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Curriculum & Subject Choices

At Taunton School International, we provide the very best quality tuition for speakers of English as a first or second language.

Depending on the student’s age and level of English, we provide two highly academic programmes:

One-year GCSE/Pre-IB Programme

  • Students who are 15 or 16 years old with a range of English between B1 – C2 (Intermediate to Proficiency/Native speakers)
  • 20% of the curriculum is dedicated to intensive English language development
  • 80% of the curriculum is given over to other subjects (see below for full list of subjects)
  • Students sit between 5 - 8 GCSEs at the end of the academic year
  • Free choice of subjects from a wide range of subjects which means that students can play to their strengths

 

Two-year GCSE/Pre-IB Programme

  • Students who are 14 or 15 years old with a range of English between A1 – B1 (Elementary to Intermediate)
  • Maximum class size of 10
  • 40% of the curriculum is dedicated to intensive English language development
  • 60% of the curriculum is given over to other subjects (see below for full list of subjects)
  • Students sit between 2 – 5 GCSEs in their first year and 5 – 6 GCSEs in their second year
  • After two years, most students on this programme achieve between 6 – 10 GCSEs
  • Some of the more linguistically challenging subjects may not be accessible in Year 1

 

Subject Choices

  • English: English as a First Language*, English as a Second Language*, IELTS
  • Mathematics: Mathematics*, Additional Mathematics
  • The Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • The Business World: Business Studies, Economics, Travel & Tourism
  • Humanities: History, Geography, Psychology, Religious Studies
  • Technology: Information & Communication Technology (ICT) & Design Technology (DT)
  • Creative studies: Art, Media Studies, Music
  • Languages: Latin, French, Spanish, German, Own Language*

Please note that subjects marked with an asterisk are compulsory