Academic Curriculum

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The I/GCSE Academic Curriculum for Year 10 and 11

In the Upper Years, adequately preparing students for examinations and assessments is paramount but we also strive to nurture intellectual curiosity. Students in Years 10 and 11 follow a two year programme from the UK called the I/GCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). The I/GCSE programme culminates in a set of externally assessed examinations at the end of Year 11.

This programme facilitates students to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the world around them and encourages a critical disposition. A strong emphasis is placed on formative assessment; students are encouraged to judge their own learning and to consider ways of improving. Teaching and learning are supported by a team of dedicated tutors, specialist staff and the Upper Years Leadership Team.

All students in Years 10 and 11 will study the Core Subjects which are:

  • English Language (and depending on level of English, also English literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Science - Chemistry, Physics and Biology
  • A language (French, Spanish, Chinese, Malay as a foreign language or Bahasa Melayu – mother tongue Malay)

In addition, the I/GCSE students will choose a further 3 optional subjects from the following:

  • Art and Design
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology: Product Design
  • Design and Technology: Food and Nutrition
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • ICT (Information, Communications Technology)
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • PE (Physical Education)
  • Triple Science (additional Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

English as an Additional Language (EAL) is available to students, on a needs basis, in both mainstream classrooms and smaller groups.

The I/GCSE curriculum is a rich experience which extends well beyond the confines of the classroom. Extension activities and homework are considered crucial, not only because students are able to consolidate their learning, but also because they provide opportunities for intellectual exploration. Overall, students complete the I/GCSE course with a broad base of knowledge and skills upon which to build when they enter the A Level or International Baccalaureate Programme in Year 12.