Creating Choice with the best of International and Australian Curriculums
At AIS we believe in the education of the whole student, therefore the programs we offer in Secondary are diverse and inclusive in nature.
The School offers four internationally regarded and innovative academic programs:
Australian Curriculum Years 6 - 8
The Australian Curriculum is taught within a curriculum framework specific to AIS as a school. It incorporates our beliefs and principals, and is the basis for our teaching and learning. It is consistent with the methodology and philosophy of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) which precedes it whilst linking with the subsequent IGCSE. We can provide parents with precise details of the materials to be taught and clear information about how well their children are learning.
Linking the curriculum standards in this way eases the transition between Singapore and the home country of most of our students, and also enables parents to understand how their children are performing relative to the national trends. However, we modify the Australian Curriculum to ensure its relevance to students of all the 50+ nationalities represented in our school.
The Australian Curriculum is guided by the Melbourne Declaration, which echoes our own beliefs that our young people should be armed with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in an increasingly globalised and dynamic world. In synergy with the curriculum we focus on seven general capabilities which will assist students to live and work successfully in the 21st century:
- Information and Communication Technology competence
- Critical and creative thinking
- Ethical behavior
- Personal and social capabilities
- Intercultural understanding
IGCSE Years 9 & 10
Year 9 and 10 students benefit from a broad and balanced programme delivered through the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum.
The Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, attracting almost 500,000 entries from 144 different countries every year. It is taught as a two-year course beginning in Year 9 and culminating in external examinations in Year 10. In some subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making the IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities. Students can enter examinations at the most appropriate level for them, a level which can differ for different subjects. The core curriculum is based on an overview of the subject and is suitable for students expected to achieve grades C to G. The extended curriculum is more challenging and designed for those expected to achieve grades A* to E. This is in line with the school’s focus on differentiation and students can choose either stream according to their ability.
The IGCSE offers a flexible course of study that gives candidates the freedom to choose subjects that are right for them, whilst providing them with a broad knowledge base and lifelong skills. It develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:
- Subject content
- Applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations
- Intellectual enquiry
- Flexibility and responsiveness to change
- Working and communicating in English
- Influencing outcomes
- Cultural awareness
Our students are required to study seven compulsory subjects (Science, English, Maths, Language) and three additional electives (The Arts, Humanities, Technology, Physical Education).
Year 10 Senior Preparation Program
For students enrolling in Year 10 at AIS, we offer a one-year preparation course which runs from January to December. The program comprises of both prescribed and free choice subjects and prepares students for either the High School Certificate (HSC) or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). The breadth of study is important in the program and culminates in internal AIS assessment at the end of the course, of academic rigour equivalent to that of external examinations. Enrolment in Hospitality and Construction (Certificate 1) is also possible.
IBDP Years 11 & 12
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is recognised by leading universities around the world. Students opting for it are challenged to maintain the study of a broad range of subjects from six curriculum groupings. In the second year of the DP, three of these subjects are chosen for higher level study. Students also complete three core components: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS); Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay (EE). All students are required to successfully complete these to receive the diploma.
CAS encourages students to remain physically active, to pursue a creative interest and to engage in service activities within the school and beyond. TOK is an interdisciplinary critical thinking course which encourages inquiry and intellectual curiosity within and between all diploma subjects. The EE is a tertiary-level research paper of approximately 4000 words, which students are encouraged to use as a tool to deepen their inquiry into a topic of special interest and work with a supervisor to help develop their line of investigation. The EE can be completed in any chosen diploma subject.
Students must also successfully complete the study of six subjects chosen from within the six grouping of the DP hexagon. Three of these subjects will be at Standard Level (SL) and three at Higher Level (HL). All subjects, unless otherwise stated, are offered by AIS at both levels. Students will make final decisions about levels of study by the end of Term 3 of Year 11.
HSC Years 11 & 12
The New South Wales Higher School Certificate (NSW HSC) is internationally recognised as a final year high school graduation credential. Results are used to calculate an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) – used to qualify for entry to Australian and overseas universities. It provides a flexible curriculum path to either specialise in a specific field or complete a wide range of subjects.
Year 11 (Preliminary HSC): To successfully complete Year 11 and progress to Year 12, students must satisfactorily complete at least 12 units including English (this will represent six subjects for most students).
Year 12 HSC: To successfully complete Year 12 and be awarded the HSC, students must satisfactorily complete at least ten units including English (five subjects for most students). Year 12 students have the option of selecting additional extension courses in certain subjects.
Vocational Education Options
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses contribute to the broad education of students. They have the capacity to engage and challenge students to maximize their individual talents and capabilities for further education, training and lifelong learning. VET provides skills and qualifications for all types of employment, except for those jobs which require a University degree. The flexibility of the system enables students to study one or two subjects to gain specific skills, without necessarily completeing a full qualification, if that is their choice.
Need help deciding between the HSC and IBDP?
View our matriculation guidelines to understand the benefits of our different senior programs, and which one is best suited to your child.