Forms I to IV (O-level)
The O-level program is based on the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) syllabus. The following examination subjects are offered: Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Studies, English Language, Economics, French, Geography, History, Kiswahili, Mathematics and Physics. Students also take the following non-examination subjects: Art, Music and Physical Education.
For students who complete studies at Academic International Primary School, entry to the Secondary School Form I is based on performance in the Common Entrance and internal examinations. Applicants from outside the School are assessed on their performance in the National Standard VII Exam and/or a special entrance test given by the School. Students who wish to join Forms II, III and IV are assessed on the basis of their performance in the Common Entrance and special tests.
At O-level, students receive a broadly based education, by studying subjects in a wide range of areas listed above. This provides them flexibility to enter as many areas as possible in higher educational and vocational institutions. At the same time, the School recognises that each individual student has her or his own strengths and weaknesses. Therefore it is important to allow each one to develop their full potential in areas they are most talented, and to assist and encourage them in those areas they are weak.
The choice of subjects in Forms III and IV tries to achieve a balance between, on the one hand, the need for broadly based education and, on the other, each student’s relative strengths and aspirations. In the first two years (in Form I and II), all students take the twelve examination subjects listed above. In Forms III and IV every student takes a set of compulsory subjects, comprising Biology, English language, Mathematics and Geography. Physics and Chemistry are compulsory for the science stream while History, Economics and Business Studies are compulsory for arts stream. In addition, every student selects one subject from French and Kiswahili and one from Computer Studies and Accounting.
Advanced Level (AS and A-level) – Forms V and VI
The A level program ( Forms V and VI ) is based on the University of Cambridge GCE, AS and Advanced level syllabus. The program offers Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Computing, Chemistry, Economics, English Language, Geography, History, Literature, Mathematics and Physics in a number of combinations like EBA, HGL, PCM, PCB, PGM, EBG, EGM to mention a few.
Students who take up and pass in three subject areas (Mathematics/Science, Art/Humanities, Commerce subjects ) are awarded the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE).
To qualify for entrance into the A-level program a student must have obtained at least two Cs in any â€œOâ€ level examination in those subjects that he/she wants to study for the A-level. The A-level program is split into two parts, the AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A2. The former is usually covered in Form V and the latter in Form VI. Students are awarded an A-level qualification upon satisfactory performance in AS and A2 modules. A student sitting only the AS module is awarded only an AS-level qualification which is given half the number of credits of a full A-level qualification. The A-level provides a qualification in its own right, and it is widely used as a prerequisite for studies at university level. Typically, as shown above in the subject combinations, a student takes three or four subjects, which may or may not be closely linked.