St. George BGS offers students an enhanced 12-year programme, which covers the Georgian National Curriculum adding to it core subjects from the English National Curriculum. As a result, our bilingual curriculum becomes relevant to the contemporary needs of our society and internationally diverse student body. We aim to teach all subjects using a student-oriented approach integrating practical activity and academic rigour.
The British examination subjects currently available include: English, Mathematics, Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology), Humanities (History, Geography), and Russian or Spanish as a Modern Language.
Ages Approximately 6-10
Students of Primary School (Key Stage 1 and 2) start an intensive course of English from Year 1, which is followed by Science from Year 3, Geography from Year 5 and History from Year 6. Mathematics is taught as an integrated programme of Georgian and British Curricula. Meanwhile the Georgian Curriculum is covered thoroughly.
Ages Approximately 11-14
The Programme of Basic School (Key Stage 3) covers most of the English National Curriculum (combined with Georgian National Curriculum) and forms the basis of studies for all students in Years 7 through 9. Students at this stage begin the transition from primary to secondary school. The National Curriculum is a comprehensive course of studies that includes twelve different subjects: Georgian, English, Mathematics, Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics), History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Art, Music, Citizenship and PE. Subjects are delivered in a circular method so that topics are returned to in a way that allows students to make connections between varied issues. Learning at all ages is differentiated based on the individual needs of children, including ability and background, in mixed ability classes.
Ages Approximately 15-18
Students of Secondary School age in Years 10 through 12 (or 13 if needed) continue to follow the Curriculum through the International General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSEs) and can finish their secondary school education with both the Georgian National School-leaving Certificate and British Internationally recognized A Level Certificates (Edexcel Exam Board, UK).
The British Qualifications
In the end of the year 6 all students take exams in English, maths and science to get the iPrimary certificate. In the end of the year nine they start taking exams in IGCSEs, viz. in English Language, and a Foreign Language (Russian or Spanish) and then choose from a range of options for the remaining four subjects. Edexcel International GCSE qualifications are relevant and academically rigorous, recognised as equivalent, grade for grade, to the UK GCSE, and have the same status in terms of university entry requirements. The results are recognised around the world by employers and educators, and provide a sound foundation for progression to Edexcel GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level (A level) qualifications.
Students aged 17 to 18 can continue with the A-Level university programmes of the same organization, as well as with the Georgian National Exams’ programme for the subjects required by the local universities.
Edexcel GCE (AS and A level) qualifications are designed to provide a broad educational basis for further education or for moving into employment within a specific sector. Studied over two years, these prestigious qualifications are recognised all over the world and provide direct access to university education (particularly in the UK).
Aiming at success for all
Those students who require support in English receive extra lessons either individually or in small groups at our educational centre English & IQ, while remaining in their mainstream class.
For the subjects taught in English, St. George BGS uses high quality teaching resources purchased mainly from British Suppliers. These materials allow a student-oriented approach to teaching.
Homework plays an important part in our teaching method and so all students from the starting year upward have some work to do at home on a regular basis.