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Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11)

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).

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Preparing for the IGCSEs

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I/GCSE) is an international version of the GCSE exams taken by all students in the UK at the end of Year 11.

The I/GCSEs 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 I/GCSE written examinations that take place at the end of Year 11.

I/GCSE exams are graded from A*/9 (the highest grade) to G/1 (the lowest grade).


Core subjects 

At our Shunyi High School, everyone takes Mathematic and English as part of the KS4 curriculum. Students will also have Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and Physical education, although these are not examined.

Optional subject choices

This leaves space on the timetable for six optional subjects. There is a broad selection of additional subjects to choose from:

Please click on the subject names to watch a video by our teachers, or click on the Video Gallery below. 

  • IGCSE English A Video
  • IGCSE Maths Video
  • GCSE Fine Art Video
  • IGCSE Biology Video
  • IGCSE Chemistry Video
  • IGCSE Computer Science Video
  • IGCSE Design and Technology Video
  • IGCSE Drama Video
  • IGCSE EAL Video
  • IGCSE Economics Video
  • IGCSE Modern Foreign Languages Video
  • IGCSE Geography Video
  • IGCSE History Video
  • IGCSE Korean Video
  • GCSE Music Video
  • IGCSE Physics Video
  • GCSE Psychology Video
  • IGCSE PE Video

Subject Selection

There are many points to consider when choosing subjects for the I/GCSE. 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?
  • How will the choices I make now, allow me to follow a particular career?
  • Which subjects do I enjoy?
  • Which subjects am I good at?

Use our IGCSE guide to help you make your selections.