Welcome to our Secondary School Curriculum Page. As a Secondary School, we provide the smoothest of transition from Key Stage 2, by offering an internationally adapted version of the English National Curriculum (ENC) in Key Stage 3, Years 7-9. The next phase of the curriculum journey in Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11 with the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I.G.C.S.E) offered by Cambridge Assessment International and Pearson Edexcel. Finally, the curriculum pathway concludes in Key Stage 5, Years 12 and 13, with the AS/A-Level from the same examination boards. Further detailed information is available below.

 

Key Stage 3

(Year 7 and Year 9)

The first three years of the Secondary School form Key Stage 3 (KS3) of the English National Curriculum. Here, students study a range of subjects, with an emphasis on the development of English Language skills. KS3 is an academically challenging course that prepares students for the I.G.C.S.E course in years 10 and 11. The subjects covered at KS3 are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Computing
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Russian
  • Uzbek Culture
  • Uzbek History
  • Uzbek Language

Throughout KS3 student learning is assessed in a variety of different ways, including essays and other forms of written work, presentations, artistic representations of learning, research tasks, problem solving activities etc.

Key Stage 4 (I.G.C.S.E)

Year 10 and Year 11

Key Stage 4 (KS4) is made up of students that are normally between 14 and 16 years old. During these two years, students will study a range of I.G.C.S.E subjects, some of which are compulsory and some optional. The subjects covered at KS4 are:

Compulsory Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics               
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
  • Physical Education 
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Russian
  • Uzbek Culture
  • Uzbek History
  • Uzbek Language

Optional Subjects

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computer Science
  • Physical Education

It is recommended that students choose a broad range of subjects to keep their options open at A-level. Students should be encouraged to choose subjects which they enjoy as they are most likely to achieve higher grades in these subjects. More detailed information about I.G.C.S.Es may be found on the Cambridge International website (www.cambridgeinternational.org), or the Pearson Edexcel website(https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html).

I.G.C.S.Es

Apart from Uzbek studies, and PSHE, all the subjects listed in this leaflet lead to IGCSE examinations. The Cambridge or Edexcel exams board in the UK sets these examinations. There are hundreds of international schools around the world that enter students for these examinations with thousands of students taking the exams each year. IGCSE examinations are an international version of the GCSE examinations taken by students in the UK. IGCSEs are often your passport to further study: if you are going to stay on at school for A-levels your IGCSE grades are an important indicator of your ability and potential. 

Key Stage 5 (AS/A Level)

(Year 12 and Year 13)

At WIST we have a thriving and supportive sixth form made up of Y12 and Y13 students who play a leading role in the school community and study for International A-level qualifications. The A-levels we offer here are certified by Cambridge International and Pearson Edexcel, the same as our I.G.C.S.Es. More detailed information about the AS/A-Levels may be found on the Cambridge International website (www.cambridgeinternational.org), or the Pearson Edexcel website (https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html).

Examined Subjects 

We currently offer the following subjects at A-level. Almost all students study 4 subjects in Y12 and 3 subjects in Y13. In exceptional circumstances, there is an option to take a fourth subject in Y13, however, this must be approved by the Head of School.

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • Maths
  • Physics

Further Subjects

At WIST we offer a range of additional subjects that develop a level of social and personal awareness in our 6th form students. Furthermore, these subjects support students in their applications to universities. The subjects are:

  • Community Service (Project based work to support the school and the local community)
  • Extended Project Qualification (E.P.Q)
  • Physical Education
  • Russian
  • Uzbek Culture
  • Uzbek History
  • Uzbek Language

Student Learning and Assessment

At WIST every student is an individual and we endeavour to create activities that can access all our students. Throughout KS3-5 student learning is assessed in a variety of different ways, some examples include essays and other forms of written work, presentations, artistic representations of learning, research tasks, problem-solving activities, examination etc.

Life at WIST

The secondary section at WIST has a lot to be proud of:

  • we have an increasing selection of sports teams that compete with other schools in the Tashkent area.
  • we participate in the Model United Nations (a complete mock-up of a real United Nations Conference where students are expected to make decisions about real-life world issues and present their ideas to their peers for discussion).
  • the IGCSE and A-level results are consistently well above the world average.
  • there are opportunities to develop your creative skills through opportunities to participate in school productions, performances and a wide range of after school activities.

English

  • The process of acquiring English is supported by the English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. If students arrive at WIST with limited English, they are required to take additional English classes as part of their school day. As the level of these students’ English improves, they are taken off the EAL programme and integrated fully into the mainstream. Over time all our students acquire an excellent level of academic and spoken English. Students leaving WIST in year 13 will progress into top Universities in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and others.

During this next academic year, WIST will be enriching the curriculum with a programme of outdoor pursuits and the Model United Nations. We will also be offering a range of sporting activities in our world-class indoor air-conditioned gymnasium, our indoor heated pool and our first-class outside Astroturf football pitch.