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Upper Secondary - IGCSE

When they reach upper Secondary, students begin to take their own path and select the subjects that will shape their future direction.

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The next chapter of your child's education will give them the opportunity to choose the subjects they enjoy, and lay the foundations of a fulfilling life.

In Year 10, students at Madinat Khalifa and Themaid,  start studying for their IGCSEs. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education is the international version of the GCSE exams, which form part of the widely-recognised British Curriculum.

These exams provide a solid bridge to further study such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and give children more autonomy to choose the subjects that inspire them. Students will tackle a range of subjects before sitting exams at the end of Year 11. The highest grade that can be attained is an A*, while the lowest is a G.

The IGCSE exams are built on a number of core subjects. All students are required to take subjects such as mathematics and English, while they will also tackle biology, chemistry and physics. Islamic Studies and Arabic are compulsory for all Qatari students.

Beyond this, they are offered a number of options for additional subjects. These include:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Dutch
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art and Design
  • History
  • Psychology

Students receive support from school staff in choosing the subjects that are right for them, and that prepare them most effectively for their chosen career. Our school also produces an IGCSE Options Guide with detailed information on each subject available, and why it might be attractive for an ambitious learner.

Our school has a record of outstanding IGCSE results. In 2019, two Compass students were awarded ‘Top in Qatar’ by Cambridge International Education for the highest mark in Qatar for two IGCSE subjects: Coordinated Science and Art & Design.

Compass students performed exceptionally well in IGCSE subjects overall, with many achieving A* to A grades including: 86% in Economics, 64% in ICT, 50% in Business Studies, 47% in Coordinated Science and 43% in Maths.

Read more about our impressive IGCSE results.