Curriculum | Secondary

Secondary Curriculum at KIS
The International Section Years 7 – 13 follow the curriculum developed by Cambridge Assessment International Education and AQA.

Lower Secondary School (Y7-9)
Years 7-9, also known as Key Stage 3, follows the Cambridge Assessment International Education and UK National Curriculum.
  • English *
  • Science *
  • STEM
  • Chinese/Spanish/Korean *
  • Music
  • Art
  • Mathematics *
  • Social Studies *
  • PSHE
  • ICT
  • PE
  • Leadership, Life Skills and Community Service (LLC)
Year 9 students take the Cambridge Checkpoint external exams in April, which assesses their English, Mathematics and Science knowledge. These exams are compulsory and are paid for by the parent/guardian.

Cambridge Lower Secondary programme:
https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-lower-secondary/

UK National Curriculum:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum


Cambridge IGCSE (Y10-11)
Over the course of these two years, students are prepared for the International/General Certificate of Secondary Education (I/GCSE) in eight subjects. The Examination Boards in the UK determine the syllabus for each subject and set and mark the public examination papers.

Students must study English Language and English Literature, Mathematics and Chinese. They can then select an additional four to six subjects, which must include one science and one humanities, to ensure sufficient breadth of study.

In response to the interest and ability of our students in the sciences, KIS offers the single award sciences, allowing students to choose, one, two or all three of the science disciplines.

Students work towards the International General Certificate of Secondary Education starting in Year 10. The students take one class from each of the following groups:

  • First Language English or English as a Second Language *
  • Chinese (First, Second, or Foreign Language) or Spanish (Foreign Language)
  • Biology or Business Studies or Media Studies (GCSE)
  • Chemistry or Drama or Physics or Travel & Tourism
  • Mathematics – Core or Extended *
  • Chemistry or Economics or Music
  • Art & Design or Geography or Psychology (GCSE)
  • Computer Science or History or Sport (BTEC)
Y11 students take the IGSCE exams in all of their chosen courses in May/June. These exams are compulsory and are paid for by the parent/guardian. Please see the KIS IGCSE Options Booklet for class descriptions.

Cambridge IGCSE Curriculum:
https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-upper-secondary/cambridge-igcse/


Cambridge Advanced (Y12 – 13)
In Years 12 & 13, the students follow the Cambridge Assessment International Education or AQA AS and A2 Level Courses. These are studied in two parts. In Year 12, students complete up to four subjects at the Cambridge International AS Level. In the following year, students in Year 13 select three/four of these subjects to complete the Cambridge International A2 Level. They may choose from the following courses:

  • English Language *
  • Mathematics *
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Business
  • Media Studies *
  • Music
  • Performing Arts (BTEC)
  • Chinese Language
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Geography *
  • Art & Design
  • Additional Course: IELTS
*denotes courses following the AQA specifications

Year 12/13 students take the Cambridge or AQA AS (Advanced Subsidy) and/or the Cambridge or AQA A2 (Advanced) external exams for their chosen courses in May/June. The combination of these two exams creates the full A Level. Students also have University Preparation, Career Guidance and Sports courses. Please see the KIS A Levels Options Booklet for class descriptions.

Cambridge International AS & A Levels curriculum:
https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-international-as-and-a-levels/

AQA curriculum:
https://www.aqa.org.uk/