High School Curriculum Overview

Overview

Entering the High School brings with it many different opportunities and challenges. The courses we offer help our students prepare for the next level of their education.

We hope students make the most of their opportunities. We have a proven track record of supporting students to help them fulfil their potential.

Students in the High School must have a responsible attitude towards their studies. They play a key role to play in maintaining our school ethos and reputation and set an example for Primary students. High School students need to balance their work demands with their personal life, but they will be supported. We have high expectations of our students to develop their academic and personal strengths to help them succeed in the future.

For detailed information on all our High School grades and qualifications, please download our High School Options Booklets here.

Year 7 and 8 - AusVELS

AusVELS’s triple-helix structure of three interconnected learning areas of ‘Physical, Personal and Social Learning’, ‘Discipline-based Learning’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Learning’ ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that will also enable students to learn about their own physical and emotional wellbeing, their place in a global society; to develop their social skills and knowledge of the arts, English, humanities, mathematics, science and other languages and to gain personal , learning and thinking skills to help them work together, solve problems and communicate effectively and creatively.

The curriculum takes into account the different ways that children learn, it supports innovative teaching and learning activities and promotes a "hands on" child-centred environment. The curriculum assists us in meeting the multicultural needs of our children. Throughout the curriculum there is specific material that caters for the needs of children that have English as a second or third language. The curriculum also supports special needs children to meet learning outcomes defined in AusVELS.

Learning programs are constructed from the following subjects:

Physical, Personal and Social Learning

Discipline-based Learning

Interdisciplinary Learning

  •  Civics and Citizenship
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Interpersonal Development
  • English - core
  • Mathematics - core
  • Science - core
  • History - core
  • The Arts
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Languages 
  • Communication
  • Design, Creativity and Technology 

 

For more information on subject offerings, please download our Year 7 and 8 Options Booklet here.

 

Year 9 and 10 - IGCSE

Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international curriculum for 14-15 year olds, leading to globally recognised and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications.

Schools worldwide have helped develop Cambridge IGCSE, which provides excellent preparation for the Cambridge Advanced stage including Cambridge A/AS Levels and as well as other progression routes. It incorporates the best in international education for learners at this level. It develops in line with changing needs, and is regularly updated and extended. Cambridge IGCSE teachers can draw on excellent resources, training and advice from subject experts.

Subject Choices:

It is mandatory for students wishing to follow the IGCSE program at our school to take English, Mathematics and Biology as compulsory subjects.

Optional subjects are to be selected from an extensive choice and we advise that students consider a humanities subject and a second language as part of their optional subject selection. Students are encouraged to choose courses that they have a particular interest in or strength for or would be useful in attaining their future academic/career goals. Requirements for university courses vary so it is advisable to seek additional information regarding specific course requirements from the relevant authority.

It is compulsory for the IGCSE students to choose at least one co–curricular activity after school involving a sport.

Students may choose a subject from each row from the list of the following optional subjects:

  1 2 3
Row 1 Chemistry CLAiT Drama
Row 2 History Arabic/French Physical Education
Row 3  Geography ICT Art
Row 4 Physics Business Studies Art

 

For more information on subject offerings, please download our Year 9 and 10 Options Booklet here.

 

Year 11 and 12 - Diploma

The Multinational High School Diploma aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will help create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. Students completing the program will gain the necessary foundation for further university studies upon high school completion. Subjects in the HS Diploma program are based on the International Baccalaureate standard level curriculum and the American Diploma curriculum.

The Multinational School Diploma is ideal for those students who find the A-Level program is not a good fit but who wish to complete school education and receive a High School Diploma and/or a Saudi Ministry Report. Students can pursue tertiary studies in countries other than the United Kingdom, however if they do wish to study in the United Kingdom after receiving their Multinational High School Diploma, they would be required to complete a one-year Foundation Level Course at their chosen university. The A-Level certificate is not a requirement for admission to American Universities and universities in several other countries.

The MNS High School Diploma will provide the students with the advantage of keeping their options open at the university level as the course covers all the key areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. Additional options are available including Business Studies, Art, Psychology and Computing. Minor compulsory subjects include Kingdom History and Geography, Kingdom Arabic and Life Skills.

 

Year 11 and 12 - A / AS Levels

Cambridge International A/AS Levels and Edexcel are internationally benchmarked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university education. They are taken in over 125 countries and offer a choice of 60 different subjects. Some US universities give up to a year's credit as a result. Every year, thousands of A Level students gain places at the best universities worldwide.

A and AS Levels are very flexible. Schools can offer almost any combination of the available subjects and learners have the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them - they either follow a broad course of study, or specialise in a particular area.

Subject Choices:

The A Level qualifications are usually based on approximately 360 hours of guided learning normally over a two year period. They are highly specialized and a student will normally take three A Level subjects, although occasionally exceptional students take four. The AS Level represents the first half of an A Level course but may also be taken as a free-standing qualification.

Students are encouraged to choose courses that they have a particular interest in or strength for or would be useful in attaining their future academic/career goals. Requirements for university courses vary so it is advisable to seek additional information regarding specific course requirements from the relevant authority.

It is compulsory for the AS/A Level students to choose at least one after-school extra-curricular activity involving a sport.

The Multinational School offers the following subjects for the AS/A Levels. Students must select one subject from each row. Please note that CLAiT and Global Perspective are not AS/A Level subjects.

  1 2 3
Row 1 Mathematics History English Language
Row 2 Physics Business Studies Art
Row 3 Chemistry English Literature CLAiT
Row 4 Biology Computing Global Perspectives

 

Students will be appointed a personal mentor from among our staff members in order to discuss individual progress and any concerns or difficulties that may arise. Such staff members will facilitate students in the organization of their workload pertaining to coursework and homework.

 

Flexibility

Schools and learners find Cambridge/Edexcel International A and AS Levels very flexible. Schools can offer almost any combination of the wide choice of subjects available. Although learners can choose from a range of assessment options, the Multinational school students choose option 2 or 3.

 

  Assessment Options
Option 1 Take all papers of the Cambridge International A Level course in the same examination session, usually at the end of the second year of study.
Option 2 Take a 'staged' assessment route – take the Cambridge International AS Level in one examination session and complete the final Cambridge International A Level at a subsequent session*
Option 3 Take the Cambridge International AS Level only, either at the end of a one-year or two-year course. The Cambridge International AS Level syllabus content is half a Cambridge International A Level programme.

 

The staged assessment route is not possible in all subjects. The outcomes awarded for Cambridge International AS Level language syllabuses cannot be carried forward to Cambridge International A Level.

Although we will do our level best to accommodate all optional choices made, feasibility vis-à-vis number of students must be taken into account. In the case of any changes, which will be unlikely, you will be informed immediately.

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