Grade: Year.10 & Year. 11
Age: Usually 15 – 16
Duration: 1 Year or 2 Years
Subject Selection: Flexible, minimum of 5, usually 7-10
Paths to GCSE
After Form 3: Join Year.10 (Recommended)
After Form 2: Skip a year and join Year.10
After Form 4: Join Year.10
Join Year.11 for a one-year programme

 

GCSE is a two-ear programme. Students study GCSE in Year 10 to 11 to prepare for the exam, which is similar Form 4 and 5 students studying for HKCEE in the old education system in Hong Kong. Students who results have 5Cs or above are eligible for taking A-Level. With the certificate, they can also apply the foundation programme in the UK.

Many overseas students see Year 10 as the beginning of their overseas study, without considering their needs to adapt the new environment and education system while trying hard to meet the requirement of the first year programme. This may causes negative influence on their academic results. Instead, if students start in Year 9, they can spend a year to adapt the environment and at the same time improving their language skills, which help them to perform better throughout the programme.

Compulsory Subjects:

 
Choice of 2 or 3 science subject
EFL (English as a Foreign Language)
Biology
Mathematics
Chemistry
 
Physics

Common Electives:

Art & Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Chinese
Computing
Design & Technology
Drama & Theatre
Economics
English Literature
EPQ
Film Studies
French
Further Mathematics
Geography
German
History
ICT
Mathematics
Media Studies
Music
Physical Education
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Philosophy & Ethics
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Textiles
Grade: Year.12 & Year. 13
Age: Usually 16 – 18
Duration: 1 Year or 2 Years
Subject Selection: Flexible, usually 3 – 4
Paths to A-Level
After Form 4: Join Year.12 (Recommended)
After Form 3: Skip a year and join Year.12
After Form 5: Join Year.12
Join Year.13 for a one-year programme

 

Most of the students in UK enter universities after completing A-Level. It is a two-year programme similar to the curriculum in Form 6 and 7 in Hong Kong’s old education system. They can choose subjects according to their future study preferences as there is no restriction on the choice of liberal arts or science subjects. In general, students take 3 to 4 subjects and they can eligible to enter UK universities with qualifications in three subjects.

Some UI private colleges, sixth form colleges and international boarding schools provide A-Level programme with higher flexibility. It is designed for international students with better English language skills and academic performances to complete their studies in shorter period of time, i.e. three to five semesters. Students in one-year programme generally study 3 subjects while students in five-semester programme can study 3 to 4 subjects depending on their abilities.

Common Electives:

Art & Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Chinese
Computing
Design & Technology
Drama & Theatre
Economics
English Literature
EPQ
Film Studies
French
Further Mathematics
Geography
German
History
ICT
Mathematics
Media Studies
Music
Physical Education
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Philosophy & Ethics
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Grade: Year.12 & Year. 13
Age: Usually 16 – 18
Duration: 2 Years
Subject Selection: Rigid, 9 in total, 3 Compulsory & 6 from Subjects Groups
Paths to IB
After Form 4: Join Year.12 (Recommended)
After Form 3: Skip a year and join Year.12
Join Year.11’s Pre-IB programme
After Form 5: Join Year.12

 

International Baccalaureate(IB) is a curriculum recognised globally by international universities. The two-year IB Diploma programme is another option besides A-Level. Some international and private schools in Hong Kong also adapt this curriculum.

Compare to A-Level, IB provides more extensive knowledge. Apart from studying major subjects from six categories, students must complete other compulsory courses such as Extended Essay. In addition to the knowledge provided in textbooks, this programme aim to equip students with better writing skills, logical thinking and the time management.

Core Subjects:

Extended Essay -EE
Theory of knowledge – ToK
Creativity, activity and Service – CAS

6 Subject Groups:

Students must choose one subject from each of the six categories. Every subjects have higher level(HL) and standard level(SL).
Students must choose a minimum of three subjects at higher level. The highest score is 7 in each subject.

Common Electives:

Group 1
Language & Literature
Group 2
Language Acquisition
Group 3
Individuals & Societies

Economics
Geography
Psychology
Global Politics

Group 4
Science

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Computer Science

Group 5
Mathematics
Group 6
The Arts or Elective

Visual Arts
Dance
Music

Grade: Year.12 & Year. 13
Age: Usually 16 – 18
Duration: 1 Year or 2 Years
Subject Selection: Flexible, usually 3 – 4
Paths to BTEC
After Form 4:
Join Year.12 (Recommended)
After Form 3:
Skip a year and join Year.12
After Form 5:
Join Year.12
Join Year.13 for a one-year programme

 

BTEC National Diploma contains 7 levels. Equivalent to A-Level, the third level of the diploma is a two-year programme, one subject of high level BTEC is even equivalent to three A-Level subjects.

BTEC is approved by more than 200 universities globally including most of the universities in Hong Kong. This curriculum focuses on imparting practical knowledge and skills. Different from traditional disciplines, it contains subjects including business, design, tourism. Its assessment method mainly based on coursework and projects, with less focus on examination. After completing the diploma, students will receive UCAS score for applying for universities or work.

Common Electives:

Art & Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Chinese
Computing
Design & Technology
Drama & Theatre
Economics
English Literature
EPQ
Film Studies
French
Further Mathematics
Geography
German
History
ICT
Mathematics
Media Studies
Music
Physical Education
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Philosophy & Ethics
Russian
Sociology
Spanish