English courses, GCSE courses, IGCSE courses - Sherborne International

GCSE and IGCSE Courses

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

Students are able to 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.

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 may be prepared for IGCSE English Literature in Year 11, as well as English Language. Others may be prepared for IELTS.

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

Native language GCSE/ IGCSEs courses can also be taken by students, for example Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian or Japanese.

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

Students starting in January or April

September is the start of the British educational year, but further classes are created in January and April, allowing students to start at these times.

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

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

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 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, which 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 may be prepared for IGCSE English Literature, as well as English Language. Others may be prepared for IELTS.

The best students in Maths may be prepared for further Maths GCSE.

Native language GCSE/ IGCSEs can also be taken by students, for example Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian or Japanese.

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

Specimen GCSE and IGCSE course timetables

Further information

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