Cambridge IGCSE


Key Stage 4


Years 10 and 11


Key Stage 4


 Health and Physical wellbeing of students in Key Stage 4              Cambridge International Examinations

In Key Stage 4 students take on the demanding two-year Cambridge IGCSE course

In Year 10, students embark on the two year IGCSE courses. Typically, students take 8 or more subjects: all students must take Mathematics and English as well as a Modern Foreign Language (or English as Second Language if more support is needed). As well as these subjects, students then opt for one scientific subject, one humanity subject and one creative arts subject and a further two subjects from humanities, science or creative arts and there is also IGCSE PE as an option. Students are also encouraged to take mother tongue language examinations. In Year 10 and 11, students also take non-examined courses in Physical Education and personal, social and health education (PSHE) and participate in sporting, creative or academic activities on a Friday afternoon.

BISI Option Subjects

English 1st Language French Art History Physics
English Literature German Music Geography Chemistry
English 2ndLanguage Spanish Drama Business Studies Biology
Mathematics Turkish   Economics ICT
Additional Mathematics     Sociology PE

Mother tongue language exams: Russian, Korean, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Malay and many more.

The modern world makes enormous demands of our young people. At BISI students have the opportunity to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens of the global community, by being given a breadth of learning and the range of skills they need through our curriculum, PSHE and mini CAS programmes.

Information about the syllabus content of subjects for the Cambridge IGCSE programme can be found at the CIE website and in our IGCSE Options Booklet.

IGCSE Parent & Student booklet 2017

Academic Success for students in Key Stage 4

Our students have consistently achieved excellent results in the IGCSE examinations and the achievements of BISI students has been recognised by COBIS, the Council of British International Schools, with Student Achievement Awards for outstanding success. For two years running, one of our students has won the top of the world award in Sociology.

Consistently achieving 80 to 90% A* - C grades

High levels of Literacy are achieved in Key Stage 4 and around 80% of our students take IGCSE English as a First Language alongside First Language exams in Dutch, Russian, Spanish, German, French, Turkish and Korean.

Many BISI students achieve 5 or more A* & A grades gaining distinction in the ICE Award.


Health and Physical wellbeing of students in Key Stage 4
Health and Physical wellbeing of students in Key Stage 4




British International School IGCSE High Honour Roll


Ashutosh Bhadouria 12 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2015

Chris Schmitz 12 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2012

Anne Blanken 11 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2013

Julia Hubo 11 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2013

Lieke Blanken 11 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2015

Marius Mueller 11 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2014

So Hee Park 11 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2015

Sophie Schmitz 11 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2015

Ji Won Min 10 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2014

Mare Blanken 10 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2015

Vishwesh Shah 10 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2012

Berke Turkay 9 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2015

Carys Thomas 9 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2016

Gina Panaino 9 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2009

Hannah Watson 9 A*/ A grades IGCSE Class of 2013

Jay Chang 9 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2011

Mingyu Park 9 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2013

Yu Jin Bang 9 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2015

Zayna Khan 9 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2010

Serra Peker 8 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2015

Alok Herath 8 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2013

Chiara Vivaldi 8A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2013

Ismar Klomp 8 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2016

Can Idil 7 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2016

Akanksha Shah 6 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2016

Jemma Ateş 6 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2017

Jae Kwan Joo 6 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2016

Rafi Goudy Elmahal 6 A*/A grades IGCSE Class of 2016



Statistical analysis of BISI results:
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 ,2014 , 2015 , 2016, 2017





After weeks of preparation and hard work, our 14 year 11 students and 16 year 10 students finally received their results on the morning of August 10th. The weeks of waiting were finally over…


Yet again, students have done well, so congratulations to the IGCSE Class of 2016 – 2017 (and year 10 students who took early exams) with 12 students receiving their ICE award diploma.  The ICE diploma (Cambridge International Certificate in Education) is an extra certificate – a group award given by Cambridge –provided that students have the right combination of IGCSE subjects being examined.  No extra exams are required. To qualify for this extra award, students must take at least seven subjects, including two from Group I and one or more from each of the other groups.


The groups are:

1 - Languages

2 - Humanities

3 - Sciences

4 - Mathematics

5 - Creative


33% of our students achieved a Distinction, that is to say A*/A grades in five or more subjects, 50% achieved a Merit  (A* - C grades in five or more subjects) and 16% a Pass for their ICE Diploma.


This is another good set of results for the British International School Istanbul with 78.8% exam pass rate and 64% of students achieving 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Mathematics. There were 49 A*and A grades out of 123 exams (not including early entry results) and five students gained five or more A* and A grades.


The overall mean grade achieved by Year 11 students was B.

We offer special congratulations to:


Jemma Ateş

Emily Holdcroft

Melisa Ekin

6A* and 2 A and 2 B grades

5A* and 2 A and 2 B grades

4A* and 5 A  and 1 B grades

Nadia Klomp

Selin Çetin

3A*, 5 A and 2 B grades

3A*, 3 A and 3 B grades




We are very proud of all of our students in the IGCSE Class of 2017.  Some of our students will move on to different countries to complete the final stage of their secondary education and for those who are leaving us, they leave with our very best wishes for the future.  Those who are staying will be joining our IB Diploma Programme and have two years of hard work in front of them before they finally graduate.


The success of our IGCSE Class of 2017 has been a collaborative effort between our students, their parents and our teachers.  BISI would like to thank all of our parents whose support has been invaluable throughout the course.  We would also like, especially, to thank our teachers for the excellent job they have done in preparing our students for their examinations and encouraging them at all times to achieve their full academic potential.




The progress of all students is closely monitored by the class teachers, the form teacher and the Key Stage coordinator. When you have questions or concerns about your child please email the Key Stage coordinator:

Katya Skoudy

Comments on each student’s Effort and Achievement are reported at parent–teacher conferences and in End of Term formal reports.

Option meeting and sessions for year 9 students

Choosing options needs careful consideration. It really needs to be an informed choice. With that view, an option meeting is given for parents and students in November to better understand the choices and options on offer.

Then each year, in January, year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in IGCSE options sessions during some of their PSHE Lessons, when Heads of Department give a short talk about each of the subjects in their department and answer student questions. These are an opportunity to start reflecting about the subjects they would like to continue for their IGCSE examinations and/or the subjects required for a particular career or university course.

The school also has a Careers and University counsellor available for students and parents to give some advice and guidance about further education and university choices. The University Counsellor will meet with parents and Year 9 students individually in January to discuss IGCSE choices.

IGCSE Options Booklet 2017-2018

IGCSE Awards Ceremony

In November, the achievements and successes of the graduating class of the previous academic year, are celebrated in an Awards Ceremony which has now become part of the school’s tradition. Family, friends, teachers and peers join in in a celebration after the ceremony when the IGCSE Certificates are presented to the students. Follow the link below for photos:

Social and Emotional wellbeing of students in Key Stage 4

In addition to high academic achievement we encourage students to develop personal and social skills through our PSHE programme which covers the topics of:

Team Building

Research skills Prejudice & Respect Communication & Dealing
Emotional Health & The Law & Human with conflict
coping with Stress rights Time management &
Anger Management Addiction – Alcohol & Revision techniques
Safety on the net Drugs Further Education
Target setting & Goals and Target and Careers
Habits of Mind setting Sexuality & STDs
  Citizenship Study Skills

PSHE Aims and Objectives

Health and Physical wellbeing of students in Key Stage 4

All Key Stage 4 students take part in our Physical Education Programme to foster health, fitness and well-being and our school sports teams compete in Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Badminton, Swimming and Chess tournaments around Istanbul.

Physical Education

Physical Education programme
Physical Education programme



We have many inter-house sporting competitions and a Secondary sports day is held in October to challenge the students in Athletics.


Physical Education programme

Friday afternoon activity time also gives our students the opportunity to develop their sporting skills, creativity and community spirit with clubs running in Animal Welfare, Poetry analysis, photography, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Model United Nations, International Award, Indian cookery, choir and many more.

Physical Education programme

BISI have also introduced a community service (CAS) programme into KS4 where students work in form classes to organise charity events or service activities to help the local and school community, giving our students the opportunity to develop responsibility as world citizens.

CAS programme for KS4

Preparing for the future in KS4

Preparing for the future in KS4
Preparing for the future in KS4
Preparing for the future in KS4
Preparing for the future in KS4

During Key Stage 4 we help our students to prepare for their educational future with PSHE dedicated lessons, and also running a whole day Careers Fair every two years and providing guidance on Further Education courses. We encourage them to attend seminars from visiting universities and offer the services of our University and Careers counsellor which includes interviews, advice on university application, and personal statements amongst other services.

Careers Fair Report

Induction days in June for year 11 students

We run a induction programme into the IB for our year 11 students for a smooth transition into the IB diploma programme and give them an idea of what lies ahead. Once the IGCSE examinations are over, they come back for  three days and take part in a variety of activities ranging from team building exercises to taster lessons in new subjects, including a presentation about TOK and the Extended Essay,  a university visit and a CAS project.

Careers Week 2016

Challenging students competitively in Key Stage 4

When a student is naturally gifted in a subject such as Mathematics, we want to make sure we stretch and challenge them. So alongside our accelerated Mathematics classes we offer academic challenges such as the Maths Olympiad to develop and advance higher-level thinking skills.

Careers Fair Report
Careers Fair Report


We encourage students to extend their ability to understand, explain and contextualise any given stimulus through organised debate and discussion with participation in MUN conferences both locally and abroad. These challenging conferences offer our students the opportunity to shine, winning many best delegate awards for their debating skills.




BISI Model United Nations 2016 Report BISI Model United Nations 2012




Meeting all of our student’s needs in Key Stage 4

We want to give all our students the skills they need to achieve their full potential and we have the following systems in place to enable this

 • ESL support for literacy needs, including a full withdrawal programme of intense English tuition for students joining us with little or no English.
• Accelerated Mathematics classes for gifted mathematics students; leading to students taking early entry IGCSE mathematics in Year 10 followed by the advanced level Additional mathematics IGCSE in year 11.
• Support for students with learning difficulties from our qualified SEN staff
• Differentiated activities within classes to provide fully for each student’s needs
• Emotional and social development support and a dedicated school counsellor.
• Study skills support from subject specialist teachers
• Enthusiastic, highly qualified and experienced teaching staff who appreciate the needs and requirements of international students

Learning support for students in Key Stage 4

At BISI it is recognised that all students learn differently and that some may need more support and guidance to make the most of the curriculum we offer and achieve their full potential.

Our SEN department can give short-term or long-term support, depending on the needs of the student. Progress is continually monitored and the programme adapted as necessary to make sure it develops along with the student’s needs.


Inclusion through SEN support

Inclusion through SEN support
Inclusion through SEN support
Inclusion through SEN support
Inclusion through SEN support
Council of International Schools
The Middle States Association
Council of International Schools

Cambridge Dictionary


The Middle States Association