Key Stage 4 is made up of students that are normally between 14 and 16 years old. During these two years students will study a range of IGCSE subjects, some of which you have to do (compulsory) whilst others you can choose (optional). The subjects covered at KS4 are:
- Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
- Physical Education
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
- Art & Design
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Information and Communication TechnologyAdditional Maths
- Global Perspectives
- Foreign Language Chinese
It is recommended that students choose a broad range of subjects so as 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 IGCSEs may be found on the Cambridge International website (www.cambridgeinternational.org).
Apart from Myanmar, PE and PSHE, all the subjects listed in this leaflet lead onto IGCSE examinations. The University of Cambridge 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.
Student learning and assessment
At MISY every student is an individual and we endeavour to create activities that can access all of our students. Throughout KS4 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.
For the large majority of our students English is not their first language. The process of acquiring English is supported by the English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. If students arrive at MISY 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 main stream. Over time all of our students acquire an excellent level of academic and spoken English. Students leaving MISY in year 13 will progress into top Universities in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore.
Life at MISY
The secondary section at MISY has a lot to be proud of:
- we have a wide selection of sports teams that compete with other schools in the Yangon area;
- for the past two years a group of students successfully participated in the World Scholars Cup (a general knowledge competition where students from all over the world compete);
- 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;
- we have an outstanding music programme and regular music events;
- there are opportunities to develop your drama skills through school productions, last year students presented a very successful Cinderella performance.