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GCSE and IGCSE Courses

Our GCSE and IGCSE course for international students aged 14 – 16 (by 1 September) covers English and other subjects.

Students can take this GCSE and IGCSE course over one or two years. There is also the flexibility to start in January or April rather than the normal school year starting month of September.

Lessons are very interesting. I now even enjoy subjects that I never used to enjoy, like science because the teachers really bring the subject to life and involve the students in classes.
Anastasiia, from Ukraine (Two-year I/GCSE Course)

Two-year GCSE and IGCSE course

The two-year GCSE and IGCSE course is for students aged 14 (by 1 September) or those aged 15 who do not have at least lower intermediate standard of English. These students join Year 10 and normally stay at Sherborne International for Year 11, studying for two years in total.

Compulsory subjects

  • English – IGCSE (normally English as a Second Language, but students with exceptional ability may instead be entered for English as a First Language)
  • Maths – GCSE
  • One science IGCSE (from a choice of Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Optional subjects

  • Biology – IGCSE
  • Chemistry – IGCSE
  • Physics – IGCSE
  • Art – GCSE
  • Business Studies – IGCSE
  • English Literature – IGCSE
  • French – IGCSE
  • Geography – IGCSE
  • History – IGCSE
  • ICT (Computers) – IGCSE

Students who require extra support to improve their English will be given extra English and Science lessons instead of one of the above optional subjects.

The best students in English are prepared for IGCSE English Literature in Year 11, as well as English Language. Others are be prepared for IELTS.

The best Maths students are entered for Further Maths GCSE in Year 11.

Students can take native language GCSE/ IGCSEs, such as Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian and Japanese.

Students sit an average of seven or eight GCSE/ IGCSE subjects each.

Courses can start in January or April

September is the beginning of the British educational year. However, further classes start in January and April, allowing students to join at these times.

Students starting in January follow a shortened five term programme and those starting in April follow a shortened four term programme.

Students entering the school in January or April usually follow a prescribed additional subject, such as History, Geography or Business Studies. This is in addition to English, Mathematics and the three Sciences.

The very small class sizes really help you to learn far more quickly as teachers can really get to know you and provide additional help and support where needed.
Allan, from Turkmenistan (Two-year I/GCSE Course)

Specimen GCSE and IGCSE course timetables

Further information

One-year GCSE and IGCSE course

The one-year GCSE and IGCSE course is for students aged 15 or 16 (by 1 September) with at least a lower intermediate standard in English.

The course covers material that normally takes two years to cover. Therefore, students on this course receive additional teaching on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This is reflected in the fees for this course.

Compulsory subjects

  • English – IGCSE (normally English as a Second Language, but students with exceptional ability may instead be entered for English as a First Language)
  • Maths – GCSE
  • One science IGCSE (from a choice of Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or double-award science (worth 2 GCSE grades)

Optional subjects

  • Biology – GCSE
  • Chemistry – IGCSE
  • Physics – IGCSE
  • Art – GCSE
  • Business Studies – IGCSE
  • English Literature – IGCSE
  • French – IGCSE
  • Geography – IGCSE
  • History – IGCSE
  • ICT (Computers) – IGCSE

The best students in English are prepared for IGCSE English Literature, as well as English Language. Others are prepared for IELTS.

The best students in Maths are prepared for further Maths GCSE.

Students can take native language GCSE/ IGCSEs, such as Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian and Japanese.

Students sit an average of seven GCSE/ IGCSE subjects each.

My English has become far more fluent. I now have a much better understanding of English grammar and can communicate much better with all types of people in different situations.
Victoria, from China (One-year I/GCSE Course)

GCSE and IGCSE course specimen timetables

Further information

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