Examinations

Diplôme National du Brevet, Mention Internationale

The Diplôme national du brevet is a French state qualification taken in Troisième (Year 10), at the end of compulsory schooling in France. This involves pupils taking written examinations in French, mathematics and history-geography in French. In addition, British Section pupils sit oral examinations in English language and literature and history-geography in English in order to gain the Mention Internationale.

International General Certificate of Secondary Education

British Section pupils take IGCSE examinations in English language and literature and history at the end of Seconde (Year 11). Some pupils also opt to take an International GCSE in mathematics for which they prepare with a private tutor to complement the French national curriculum for mathematics. The British Section is registered with two UK examination boards: Cambridge International Education for English language and literature and Edexcel for history and mathematics. See below for our latest results.

Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB), British version

The Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) is the school-leaving qualification taken by British Section students. The British version of the OIB results from a long-standing partnership between the French Ministry of Education and Cambridge International Education (CIE), a division of the University of Cambridge. The unique feature of the OIB is that A-Level standard examinations in English Language and Literature and History/Geography are added to the full syllabus of the traditional French Baccalauréat, and the results of these examinations are factored, with heavy weightings (coéfficients), into the student's overall mark in what becomes the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB). Results are expressed as a mark out of twenty, with the highest commendation - Mention Très Bien - being awarded to students achieving an average mark of 16/20 and above. More information about this pioneering bilingual diploma can be found in the brochures (in English or French) produced by Cambridge International Education and ASIBA (Association de Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones). You can also find our most recent results in the OIB below. Over forty schools worldwide offer the British version of the OIB and all are members of ASIBA.

  A* A B C D A*-A A*-C
English Literature 31% 43% 20% 6% 0% 75% 100%
World cohort 26.6% 25% 24% 16% 4% 51.6% 91.6%
English Language 13% 25% 25% 29% 7% 38% 93%
World cohort 17.5% 20% 24% 21% 12% 37.5% 83%
History 60% 25% 8% 8% - 85% 100%
World cohort 24% 25.7% 20% 8.4% 7.6% 49.9% 78.4%
Candidates Passes Mention Très Bien (16+) Mention Bien (14+) Mention Assez Bien (12+) Passable (10+) Mention Bien/Très Bien
71 71 49% 34% 10% 7% 83%
National Bac Général results   14.6% 19.7% 26.7% 38.9% 34.4%