What are IGCSEs?
IGCSEs are the qualifications that students gain after sitting exams after 2 years of study. Typically, and at ISCS, the syllabus is taught in Years 10 and Year 11, with exams being sat at the end of Y11.
How many IGCSEs do students take?
The normal number for a student to take is between 6 and 10 IGCSEs, but this will very much depend on what their educational journey has looked like when they begin at ISCS. All students should take English, Maths and Science. Most students will take German and Computer Science. We have other options available such as Art & Design, History and Business Studies.
How are students assessed for their IGCSEs?
This depends on the subject and options being studied. Some subjects have coursework that is completed during the two years and counts as a percentage towards the final grade. Some subjects are entirely based on exams at the end of two years. Some subjects, like languages, have different components that students prepare for.
How difficult are IGCSEs?
IGCSEs are accessible to all students who have a solid grasp of English as a language of instruction - the grading system is from A*-G with A* being the highest. Most universities ask for 5 IGCSEs at C or above to be considered for entry. At ISCS, we have a track record of securing the highest grades for our students to enable them to move on to their chosen next steps.
How many students are there in each class?
We have the benefit of small class sizes, which means we are able to tailor our teaching and learning to our students
What is the level of English like in a British School for International students?
We pride ourselves on preparing our students to be confident communicators who are able to access the English Curriculum. The British Teachers who make up our English department deliver a combination of the skills of Language and of Literature. Our specialist EAL provision is part of the school day as timetabled lessons and we strive to deliver a cohesive approach where language acquisition skills are evident across the subject areas.
Will my son /daughter learn German?
How do you make sure students build strong social skills in a smaller community?
Students have many opportunities to mix with other year groups in the school year and all students are part of a linear House Team that includes students from each Year group. We encourage mixed participation through a variety of activities such as Inter-house competitions each half term, after-school clubs & workshops as well as International Sports Fixtures in the local area. Students play sports and socialise at break and lunchtimes. Our ethos is inclusive and family orientated.