The Secondary curriculum is a skills-focused programme that provides students with a broad and balanced knowledge of key subjects, as well as effective critical thinking and communication skills. Explore how we equip our students for further academic studies.
Our middle and high school curriculum is a skills-focused programme that is used widely in the UK and in many British and other international schools to prepare students for the demands of university.
Based on Key Stage Three of the English National Curriculum, the secondary curriculum at The British School of Guangzhou is designed to provide our middle and high school students with a broad and balanced programme of study in the following subjects:
- Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
- Languages (Chinese, Spanish, French or English as an Additional Language)
- Physical Education
- Computer Science
These essential courses will develop pupils' critical thinking and analytical skills and their ability to communicate ideas effectively. Students will develop certain key skills that will allow them to be successful across all subject areas, and will assist with future challenges at university and in the workplace.
Preparing for (I)GCSE examinations
At the age of 14, (Year 10), students at the British School Guangzhou start their two-year examination course, which revolves around preparing for the (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSEs). These globally recognised qualifications are invaluable for accessing post-16 education options, and then admission at their preferred university or college destinations.
Students study the core IGCSEs in mathematics, science, English and a language. This course of study is complemented with a number of optional (I)GCSEs. Students are likely to sit between 9-11 IGCSEs in total. For a full guide to the (I)GCSE (year 10 and 11) curriculum, please refer to the IGCSE curriculum guide below.