Academic Curriculum


Years 12 & 13 provides an opportunity to study for the academically demanding pre-University programmes.

In Years 12 & 13 JIS offers a combination of excellent teaching, expert counselling and sound advice to ensure that students develop their full academic and personal potential. They benefit from the expertise of highly qualified academic staff and a supportive system of pastoral care through daily contact with a tutor who works closely with the Head and Assistant Head of Upper Years, IB Coordinator (for IB students) and the Housemasters and Housemistresses. It is our aim to make Years 12 & 13 as challenging, fulfilling and productive as possible. Students are encouraged to aim high and are supported by the Higher Education Department to gain places at leading universities worldwide.

JIS offers the Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (A-levels) as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). Both programmes are studied over a two year period and offer students a wide range of subject choices. It is very important that students select subjects in which they are interested and will enjoy, those in which they will secure a high grade and those which will allow them to access programmes of study at leading universities around the world. Careful guidance is offered to each student to make informed choices about which course they will benefit from most. A broad education is our priority.

A-level students are able to select up to four subjects from a range of approximately twenty five subjects on offer. From August 2015, A-levels will be fully linear, with all A-level examinations being sat at the end of 2 years of study in Year 13. The AS qualifications will still exist but will no longer count towards the final grade of an A-level and will instead be a separate qualification in its own right.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is recognised and respected internationally. IB students study six subjects, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Students will receive a curriculum that offers breadth of experience in languages, humanities, the experimental sciences, arts and mathematics. IB students will also write a 4000 word essay and study a critical thinking course – Theory of Knowledge. In following with the IB philosophy, IB students strive to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective learners.

In Years 12 & 13, A-level students will have the option of studying for the Extended Project Qualification. The EPQ is an independent study project on any topic and is equivalent to an AS level. Students for whom English is a second language will also have the option of studying for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination as this is a language requirement of many universities worldwide.

Overall, Years 12 & 13 provides students with a broad choice and opportunity to select suitable and enriching courses of study. Our professional teaching staff utilise a range of current learning theories and technology. They ensure that students are engaged and equipped with the skills to be independent, inquisitive and capable learners who will have the knowledge and confidence to excel in their chosen fields.