Choosing Subjects for IGCSE

When are GCSE subjects chosen?

During Year 9 (ages 13-14) your child will choose which subjects to study at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11, ages 14-16). These will be the subjects they will take for IGCSE exams.

The school will give your child information about IGCSE choices, but it will also be helpful if you discuss their choices with them. It’s important to choose subjects they find enjoyable, but also to keep a good balance.

Compulsory subjects

Some subjects are compulsory at IGCSE level here at APIS. These are:

  • English (1st Language or 2nd Language)
  • Maths (Core or Extended)
  • BM for Malaysians
  • Core PE (Non-examined)

Optional subjects

Your child will be offered choices in the following areas:

  • Arts (Art and Design, Music and Drama)
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Education)
  • Humanities (History, Geography, Business, Economics, Accountancy, Islamic Studies)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Mandarin, French and Arabic)

It’s not essential for your child to choose one subject from each area, but remember that studying a range of subjects at this stage is useful so that pupils have a wider base of options for later study and career choices.

Please see the link below for APIS Options Booklet 2016. This contains information about each subject that will help students make an informed decision regarding their IGCSE options. The link to the APIS Options Briefing 2016 is also below.