IGCSE (Grade 9 and 10)

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world’s most popular international curriculum for secondary education. Students take exams after their second year (grade 10) to receive their IGCSE certifications in each subject (up to 10 subjects).From there on, various paths are open to our students, be it continuing their studies to attain International A Levels, entering a Junior College in the UK or the US or pursuing vocational training in Switzerland.

We offer a broad range of subjects to meet the individual interests of our students. Exam-relevant subjects are supplemented by an attractive programme of electives and extracurricular activities.

In Basel we offer our students the following IGCSE-subjects:

  • English (as a first language)
  • English (as a second language)
  • English Literature
  • French (as a foreign language)
  • Geography
  • German (as a first language)
  • German (as a foreign language)
  • History and Drama
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Further subjects, such as Italian, Russian or Chinese as well as the Advanced Level subject Edexcel Extended Project are offered on request.

Electives and extracurricular activities

Our electives are weekly classes, which are not assessed or examined. The idea is to nurture students, harnessing their passion and enjoyment so allowing them to explore an area without the pressure of assessment.

  • Art – students work in our 7th floor Art and creation space
  • Drama and Literature in German – explore German literature in combination with Drama lessons with our German teacher who has a professional acting background
  • ICT/Coding
  • Lifeskills – students learn how to budget, how to deal with stress, bullying and other situations in life
  • Prom and Events – students work under guidance of a staff member to plan end-of-year prom as well as lots of other events
  • STEAM invention lab – students build robots and other mechanical devices
  • Student Council – students have a voice in school; they can work on initiatives, support charities or make suggestions for the school
  • The Envoys – a group of students whose aim is to become student ambassadors and representatives of our school

Curriculum layering and the arts

Alongside stand-alone extracurriculars we are currently developing a unique and innovative layering of our curriculum using the arts.
The way this works is by integrating arts into the curriculum in order to bring academic content to life by allowing students and teachers to interact with material in creative ways. We have started this with history where alongside our regular history lessons we have a dedicated history-through-drama programme designed to deepen and bring to life classroom content.
For more information on this innovative teaching method please see our blog.

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Key facts

  • Broad curriculum offering flexibility and choice
  • Individual support in a warm and caring atmosphere
  • Holistic approach with innovative teaching and learning
  • Internationally recognized qualification with various pathways after just two years
  • An outstanding team of committed, highly qualified teachers who have years of experience teaching the UK curriculum
  • Established for 10 years in Basel and now in Zurich

German Booster

For students wishing to apply to Swiss universities or simply to integrate into the community more easily we offer a Swiss university track for an additional school fee.

The German Booster track means students will receive 5 German lessons a week: 3 lessons at A1 beginner level, which will progress to A2 level, and 2 lessons that follow the IGCSE syllabus.

Students supplementing their IGCSE and A Levels with Common European Framework A1–C1 German courses, will have the opportunity to take German TELC examinations. TELC examinations are officially recognized by Swiss universities and schools.

International A Levels

Are you looking for more individualisation? Academia Matura offers study programmes tailored to your personal requirements to successfully gain International A Levels.

«Academia's IGCSE program definitely prepared our daughter for applying for many universities in the United States. She is actually getting to go to college at the age of 17 because of how well the IGCSE program prepared her for applying for college.»