Key Stage 4 covers Years 10 and 11 of your child's high school experience (usually ages 15 to 16) at St. Andrews International School Bangkok. These years are extremely important for our students as they revolve around preparing for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams, one of the most highly regarded pre-university qualifications in the world.
Normally students sit these rigorous exams at the end of Year 11, with the results used for applications to university and other academic programmes. At our private Bangkok high school, our programme has been carefully designed to make sure our students are well prepared to achieve their qualifications, setting them up for success in future study and careers.
Preparing for the IGCSEs
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is composed of a core group of subjects that every student takes, as well as groups of optional subjects. Students choose the subjects they are most interested in, ensuring that each pupil gets an individualised programme that's based on their interests and strengths.
The IGCSE and GCSE are designed to be accessible to students of a wide range of abilities. Results are published as grades from A to G. Students who do not reach the required standard receive a U grade and those who do exceptionally well achieve an A*. During the course of study, students will be graded on the A to G scale to ensure they will be properly prepared for the examinations.
The final grade a student receives does not completely depend on their performance in the examination. Often there is a compulsory coursework component that has to be completed during the two years of study. This coursework is marked by the class teacher and can account for as much as 50% of the final mark. Syllabuses are regularly reviewed and updated to keep pace with developments in educational practice and to meet the needs of today’s students.
Find out more about the IGCSEs and how we help your child prepare by speaking to our helpful admissions team.