New SEK University Baccalaureate: better prepared for university life and the labour market

SEK International Schools will present a new baccalaureate next year. The aim is to prepare students to better respond to current challenges and, at the same time, help them access the best universities.

The new SEK university baccalaureate can be taken through the IB Diploma Programme or the Spanish Bachillerato (according to current educational legislation). It enriches both, giving it added value and helping students meet the requirements that the current university world demands.

The syllabus  includes new subjects that are not on the national or international baccalaureate, such as nanotechnology, clean technologies or artificial intelligence, and redesigns traditional technologies, such as mathematics, to make them more relevant to current problems.

In addition to knowledge, the new baccalaureate places special emphasis on the development of students’ skills, such as critical thinking, ethics, entrepreneurship, rigour, leadership, empathy, effective communication or emotional and physical balance (including a specific well-being programme), among others. All of them are designed to help them in their personal growth, to relate better to others and to have a positive impact on society.

Therefore, “students  will be able to function better in today’s world, be better prepared for university life and access the job market more easily,” said Maricruz Lagar, General Director of SEK International Schools.

This new baccalaureate will begin to provide university and career’s guidance to students from year 4 of Secondary School (MYP 5 in the IB). The course is offered both in Spanish and English.

Another of the great advantages of the SEK University Baccalaureate is that students, upon completing their studies, will obtain three diplomas: the Baccalaureate – Spanish or international (IB)-, the NEASC High School Diploma and the SEK Diploma.


Expert advice with an international focus

For the development of the new baccalaureate, SEK was advised by world expert Charles Fadel, founder and president of Center for Curricular Redesign (CCR), who has worked for different organisations and governments. Fadel highlighted SEK Education Group’s “modernity and, therefore, relevance for a rapidly changing world” which means its students are “much better prepared and versatile to face an increasingly volatile world.”

According to Fadel “it is important to teach topics such as probability, game theory, complex systems and algorithms in modern mathematics education” and argues that “these issues are not adequately addressed in traditional education.” In terms of the field of clean technologies, he believes in the need to “apply physics to environmental issues”. Finally, regarding nanotechnology, he suggested integrating the study of nanomolecules in chemistry”.

Fadel also highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence, which “accelerates the evolution of the world” and he claims it is essential that students “learn about AI, including digital and computer literacy.”


SEK Diploma: active agents of their own learning

SEK students develop their skills using a proprietary SEK School model. For example, they work by participating in scientific and entrepreneurship conferences, among them, Empowering Young Voices, as well as in debate and public speaking leagues, including its own model United Nations, SEKMUN. They also develop skills that have a positive impact on society and the environment, for example, with charity and fund raising initiatives, or intercultural skills by participating in various international experiences.

All these initiatives are collected as evidence of personal and academic development of the students and are accredited with the SEK Diploma.


One baccalaureate course, three qualifications

Upon completion of this university baccalaureate, students obtain different qualifications. If the student has adopted the baccalaureate itinerary by modalities, they obtain the High School Diploma and the Spanish bachillerato qualification. If they have opted for the IB Diploma Programme, they will also obtain the High School Diploma and the IB Certificate.

Furthermore, students work on the SEK Diploma since the fourth year of MYP, a recognition that SEK grants to students upon completion of their schooling, which certifies the development of their skills within the SEK competency framework.

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