International A Levels

Our academic program is comprised of two parts: two years of IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) which is a broad curriculum encompassing a range of subjects and two years of A Level study called AS and A2 (Advanced Study).

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education 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 students choose up to 4 subjects to study to A Level.

International A Levels are the world’s most widely recognised qualification for university entrance, allowing access to both Swiss and international universities. The International A Levels (IAL) are known in Switzerland and worldwide for their high academic standards. Often referred to as the ‘gold standard’ for entrance to UK universities they are the most frequently completed university entrance qualification in the world and are offered by Cambridge Assessment International Examinations and Pearson Edexcel at over 10,000 schools in 160 different countries. International A Levels are recognised and earn credit at more than 500 US universities including Ivy League schools such as Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. For admission to Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences (excluding ETH), 3 A levels with grades BBC or higher and 3 IGCSEs scoring 5/9 are generally required. One of the A Level subjects must be mathematics or a science subject. Another should be German or French. Otherwise a language certificate at level C1 or higher must be presented to the respective university. This can also be prepared and completed at our school.

Year Qualification Subjects Provides access to
1 & 2 IGCSE
(International General Certificate of Secondary Education)
6 to 10 subjects for broad general knowledge Study at further education colleges (UK) and junior colleges (US).
Study at a Höhere Fachschule HF in Switzerland or access to a Berufsmatura
3 & 4 A Levels (IAL) 3-4 subjects for in-depth study Study at universities worldwide*

* Each University will specify the required grades and criteria to enter its courses.

Admission to our program

We welcome applications from students who are interested in studying in an international, multi-cultural environment with a proven level of B1+ English. We will require reports from previous schools on admission. All students will be assessed in English on entry and students wishing to enter into year 10 or 11 will be asked to take subject entry assessments.

IGCSE and IAL, Matura or IB?

The IGCSEs are an internationally recognised international secondary school leaving qualification and equivalent to a US High School Diploma. With IGCSEs students already have internationally recognised academic currency after year 10. The level of academic rigour at A levels is so highly regarded that in some US universities students with good grades can directly enter the 2nd year of study.

We have opted for IGCSEs and A levels because of the flexibility and choice this curriculum provides. In years 11 and 12 our students can study 3 to 4 subjects they are passionate about and interested in. This means breadth and range in a student’s program is much more flexible and can be adjusted and adapted according to the individual student. For example, while some students will want to supplement an A level STEM focus (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) with a language or an elective such as Art; other students will benefit from the opportunity to focus on their three sciences having already completed a broad academic programme with their IGCSEs.

An overview of the differences programmes offered by international schools can be found here:

A Level, IB or Matura? An overview

«Das englische Schulsystem überzeugte mich rasch. Die Lernenden können ihren Fähigkeiten und Interessen entsprechend auf ihren Abschluss hinarbeiten.»