The International General Certificate in Secondary Education, IGCSE, is the international version of the GCSE, the most commonly used assessment for schools in England. Secondary school at SIH is organized into Key Stage 3 (age 11 – 14 years old), and Key Stage 4 (age 14 – 16 years old). The academic programme offered in Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4) builds on the skills developed in Key Stage 3, and prepares students for external IGCSE exams.

            IGCSE is an international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progress and success. IGCSE curricula offer a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English.

            IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:
                • Subject content
                • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations
                • Intellectual enquiry
                • Flexibility and responsiveness to change
                • Working and communicating in English
                • Influencing outcomes
                • Cultural awareness.

            Students can choose to do AS and A Level’s after successful completion of IGCSE’s. International AS & A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:
                • In-depth subject content
                • Independent thinking
                • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
                • Handling and evaluating different types of information source
                • Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
                • Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
                • Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
                • Working and communicating in English.

            International A Level is typically a two-year course, and International AS Level is typically one year. Some subjects can be started as an International AS Level and extended to an International A Level.

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