The IGCSE programme is designed for almost the whole ability range. It is assessed on a nine-point scale of grades:-A* A B C D E F G U
In some subjects, there is a choice between Core and Extended curriculum papers, allowing teachers and students to decide on the most appropriate level of instruction and testing for the candidate.
The Core curriculum in each subject is within the ability range of the large majority of students. It provides a full overview of the subject and is targeted at students expected to achieve between grades C – G.
The Extended curriculum comprises the Core curriculum plus additional material. This has been designed for more academically able student, who is expected to achieve between grades A* – C
In PISES Students need to enter the extended curriculum in all subjects – you can enter ‘Extended’ in the subjects you are good at!
Grades A* – C are regarded as ‘pass’ grades, and you will need minimum 6 of these to progress to an A level course in grade 12.
IGCSE Subject Choices

At PISES, students normally study between 5 and 7 IGCSE subjects and three O level subjects. The following two IGCSE subjects are compulsory for all students. These are:-

  • English Language
  • Mathematics

In addition, students can choose to take three or four additional subjects, chosen from:

  • Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • ICT
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

These 6 subjects are offered in ‘Subject Groups’ to students at the end of grade 7. Their preferences are taken into account when compiling the ‘groups’, and individual counselling is available in order to guide the students to making the optimum choices for them.


The IGCSE curriculum encourages and incorporates:

  • The development of oral, aural, written and practical skills in a range of subjects.
  • An investigative approach.
  • The use of initiative to solve problems.
  • The application of skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • The ability to undertake individual projects, and to work as part of a team.
  • The IGCSE aims to provide a valuable educational experience for all students, and to reward them for positive
  • Achievement – what they know, understand and can do -rather than penalise them for what they do not know or get wrong.

It is very important that you and your parents are working together to help you make the most of your education during these crucial first examination years. A few of the ways in which they could help might be:-

  • In providing you with a good working environment at home.

  • In acting as a sounding board for ideas about your work.

  • To encourage you to complete your work on time.

  • To be informed about the work you are doing, the structure of your courses, and the deadlines when important pieces of work should be handed in.

  • To facilitate visits to places of educational value during the holidays.

Key Stage 4: Grades 11and 12 (A LEVELS)

Grades 11 and 12 form the final two years of compulsory schooling, during which the majority of students will follow IGCSE courses in 9 or 10 subjects. These subjects will have been selected by the students in close consultation with parents and staff. Students are encouraged to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum by building upon a core of the following subjects:







Business studies

A Levels

This qualification followed by 16-19 year old students is spread over two years and split into two parts: AS Level (Advanced Subsidiary Level) and A2 Level (Full Advanced Level). Students wishing to obtain entry to university will need to complete both levels.

The curriculum followed by students during this two year programme provides a high level, in-depth study whilst encouraging a breadth of study that provides students with a large range of academic and professional careers options in the future.

AS Level - grade 11 Students are usually expected to have selected three to four subjects for this year, one of which they may drop at the end of grade 12.

A2 Level - grade 12 In Year 12 students extend the work they have done during their previous year, normally choosing to study three of these subjects. The examinations at the end of this year result in the attainment of full A levels. These academic qualifications are respected and accepted by universities throughout the world.  


What Is IGCSE?

The IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is a two-year Programme of study which students at BBS follow in Years 10 and 11.It has been designed and is administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE) for students of all abilities, and it has been specifically designed with international students in mind.


There are many reasons for following this programme of study:-
The two-year course is taught in over 700 British and International Schools in over 100 countries.
The programme leads to a certificate that is internationally recognised. It has been accepted as a preliminary requirement for entry into all UK Universities, and is recognized by Universities and Colleges around the World.
A student’s performance in subjects at the end of Year 11 is a valuable indication of the student’s suitability for courses in higher and further education. IGCSE provide a good foundation for A levels programme in Years 12 and 13. There are many similarities between the two programmes, and IGCSE is a good guide for students, helping them make realistic decisions about further study and their choice of subjects in A levels.
International schools such as ours cater for a mobile student body. Following a curriculum that is international and administered in many schools worldwide eases the transfer of students between schools and countries.

  • Be organised Keep all your notes in order. A well-organised book or file will save you a lot of time when

  • It comes to revision. Use your planner everyday to record your homework and make short-term plans.

  • If it is written down you are less likely to forget it!

  • Keep on top of things

  • If you are absent from school for any reason it is your responsibility to catch up on any work that has been missed.

  • Prioritise your time and work

  • Do not leave things until the last minute. Plan ahead and use your time sensibly. Make a list of things you have to do, and the order in which you have to do them. This will help you to…..

    • Meet Deadlines Get every piece of work in on time. If you start by doing this with all short pieces of work

    • You will be more likely to do it when major pieces of coursework have to be handed in.

    • Ask for help if you do not understand

  • Always seek help if something is bothering you, or if you do not understand a particular topic. A problem shared is a problem halved, and teachers will not know you are having problems unless you tell them!

  • Find a balance. Everyone needs some free time to relax and enjoy themselves! Try to find a good balance between time to work and time to play. Allocate set times when you are going to do your homework and stick to them

  • Be prepared to work hard

Adopt a determined and hard working attitude towards your IGCSE right from the beginning of the course. If you work hard from the outset it will pay off when you receive your results. It is too late to wish you had worked hard the week before the exams, or when you receive your results!

  • Participate fully in class

Be an ‘active learner’. Listen carefully in class, think about what you are hearing and doing. Be prepared to offer your opinions in class discussion and to value the opinions of others, no matter how different they might be from your own. Never be afraid to ask questions – even if they seem trivial - if you do not understand!

  • Revise thoroughly

Good revision techniques are the key to exam success. Everyone has their own particular style of revising – try to find out as early as possible what works best for you! Revision notes are essential, and can be made in a variety of ways –mind maps are a good example. Revision notes provide a summary of the key points of any topic, and should be made from your own notes, text books, or other sources provided. Remember – re-writing notes increases the input of information to the brain and helps you remember things better. A well planned revision schedule is also essential. Revision must be planned before any exam sessions. Plan your time carefully, allowing adequate time for all your subjects, and build up regular breaks.

  • Develop good working habits

It is really important to find a quiet place to work at home where you can organise your equipment and leave things where you know you can go back to them easily! Perhaps you could use a desk in your bedroom, or a corner of the living room. Avoid loud music with a heavy beat, and do not have the TV on while you are trying to work.

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