Personal, Social, Health & Economic


What is Pre-International GCSE?

The Pre-International GCSE is an online programme developed for 12-14 year olds that provides a knowledge base for the academically rigorous International GCSEs. The programme is specifically designed for CGA by our teachers based on Pearson’s iLowerSecondary curriculum. There are two stages in the programme with Stage 1 serving as a foundation for Stage 2. Formative assessments prepare students for an internal examination at the end of the course.


The International GCSE classes course is suitable for students 12-14 years old. In some countries students divide studies over two years.


The Pre-IG courses can be taken as a full-time or part-time option along with other subjects. Students can also take a combination of levels at CGA.


Each stage of the Pre-IG course is a one-year class with an internal examination at the end of the course.

Basis of what you will learn in Pre-IG Personal, Social, Health & Economic

As a subject, PSHE aims to provide children with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves happy, healthy and safe, as well as to prepare them for life and work. PSHE aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.

Navigating our complex world can be challenging, and PSHE aims to help them in this task.


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Meet your educator

Mark Vella

Mark Vella (MA, 1st Class Honours, University of Auckland; Diploma of Teaching, Auckland College of Education) was recently appointed to the position of Director of Studies at CGA, based at Aoraki Campus in Auckland, New Zealand, after living and working in Vietnam for five years where he was Head of Secondary at Australian International School in Ho Chi Minh City.

Prior to that he was a member of the executive staff at Auckland Grammar School for over 15 years, serving first as Deputy Headmaster/Director of Studies and, in his final three years, as Associate Headmaster.



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