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IGCSE Programme

RBIS KS4 : IGCSE years 10 and 11

In year 10 and 11, students are aged between 14 to 16 and study International General Certificates in Education, or IGCSEs. These are rigorous educational qualifications that are internationally recognised and ensure students are prepared for their personal journey to sixth form and university.

All students at RBIS study core subjects in English, Mathematics, Biology and ICT and are able to take three option subjects from a selection of academic and creative subjects. These options allow students to go into more detail in subjects from key stage three, as well as introducing them to new subjects.

 

English

Mathematics

Biology

ICT

Chemistry

Physics

Business Studies

Mandarin

Physical Education

Thai

History

Fine Art

Photography

Geography

Textiles

PSHE

To ensure students’ health and wellbeing pupils also engage in Physical education, PSHE and a careers focus, along with being active members in our House system and competitions. With other international schools.

 

What are IGCSEs?

IGCSEs are internationally set external exams that are run through the British awarding bodies: Cambridge and Pearson. They are internationally recognised examinations that allow student results to be globally standardised; allowing schools and universities to see how a student has performed in a subject in an international context.

 

What is the programme of study and assessment?

IGCSEs are courses that take two academic years for student to complete. They are rigorous and challenging qualifications that develop students academic ability in a subject, as well as teaching independence, analytical approach and critical thinking skills. Each subject course is different, but every IGCSE includes at least one externally set and moderated exam. These are usually taken in May/June and the results are made available in August of the same year. Some subjects include a coursework element that allows students to explore school set assignments that can can contribute to their IGCSE grade.

Students studying IGCSEs are awarded grades from A* to G. Standardly to enter courses at Sixth form level, students will have needed to achieve at least a grade C or above to be able to enrol on a course.

However, the grading for GCSE and IGCSEs is transitioning to a number system of 1-9 (9 being the higher score). This will not immediately take place in IGCSEs until 2021, but a guide to the equivalence of numbers to letter grades is below:

 

1- 9 Grading Structure

Current Grading Structure

9

A**

8

A*

7

A

6

B

5

C

4

3

D – E

2

E – F

1

F – G

U

U

 

Why choose  IGCSEs?

IGCSEs are globally standardised and so offer students lifelong qualifications that will gain them access to higher educational courses in Sixth form and then university. IGCSEs are globally recognised by top universities as entry qualifications for courses and they are a benchmark for schools to enrol students on the correct sixth form courses.

 

The Golden 5

The primary use of the IGCSE grades are for students to gain entry into sixth form courses that will help shape their entry into university and employment. To enrol on most sixth form courses, students are required to achieve 5 IGCSEs at grades C and above; often needing to include English and mathematics.

We call this the golden 5, as this is the golden number of IGCSEs that students need to achieve to move on to their next educational step in Thailand or abroad.

 

Why IGCSEs at RBIS?

RBIS boast some of the best IGCSE exam results for non-selective schools in Bangkok. 100% of students taking the expected minimum 5 IGCSE successful including core English and Maths. In 2019 our results: 95% were awarded grades of 5 A* – C.  One of the biggest selling points for both our IGCSE and A level students is that unlike other international schools, we are a smaller community school which focuses on holistic approaches to education. Our smaller class sizes mean that every student gets time with the teacher, and with a teacher student ratio of 1:7, it’s no wonder our students achieve so well.