Cambridge Upper Secondary

(IGCSE Forms 4 - 5)

4 Cus Web

At International School Eerde we offer Cambridge Upper Secondary (IGCSE) education for children aged between 14 and 16. This curriculum builds further from Cambridge Lower Secondary to create a solid foundation and preparation for the next stage of a students’ academic journey.

Key to the Cambridge Upper Secondary curriculum is the study ‘Global Perspectives’. This subject helps us to prepare students for a smooth transition between IGCSE and our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. All lessons are taught in English and each child is guaranteed extra attention with a maximum class size of 15.

“At Eerde, every child is unique. Our aim is to unlock the full potential of each individual”

Cambridge Upper Secondary Curriculum 2018-2019

5 Cus Web

Compulsory subjects
English as a First Language (group 1)
English as a Second Language (group 1)
Math (group 4)
Global Perspectives (group 2)

Group 1: Languages

Group 2: Humanities and Social Sciences

Group 3: Sciences

Group 5: Creative, Technical and Vocation

(Havo Option) AS level subjects
Global Perspectives
Travel and Tourism

  • Skills acquired

    - Skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving.
    - Crucial essay writing skills including evaluating evidence and developing a line of reasoning, plus strengthen their research and presentation skills.
    - Able to explore and evaluate ideas and arguments in a structured, critical and analytical way.
    - Communicate and defend views and opinions as well as respect those of others.
    - Responsive to and respectful of others: take ownership of their learning, set targets and insist on intellectual integrity. 
    - Appreciate the importance of culture, context and community.

  • Our promise

    We encourage, motivate and inspire our students to learn and achieve the best to their ability.

    Students have a mentor who is their personal point of contact and who will support them in their academic progress as well as taking care of the social and emotional aspects of learning.

  • Examinations

    Cambridge Upper Secondary subjects and examinations are offered at two levels: CORE and EXTENDED. At Eerde, we place emphasis on the extended level. In the examination year, after mock examinations, we make our final decision in consultation with parents.

    Some subjects have a teacher-assessed section (i.e. projects, orals, coursework and practicals in sciences) as well as a written examination. Target grades are set for each student and their progress is measured against these grades. The subjects available in IGCSE are divided into groups by the Cambridge Board. Students with another A language will be offered the opportunity to be examined in this language, providing the language is examined by the IGCSE.

    To encourage students to study a broad range of subjects, those students who obtain certificates in 7 subjects including two from group 1 and one or more from each of the other groups, will receive an extra certificate: ‘International Certificate of Education’ (ICE). This is awarded at different levels: pass, merit and distinction, depending on the individual grades obtained. The merit level involves at least 5 grades C.

    There are a considerable number of possible subject combinations and it is essential for a potential candidate to select a combination of subjects in consultation with the Cambridge Principal and counsellor.

    We encourage parents to monitor their child’s progress by using our online educational platform, so parents and school can work together to support the learner on his/her learning journey. 

  • ‘HAVO' Equivalent for Dutch students

    EP-Nuffic (the expertise and service centre for internationalisation in Dutch education) has issued the following recommendations regarding GCSE, AS & A Level qualifications and entry to higher education in the Netherlands:  

    Admission to higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO) requires the minimum of a HAVO diploma or its equivalent: four GCSE subjects at grade C or above plus two GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) subjects at grade E or above (a total of six different subjects) is considered comparable to a HAVO diploma in the Netherlands.

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