Preparing for University
The British School believes that the IB programme offers the best pre-university education available in the English language and provides excellent continuity from the Secondary School curriculum which is centred on the IGCSE. We firmly believe that it is not only worthwhile but essential for our students to capitalise on the benefits that the International Baccalaureate programme offers them in the short, medium and long-term.
In the short term, the IB furnishes students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain access to universities and colleges in Brazil and abroad. This, however, is only the narrowest interpretation of what secondary education is all about.
In the medium and long term, the IB programme equips all our students with the independent study and critical thinking skills, the intellectual confidence and the research-orientated approach to education that allows them to adapt so comfortably to university life. The overwhelming opinion of our ex-IB students is that they find themselves extremely well-prepared for the demands that universities subsequently make on them.
In addition, elements of the IB programme, like the Theory of Knowledge, Creativity Action and Service and the Extended Essay enable our students to take genuine steps in personal growth. There is clear evidence that students who complete the IB programme face university equipped with real advantages relative to many of their university peers.
University Preparation Programme
Aside from offering a top quality curriculum (through the IGCSE and IB) which prepares our pupils for higher education, the students in Classes 10 and 11 have access to additional services which form an overall “University Preparation Programme”. There are five elements to this:
- Brazilian Universities Guidance
- Overseas Universities Guidance
- Careers Guidance (including the Class 10 ‘Work Experience’ programme)
- BEC - Brazilian Extension Course for the Brazilian Diploma – History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
- Specific courses to prepare for university entry (ENEM, Vestibular preparation, SATs)
The Brazilian Extension Courses are taught, in Portuguese, by a team of qualified Brazilian teachers experienced in Ensino Médioeducation in local schools. It complements the student curriculum in relation to the IB programme. Philosophy and Sociology are taught in Classes 9, 10 and 11. The development of both disciplines gives us the opportunity to strengthen and support our existing Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Global Citizenship programmes.
Classes 10 and 11 students are also offered lessons in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, History and Geography, all taught in Portuguese. The main purpose of these lessons is to complement the IB curriculum preparing our students for university entrance exams in Brasil (Vestibular and ENEM).
Careers & University Advice
The British School offers structured opportunities for students to reflect and act on their professional aspirations. A Careers and University Guidance programme offers advice on university applications and career choices and includes a two-week Work Experience programme for all Class 10 students.
In Classes 9 to 11 all students have an interview each year with the Careers and University Applications Officer or a member of the management team. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss possible career paths and to encourage students to reflect on their possible interests beyond the IB. Meetings are also held in groups or individually and students have access to relevant information and material on career choices.
In the second term of Class 10, students undertake a one to two-week Work Experience programme. The careers service has established contact with a variety of businesses and professional areas which offer our students first hand experience of a particular working environment. This opportunity has proved to be very useful in encouraging students to actively think about possible careers. The school always welcomes offers from businesses or parents able to provide further opportunities of this kind for our students.
Applying to University
The Careers and University Department offers students the support and information necessary to apply to universities both in Brazil and abroad. The school provides assistance throughout the whole applications procedure obtaining the necessary application materials and following through each process. Guidance services extend beyond the entry of our students to university. The school’s staff are always available for continuous support for ex-students who do return for advice on a regular basis.
The Overseas University Application Advisor is responsible for dealing with students’ applications for universities outside Brazil. The Careers and Guidance Counsellor offers detailed and informed advice on Higher Education in Brazil and assistance on entry for appropriate Vestibular examinations and the ENEM.
Students are offered full support and advice on the suitability of courses and institutions. Meetings with students are arranged on an individual basis and an annual meeting is held with parents and students to discuss Higher Education. An extensive up-to-date selection of university prospectuses, computer facilities for online research and visits to educational fairs are arranged as well as opportunities for pupils to meet representatives from overseas Higher Education.
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