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The English Language iGCSE

This exam is taken at the end of Seconde around May-June time and is examined by Cambridge International Examinations board. This qualification provides proof of the successful candidate’s proficiency in English.

Students who enter the scheme at Seconde level don't take the iGCSE exam because it is prepared starting 3ème.

The CIE iGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. As well as enabling learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts the syllabus also develops an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed; it also requires presentation of an informed, personal response to the material they have studied.

This syllabus ideally suits our young people because it rewards their exploration of wider and universal issues and better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.

Diplôme National du Brevet, Mention Internationale

The Diplôme national du brevet is a French state qualification taken in Troisième, at the end of compulsory schooling in France. This involves pupils taking written examinations in French, mathematics and history-geography in French. In addition, British Section pupils sit oral examinations in English language and literature and history-geography in English in order to gain the Mention Internationale.

Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB), British version

The Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) is the school-leaving qualification taken by British Section students. The British version of the OIB results from a long-standing partnership between the French Ministry of Education and Cambridge International Education (CIE), a division of the University of Cambridge. The unique feature of the OIB is that A-Level standard examinations in English Language and Literature and History/Geography are added to the full syllabus of the traditional French Baccalauréat, and the results of these examinations are factored, with heavy weightings (coéfficients), into the student's overall mark in what becomes the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB). Results are expressed as a mark out of twenty, with the highest commendation - Mention Très Bien - being awarded to students achieving an average mark of 16/20 and above. Each year, we celebrate our students' success in the OIB at a graduation ceremony: The Bachelier Evening. 


More information about this pioneering bilingual diploma can be found in the brochures (in English or French) produced by Cambridge International Education and ASIBA (Association de Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones).  Over forty schools worldwide offer the British version of the OIB and all are members of ASIBA. Click here for an article and  here for a presentation about recent changes to the format of the OIB diploma following the 2021 reform.