The International GCSEs are qualifications that are internationally recognised and they are for students usually aged 14 to 16. The International GCSE qualifications are awarded by an external awarding body. The students can sit these exams (the exams are produced and assessed by an external awarding body) at the LML and the classes we offer are designed to prepare the students for the exams that lead to these qualifications.
GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. At our school we offer the International GCSEs which are an adaptation of the UK’s GCSE (https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean). These International GCSE qualifications are currently available in over 125 countries. The curricula of the individual subjects are designed in such a way that the students are taught to be inquisitive and to apply their knowledge to new situations. Furthermore, cultural awareness and English language skills are important parts of the International GCSEs.
What subjects do we offer?
LML currently offers International GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, in Mathematics, in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in Geography, History, Economics, Music, Art, Physical Education, Information and Communication Technology, French and German.
As the students for the English classes at the LML come from many educational backgrounds we do not tend to separate the students by age, but by academic ability. Especially in the areas of English (as it is the vehicular language of all subjects) and mathematics (as it is an important subject). So the ages 14 to 16 are only to be understood as an indication. The students may be a bit younger or older than the indicated age group.
Why take the International GCSE?
The International GCSE is recognised around the world as a significant academic attainment. The main benefit of the International GCSE is that it prepares students for A-levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The curriculum in the different subjects is designed to encourage creative thinking, intellectual enquiry and problem solving – skills that increase students’ ability to succeed at the next level of their education.
How is the International GCSE different from the UK GCSE?
The International GCSE meets the same high academic standards as the GCSE, and it is recognised around the world as equivalent. The main difference is that International GCSEs are specifically designed for International students. They are also more flexible. Many consider International GCSEs in certain subjects, such as mathematics and science, to be more rigorous.
Grades and assessments
Students take written examinations at the end of the two years, and the exams are externally graded. Students receive grades from A*, the highest, to G.
What happens after the International GCSE?
After taking International GCSEs, most students go on to pursue A-levels. Students who have mastered International GCSEs bring valuable skills to this next stage of their education. They are highly knowledgeable about a number of academic subjects, and they have learned to be motivated and independent l earners who can perform well on examinations. These skills are valuable at university, and they prepare students to excel in the global community.
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