Academic Results

As an accredited Cambridge and Edexcel Exam Centre, IBSB is able to administer Cambridge International and Edexcel exams. IGCSE (International, Secondary Certificate in Secondary Education) Exams and Advanced Level exams are scheduled to take place twice a year:

Autumn Session: October/November

Results out: Mid-January

Summer Session: May/June

Results out: Mid-August


Year 10 (Age 14/15)
IGCSE (Early Entry)

In limited situations students may be entered for IGCSE exams in Year 9

Year 11 (Age 15/16)

Students are required to take a minimum of 8 IGCSE subjects and a maximum of 12 subjects.

Year 12 (Age 16/17)
Advanced Subsidiary (AS)

Students are required to take a minimum of 3 A level subjects and a maximum of 5 subjects.

Year 13 (Age 17/18)
Advanced Level (A2)

Students are required to take a minimum of 3 A level subjects and a maximum of 5 subjects.

Three A level subjects are the general requirement for entry to the majority of universities around the world. Universities set entry level requirements for each subject in accordance with the popularity of the course. For further information regarding exam results according to University entrances please visit our University Applications page.

Please be aware that limited choices are available to students applying to study in the UK with passing grades below CCC. Lower ranked universities may accept students with 2 A Levels. Students with fewer than 2 A levels will generally be required to enroll in a foundation year programme before matriculating into an undergraduate programme. For students wishing to take the Common Entrance Exam for entry into UK Boarding schools, IBSB can be nominated as a centre to administer this exam. Please contact the school for more information.

Checkpoint (Year 9) Exam Results 2018-2019

Checkpoint exams are an optional exam that students can take in England in order for schools to assess the overall progress students have made in Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, and 9). It is an assessment designed to predict the likely outcome at IGCSE and A Level based on a student’s current level and ability.

Explanation of the Cambridge Checkpoint scale:
  • Students above 5.0 have an excellent understanding of the curriculum
  • Students achieving between 4.0 and 5.0 have an very good understanding of the curriculum
  • Students achieving between 3.0 and 4.0 have a sound understanding of most of the curriculum
  • Students achieving less than 2.0 have a basic understanding of the curriculum content. They would benefit from more focus on some areas of the curriculum
Year 9 Checkpoint Results for 2018-2019
Average score (overall)
Reading Average score
Writing Average score
Average score (overall)
Algebra Average score
Geometry and measure Average score
Handling data Average score
Average score (overall)
Biology Average score
Chemistry Average score
Physics Average score
Scientific enquiry Average score
IGCSE (Years 10 & 11) Exam Results 2018-2019

Students generally take their IGCSEs (International General Certificate in Secondary Education) in the summer session (May/June), with oral exams and practical exams generally taking place earlier in March/April. In some situations, students may take an exam in the autumn session (October/November). This may be the case for students who have been fast-tracked, or it may be the case that a student has delayed taking an exam to allow for more preparation time. Students can also use the October/November exam session to retake an exam if the result achieved in the summer session was below expectations.

At IBSB Students complete 8-10 IGCSE subjects. Students receive individual certificates with a grade for each subject. In addition to these individual certificates, students passing 7 IGCSE subjects with a G or higher will receive an International General Certificate in Secondary Education. Students passing 5 subjects with a C grade or higher and 2 subjects with an F grade or higher will receive a Certificate of MERIT. Students passing 5 subjects with an A grade or higher and 2 subjects with a C grade or higher will receive a Certificate of DISTINCTION.

As a non-selective international school, we admit students with varying levels of ability and English, and as such the table below reflects the combined results achieved by students newly arrived to IBSB with low levels of English, combined with those results attained by more able students possessing a proficient level of English.

IGCSE Results Summary
IGCSE Passing Grades (A*-C)
IGCSE Passing Grades (A*-B)
IGCSE Passing Grades (A*-A)
IGCSE Passing Grades (A*-G)
IGCSE Passing Grades (A*-C)
IGCSE Passing Grades (G-A*)
IGCSE Passing Grades (C-A*)
IGCSE Passing Grades (B-A*)
Advanced Subsidiary (Year 12) Exam Results 2018-19

The A Level programme is a two year programme for students in Year 12 (Aged 16-17 years) who take AS (Advanced Subsidiary) Exams, and students in Year 13 (Aged 17-18 years), who take their final A2 exams. In general, students at IBSB take 4 AS Level subjects in Year 12, sitting generally two exams per subject at the end of year 12. The AS grades for most subjects contribute 50% toward the final A Level grade completed at the end of Year 13.

At the end of the two year programme, students passing 3 A Level subjects with a minimum E Passing Grade in each subject group will receive an Advanced Certificate in Secondary Education (ACIE). Students passing with a C average will receive a Certificate of MERIT. Students passing with a high B average will receive a DISTINCTION.

AS Level Passing Grades are scaled A-E (U is considered a failing grade).

AS Results Summary
AS Level Passing Grade (A*-E)
AS Level Passing Grade (A*-C)
AS Level Passing Grade (A*-E)
AS Level Passing Grade (A*-C)
AS Level Passing Grade (E-A)
AS Level Passing Grade (C-A)
AS Level Passing Grade (B-A)
Advanced Level (Year 13) Exam Results 2018-19

Students continue on from their Year 12 AS exams to complete the final year of a two year Advanced Level Programme of study in Year 13. In most subjects, students will sit 2 A2 exams in their final year, so a student with 3 subjects will typically sit 6 final exams, each around 2 hours long.

Some subjects may have a practical component, but for most exams the final exam is a theory paper-based exam. Please see below the results achieved by students in Year 13 over the past three years, with a breakdown of the specific grades archived by students in 2018-19.

For information on the university acceptances of the Graduate Class of 2018-19, please visit the University Applications page.

A2 Level Passing Grades are scaled A*- E (U is considered a failing grade).

A2 Results Summary
A Level Passing Grade (A*-E)
A Level Passing Grade (A*-C)
A Level Passing Grade (A*-B)
A Level Passing Grade (A*-E)
A Level Passing Grade (A*-C)
A Level Passing Grade (E-A*)
A Level Passing Grade (C-A*)
A Level Passing Grade (B-A*)