Curriculum | Secondary

Secondary Curriculum at KIS
The International Section Years 7 – 13 follow the curriculum developed by CIE (Cambridge International Examinations).

Lower Secondary School (Y7-9)
Years 7-9, also known as Key Stage 3, follows the Cambridge International and UK National Curriculum.

Students take:
  • English *
  • Science *
  • Chinese/Korean *
  • Music
  • Art
  • Mathematics *
  • Social Studies *
  • PSHE
  • ICT
  • PE
Year 9 students take the Cambridge Checkpoint external exams in April, which assesses their English, Mathematics and Science knowledge. These exams are compulsory and are paid for by the parent/guardian.

Cambridge Secondary I programme: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-1/

UK National Curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum


Cambridge IGCSE (Y10-11)
Over the course of these two years, students are prepared for the International/General Certificate of Secondary Education (I/GCSE) in eight subjects. The Examination Boards in the UK determine the syllabus for each subject and set and mark the public examination papers.

Students must study English Language and English Literature, Mathematics and Chinese. They can then select an additional four to six subjects, which must include one science and one humanity, to ensure sufficient breadth of study.

In response to the interest and ability of our students in the sciences, KIS offers the single award sciences, allowing students to choose, one, two or all three of the science disciplines.

Students work towards the International General Certificate of Secondary Education starting in Year 10. The students take 1 class from each of the following groups:

  • First Language English or English as a Second Language *
  • Chinese * or Korean
  • Physics or Global Perspectives
  • Chemistry or Enterprise
  • Mathematics – Core or Extended *
  • History or Geography
  • PE or Art or Computer Science
  • Biology or Economics
Y11 students take the IGSCE exams in all of their chosen courses in May. These exams are compulsory and are paid for by the parent/guardian. Please see the KIS IGCSE Options Booklet for class descriptions.

Cambridge IGCSE Curriculum: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/cambridge-igcse/


Cambridge Advanced (Y12 – 13)
In Years 12 & 13, the students follow the Cambridge International AS and A2 Level Courses. These are studied in two parts. In Year 12, students complete up to four/five subjects at the Cambridge International AS Level. In the following year, students in Year 13 select three/four of these subjects to complete the Cambridge International A2 Level. They may choose from the following courses:

  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Chinese (AS only)
  • Literature in English
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • IELTS
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Year 12/13 students take the Cambridge AS (Advanced Subsidy) and/or the Cambridge A2 (Advanced) external exams for their chosen courses in May. The combination of these two exams creates the full A Level. Students also have University Preparation, Sports and Global Awareness courses. Please see the KIS A Levels Options Booklet for class descriptions.

Cambridge A Level Curriculum: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-international-as-and-a-levels/


*Korean International School determines the correct grouping in these subjects for all students.