Rainbow International School Uganda (RISU) recently launched its new BTEC Curriculum as an alternative pathway to university education. The new curriculum will be offered to students from Year 10 up to Year 13 with Level 2 as an equivalent to IGCSE and Level 3 as an equivalent to A Level.
The new curriculum is set to begin in August 2016 (Term 1 intake) and will run alongside Rainbow’s already existing British Curriculum with Cambridge Examinations (IGCSE and A Level). It will target children that want to have a more balanced learning practice with practical skills and a hands-on vocational experience.
At the official launch held on 17th May 2016 at the Kampala Serena Hotel, the BTEC – Pearson East Africa Representative, Bushra Malik remarked, “The BTEC Curriculum offers a stimulating learning dimension with a flexible course structure that blends subject theory with practical application. Students are assessed and graded through coursework, fieldwork and team projects but there are no formal examinations”.
According to the Head of Secondary School, Jason Lewis, RISU will be the first school in Uganda to offer the BTEC Curriculum, which is recognised the world over for its practical skills, real life learning and engaging experience. The popular BTEC subjects include Computing (IT), Hospitality and Physical Education. As the courses and curriculum become popular and mirror the success it has had in all the top International Schools in Nairobi, Kenya the amount and variety of courses offered will increase.
“This is a new phenomenon in international education that we see becoming very successful in a couple of years as parents and students choose a more robust curriculum that provides students with practical skills. 95% of universities in the United Kingdom, over 200 universities worldwide and 70 professional bodies including ACCA, ICE and CMI recognise BTEC qualifications and a big number of international employers like Shell (Vivo Energy), PWC and Rolls Royce actively recruit BTEC graduates.”
At the launch attended by a number of leading corporate organisations from sectors like banking, insurance, health and others, RISU pledged to continue upholding its high academic standards and offering a holistic education that caters for the needs of every child.