The Secondary Division will cover Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11).


Where applicable and appropriate learning becomes more enquiry and problem solving based which increases the opportunity for greater independent learning through Key Stages 3 & 4. Students then develop a greater sense of direction leading them to eventually make informed choices and decisions.


The same values and principles towards learning that are applied in the Primary Division are also applied to the Secondary Division with the sole intention of creating well rounded young adults prepared for life beyond BIS with a strong sense of appropriateness.



For Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) the students will be prepared for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education [IGCSE] which they will be presented for in Year 11. Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide. Many of the subjects offered by CIE have specific international elements and content developed by subject specialists to make the topics relevant to students worldwide.


The Cambridge IGCSE programme is a 2 year programme of study beginning in Year 10 and therefore there will be no direct admission into Year 11. At the point of entry to Year 10, students together with their parents will be given advice on the combination and number of subjects for the IGCSE Examinations. Every student at BIS will select their IGCSE subjects from the Subject Bands provided by the School with the following subjects, English Language, Mathematics and one Second Language as mandatory subjects. In the case of Malaysian students, and in line with the Malaysian Ministry of Education requirements, their IGCSE second language will be Bahasa Malaysia. There will be no separation of the students into Science and Arts streams.


Choosing subjects is an important decision. The School will provide the student and their parent(s) the information in advance about options available to make sure that the choices made are well informed. Choosing the right IGCSE subjects is based on the student's strength and being able to continue building upon that strength. Students at BIS will, on average, take on 9 subjects which will prepare them well for the next stage of their education and at the same time allow them to continue to develop other interests both in and out of School.