Ages 14-16


The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the international version of the GCSE courses taken by students in England. The courses at our IGCSE school in Shanghai, Pudong offer a good foundation for future participation in a global society. IGCSE courses are offered in a range of subjects.

At this stage in their school career, students can make choices about the direction and focus of their learning. When making their subject choices, students at our Pudong IGCSE school are encouraged to carefully consider their interests, their strengths and their ambitions. 

At NAIS Pudong, we run additional activities alongside your child’s IGCSE studies to maintain a healthy balance and to prepare them for the future. All our students take core Physical Education and have Guidance lessons to cover the broader topics of life, health, general wellbeing, careers, and higher education.


The IGCSE programme at NAIS Pudong

At NAIS Pudong, we follow the English National Curriculum in Key Stage 4. However, we make sure our courses are designed to provide a truly all-round global education. IGCSEs are important as they are internationally recognised qualifications that will not only strengthen university applications but also ensure that students gain the necessary academic, social and critical skills required for a successful career in the future.


Compulsory and optional IGCSE subjects

All our students take English, Mathematics, Global Perspectives and a second language – choosing from Mandarin, French, German and Spanish.

We also offer a range of specialised subjects for your child to study at this stage, and on to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP. To help you and your child with their choices, we provide support through the options process.


Cambridge qualifications

At Pudong IGCSE school, our students prepare for and are entered for the Cambridge international Examination. Success in Cambridge qualifications gives students admission to the world’s best universities – in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Germany and beyond.

Cambridge qualifications are accepted and valued by universities around the world, including MIT, Harvard and Cambridge. They are recognised as qualifications that prepare and equip students with the skills they need to succeed both at university and beyond. Universities tell us that they value the independent research and critical thinking skills, as well as the deep subject knowledge, that our qualifications bring. At NAIS Pudong, we work with these universities when we revise our qualifications – getting expert advice to make sure we continue to develop the skills universities require.

At the end of the two-year course, and after successfully completing all the requirements and examinations, students will be formally awarded a certified qualification in each subject completed.


Duke of Edinburgh International Award

In addition to their studies, all students complete the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Being set this challenge encourages our students to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. It also allows our students to set ambitious goals and formally recognises their achievements.


A smooth transition

Our bespoke and well established IB Bridging Programme ensures that students do not have to spend time adjusting to a new learning approach when they move beyond IGCSE but instead ensures that they have all the skills necessary for a seamless transition from IGCSE To IB.

Our IGCSE offer includes compulsory components that mirror the Approaches to Learning in the IBDP. In this regard, all our IGCSE students also complete the CIE Global Perspectives course. Global Perspectives includes a formal consideration of international mindedness by promoting students to reflect on issues of global significance in a critical and thoughtful manner.  



At NAIS Pudong we offer a truly global experience with outstanding teachers and exceptional educational opportunities. Here, students achieve high marks in exams and learn to make a difference in the world outside the classroom.

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