Upper School

Year 12 Form Tutor: Mr Jason Batson

Year 13 Form Tutor: Dr Polona Prohinar

For the final two years of a young person's schooling, we offer Cambridge International and AQA A-Levels. These are internationally-accepted university-entrance qualifications which, unlike the Slovenian Matura and the IB, give a student the opportunity to specialise and focus solely on their strengths and subjects that are appropriate for their future path: an excellent linguist or musician is not prevented from achieving their goals by a weakness in mathematics or the sciences; or a keen young scientist can study these subjects in greater depth without the distractions of subjects which hold little attraction. Students have the option to take a class per week in Slovene language and literature. This programme may, therefore, suit young people who have completed two years of Slovenian Gimnazija and would rather concentrate on their strongest subjects (or those not available in the Slovenian Matura) and drop those which they least enjoy. A typical work-load consists of 4 A-Level courses in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13 ("cashing-in" one at the end of Year 12 as an AS-Level). Each subject is studied in considerable depth, with typically 6 lessons allocated per week.

Subjects on offer for a typical academic year are as follows (click on the link for more information from the board's website - opens in a new tab/window):

The Upper School curriculum will be reviewed during the 2015-16 academic year to ensure we continue to offer the most effective programme and most appropriate subject choices.

A weekly University Preparation period addresses important topics in preparation for applications to Universities including applications, course guidance, careers advice, CV writing and interview technique.

The students spend part of each day in Private Study in a dedicated area, when they will be completing assignments, undertaking research and preparing for their next class. Whilst “spoonfeeding” may help with short-term exams, this does little in the long run for ensuring that the student is an independent and resourceful learner.

This is an important bridge between school and university and we ask much of our Upper School students in assuming a leadership role in our school community: they should be people the younger students can look up to and respect. The dress code also reflects this: Upper School boys wear their own choice of shirt, suit and tie, while the girls may select clothes which would be considered professionally equivalent. In addition to their academic studies and physical education, all of our Upper School students take part in Adventure Trips and many opt to join the International Young People's Award (known in the UK as the Duke of Edinburgh Award).

All Upper School students require a laptop for their studies.

Those students who do not have a base in Ljubljana are able to enrol at the Dijaški dom Bežigrad, which is a comfortable boarding facility that BISL students have used for some years.

Experienced members of staff assist students to find the optimum University or College or vocational course to follow on from their studies with us, wherever in the world that may be. The esteem in which CIE and AQA qualifications are held, means that universities and employers worldwide recognise the achievement of students who take them, preparing the way for good places at university and excellent employment prospects. The University of Ljubljana has accepted our A-Level-qualified students for entry (see our FAQs page).


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