The curriculum of Britannica International School, Shanghai is based on the English National Curriculum, enhanced to meet the needs of the expatriate population.

Essentially this means that in addition to the core curriculum, there is the opportunity for the pupils to study Mandarin, to learn about the Culture, History and Geography of China, and to study other Modern Languages.

The English National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’ (KS). You can use the guide below to identify in which stage your child would be placed in the English National Curriculum:

Britannica International school curriculum - international school in Shanghai

Please Note – in the British system, a pupil’s age on 1st September determines the year group in which they would be placed. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s age or stage or if you have any questions about the Britannica Curriculum.

Britannica pupils are prepared for the Cambridge University International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the world recognised Advanced Level (AS and A2 Levels) leading to British and international university entrance.

Britannica International School, Shanghai offers a specialist English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme, both for beginners and intermediate stage pupils, which allows these pupils to integrate swiftly into the mainstream classes. Britannica’s World Languages Programme also provides Native Language lessons throughout the school for Mandarin, Korean, French and Spanish.

The teachers at Britannica International School teach through the medium of English.

Pupils are taught in classes with a maximum of 22 pupils. The maximum capacity of our school is around 800 pupils from 2-18 years which makes us a relatively small school amongst the British Schools in Shanghai.

The Academic Year at Britannica

There are 181 pupil days per year, which are divided into three terms of approximately 12 weeks in length.

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Curriculum Overview