Key Stage 4
Entry to Grade 9 marks the beginning of IGCSE courses, which last two years and, thereafter, Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A2) Level GCE courses.
Unlike in Grades 7 and 8 when all students follow the same subjects, the Secondary School curriculum allows students to select the subjects that they wish to pursue. In Grades 9 and 10 English, Mathematics, and PE remain compulsory for all students. Omani students must choose Arabic as one of their subjects in the option choices. All students will follow either Islamic or PSHE.
As you consider your choices for courses to be studied Grade 9 or in Grade 10, keep an open mind and keep your options open as far as possible. Seek up-to-date advice and information.
AT IGCSE LEVEL THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:
- Arabic 1st, 2nd Language and Classical Arabic
- Art & Design
- Business Studies
- English as a 1st Language and English as a 2nd Language
- Information Technology
The IGCSE examination is available to students who wish to acquire an International School qualification based on the British National Curriculum in order to pursue further education in A GCC Country, North America, Europe and other countries around the globe.
You will sit your IGCSE/GCSE examinations at the end of Grade 10 and receive certificates issued by the two examining boards – Cambridge and Edexcel. These qualifications are currently used by schools in over 110 different countries and are recognised by educational establishments and employers all over the World.
In Grades 9 and 10 you will be following a curriculum that is divided into a set of core subjects and a set of option subjects.
All students will follow IGCSE courses in Mathematics, English and at least one science. Omani nationals are also required to take Arabic. All students follow non-examined courses in PE and either Islamic or PSHE. The other subjects should be chosen from the lists.
Your choices should be based on a careful consideration of a number of factors. These include your ability in a subject, your teachers’ opinion as to your ability, your ideas about a future career, your parents’ wishes and your own enjoyment of the subjects.