The Upper Secondary Curriculum: Grades 9 – 12
In Grade 9, students begin a two-year course of study leading to the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). The CIE IGCSE curriculum provides a broad study programme across a wide range of subject areas. It encourages students to develop oral and practical skills, investigative and problem-solving skills, to apply skills, knowledge and understanding and to learn to work as part of a team but also independently.
Students in Grade 9 are required to study 8 subjects drawn from 5 different subject areas (Science, Mathematics, Languages, Humanities, Creative & Vocational) aiming at taking IGCSE examinations in many of them in Grade 10.
Building on the skills acquired at IGCSE level, students in Grades 11-12 can choose a combination of courses based on the CIE programmes for Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and Advanced Level (A Level). AS Level courses are typically the mid-point of an A Level. A student is qualified to take the AS Level examination after completing one full year of study of a particular course. After being awarded that AS certificate, the student can decide to continue studying all or some of his chosen subjects to A Level prior to graduation.
IGCSE, AS and A Level qualifications satisfy entry requirements for colleges and universities all around the world.