoor education and other opportunities that are available.

For more details on short stay study programmes, please contact Miss Melanie Tennant, our Admissions Manager.

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