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What are International GCSEs?

The International GCSEs and A Levels are the most commonly studied curriculum around the world. They are based on the UK high school education system and are adapted for a global student base.

  • Students usually begin the International GCSE curriculum in Year 10 or 11 by sitting 4-5 subjects. These subjects are structured as first introductions to the specific topic areas that they cover.
  • External exams at the end of the course determine students' grades. In certain countries, students begin in Year 10 and sit 8-10 subjects over the course of two years.
  • In Year 12 students move on to the A Levels.
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What International GCSE courses on offer?

Mathematics A

Explore number systems; functions and graphs; geometry and trigonometry; vectors; and statistics and probability.

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English Literature

Engage with texts ranging from British heritage to modern international, such as Romeo and Juliet, and Great Expectations.

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English Language A

Learn about non-fiction texts, poetry and prose, transactional writing as well as imaginative writing.

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Dive into the nature and variety of living organisms; reproduction and inheritance; ecology and the environment.

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In this course you will study principles of chemistry; inorganic and organic chemistry; and physical chemistry.

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Explore forces and motion; waves; energy resources; magnetism and electromagnetism; radioactivity; and astrophysics.

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This course features a selection of topics covering a diverse range of significant historical events, periods and geographies.

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Gain a sound understanding of economics, and use it appropriately in the context of individual countries and the global economy.

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Gain the ability to use knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately in the context of individual countries and the global economy.

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An introduction to the world of Psychology; from brain function, cognitive development, memory and sleep, up to bigger social questions.

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Computer Science

Coding and programming are some of the most important skills for the future. Learn all about the basics in this course.

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The Pathway at CGA


Results Grade 9


Results Grades 9-8


Results graded pass


MEAN mark


Perfect results


Frequently Asked Questions

What curriculum does CGA use?

CGA uses the International GCSE and International Advanced Level (A-Level) curriculum, as well as offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

The International GCSE and International Advanced Level (A-Level) curriculum is provided by Pearson Edexcel and Cambridge. This qualification is internationally recognised and, currently, these exams are sat by over 4 million students in 6500 schools in 120 countries. The International Advanced Level qualification is usually a two-year programme. International AS exams count for half of the final International A-Level grade.

AP courses allow high school students to take classes at the US university level. They allow students to study 38 subjects in-depth and prepare them for college level work. Most US universities recognize AP credit as college credit. The AP Program offers several awards for high achievement. Each year, over 2.8 million students take AP exams, with most students taking multiple APs during the course of their high school careers. AP is one of the most recognized curricula for top universities and CGA is looking forward to launching this program.

Can I take British curriculum subjects while I am a IB/NCEA student?

Yes. Students should talk to a CGA Enrolment Team about University Entry requirements and subject choice.

After I graduate from CGA, can I go to university in the US/UK/NZ or any other countries?

Yes, you will be well prepared to apply to enter any university in the world. As always, university entrance is competitive and successful entry will be dependent on not only a successful academic background but a breadth of co-curricular activity, which is encouraged and supported at CGA.

Will CGA students receive transcripts and official High School Graduation?

Students will receive regular and timely CGA Academic Transcripts, which detail grades and likely or expected final examination grades.

Each class will have a combination of examinations, mid-term tests and project-based assessments (individual and group).

In order to officially graduate from High School, a student must meet the NZQA High School Graduation requirements. The requirements usually involve taking at least 3 A-Levels and 5 International GCSE subjects. Specific subjects must be taken from different subject groups and graduation will depend on their full subject completion.

Our Academic Advisors will ensure that students select the right subjects to meet graduation requirements and provide the best opportunities beyond high school.