Academic pathway from IGCSE to A Level at this prestigious international school in Hangzhou


At Wellington College International Hangzhou, a famous international school in Hangzhou, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, or the IGCSE as it is more commonly known, is the formal external examination all students in the Senior School study towards. These examinations follow a rigorous 2-year pathway and are known as the standard bearer for international qualifications. When studying A Level in further education, the IGCSE is an ideal academic pathway to allow this progression.

The IGCSE examines students on their ability to retain content knowledge they have learnt, apply newly acquired skills to such knowledge, think critically regarding said knowledge, and finally write extended pieces of analysis evaluating the information. This is achieved through a range of examination formats such as formal written examinations, externally assessed coursework and practical examinations. The type of assessment is dependent on the subject the more academic subjects favouring written examinations, and the more practical skills-based subjects favouring coursework and practical examinations.

All students at this international school in Hangzhou will take between 5-10 IGCSE subjects depending on their ability and proficiency. The subjects are separated into two categories; Core (compulsory subjects all students will be examined) and Options (optional subjects’ students can select). At Wellington, the core subjects are English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and Chinese and these are the foundations of our curriculum. To supplement these core subjects, we offer what is commonly referred to as optional subjects or ‘options’, whereby students can choose a combination of subjects, linked to their own skills and abilities to really personalise their learning journey. These subjects range from economics and history to music and physical education. For a full list of optional subjects, please refer to our IGCSE options booklet that is displayed on our website.

IGCSEs are based around 2 marking grades, A*-G and 9-1. Both marking grades are equivalent and are equally recognised by universities and colleges across the globe.

The Year 9 students at this international school in Hangzhou, alongside their parents, have been busy attending information sessions helping to guide them through the process of choosing their IGCSE learning pathway. We believe in a collaborative effort when choosing optional subjects between all stakeholders; teachers, students, and parents as it is important the due diligence is undertaken when making this decision.

Wellington College International Hangzhou, not only takes great care in recruiting teachers with the experience to deliver the IGCSE curriculum, but also supports the students through their learning journey to ensure a successful outcome in Year 11. Academic success takes pride of place at this international school in Hangzhou.

Applications are now being taken to join Year 10 for the 2021-22 academic year at this international school in Hangzhou. However, if you are moving to Hangzhou prior to the next academic year we are very happy to accommodate your requirements. Wellington College International Hangzhou can offer you and your family a personalised tour where you will meet the Master and experience our excellent teaching and learning. Please contact admissions team via (+86-571) 8239 6366 or for more information. 

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