The ICS High School offers two University of Cambridge International Examination academic programmes: the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) which is taken by students in Years 10 and 11 (Grades 9 & 10) and the Cambridge International AS/A Level which is taken by students in Years 12 and 13 (Grades 11 & 12). The two academic programmes are carefully designed to engage students and give them solid foundations to achieve high levels of academic and personal attainment. The curriculum has been designed to develop learners that are responsible, innovative, confident, and engaged.
The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year-olds, leading to globally recognised and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. The Cambridge IGCSE courses help learners to develop vital educational skills. these include the ability to undertake individual projects, enquiry skills, recall of knowledge, oral skills, problem-solving, initiative, teamwork, and investigative skills. At ICS, we offer the May/June examination session only. The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher level courses, such as Cambridge International A and AS level, the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education, the North American Advanced Placement programme, and the International Baccalaureat.
The IGCSE course requires students to take between eight to ten subjects including two from Group 1 and at least one from Groups 2-5. First Language English, Foreign Language French, Mathematics, Literature, ICT and at least one Science subject are compulsory for all IGCSE students in ICS. Students may select between eight to ten subjects depending on their ability, interest, and career aspirations. The required learning hours per Cambridge IGCSE subject is 170 hours. This means that learners are expected to spend four hours per week on each subject.
Assessments take place at the end of the two-year course and include written and oral tests, coursework, and practical assessments. Each learner’s performance is benchmarked using internationally recognized grades, A* to G. Cambridge IGCSE caters for different levels of ability with a choice between core and extended papers in many subjects. The core curriculum is based on an overview of the subject and is suitable for students expected to achieve C to G. The extended curriculum is more challenging and designed for students who are expected to achieve grades A* to C. Grades achieved through either route have the same value.
To maintain a highly rigorous academic experience, the school also offers the International Certificate of Education (ICE) option as part of the IGCSE programme. ICE candidates are required to reach certain standards in a group of subjects in order to obtain this certificate. The Cambridge ICE is awarded to learners who pass at least seven Cambridge IGCSE subjects, including two from Group 1 and one from Groups 2 to 5. The seventh subject may be chosen from any of the syllabus groups. Learners are awarded one of the three levels of the Cambridge ICE – Distinction, Merit or Pass – depending upon the grades earned in the seven examinations.
CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL AS/A-LEVEL
Students who successfully complete the Cambridge IGCSE continue with the Cambridge AS and A-Level programme for another two years. Over the course of the two-year Cambridge International AS and A-Level, students study three or four subjects chosen from the five subject groups of the Cambridge AS and A-Level curriculum.
The GCE Advanced A-Level is one of the most recognized qualifications around the world. For over 50 years, Cambridge A-Levels have been accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities and institutes of higher education. Cambridge International A-Level is a ‘gold standard’ qualification. It has exactly the same value in admitting students to universities as the UK equivalent and is accepted as an entry qualification to Ghanaian universities and universities worldwide. They are also important to employers who frequently demand A-Levels as a condition of job entry. Students study three or four subjects at A-Level with each course requiring 360 learning hours. This means that learners are expected to spend twelve hours – six hours in class and six hours on their own – per week to learn each subject. All non-language subjects are taught in English. ICS provides support for A-Level students with their studies and university applications by organizing regular training sessions on the university application process, essay writing techniques and SAT preparation for students starting year 12 and first term of year 13. Most Thursday afternoons at ICS are used for essay consultations and discussions. Every student, whether IGCSE or A-Level, participates in a number of co-curricular activities. Co-curricular activities take place every Monday and Friday for all secondary students from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. By making enrichment programmes an integral part of our Secondary School Academic Programme, younger students have a meaningful opportunity to explore a range of experiences and opportunities.
To complete the Cambridge A-Level, students take the Cambridge AS and A-Level exam in three or four subjects at the end of year 13. Predicted results are provided to college admissions officers with final results sent when available. In each subject, students may score from A* to E, with A* being the top score.