British School of Sofia - Our Curriculum

Internationally Respected Curricula


The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC)
launched in 2016, covers all the aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage provision, including learning goals and developmental stages. IEYC is designed around eight learning principles for children aged 2–5 years old. It is used by over 140 nurseries and early year settings, in 47 countries worldwide.

Cambridge Primary Programme (CPP)
for learners aged 5 to 11 years, gives schools a world-class curriculum to develop learner skills and understanding in English, Mathematics, and Science.
It enables teachers to assess children's learning as they progress with two optional assessments: Cambridge Primary Progression Tests and Cambridge Primary Checkpoint

Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme (CLSP)
for learners aged 12 to 13 years, Cambridge Lower Secondary develops skills and understanding in English, Mathematics, and Science for the first two years of secondary education.
Cambridge Lower Secondary provides excellent preparation for Cambridge Upper Secondary and other educational programmes. Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint tests can be used to monitor learners’ readiness for the next stage of education.

Cambridge Upper Secondary Programme (CUSP)
Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16-year-olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 30 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.
Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible curriculum, with a choice of over 70 subjects in any combination, including 30 languages.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)
Introduced in 1969 for students aged 16 to 19, is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and beyond.


Why BSS has chosen Cambridge International Continuum:

  • Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programs and qualifications for 5 to 19 years old
  • More than 10 000 schools in over 160 countries are a part of the Cambridge learning community
  • The University of Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE) is the most prestigious and recognized all over the world examination board.
  • Every program is excellent preparation for the next level
  • Tests show the progression of the child’s ability through the whole process of education
  • A Certificate of Achievement for each child at the end of each level is provided
  • Cambridge curriculum frameworks for English also include an "English as a second language" option.
  • Cambridge Primary helps identify a learner's strengths and weaknesses and can be used to support learning and development. It prepares learners for a smooth transition to Cambridge Lower Secondary and beyond.
  • Appropriate and relevant internationally, Cambridge Lower Secondary has been designed to be culturally sensitive. It includes top-quality teaching and assessment resources appropriate for teaching and learning in local and international schools.
  • Cambridge Lower Secondary combines a world-class curriculum, high-quality support for teachers and integrated assessment.
  • They help schools build a curriculum around their specific needs. Starting from a foundation of core subjects, it is easy to add breadth and cross-curricular perspectives. Encouraging learners to engage with a variety of subjects, and make connections between them, is fundamental to the approach.
  • For schools, Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible and stimulating curriculum, supported with excellent resources and training.
  • For learners, Cambridge IGCSE helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem-solving. It is the perfect springboard to advanced study.
  • Schools worldwide have been involved in the development of Cambridge IGCSE. The syllabuses are international in outlook but retain a local relevance. They have been created specifically for an international student body and avoid cultural bias.
  • The continuum of the four Cambridge international curriculums brings success for learners. All the curriculums are very rigorous of showing pupils progress and gradually develop the academic material.

Why BSS has chosen International Baccalaureate Programmes for graduation:

  • The three programmes of IB for students aged 16 to 19 help them develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
  • IB is a very big family: There are more than 1,216,000 IB students at 3,874schools in 148 countries.
  • The IB understands that success in higher education and beyond involves thinking critically and creatively.
  • Through the IB Diploma Programme, students gain rigorous and balanced academic preparation, an ability to draw on knowledge and understanding of various cultures and histories, and the experience of learning how to think critically and apply what they have learned in different contexts and across disciplines.
  • The IB Diploma Program’s challenging curriculum educates the whole student, developing the capacity for inquiry, research, and problem-solving as well as essential skills for communication and collaboration.
  • Based on their experiences, IB students possess a broader range of skills that enhance their ability to adapt and contribute to university life.
  • IB students demonstrate a level of emotional and intellectual maturity for managing the demands of challenging coursework and make meaningful contributions.
  • Participation in the IB Diploma Programme shows that students have excelled in multiple and diverse academic challenges and is a strong predictor for success in university.
  • The Diploma Program students score higher than students in other national systems, and the IB score applies worldwide the same criteria for academic performance
  • The IB Diploma Program is well-known as excellent preparation for future success at any University
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