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International academic overview

All international students follow the full St Edmund’s curriculum.

International students are placed according to their chronological age in the relevant National Curriculum Year.

Lower School | Years 7 – 9 (age 11 – 14)

In lower school international students follow a full curriculum and all the requirements of the UK National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 wherever possible.

Our curriculum includes:

  • English or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French
  • Art
  • Information Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education

In Year 8, students begin a second language and choose from Spanish, German or Latin.

First Division | Years 10 – 11 (age 15 – 16)

The GCSE syllabus begins in Year 10 (age 14-15).

All international students study English (or ESOL), Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Religious Studies.

When available, international students sit a GCSE in their first language – for example Chinese, Thai, Russian or Japanese.

International students can choose to study four additional GCSE subjects.

Sixth Form | Years 12 – 13 (age 16 – 18)

International students take three A Levels. Some opt to study four subjects if appropriate. Sixth Form students are required to have a minimum of five GCSEs at Level 5 and at least a Level 6 grade in their chosen A Level subjects.

We do our best to meet requests for subject combinations at A Level and early registration does help this process.


GCSEs at St Ed'sA Levels at St Ed's