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A. Key Stage 3 – International Lower Secondary (ILS)
Designed specifically for international schools, the Edexcel International Lower Secondary Curriculum caters for pupils in Years 7 to 9 (ages 12-14) and is available for English, math’s and science. Based on the UK National Curriculum for Key Stage 3, it provides pupils with a well-rounded education and a certificated benchmark of achievement, while giving teachers an easy-to-implement framework and an effective way to monitor pupil progress.

Why do we offer the Edexcel International Lower Secondary Curriculum?
Written by experienced secondary authors and teachers, the Edexcel International Lower Secondary Curriculum:

Provides excellent preparation for International GCSE and GCE A Level or equivalent, through a structured curriculum for English, mathematics and science
Provides an international benchmark of achievement, with externally-marked Achievement Tests and certification at the end of Year 9
Allows you to track pupils’ progress through a variety of year-specific Progress and Achievement Tests
Is engaging and up to date, with ideas for lessons and a framework that allows a learner to embed knowledge creatively
Gives teachers and pupils a seamless and cohesive teaching and learning experience, especially when used alongside other Edexcel qualifications.
Other subjects offered in line with the above three at KISC include;

The mentioned subjects are not examinable at year 9 as part of the achievement test.

Table summary

Age (Average) Grade at KISC–KS3
11-12 years old Year 7 Progressive test
12-13 years old Year 8 Progressive test
13-14 years old Year 9 Achievement test

B. Key stage 4 – Upper Secondary – IGCSE

What is IGCSE?
IGCSE stands for ‘International General Certificate of Secondary Education’. It is an examination program operated by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students studying in English medium International Schools.

When do students take the IGCSE programme?
Students begin their IGCSE programs at the start of Year 10. They follow the program for 2 years with most of the final examinations taking place in May and June of Year 11.

Do all students follow the same programme?
No. The program is divided into seven subject blocks, and all students must take one from each. Some departments offer GCSE courses which are regarded as equivalent qualifications.

Do all students follow each subject at the same level?
No. Some subjects have two levels of entry. In these subjects there is a Core level for all students and an extended level for students who show higher potential. The details of this vary from subject to subject and are explained in the individual subject entries in this booklet.

How are IGCSE grades determined?
IGCSE grades range from A* to G. Students who have followed the Core curriculum can achieve a grade from C to G only. The extended curriculum awards grades from A* to E. These grades are determined by a combination of work done in school during the course, called coursework, and a series of final examinations. Although it varies, the coursework usually counts for approximately 30% of the final grade. (In some subjects there is no coursework.) Coursework is marked at BIS and there is an established method, called moderation, to ensure that the standard of work and its marking are consistent with other schools in the IGCSE program. All final examinations are sent to Cambridge for marking and the grades are then determined centrally and communicated to the school. Students are then presented with certificates the following year in Term 1.

Do all students take the same number of subjects at IGCSE?
No. Some students may be advised to take fewer than 7 IGCSE’s, particularly if we feel that their English ability is limited. The aim is to spend years 7, 8 and 9 preparing the ground for students to start IGCSE courses in Year 10. Students who have had only one or two years of English medium education may be limited in their choice of subjects and may in addition find the IGCSE program very challenging.

Age (Average) Grade at KISC–KS4
14-15 years old Year 10
15-16 years old Year 11 IGCSE
C. Key Stage 5 (Senior Secondary) – Edexcel GCE A Level

KS3This is a two year course, a follow up from IGCSE. Edexcel GCE A Level Pearson is one of the world’s leading awarding bodies and our qualifications are rigorous and internationally renowned. Designed for learners aged 16 years plus, Edexcel General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A levels) are recognized by the world’s top universities and local universities and provide progression to university education and employment hence our target as a school.
Edexcel A levels are available in 33 subjects, of which learners choose between two and five subjects taken, either independently or alongside local qualifications. UK universities often require applicants to have a minimum of three GCE A levels for entry on to their undergraduate degree programmes. The Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS) is a one year standalone qualification which also forms the first part of the full GCE A Level. This sums up us International Advanced Level (IAL). Most A level subjects are made up of four units and some involve coursework as well as an examination in May/June each year. Levels are graded from A*- E.