Key Stage Four presents the first opportunity for students to choose the subjects they want to study at The British School of Beijing, Shunyi. Our Year 10 and 11 high school curriculum culminates in the successful completion of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
Preparing for the IGCSEs
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an international version of the GCSE exams taken by all students in the UK at the end of Year 11.
The IGCSEs have gained a reputation for providing an excellent preparation for further study, in particular for the transition to the The IB Diploma (Year 12 - 13).
At the beginning of Key Stage Four (KS4), students in Year 10 begin their study towards achieving excellent grades in the IGCSE written examinations that take place at the end of Year 11.
IGCSE exams are graded from A* (the highest grade) to G (the lowest grade).
The Core Subjects
At our Shunyi high school, everyone takes Mathematics and English as part of the KS4 curriculum. Most students will also study the three sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as Mandarin. They will also have Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons, although this is not examined.
Optional Subject Choices
This leaves space on the timetable for three optional subjects. There is a broad selection of additional subjects to choose from:
- Physical Education (PE) (also a core lesson two times a week)
- Design and technology (DT)
- Native German
- Information Computer Technology (ICT)
Subject Selection - Making the Right Choice
There are many points to consider when choosing subjects for the IGCSE. Questions students need to ask themselves include:
- Do I need to study a particular subject in order to follow a later course?
- Do I fully understand what is expected of me if I take that subject?
IGCSE Options Guide
Our IGCSE Options Guide provides detailed information on each subject offered in the IGCSE and advice on why students may want to select that subject. We think it is a very useful guides for students and parents to read through together.
You can download a copy below or please come and visit our friendly Admissions team to pick up a hard copy. While visiting the school, why not stay for a tour and meet some of the people involved in Key Stage Four learning?
IGCSE Options Guide