Who are we?
The British International College is fully accredited by the local education authority, Gauteng Department of Education (GDE). Our GDE registration number is GDE400111. To operate in South Africa, a school has to be registered with the local education authority. This is a legal requirement.
Schools offering Cambridge courses should also be registered with Cambridge International Examinations. Each of our institutions is registered with Cambridge. Our Cambridge centre number is ZA057.
Parents should beware of schools that are unable to provide this ZA registration number, as they may not be registered with Cambridge. There are a few 'schools' that are registered with the British Council, a UK charity. Such a registration does not include any oversight from Cambridge International Examinations and the 'school' only runs exams via the British Council.
Reputable Cambridge schools will also be registered with the Association of Cambridge Educators in South Africa (ACESA).
The British International Colleges aim to provide students of above average academic ability with a learning environment in which their potential can be realised.
Working through the Cambridge International Examination syllabuses at the College where they are taught in small classes by highly qualified and experienced lecturers, students have the opportunity to secure their future by developing skills and knowledge and achieving the same qualifications as students of similar age all over the world.
The Cambridge system is highly flexible, allowing a unique curriculum to be designed for each individual student. The examinations held in June and November each year, are set and marked at the University of Cambridge International Examinations in the United Kingdom and the qualifications are conferred by this prestigious educational institution.
Studying in a safe, informal college environment, students mature and become highly motivated. The social and communication skills so essential to success in any career in the 21st Century are given full opportunity to develop. Accelerated learning techniques and study skills are taught to enhance academic abilities.
The Cambridge philosophy of education aims not only to provide students with knowledge and skills but encourages them to apply these to the real world in a critical and independent way. The courses are demanding and challenging and thoroughly prepare students for University study and for the demands of modern life.
This programme engages students in physical and creative activities as well as life skills, philosophy and community service and is designed to develop our students' potential to their fullest. Students are able to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh/President's Award, a highly desirable asset for any applicant to University. The opportunity to gain real world work experience is available in order to help them plan their future and guidance for tertiary studies and careers is offered. IT skills and critical thinking skills are developed.
British International Colleges have been fortunate to retain the services of Mrs. Margaret Oshry (B.A; UED; B. Ed; M. Ed) as Dean of the Colleges. This well-known educationist, previously head of teaching practice for trainee teachers at the Johannesburg College of Education, comes with many years of experience in the establishment and management of Cambridge programmes.
Each year in the Cambridge International Examinations, between 15 and 20 of our students are placed first in the country in a subject with some each year being placed in the top 10 in the world.
Since the inception of the CIE outstanding learner awards in 2007, some 67 British International College students have achieved first place in South Africa. Subjects include: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Coordinated Sciences, Geography, German, History, Physics, Sociology, Psychology, Japanese, English 1st Language, English 2nd Language, Computer Studies, Music and Literature, Afrikaans, Physical Science, Japanese and Economics.
A large number of our students have been listed in the top 500 mathematics students in South Africa and some in the top 100.
A gratifying number of students have placed in the top ten in the world some of these have been first in the world. In addition each year between 70% and 74% of our students achieve A*, A, B or C grades in these high quality examinations.