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What is the OIB?

The OIB (Option International du Baccalauréate) is a highly demanding flagship academic qualification offered by the French Ministry of Education and moderated by Cambridge International Examinations, which itself is part of the 800 year old University of Cambridge.

LogoTransparentThe OIB adds subjects taught in English (Language and Literature, History-Geography) to the traditional French Baccalauréate. The subjects studied are substantial in depth and coverage and are validated by the French Ministry of Education and moderated by the Univeristy of Cambridge International Examinations. The exams are extremely demanding as they require not only the full Baccalaureate as studied by all French students but two additional subjects to A-level standard – bearing in mind many normal stream English students in England would only take 3-4 A-levels.

The OIB is available in all three academic streams of the French Baccalauréate – S, ES, L.  The total number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the OIB is between 2214 and 2394 depending on the stream chosen compared to  1600 guided learning hours for 4 A-levels and 5 AS levels bearing in mind only the top academic students in Britain would study so many A and AS levels.

Quote from the ASIBA (Association des Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones) OIB Brochure:

The typical guided learning hours for OIB English and History-Geography are 80% of the GLH for A2 subjects. The units in English Language & Literature and History–Geography consist of written and oral examinations. The Written examinations assess knowledge, understanding and skills comparable to those of A2 examinations. The Oral examinations assess the candidate’s ability to present, analyse and evaluate literary texts or historical–geographical content, and to defend a point of view before two examiners.

OIB Results

Congratulations to all of our Terminale students who sat the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) in 2013.  We are proud to announce that every Anglophone Section student was successful in passing the OIB Diploma.

OIB 2013 Results

What are iGCSEs?

The IGCSEs are the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. They are recognized by leading universities and employers worldwide and have been developed for over 25 years. Our iGCSES are examined by the Cambridge International Examinations board. The school prepares students for iGCSEs in the following subjects: English First Language – Language and English First Language – Literature.

What is the Option International French Brevet?

Further information about the Option International French Brevet can be found here:


Places in leading UK and North American universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, are offered to our students every year and around 50% choose to go to UK universities and 10% to US universities. The remainder go on to prepare for entry to France’s Grande Ecoles or to top universities worldwide.  One of the strengths of the Anglophone Section is the comprehensive support it provides students to help with applications to these universities.


Examination 2015

The examination is administered by University of Cambridge International Examinations in cooperation with the Ministere de L’education Nationale. For more information, please refer to the Examinations Handbook for the British Option.

Choice of works

The authors chosen will normally be British, American, Commonwealth or any others whose works were written originally in English. An effort is made to represent a variety of historical periods, with approximately half representing twentieth century writing.

The choices of set works fall into four categories: Drama; Poetry; Prose Fiction; Shakespeare’s works

The written examination

4 hours; all answers written in English.

Please note that set texts may NOT be taken into the examination.

Part 1: Individual Works (2 hours 40 minutes)

Two questions, 1 hour 20 minutes each; two-thirds of the total marks.

Candidates are required to write answers to 2 questions, which must be chosen from different sections.

Section A Drama Section B Prose Fiction Section C Poetry

Harold Pinter, The Homecoming Pat Barker, Regeneration

W.H.Auden, Selected Poems:

Look, stranger, at this island now’; Lullaby (‘Lay your sleeping head’); ‘Spain 1937’; ‘Night Mail’; ‘Roman Wall Blues’; ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’; ‘In Memory of WB Yeats’; ‘The Shield of Achilles’; ‘As I walked out one evening’; ‘Stop all the clocks’; ‘September 1st, 1939’; ‘Underneath the Abject Willow’; ‘The Fall of Rome’; ‘The More Loving One’; ‘Epitaph on a Tyrant’

Part 2: Critical Appreciation (1 hour 20 minutes)

One question, 1 hour 20 minutes; one-third of the total marks.

Candidates will have the opportunity to answer one question which requires a comparison between two poems or two passages of prose, alternatively they can choose a question which focuses on a single passage. (Note that the prose extract is not necessarily from a work of

fiction; it may be taken from non-fiction genres, such as travel writing, letters, diaries, essays, etc.) Suggestions are given in the question about possible areas of focus, and candidates are asked to analyse by what means the aspects or effects discussed are created or achieved.

The oral examination

30 minutes (after 35 minutes’ supervised preparation); in English
Part 1: Detailed commentary followed by discussion (approximately 15 minutes) Shakespeare, King Lear (New Cambridge Edition)

Candidates are required to give a commentary lasting 7 – 8 minutes on a passage (between 30-34 lines long) from the Shakespeare play that they have studied and to discuss it with the examiners. Passages are defined by teacher-examiners and one of these is selected for the candidate who then spends 35 minutes preparing his commentary in a supervised preparation room. A question and answer session on the whole text follows the commentary. Time is divided equally between the prepared commentary and discussion.

Part 2: Synoptic Topic (approximately 15 minutes)

Shakespeare, King Lear (New Cambridge Edition) Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Brian Friel, Translations
Postcolonial Poems (Cambridge Selection)

Postcolonial Writing

*Poems: students will be invited to begin their discussion of Postcolonial Writing by a brief (2-3 minutes) introduction of one of the following poems.

‘A Far Cry from Africa’ (Derek Walcott), ‘A Different History’ (Sujata Bhatt), ‘Things Fall Apart’ (Jackie Kay), ‘The Immigrants’ (Magaret Atwood), ‘Checking Out Me History’ (John Agard), ‘Colonial Girls School’ (Olive Senior)

Main texts: students will be expected to discuss questions about the literary contexts of Postcolonial Writing by referring in detail to two of the above texts; they may refer to more than two, but in terms of marks there is no need to do so.