OIB English version


The OIB ( Option Internationale du Baccalauréat – British version ) is a course of study suited to students who have a high level of English language skills (native speakers , bilinguals or French students ) and a keen interest in English Literature ( poetry,novels,plays ) .Students also have enquiring minds and a good work ethic .The syllabus and teaching is bicultural in combining both the well regarded French baccalauréat and its streams ( Literature , Economic and Social Sciences or Science) and British pedagogical approaches taught in the English language in the courses on English Literature and History and Geography .

Based on a longstanding partnership between the French Ministry of Education and the University of Cambridge International Examinations ,the OIB British version aims to give students the best of both educational systems .Currently nearly 1200 students sit the British version of the exam at baccalauréat each year ( about 40% of all OIB candidates ) with English Literature and History –Geography being evaluated in written papers and also at an oral .

Recruitment to the British OIB section at the Lycée Victor et Hélène Basch takes place at the end of 3ème. The tests take place either at the end of April or at the beginning of May (depending on the Spring holidays in the “Académie de Rennes”) with applications usually closing in April.

Please check “dossier de candidature OIB” for the dates of the entrance tests and for application deadlines.

Recruitment to Lycée VH Basch’s OIB programme ,which starts in 2nde , takes place in early May with applications closing in April .A written test lasting 1h30 evaluates reading and writing skills with a text to understand and then an essay to compose .The oral lasts 15 /20 minutes with two candidates and assesses language ability in the reaction to documents , interaction with the 2 examiners and also with the other candidate and finally to see motivations for students choosing the OIB .

The OIB is recognised by university and higher education admissions both in France and abroad as a guarantee of language skills , intellectual and cultural flexibility and the ability to handle demanding workloads .Typically OIB students at Lycée Victor et Hélène Basch go on to study in well known institutions in France , follow bilingual programmes in France and abroad or pursue their entire post baccalauréat studies in such countries as the UK or Canada (waiving the need for English proficiency tests such as IELTS or TOEFL for access to these universities ).


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