Secondary Education

SECONDARY EDUCATION

Key Stage (KS) 3 – (Year 7 to 9)

The Secondary curriculum is based on the Cambridge International curriculum and a range of international standards and benchmarks, with a focus on deep understandings and transferable skills.

We offer an enhanced British curriculum with the aim of offering a diverse range of subjects to encourage breadth of learning. The standard offering for all students:

Core Subjects:

  • English, Mathematics, Science,

Humanities

  • History, Geography

*Modern Languages

  • Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, French

Other Subjects

  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • ICT

*All students must take TWO languages. Malaysian students take Bahasa Malaysia, which includes Morale studies and one other language of either French or Mandarin.

Muslim students must also take Islamic studies which is taught in the same time slot as the language curriculum time and assembly/house time.

Please take note that students who require additional English support will be required to miss a number of language learning opportunities to ensure English is at the standard we require for mainstream participation.

Key Stage (KS) 4 -IGCSE Years (Year 10 & 11)

We offer the world’s most popular international qualification for students aged between 14 and 16 years old – Cambridge IGCSEs. Our timetable is customised year on year to build a curriculum based on the demands of our IGCSE cohort.

All GEMS students are expected to study between 7 to 11 IGCSE subjects.

Compulsory Subjects are: English, Maths, Science and one other Language.

For the Core Subjects of MATHS, SCIENCE and ENGLISH: There are three pathways available for English and Science and two for Maths.

*The School will work with your child to decide the best route for optimum IGCSE results.  Certain *subject choices will need to be agreed and approved by the Heads of Department.

MATHEMATICS Maths (Regular) Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE on this path. *Advanced Maths (Additional Maths) Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE on this path. N/A
SCIENCE
All students will study Biology, Physics and Chemistry but the weightage is different depending on which pathway.
Combined Science Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE on this path. Coordinated Science Students will earn TWO (2) IGCSEs on this path. *Separate/Pure Science Students will earn THREE (3) IGCSEs on this path.
ENGLISH English as a First Language & English Literature Students will earn TWO (2) IGCSEs on this path. English as a First Language Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE on this path. English as a Second Language Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE on this path.

Other Subject Options

OPTION X Economics Art ICT N/A N/A
Option Y Business studies Music History ICT Geography
Option Z Business studies History Geography N/A N/A

All subjects will earn ONE (1) IGCSE per subject. Students must select THREE (3) of those listed in the box.

Languages

BAHASA MALAYSIA Malay as a First Language Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE on this path. Malay as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE on this path. N/A
MANDARIN
Mandarin as a First Language Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE. Mandarin as a Second Language Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE. Mandarin as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE.
FRENCH French as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Students will earn ONE (1) IGCSE.

We only accept private candidates from enrolled students (for subjects that the school has not expressly taught the student).

For students in Years 10 and 11, we follow a two-week timetable to ensure that teaching hours are correct for each IGCSE subject.