Curriculum

The ISZ Secondary is divided into three sections: Years 7-9 IMYC, Years 10-11 IGCSE, and Years 12-13 A-Levels.  All three sections use an international curriculum that is rigorous, challenging, and is internationally recognized.

Years 7-9 International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) helps your students to make meaning of their learning by:

  • Linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme
  • Responding to the specific developmental needs of 11-14 year olds
  • Working towards understanding through a personal and global perspective

Each IMYC unit of work follows a conceptual theme known as the big idea. Neuroscientists say the brain learns ‘associatively’, always looking for patterns and linking to previous learning. In primary schools, teachers often find these links for students and regularly mention links between discreet subjects’ learning.

The organisation of secondary school teaching and learning is often within departments, resulting in students suddenly having the responsibility of finding their own links in their learning. The aim of the IMYC is to help students develop the habit of identifying links in their learning for themselves through linking all learning with the Big Idea. The IMYC links the knowledge, skills and understanding of each subject to the most appropriate Big Idea.

Click here to view the curriculum maps for Year 7, Year 8, and Year 9

 

Years 10-11 IGCSE (Cambridge)

The IGCSE curriculum is an international curriculum that is taught around the world.  Students typically take a core group of courses as well as electives.  At ISZ, the core courses are Mathematics, Co-ordinated Science (double award), History, and English.  Students then choose to take a variety of electives and foreign languages, such as French, Kiswahili, Business, Art and Design, Geography, and World Literature.

Most of these courses are 2-year courses, but we also offer 1-year courses.  At the completion of the course students sit the externally assessed IGCSE exams.  The grades range from A* to U (ungraded), and are assessed by comparing students scores from around the world to create the fore mentioned scale.

At ISZ students can take a minimum of 7 IGCSE courses, but most will finish Year 11 with 8-10 courses completed.

Click here to view the curriculum maps for Year 10 and Year 11

 

Years 12-13 AS & A Levels (Cambridge)

The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level, or A Level, is the ‘gold standard’ of Cambridge qualifications. It is accepted as an entry qualification by universities of the European Union and elsewhere around the world. A Level examinations are usually taken after 13 years of education and are based on approximately 360 hours of guided learning per subject, normally over a two year period. A Levels are highly specialised and a student will normally take three subjects, although occasionally exceptional students take four or five.

Cambridge International A Levels are taken throughout the world, sometimes as the national examinations of certain countries (such as Singapore and Mauritius), sometimes within international schools and sometimes in bi-lingual government schools alongside national exams.

There are six passing grades (A* – E). Typical UK university entrance requirements are above three passes at grade C for academic courses in established universities. Very popular courses will often require higher grades.