British Education

Our educational project is based on the British National Curriculum with the particularities and characteristics of a British school in Spain.

This table shows equivalencies between the British and Spanish education systems, it may serve to understand the organisation and terminology used regarding the British education system and on this website.

Equivalent academic year groups

 Age GroupBritish CurriculumSpanish Curriculum
2 – 3
3 – 4
4 – 5
1er ciclo E.I.
2º ciclo E.I. (3 years old)
2º ciclo E.I. (4 years old)
Key Stage 1
5 – 6
6 – 7
Year 1
Year 2
2º ciclo E.I. (5 years old)
1º curso Ed. Primaria
Key Stage 2
7 – 8
8 – 9
9 – 10
10 – 11
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
2º curso Ed. Primaria
3er curso Ed. Primaria
4º curso Ed. Primaria
5º curso Ed. Primaria
Secondary Education
Key Stage 3
11 – 12
12 – 13
13 – 14
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
6º curso Ed. Primaria
1º curso Ed. Secundaria
2º curso Ed. Secundaria
Secondary Education
Key Stage 4
14 – 15
15 – 16
Year 10
Year 11
3er curso Ed. Secundaria
4º curso Ed. Secundaria
6th Form (GCE)
Key Stage 5
16 – 17
17 – 18
Year 12
Year 13
1º Bachillerato
2º Bachillerato

Most pupils join the school in Pre-Nursery. At the British School of Valencia we attach great importance to this since it ensures children come into contact with the English language from an early age. The early years of the Foundation Levels are essential to ensure a proper grasp of the English language, both in terms of speaking and comprehension. This solid foundation enables us to fully implement the National Curriculum throughout the child’s primary education. 

At the end of Year 11 (15-16 years old) our pupils obtain the General Certificate of Secondary Education following the British Education System and the Graduado en Educación Secundaria qualification issued by the Spanish education authorities for pupils who have completed their secondary education in Spanish language and culture and the language of the Region of Valencian.

Academic education ends with two years of Higher Secondary Education, the stage known as 6th Form in the British education system. Official exams for obtaining the GCE (General Certificate of Education), AS and A Levels, are the focus of the final two years of Secondary Education (17-18 years old). On completing this stage our pupils are eligible for entrance both to Spanish and British universities.

Different stages of education

Early Years Foundation Stage / 2 to 5

At this first stage of school, boys and girls learn, share and play in a friendly, trusting and fun atmosphere where the only language used is English. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is how the British Education system describes the time in your childs life between birth and age five. This is a very important stage as it helps a child get ready for their future learning and successes. From when your child comes to school up until the age of five, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. The child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Primary Education / 5 to 11

School life is particularly well represented during this stage, our pupils enjoy a formative and pleasant learning environment where learning becomes an enriching experience. We encourage strong work habits and promote respect, tolerance and an ethos of coexistence among pupils, our school’s hallmark. The first two years of Primary Education are covered by Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2); these years have an inclusive and preparatory nature, where pupils are exposed to learning strategies which, although still simple, can be applied to the following years of this stage. In Key Stage 2 (from Year 3 to Year 6) there is greater focus on academic content and pupils are prepared for the transition to secondary education.

  • Core Subjects
  • Foundation Subjects
  • Other Languages
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Secondary Education / 11 to 16

As in the case of previous stages, the objectives and subjects set out in the National Curriculum determine the way in which our pupils tackle these decisive school years. Over the first three years, Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and Year 9), a wide range of subjects provide our pupils with a solid foundation. At this point the English language should be fully grounded as the vehicular language for learning.

The final two years, Year 10 and Year 11, cover Key Stage 4. The British IGCSE elective subjects, core syllabus and final examinations are necessary to obtain British and Spanish secondary school qualifications and clearly mark and determine the path to follow in order during Higher Secondary Education.

  • Core Subjects
  • Foundation Subjects
  • Other Languages
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Sixth Form, GCE AS & A Level / 16 to 18 años

Without a doubt the British Higher Secondary Education system endows pupils with one of the best academic preparations to then go on to meet the current entry requirements for their chosen university degree, both in Europe and beyond. Depending on pupils’ preferences and aptitudes the system allows to the syllabus to be tailored to individual pupils and includes subjects which in many cases are taught at university level. This stage also encourages skills essential for young people today, such as inquisitiveness to embark on research, critical thinking, teamwork and oratory.

This stage covers two years (Year 12 and Year 13) and during both pupils will be required to sit official exams marked by external examining boards. These exams at the British School of Valencia are marked by the Cambridge University examining board.

  • GCE AS / A Level Subjects
  • Specific Syllabuses
  • Other Languages
  • University Guidance and Application