Upper Secondary - Key Stage 4
Upper Secondary is typically for learners aged 14 to 16 years. Upper Secondary builds on the foundations of Lower Secondary, preparing our learners for the rigours of the IGCSE exams.
Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
Cambridge Upper Secondary offers learners Cambridge IGCSE assessments, in which learners take internationally recognised Cambridge IGCSE qualifications at the end of Cambridge Upper Secondary.
Cambridge IGCSE assessment can include written, oral, coursework and practical assessment. This broadens opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, particularly when their first language is not English. In many subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making Cambridge IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities.
Grades are benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades, A* to G, which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement for each grade.
MIS students follow a Key Stage 4 curriculum that consists of six compulsory subjects and four elected option subjects. The curriculum also includes subjects to provide a balance that are not examined at IGCSE, such as Physical Education.
The six compulsory subjects are:
- First Language English or English as a Second Language
- PE (not an IGCSE subject)
GCSE examinations are excellent preparation for the final two years of schooling, and are required by many British universities as part of their application process. IGCSE examinations pave the way for the A-Levels program, and provide an excellent platform and smooth transition to the rigours of this higher learning curriculum.
We encourage our students to strive for academic excellence in every subject, and we are very proud of the examination results achieved by our students every year.
First Language English or English as a Second Language
Language is our primary source of communication. It's the method through which we share our ideas and thoughts with others. Although the English language doesn’t have the largest number of native speakers in the world, it has the widest reach of any language spoken today. At MIS, English is an essential part of our schools’ core curriculum.
Our Cambridge IGCSE First Language English course is designed for learners who speak English at a native or near native level. Our curriculum allows learners to develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. Students learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. The course also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
The process of acquiring English is supported by our English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. Students with limited English or who have difficulties in areas of English can seek support from our EAL staff. Delivered by experienced teachers, our EAL lessons develop English vocabulary and grammar, as well as improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Over time, this enables learners to develop practical language skills, build their confidence in communicating in English and allows them to integrate fully with their peers.
At MIS, Mathematics is taught with the aim to provide a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and our IGCSE Maths curriculum is designed to encourage the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study.
We strive to encourage students to develop confidence in and a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the significance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. Through our curriculum, students gain fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and develop a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships, and a strong emphasis is placed on solving problems and presenting and interpreting results. Students also gain an understanding of how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.
This course helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies.
As learners progress through the course, they will cover topics such as nature and a variety of living organisms, reproduction and inheritance and use of biological resources. As part of this journey, learners gain an understanding of how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both positive and negative effects on individuals, communities and the environment.
Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry allows students to develop an understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together, how chemistry is used in business and how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.
Our curriculum provides a thorough grounding in organic and inorganic chemistry, where students develop an understanding of the unifying patterns and themes of chemistry and further appreciate the practical nature of chemistry, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques.
Learners will also cultivate an appreciation of the usefulness and limitations of the scientific method, the importance related to scientific methods of accurate experimental work and accurate reporting and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life. Relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, enquiry, integrity, initiative and inventiveness are also developed.
The IGCSE Physics syllabus is designed to help learners to explain and understand the physical world around them by studying the fundamental laws that can be applied to everything, from the smallest particle to the whole of the universe.
At MIS, our curriculum is designed to encourage students to take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Students study the practical nature of physics as well as the theoretical, learning to form hypotheses and design experiments, and in the process gain solid grounding in the basic principles and concepts of the subject.
There is a strong emphasis on evidence of both pupils’ understanding of key theoretical principles and practical skills. Students become familiar with and learn to utilise correctly, essential scientific formulas while also learning to evaluate, in terms of scientific knowledge, the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments.