An International Curriculum 

In a constantly changing world, it is vital that our children are exposed to a very broad array of challenges and learning experiences so that they leave us as confident and self-assured individuals who are well prepared for the next stage of their lives.

BEK offers a uniquely broad curriculum based closely on the National Curriculum in England which covers all stages of learning from 0-18 years.

Our curriculum includes a diverse language programme where each student takes Mandarin from Nursery age upwards. The main emphasis is on providing a secure, fun and nurturing environment for all children to overcome challenge, develop individually and at their own pace.


18 months to Age 5 (Years; Pre-Nursery to Reception)

In the Early Years (2-5 years) BEK follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. This framework is delivered through themes which enable authentic cross curricular links to be made which support young children’s learning.

Young children learn best when they experience choice and connections in their learning. Our skilled early years practitioners create a ‘free-flow’ environment which support these factors.


Age 6-11 (Years 1 to 6)

In Years 1-6, pupils also follow the National Curriculum covering English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Art & Design and Computing. The curriculum is further complemented by specialist teaching in Mandarin, Sport and Music.

The curriculum is planned in detail using National Curriculum programmes of study and internationally benchmarked learning objectives against which children’s progress is assessed. There is a seamless transition from the EYFS framework to the National Curriculum which ensures that every child progresses according to their individual needs.


From Age 12 (Years 7 to 13)

The secondary curriculum is aligned according to the Cambridge pathway ensuring students will build on their primary foundations and delve deeper into individual subjects as well as strengthening links across English, maths and science. Furthermore, students will continue to enrich their studies with a formal programme of Physical and Mental Wellbeing, Mandarin, Art & Design and Music.

Between Years 7 and 9, students will follow a curriculum designed to develop the skills and critical thinking for successful progression to IGCSE studies. Students at this stage will continue to collaborate on inquiry based projects and will enjoy increased independence and control over their own learning.

In Years 10 and 11, students will transition to IGCSE where they will focus their studies further, exploring 7 or 8 subjects. Students will have the opportunity to develop increasing subject knowledge in a learner-centred, enquiry-based system. Cross-curricula perspectives remain at the heart of IGCSE with emphasis placed on making connections between subjects.

From Year 12, students can progress to Cambridge International A-Levels where they will develop an in-depth understanding of 3 or 4 selected subjects. At completion, students will be equipped with the academic and personal skills to make a successful application and transition to leading international universities.

Our Curriculum at all stages is designed around four key principles:

  A creative curriculum promotes ‘Inquiry’

  Learning is linked to achievement and progress

  Optimum learning environments support excellent progress

  The learning context is the key to individual success

Internationalism & Global Thinking

The thematic design of our curriculum provides unique learning goals that help our youngest children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national and international perspective. We aim for all our students to gain:

  • A knowledge and understanding of their own national culture. International is both inter and national.
  • An awareness and understanding of the independence of and interdependence between countries.
  • A developing ability to be at ease with others who are different from themselves.
  • An awareness and understanding of the independence of and the interdependence between peoples.
  • An awareness and understanding of the essential similarities between the peoples and countries of the world.
  • An understanding of our host country of Korea as well as every child’s own “home” country.

In order for students to develop a clear sense of cultural identity we take account of the host country, Korea, as well as each child’s ‘home’ country when planning learning journeys. This supports our aim of developing and promoting inclusion and tolerance as core values and encourages students to think beyond their own immediate experience.

We educate our children about the world around them through guided inquiry and give them an understanding of other countries and cultures in preparation for life as global citizens.

Learning Environments

The learning environments at British Education Korea send clear messages about our ethos, vision and mission. We create a nurturing but stimulating learning environment based around the promotion of specific behaviours and skills: inquiry and curiosity, independence, support and challenge, reflection, and critical thinking.

Where possible, we attempt to connect our internal environment with the natural world through field trips. Learning journeys and children’s achievements are celebrated through well-planned displays and sharing assemblies.

We are registered as a (“Hagwon”) to support and prepare students for the next stage of their education.

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