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British Education System at
Westcliff International School

Embark on an enriching academic journey at Westcliff International School's British section, where we uphold the esteemed traditions of the British education system. Our commitment to delivering a world-class education prepares students for success on a global scale, whether pursuing higher education in the United Kingdom or internationally.


Our curriculum aligns with the British Key Stages, guiding students through a structured and progressive learning path. The British education system is structured into distinct stages, comprising primary school (Key Stages 1 and 2) and secondary school (Key Stages 3 and 4). In Key Stage 4, students undertake the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations, with the option to pursue Advanced Levels (A-Levels) after completing their IGCSEs.


After completing Year 11 and fulfilling the required subjects, students can exit school and initiate the university admission process.

Key Features:
  • Within the British system at Westcliff International School, students undergo Checkpoint exams at the conclusion of Year 6 (end of KS2) and Year 8.

  • By the end of Year 9 (end of KS3), students participate in the Pre-IGCSE Core exam.

  • Commencing in Year 10 (start of KS4), students embark on the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) journey, requiring successful completion of 8 subjects for the certificate.

  • Exam sittings are typically available in May/June, October/November, and, in some cases, January.

  • After completing IGCSEs, students have the option to pursue A-levels for score improvement, as a university prerequisite, or for further academic exploration.

  • A-Levels, undertaken between the ages of 16 and 18, present a higher level of challenge compared to IGCSEs. They provide in-depth knowledge in chosen subjects, fostering critical thinking and academic specialisation.

  • Notably, students generally cannot undertake most A-Levels without having successfully passed IGCSEs in related subjects.

  • For some university admissions, both IGCSEs and A-Levels are typically required.

Westcliff International School's British section stands as a beacon of academic excellence, shaping well-rounded individuals equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for future success.


For more details on the British education system at Westcliff International School, please contact our Admissions Department.

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