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British and American Curriculum

Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9 (Age 11, Age 12 & Age 13)

The Pre-IGCSE programme covers the British curriculum for the first 3 years of secondary education, referred to as Years 7, 8 and 9 (ages 11, 12 and 13).

The Pre-IGCSE programme prepares pupils for the content and subjects which they will study for their IGCSE exams. The curriculum is designed to enable pupils to become confident and successful independent learners, improving the personal, learning and thinking skills that will ensure their academic success higher up the school. The curriculum introduces pupils to a wide range of academic and cultural experiences designed to stimulate their intellectual curiosity.

The Pre-IGCSE years at FEYDEY are a great time to develop wide-ranging and transferable skills that will be needed as pupils work their way through the school and onto the exciting worlds of university and work. Those following this programme are encouraged to read widely, to develop digital skills and to invest time and energy in the Co-curricular and pastoral sides of college life.

All pupils study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Art & Design, Design Technology, a Modern Foreign Language (French / Spanish), Physical Education, Computing, Drama and Life Skills (PSHE). Non-native English speakers receive lessons in English as an Additional Language if required.
Year 10, Year 11 (Age 15, Age 16)
IGCSE stands for International General Certificate of Secondary Education. It is equivalent to the GCSE qualification taken by UK students to prepare them for A Levels. IGCSEs are offered in many countries across the world as well as in the UK itself, where many private schools feel they are better preparation for A Levels than the GCSE.

IGCSEs are internationally recognised qualifications that lead directly into A-levels.
At MCS most pupils study the following ‘core’ subjects at IGCSE:
A Modern Foreign Language – French or Spanish
English - Either First Language and/or Literature or English as an Additional Language
Biology, Chemistry and Physics - Dual or Triple Award Science depending on ability
Pupils are also able to choose additional ‘option’ subjects to study at IGCSE:

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Design Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physical Education

The optional subjects available to IGCSE pupils will continue to develop as the School continues to grow.