IB Middle Years Programme S1-S5

An IB World School

Europa School UK is pleased to be an authorised IB World School*, teaching the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in S1 to S5, and the IB Diploma in S6 and S7. 

Europa School UK offers a broad bilingual curriculum. With the International Baccalaureate Diploma as our end qualification, and the Middle Years Programme as a qualification equivalent to GCSE, students can move on with confidence to universities in the UK or abroad.

IB World Schools are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Europa School UK believes is important for our students.

All students follow the IB MYP in S1 to S5, working towards the MYP e-Assessments in S5. Students taking 6 or more subjects will gain an MYP Certificate. MYP e-Assessments are recognised as equivalent qualifications to GCSEs, recognised by the UK Office of Qualifications & Examinations Regulation or Ofqual – see below for more details. 

IBO Middle Years Programme Curriculum

Comparison of IB Middle Years Programme and the GCSE

A focus on language learning

We are proud of our very high level of language learning at Europa School. The first foreign language or stream language, German, French and Spanish (S1 only) is studied to attain near advanced level or native level in S7 (at least B2/C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 

Moreover, MYP Individuals & Societies (both history and geography) is taught in the stream language from S1 to S4/5. 

In addition, all students begin to study a second foreign language (L3) (Italian, German, French or Spanish) from S1 until S5.

A broad and balanced curriculum

Europa School UK Secondary MYP Curriculum Guide 2023-24

Our curriculum offers a wide range of subjects, giving students a broad education and more time to reflect on what they wish to do with their lives.

MYP 8 subject areas: leading to the MYP Certificate at the end of S5.

MYP e-Assessments are innovative on-screen assessments, leading the way in the future of examinations. For practical subjects students submit an e-Portfolio. A minimum of 6 subjects must be assessed to gain the MYP Certificate. Most of our S5 students will gain not just the MYP Certificate but also a bilingual MYP Certificate by sitting the Individuals & Societies e-Assessment or by completing their Personal Project in their second language.

Language & Literature: all students work towards the e-Assessment in English. Drama is taught as a discrete subject in S1 and S2. English is taught in mixed-ability groups throughout.

Mathematics: taught in mixed-ability groups in S1 to S3; in S4 and S5 students are grouped by level (MYP Standard, Standard + and Extended). 

Science: in S1-S3 Integrated Science is taught with an emphasis on practical experimentation to explore and understand our world. In S4 and S5, science is subdivided into specialist subjects: biology, chemistry, and physics. All students study all 3 science subjects and prepare to sit the e-Assessment in each. Science is taught in mixed-ability groups.

 Individuals & Societies (History and Geography) is studied as an integrated subject in S1-S3. In S4 and S5 History and Geography are studied separately, together with Economics, preparing students for the MYP e-Assessment in the Integrated Individuals & Societies.

Language Acquisition: all students study their stream or second language at a high level and also their third language to S5 with the aim of taking the MYP e-Assessment in both languages but at different phases (Proficient being the highest, followed by Capable and for those newer to the language, Emergent).  

Arts: all students in S1 to S3 study both Visual Art and Music; in S4 and S5 students can opt for one of these subjects for the MYP assessment (by e-Portfolio).  

Design: all students in S1 to S3 study design. The course focuses on the design process through a range of practical and digital projects. 

 PHE (Physical & Health Education): all students from S1 to S5 take the compulsory requirement of sport; in addition they complete a health unit each MYP year. PHE is offered as an option in S4, leading the e-Portfolio. 

In addition all students in S1 to S5 have the opportunity to study multi-faith Religious Education (RE). The RE programme of study is based on the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus. Students can opt out of RE and instead take Moral (Ethics).

RSE/PSHE is taught in our Personal & Cultural Programme (PCD) to students from S1 to S5.

Each year of the MYP all students participate in an Interdisciplinary Unit and undertake a form of Service.

Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills are embedded in the MYP curriculum in all subject areas.


In S6 and S7 the school is an authorised International World School offering the IB Diploma Programme.


You can find out more about our 6th Form IB Diploma Programme here.

You can find our Special Educational Policy here (SEND policy).

The shape of the day is as follows:

Morning Afternoon
Period 1 08.15 – 09.00 hrs Period 6 (Break) 12.35 – 13.20 hrs
Period 2 09.05 – 09.50 hrs Period 7 13.20 – 14.05 hrs
Break 09.50 – 10.10 hrs Period 8 14.10 – 14.55 hrs
Period 3 10.10 – 10.55 hrs Period 9 15.00 – 15.45 hrs
Period 4 11.00 – 11.45 hrs
Period 5 11.50 – 12.35 hrs 

to 12.30 S6&S7


*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org