Working together on the French Baccalaureate
France was the first country to integrate syllabuses devised with foreign partners into its national system of university entrance level examinations. The Baccalaureate with International Option, known as the OIB, was developed as a special version of the French Baccalaureate, based on partnerships between the French Ministry of Education and a number of foreign authorities. The result is a well-balanced academic qualification upon which a challenging curriculum for bilingual students is based.
The British version of the Baccalaureate with International Option is an integrated Franco-British school-leaving certificate which is jointly certified by Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge) and the French Ministry of Education. It is the fruit of many years of Franco-British educational co-operation.
To obtain the British version of the OIB, students must supplement the traditional French Baccalaureate with a History-Geography course (taught bilingually) and English Language and Literature. The result is an integrated Franco-British school-leaving certificate which combines the breadth and rigour of the French Baccalaureate with A Level standard studies in History-Geography and English Language & Literature. These two subjects are taught and examined in English using syllabi and assessment practices overseen and validated by Cambridge Assessment International Education. Cambridge’s role is to provide quality assurance for the OIB.
The British OIB makes academic and linguistic demands to an equal level in English and French with the intention of making students 'bicultural' as well as bilingual. Those who succeed in this dual curriculum develop a capacity for hard work, and an intellectual and cultural flexibility that gives them the potential to become excellent undergraduates in Britain, France and elsewhere.
Cambridge works in close collaboration with the Association des Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones (ASIBA). ASIBA is an association which supports the British version of the International Option of the French Baccalauréat (OIB).
You can find further information, including detail about university recognition, on the ASIBA website.
Enquiries regarding the OIB and its acceptance in the UK should be directed to ASIBA:
ASIBA Association des Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones
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