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.

Academic CyclesAge GroupBritish CurriculumSpanish Curriculum
Early Years Foundation Stage
(EYFS)
2 – 3
3 – 4
4 – 5
Pre-Nursery
Nursery
Reception
1er ciclo Ed. Infantil
2º ciclo Ed. Infantil 
2º ciclo Ed. Infantil
Primary
Education
Key Stage 1
5 – 6
6 – 7
Year 1
Year 2
2º ciclo Ed. Infantil
1º curso Ed. Primaria
Primary
Education
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
Key Stage 5
16 – 17
17 – 18
Year 12
Year 13
1º Bachillerato
2º Bachillerato

Academic Cycles

Age Group

British Curriculum

Spanish Curriculum

Early Years
Foundation Stage (EYFS)

2 – 3

3 – 4

4 – 5

Pre-Nursery
Nursery
Reception

1er ciclo Ed. Infantil
2º ciclo Ed. Infantil 
2º ciclo Ed. Infantil

Primary
Education
Key Stage 1

5 – 6

6 – 7

Year 1
Year 2

2º ciclo Ed. Infantil
1º curso Ed. Primaria

Primary
Education
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
Key Stage 5

16 – 17

17 – 18

Year 13
Year 12

1º Bachillerato
2º Bachillerato

What is a Key Stage?

The structure of the English National Curriculum is organised in different Key Stages which divide the academic stages according to the age of the students.

We can find a total of five Key Stages that go from Year 1 up to Year 13.

Regarding the youngest students there is no Key Stage as such. Their academic stage is known as Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This would include Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception students (2 to 5 years old).

Here you are able to get a clear view of each one of the five Key Stages.

Grades in the English and Spanish curriculum

The British curriculum uses grade letters to represent a range of grades with A* being the highest grade and a U being unclassified. 

The Spanish curriculum uses a 0 to 10 scoring system. 0 being the lowest mark and 10 being the highest. 

In the British curriculum we can also find  or + symbols next to the letter grades. For example, an A+ is higher than an A but it doesn’t reach an A*. In the same way, a B- is lower than a B but higher than a C. 

At BSV teachers may also add a numerical grade regarding the students effort. The effort grade scale goes from 1 to 5, 1 being the highest grade and 5 the lowest. 

As shown on the table, these are approximate equivalences if we compare the English and Spanish grade system. 

Grade Letter

Points

Definition

A*

10

Outstanding

A

9 – 9,9

Excellent

B

7 – 8,9

Very Good

C

6 – 6,9

Good

D

5 – 5,9

Pass

E, F or G

0 – 4,9

Fail

U

Unclassified

X