YEAR 10 & YEAR 11 (14-16) / IGCSE

Year 10 and Year 11 are the key years for the preparation of IGSCE exams as well as the Diplôme National du Brevet (lower secondary school French State exam; if desired).

These two years follow a natural progression of the first cycle of secondary school. Students validate their knowledge and their skills. The curriculum in Year 10 and Year 11 is relevant, engaging, and well-balanced between two programmes: French and English. Students will be guided to make choices, target their own interests, and develop their personal strengths as well as developing their independence, implication, and initiative. Our goal is to support each student as best we can to help them continue to be an enthusiastic learner.

Students who have acquired a sufficient level of English (minimum B1) may prepare and sit the IGCEs.


Created by Cambridge International Examinations, The International General Certificate of Secondary Education is a programme with an international calling which is prepared over two years (Year 10 and Year 11) by students aged 14-16 regardless of their native language.

With examination and training centres in more than 100 countries worldwide and with a choice of over 70 subjects, the IGCSE is a renowned and respected international qualification. Students must sit a minimum of 5 exams, including English, Maths, and science.

The IGCSE is the equivalent of the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), the State examination in the UK. It guarantees holders the chance to continue their scolarity in international, British, or English-speaking establishments throughout the world.

The IGCSE exams (Cambridge or Pearson), depending on the subject, contain a diverse array of tests: practical work, field work, continuous assessment, oral exams, as well as written exams. Examples of subjects include Mathematics, English as a Second Language, Combined Sciences, Geography, Chinese Foreign Language, etc.

Year 10, the year during which the Brevet and/or the IGCSEs are prepared, gives students the double advantage of continuing their immersion in a unique bilingual structure and of benefitting from an exceptional educational framework, and allows them to keep their options open for further schooling.

During this two-year cycle, the focus is on the acquisition of work methods and exam technique (mock papers, strategies for independent study), on frequent evaluations, and on monitoring individual work.

The IGCSEs present both the unquestionable proof of a bilingual education and an excellent level of language acquisition as well as the occasion to follow classes in an Anglo-Saxon context using its unique approach and methods.

IGCSEs are graded from 9 (high) to 1 (low). A 4 is considered proof of the obtention of a satisfactory level in a subject and indicates that a student is ready to meet the requirements of the International Baccalauréat curriculum.

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