Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB), Option Internationale


The Diplôme National du Brevet is a French state exam taken by students at the end of 3ème (Year 10 / 9th grade). It comprises written examinations in French, mathematics and history/geography.  Students taking the option internationale will also sit oral examinations in English language & literature and history / geography.  


International GCSE 


Students will take the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in English Language & English Literature at the end of their 2nde year. This qualification, which is administered by Pearson Edexcel, is an international qualification which is the equivalent of the GCSE offered by schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 


Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB)


The Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) is a unique bilingual and cultural qualification that is taken by students in Terminale. The Anglophone Section at the CSI Lyon offers two versions of the OIB:


The British version of the OIB is quality assured by Cambridge International Education (University of Cambridge) in partnership with the French Ministère de l'Education Nationale.

 The American version of the OIB is quality assured by the College Board working in partnership with the French Ministère de l'Education Nationale.

The OIB is not a separate diploma but a specialisation within the framework of the French baccalauréat. OIB candidates will take all the exams required for the French baccalauréat général. In addition, they will take oral and written exams in English, in both language & literature and history / geography. 


OIB Support Networks


Both the British and American versions of the OIB are offered in international schools across France. As such, teachers in these institutions work collaboratively to maintain standards and ensure consistency across the network, and APESA teachers play a key role in both of these networks.