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Preparing for University: How an International School Curriculum Can Benefit Your Child’s Higher Education Goals

Preparing a child for university can be daunting at best. How do you know that they are studying the right curriculum? How do you know the true value of their qualifications outside of school? As a parent, making these decisions can leave us feeling anxious or worried. Everyone wants the best for their child, but how do we achieve it? This article will discuss the importance of a good curriculum and the value of studying at an internationally recognised school. We will share our knowledge on what is best for your child’s success in higher education and beyond. 

What are universities looking for?

This can be a complicated question because it depends on the potential student’s aspirations and the university’s location and status. Many local universities don’t set their entry requirements too high. However, to make the most out of higher education, it is best to aim high. World-class universities seek students with versatile skills, well-spoken English, and internationally recognised qualifications such as A-levels. The one place you are guaranteed to meet all three of these requirements is in a reputable school that abides by international standards. 

What are internationally recognised qualifications?

Internationally recognised qualifications are qualifications that adhere to the standards set by the best educational institutions in the world. International schools will usually use a curriculum that has been developed in countries such as the United Kingdom, the USA, or Australia. This means that the qualifications gained at international schools can be transferred and used in most countries throughout the world, providing a much better education when a child moves on to university. 

The power of holding international qualifications

International qualifications have many advantages across all areas of a person’s life. For instance, a student will gain a chance to truly master the Lingua Franca (global language), which can be one of the strongest and most versatile tools in the modern world. There is a variety of skills taught at international schools that a person would not have the chance to study anywhere else, such as music, drama, art, foreign language, design and technology, digital media, and much more. This will broaden a child’s knowledge and help them gain an excellent understanding of the world around them. On top of the high standard of qualifications that a student will achieve, these are the things that prestigious universities will be looking at in their applicants. 

The benefits of international education also go beyond university. Indeed, they are a tool to gain access to the best universities, but they will also help develop and prepare a person for much more throughout their lives. The benefits of English will allow a student to build a social network throughout the world, which is both great for social skills and making contacts when it comes to finding work. Many employers also desire fluency and fluidity in English. An English-speaking person can give an organisation much more than someone restricted to their local language. 

In conclusion, international schools can provide the foundation a child needs to make the most out of their life. Whether it is gaining access to top universities, building a social network, or having more employment options in the future, international education is undoubtedly the best way to go. 

What specific qualifications do universities want?

Depending on the goals of the student, universities will look for different things in their application. The number one thing they want to see in an application is qualifications from a world-recognised curriculum. Besides that, it all depends on what your child wants to study when moving to university. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular university courses.

Accounting and Finance This university course would require a good maths level in both GCSE and A-level to be considered. Besides this, a student is free to study what they want. Good options to accompany it might be an English and ICT A-level.

Art and Design Good A-level options to study this at university are art, design and technology, design, or digital media.

Medicine To study medicine, a student needs an education that is science-based. This will usually include A-levels in chemistry, biological sciences, and maths. 

Humanities A-levels to assist access to this course would include English, literature, history, geography, religious studies, art, or music. 

As you can see, the requirements can be very different depending on what your child wants to study at university. An international school will give a student the option to study a wide variety of A-levels to further their education in any way that they desire. 

Support that international schools can provide to help a child get into a good university

International schools will have a team of highly qualified teachers and staff who can give the best guidance for whatever a student wishes to do when they leave school. As well as helping them with university advice and applications, they can discuss other options, such as internships and apprenticeships worldwide. 

Want to know more? Just ask.

If you want to know more about how an international school curriculum can benefit your child’s future, then get in touch with Bangkok Prep today. Our leading international school in Bangkok offers a world-class curriculum facilitated by internationally qualified teachers. We offer the support that your child needs to achieve their dreams. 

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The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

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When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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