The Senior School years start in Year 9 and focus on General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and International GCSE (IGCSE) courses. These courses are designed to be taught over two years in Years 10 and 11, although in many subjects, a start is made in Year 9.
It is normal for pupils to take eight or nine (I)GCSEs. The following subjects are compulsory: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and a combination of Sciences. Able pupils will study full IGCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For students who are less scientifically oriented, there is an option to study two of the three sciences or Dual Award Science (see our IGCSE Guide for more detail). Other subjects are selected from a list of options. The study of Arabic language is also required under ADEK regulations, although is not a compulsory GCSE subject. More detail on Arabic and all other subjects is in the 2018-2019 (I)GCSE Guide which can viewed by clicking below. Hard copies are available from the Admissions Department in the Senior School.
After (I)GCSEs, most pupils stay at school for Years 12 and 13 – or ‘Sixth Form’. Here at Cranleigh, our Sixth Form offers the internationally recognised A Level programme and students also undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – a self-motivated, free-standing project that is worth half an A Level. They also benefit from an invaluable university and careers guidance service which includes access to Unifrog, the ‘complete destinations platform’ where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school. More information on our Sixth Form programme here.