IGCSE

At Headstart School Kuri we follow a two year IGCSE programme, which we feel enables students to grow and develop at their own pace, and to explore different avenues, without constant exam pressure. The three year programme also allows them to take more than the required eight subjects   Curriculum & Instruction Students usually elect to take Islamiat, Pakistan Studies, and Urdu at the end of their second year in IGCSE – that is in the 10th grade. Those students who join Headstart after completing 9th grade elsewhere are accommodated and brought up to speed on material in a shorter period of time with the help of our experienced teachers. At the end of their final year (11th grade) students take the remainder of their elective and compulsory examinations. Note: Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies, and Urdu are not compulsory for those students applying to foreign institutions for Higher Education, nor is it a requirement for those who are foreign citizens or dual nationality holders. Pakistani residents whose families are certain they will be sending their children abroad for Higher Education are also not required to take those three subjects. We offer a wide range of subject choices: At IGCSE, the following subjects are compulsory:
  • English language
  • Mathematics
  • Urdu (see note above)
  • Pakistan Studies (see note above)
  • Islamiat (see note above)
And students can choose from the following:
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Add Maths
  • Computer Studies
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Accounts
  • Literature in English
  • World History
  • Art and Design
  • Food and Nutrition
  • German
Pak Studies, Islamiyat and Urdu will be taken at the end of year 9. Remaining subjects at the end of year 10. A levels The Headstart School A’ Level programme is designed to be highly inclusive; however, student intake is limited to maintain the school’s policy of promoting quality education in a growingly competitive environment. A smaller class size ensures each student receives individual attention and support from faculty members throughout the academic year. Further academic support can be provided through extra classes with the school’s permanent faculty. Curriculum and Instruction The A’ Level programme at Headstart School follows the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) curriculum. The programme is spread over two academic years, and each year has two semesters. The first semester runs from August to December, the second from January to May. Towards the end of the first and second semester, students take their send-up and mock examinations, respectively. Internal examinations are graded according to CIE examination policies. From May onwards, students sit their final CIE examinations. On average, students select between three and five subjects. Grading Policy Headstart’s internal grading aims to ensure success in the CIE Exams. Individual grades are assigned by instructors and a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) is also calculated for each student that correlates to a letter grade. Classroom instruction allows for broad inquiry and intellectual growth within each course. Coursework is focused on strengthening students’ knowledge base in preparation for their Cambridge International Examinations. Academic assessments are conducted on a monthly basis and progress reports are issued to students and parents. Criteria Letter grade and assigned GPA:  A*       Exceptional – 4.0 A         Excellent – 4.0 B          Above Average – 3.5 C          Average – 3.0 D         Below Average – 2.5 U         Fail (60 or below) – 0.0 W        Withdraw Subject Selection Students can choose any combination of subjects and tailor a course of study suited to their academic interests. However, subject selection is carefully regulated by the school’s Guidance Counselor to ensure students are taking the requisite subjects. It is advised to take certain subject combinations based on the chosen field of study at Higher Education institutions. Students can choose from the following subjects:
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Further Maths
  • Computer Studies
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Accounts
  • Literature in English
  • History
  • Art and Design
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Law