Learning - High School

Academics

In Year 10 and 11, the learners join the two year IGCSE programme and are given the opportunity to join the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh's International award that promotes leadership, endurance and physical challenges the DofE programme continues into Year 12 and 13 as part of the CAS activities. As they say in their literature - "Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses are created especially for international learners. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities."

In Year 12 learners begin the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which is held in high regard at universities all over the world. We are fortunate also to be able to offer the option of following a Bi-lingual pathway. "The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically."

English

English at BSL is exciting, innovative and fun. Students enjoy engaging in a range of activities from filming News reports on Climate Change to Poetry Slams. We have a dedicated and talented team of teachers with dynamic ideas, impressive subject knowledge and a wealth of experience. We always put our students first and will go the extra mile to ensure success in academic achievement. Students foster an enjoyment of literature and the importance of reading skills not only for English study but for co-curriculum collaborations with History and Geography. Endeavour is all!

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English offers candidates the opportunity to respond with understanding to a rich array of reading texts during the course as a whole. Students will use these texts to inform and inspire their own writing, and write in a range of text types for different purposes and audiences. Students are encouraged to become appreciative and critical readers, writers, speakers and listeners.

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their education or career. Through their studies, learners will improve their ability to understand and use English in a range of situations.

The IB Diploma Programme for English Language and Literature A course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary forms and non literary text-types. The formal analysis of texts is supplemented by awareness that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption.

The IB Diploma Programme for English Language B enables students to develop the ability to communicate in the target language through the study of language, themes and texts. In doing so, they also develop conceptual understandings of how language works. Communication is evidenced through receptive, productive and interactive skills across a range of contexts and purposes that are appropriate to the level of the course.

Maths

IGCSE Mathematics (Years 10-11): Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of mathematical knowledge and understanding. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including: the development of their mathematical knowledge; confidence by developing a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships; an ability to consider and solve problems and present and interpret results; an ability to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts; and a solid foundation for further study. Students may follow either the Core or the Extended curriculum. All students study the following topics: Number, Algebra and Graphs, Geometry, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Matrices and Transformations, Probability, Statistics.

IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (Years 12-13): This course has a strong emphasis on the ability to construct, communicate and justify correct mathematical arguments. Problem-solving is central to learning Mathematics and involves the acquisition of mathematical skills and concepts in a wide range of situations, including non-routine, open-ended and real-world problems. The assessment model is based on knowledge and understanding, problem solving, communication and interpretation, technology, reasoning, inquiry approaches. Students may follow courses at either the standard or higher level. All students study the following topics: Number and Algebra, Functions, Geometry and Trigonometry, Statistics and Probability, Calculus, Mathematical Exploration.

Modern Foreign Languages

Learning modern foreign languages (French and Spanish) at BSL is an opportunity for students to be in contact with new languages and to be able to gradually improve the four language skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing).

All students will be encouraged to demonstrate good understanding, interaction, and fluency in French or Spanish.

  • Our primary goal is to teach both primary and secondary students with different methods.

  • Secondly, to reinforce and improve the learners' standard to help them to become bilingual.

  • Finally, to make sure that resources and material will maintain diversity and display the international aspect of the various teaching groups.

Our courses will focus on linguistic competence and interaction, as well as culture and civilization.

Cambridge Links

Syllabus & Assessment Overview

IBDP

Language A : Language & Literature

Language Abinitio Guide

French B Guide

Science

Science is one of the key subjects taught at BSL being compulsory for all learners in one form or another.

In order to deliver an effective and high quality Science education to all, through a department of three teachers and one technician, a high degree of coordination is practiced.

Science is not a mysterious study reserved for geniuses nor a haven for the idle mind; it is a systematic way of learning based on a trait common to all humans; curiosity. Over the last century, humanity has benefited immensely from the advancement in Science and Technology; Agriculture, Medicine, Transportation, Electronics, Materials, and the list goes on. So why not study and understand Science and learn the excitement of discovering new things; experience the thrill of the great scientists and their works, investigate into natural phenomenon, get your hands dirty with myriad experiments, create your own reactions that releases massive energy, build models of phenomenon and best of all know for certain that Science is absolutely fun!

Courses - IGCSE and IBDP Chemistry, Biology and Physics

Why study Chemistry?

Quotes:

“The country which is in advance of the rest of the world in Chemistry will also be foremost in wealth and in general prosperity” – William Ramsay, 1852 to 1916.

“Every aspect of the world today – even politics and international relations is affected by Chemistry” - Linus Pauling, 1901 to 1994.

Chemistry is the branch of Science which is concerned with materials of every description. It is a necessary course for many areas of study and it affects our lives.

We offer Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry which is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the IGCSE Chemistry syllabus enables learners to:

- better understand the technological world

- recognize the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method

- develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative, and inventiveness.

- develop an interest in, and care for, the environment

- better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment.

- develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.

The IBDP Chemistry course includes the essential principles of the subject but also, through selection of an option, allows teachers some flexibility to tailor the course to meet the needs of their learners.

The course is available at both standard level(SL) and higher level (HL), and therefore accommodates learners who wish to study Chemistry as their major subject in higher education and those who do not.


Biology is the study of the living, or the ‘biotic’ world, and its interactions with the non-living, or ‘abiotic’ world.

The IGCSE Biology course offers a combination of theoretical and practical studies leading to an understanding of the concerns and basic principles of Biology, with emphasis on human Biology. Learners will develop scientific abilities and skills relevant to the study of Biology. The course will stimulate an interest in, and concern for, the environment. It will prepare learners to become confident citizens in a technological world, and to take an informed interest in scientific matters; it will also form a basis for more advanced study.

IBDP Biology is a two-year course of study which emphasizes basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, genetic patterns of inheritance, plant form and function, evolution, ecology, and animal physiology. In addition to the interdisciplinary Group 4 project that helps learners realize that scientific disciplines are not isolated from each other, and that scientists often have to work together to find solutions to a problem, the structured labs, research papers and experimental design projects help learners build laboratory skills. Instruction is learner-centered as well as teacher-directed, thus offering each learners a college-level biology experience. The course is available at both standard level (SL) and higher level (HL). Physics seeks to explain the universe itself from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Cambridge IGCSE Physics is accepted by Universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the Physics syllabus enables learners to : - develop relevant attitudes such as a concern for accuracy and precision, and objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness. - better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters - develop an interest and care for the environment - develop an understanding of scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life. The aim of the course is to produce learners with an international outlook and lifelong skills in creative thinking and problem solving. The aim of the IBDP Physics course is to develop knowledgeable, inquiring and caring people to contribute to the advancement of society in their chosen careers. The course is available at both standard level (SL) and higher level (HL), and therefore accommodates learners who wish to study Physics as their major subject in higher education and those who do not.


Physics seeks to explain the universe itself from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Cambridge IGCSE Physics is accepted by Universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the Physics syllabus enables learners to :

- develop relevant attitudes such as a concern for accuracy and precision, and objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness. - better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters - develop an interest and care for the environment - develop an understanding of scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life. The aim of the course is to produce learners with an international outlook and lifelong skills in creative thinking and problem solving.

The aim of the IBDP Physics course is to develop knowledgeable, inquiring and caring people to contribute to the advancement of society in their chosen careers.


Creative Arts

Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design encourages a range of skills, stimulates aesthetic awareness, knowledge and critical understanding of art, and provides opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills. Crucially, a personal and independent perspective is encouraged at all times. The syllabus is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities, materials and resources, and allows the different skills of the teaching staff to be fully used.

The IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Humanities

The Humanities Department consists of Business & Economics, Geography and History.

Students have the option to choose Business Studies, Economics, Geography and History at IGCSE Level with further options available at the IBDP level. Students have received top results and continued to study at leading universities in the UK, U.S. and Canada.

As a department, we aim to use available technology to support, develop and challenge our students further. Recently, this has been done through the use of Google Classroom, Seneca, Sutori and Rocketbook. We are constantly open to innovation. Collaboration regularly takes place within the department as we seek to ensure best practice for teaching and learning.

IGCSE Business Studies

The Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies syllabus develops learners' understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence.

IGCSE Geography

Through the Cambridge IGCSE Geography syllabus, learners will develop a 'sense of place' by looking at the world around them on a local, regional and global scale. Learners will examine a range of natural and man-made environments, and study some of the processes which affected their development. They will also look at the ways in which people interact with their environment, and the opportunities and challenges an environment can present, thereby gaining a deeper insight into the different communities and cultures that exist around the world.

IGCSE History

Cambridge IGCSE History offers the opportunity to study world history from the twentieth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. It encourages learners to raise questions and to develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding in order to provide historical explanations. Learners will explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political. The programme balances a thorough knowledge and understanding of the subject and helps to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

IBDP Business & Management

The business management course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques.

Students learn to analyse, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the socio-cultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate.

The course encourages the appreciation of ethical concerns at both a local and global level. It aims to develop relevant and transferable skills, including the ability to: think critically; make ethically sound and well-informed decisions; appreciate the pace, nature and significance of change; think strategically; and undertake long term planning, analysis and evaluation. The course also develops subject-specific skills, such as financial analysis

IBDP Geography

The Diploma Programme geography course integrates both physical and human geography, and ensures that students acquire elements of both scientific and socio-economic methodologies.

Geography takes advantage of its position to examine relevant concepts and ideas from a wide variety of disciplines. This helps students develop an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints and ideas.

The geography course embodies global and international awareness in several distinct ways. It examines key global issues, such as poverty, sustainability and climate change. It considers examples and detailed case studies at a variety of scales, from local to regional, national and international.

IBDP History

History is a dynamic, contested, evidence-based discipline that involves an exciting engagement with the past. History is an exploratory subject that fosters a sense of inquiry. It is also an interpretive discipline, allowing opportunity for engagement with multiple perspectives and opinions. Studying history develops an understanding of the past, which leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of humans and of the world today.

The Diploma Programme (DP) history course is a world history course based on a comparative, multi-perspective approach to history and focused around key historical concepts such as change, causation and significance. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural, encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills. In this way, the course involves a challenging and demanding critical exploration of the past.

PE

The Physical Education Department has been an integral and inalienable part of the British School of Lomé’s educational adventure since the beginning of the 21st century, offering quality PE teaching as well as challenging and exhilarating sporting programmes both onsite as well as off campus for learners. The department has also been at the core of the after-school programme of the school from time immemorial.

The Department currently has five members who are responsible for teaching and coaching the various sports and games activities for the learners from the Nursery level all the way up to Year 13. A varied selection of sporting disciplines are taught and coached in the school, some of which are Wall Climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, Football, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Field Hockey, Cricket, Rugby, Golf and Swimming. Athletics and Triathlon feature during school Sports days.

The Department has run various Inter-School sporting competitions that had featured schools from the local as well as the sub-regional environment. The trophy cabinet of the school and the department will be a testament to the stories of sporting prowess that the school has to tell. And we believe that there is more to come...