International Curriculum – Secondary

Progressing from Primary to Secondary school is perhaps the most keenly anticipated rite of passage for all students at Asia Pacific Schools. This is the stage when they can look forward towards growing into responsible and capable young adults, and we carefully curate an environment that strongly supports them in this journey.

During these years, academic achievement remains a key priority and measure of student progress. However, our aim is also to provide students with a wide variety of experiences that help them discover even more of themselves – their interests and passions – in preparation for a fulfilling and rewarding time after their schooling years come to a close.


The Secondary years encompasses two Key Stages: Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9, children aged 11 to 14) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11, children aged 15-16).

In Key Stage 3, students are taught by a greater number of specialist teachers. This is the time when they gain a solid academic base in preparation for their two-year International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme that starts in Year 10.

By the time students reach Key Stage 4, they are aware of and capable in their role as active learners who are responsible for their own achievements in school.

In Year 10, students have the chance to design their own educational path as they work towards their IGCSE qualification, with the full understanding that their choices and results will determine their future educational and career choices. Our teachers are always on hand to guide them during this exciting period.

In Key Stage 3, all students study the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Computing
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Islamic Studies (for Muslims)
  • Malay
  • Malaysian History & Culture  (for non-Muslims)
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music Appreciation
  • Science
  • SELF Programme
  • Speech & Drama
  • Personal Social Health Education
  • Physical Education

Compulsory subjects in Key Stage 4 are:

  • English
  • Islamic Studies (for Muslims)
  • Malay (for Malaysians)
  • Malaysian History & Culture (for non-Muslims)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education

In addition, students can choose additional subjects from a diverse range of courses that include:

  • Accounting
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mandarin
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Travel and Tourism

Beyond The Classroom

In today’s fast-paced world, academic excellence is not the only requirement to equip our young people to thrive in the modern world. Employers also demand skills and characteristics such as teamwork, communication and resilience for employability and promotion prospects. If a student decides to go into business one day, in addition to strong technical knowledge in their field of choice, they will need these wider skills and characteristics.

That’s why we strongly encourage all Secondary students, particularly Key Stage 4 students, to be actively involved in the wider school community, including our wide range of co-curricular activities and after school clubs. We particularly encourage our Secondary students to embrace leadership positions, through organising school events or taking prominent roles in the Student Council or as a Prefect, as these experiences will go a long way towards broadening their perspective and practical capabilities in work and life.

Secondary students can also take advantage of various other outside-the-classroom learning opportunities open to all our students, including:

  • Personal development talks and events
  • Local and international school trips
  • International learning opportunities offered by the International Schools Partnership
  • National and local competitions
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