Curriculum

We offer a four-year UK curriculum from Grade 10 to Grade 13

Students study Cambridge IGCSEs for the first two years and then A levels for the final two years.

The advantages of the four-year course are that

  • It enables learning in both breadth and depth.
  • Students have much better chances of gaining access to the best courses and universities in the world because their learning has been deeper in the subjects of their choice, because they have studied A levels, and because they have had the full four years to complete their study.

We choose A levels because the most rigorous of the school courses available.  They are approximately one year ahead of both IB and AP, and should give students a deeper understanding of their chosen subjects and a better chance of accessing top university courses in those subjects.

IGCSEs

Our IGCSE programme is both broad and balanced, with an element of student choice.  It is also tailored to meet the needs of different types of student.

Students take subjects in up to five subject areas: Core, Science, Humanities, Arts and Depth.

Those students not taking a third science will be timetabled for extra English lessons or Learning Support.

Depth subjects are taken either by top sets and / or through the co-curricular programme.

Students will therefore take between 8 and 11 IGCSEs.

A Levels

Grades 12 and 13 students take three or four A levels, Chinese Studies, our Spectra Smarts programme, an Extended Project Qualification and/or Independent Learning Projects. Students are also given an extensive University Preparation programme so that they make the right choices in selecting their university courses and are thoroughly prepared to succeed in them.

Subject to sufficient demand, A Levels are offered in the following subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Music
  • Physics

Our curriculum offer is regularly updated and benchmarked against other schools so that we are always offering courses that are at least as strong, or stronger than, the courses offered in top schools elsewhere.  This is part of our commitment to students to offer the highest possible quality of education.