I/GCSE at King’s Bangkok
Students in Years 10 and 11 work towards gaining academic qualifications in the form of I/GCSEs in a number of subjects as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs are formal qualifications in individual subject disciplines that students in England (and across the globe) work towards during Years 10 and 11. The IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) has become a very popular alternative to the GCSE, particularly amongst British international schools. Students receive a grade in each subject on either a 9-1 or A*-G scale, depending on the board and qualification.
Gaining I/GCSE qualifications in individual subject disciplines is very important, and students, parents, schools, universities and employers all use this information to make decisions. These qualifications are recognised around the world, ensuring that results have meaning and are transferable across different educational institutions in different countries. Studying for I/GCSEs helps students to prepare for the academic demands of post-16 study and the grades achieved in each subject can assist with making study choices in Year 12.
At King’s Bangkok, our focus is on ensuring that our programme has the flexibility to meet individual needs, with each student’s level of expertise and experience determining their pathways in the core subjects. All students study English, Mathematics and Science, with the majority taking English First Language and English Literature, Mathematics, and all three Science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Further Pure Mathematics is also an additional option for students who demonstrate a very high aptitude for the subject.
All students select a language I/GCSE, with Thai First Language being compulsory for native students. Non-native students must select one of our Foreign Language options (French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or Japanese). All students then select a further three I/GCSE subjects from Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, and Psychology. Thai students can also opt for a Foreign Language as one of their three additional subjects.