The International School encourages pupils to take additional qualifications in order testify levels of language learning – such as the DELF (French language studies certificate), the higher level French language certificate (DALF), The Deutsches Sprachdiplom der KMK (Kultusministerkonferenz, German qualification) and the Cambridge First Certificate. This also includes the British IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).
Following an approval procedure, the International School has received the authorization to become Edexcel exam centre. Students from the school have the opportunity to pass the International GCSE exams at the international school from May 2012 and, from next week, to pass the “A Level”.
In 2011/2012, 9 International School students took with success the DELF exam (3 of them obtained the level A1, 4 of them obtained level A2 and 2 of them obtained level B1).
In 2010/2011, 23 International School pupils took the DELF exam, 5 of them obtained the level A1, 9 of them obtained level A2 and 9 of them obtained level B1.
The DELF A1 validates basic knowledge.
The DELF A2 validates elementary language skills.
The DELF B2 validates higher level daily language use.
Focus on the IGCSE
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (International GCSE) is taken in over 100 countries worldwide and is internationally recognised as being equivalent to the GCSE in the United Kingdom.
Grading is on an eight-point scale (A*–G) and grades A to E are equivalent to O level grades A to E. In some countries, International GCSE qualifications will satisfy the language entry requirements for university. In others, they are widely used as a preparation for A Level, AS, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate and US Advanced Placement courses.
Grade C in International GCSE English (both First Language and Second Language) satisfies the English proficiency requirements of many universities in the UK and other Anglophone countries. The syllabuses of classes S4 and S5 (European teaching) will allow students the opportunity to sit International GCSEs in a number of subjects at the end of S5 (French seconde) if they wish. These will be examined by Edexcel and are an internationally recognised qualification (compulsory in the UK at age 16). This also gives students an indication of their capabilities as there are no other external examinations in the European Schooling system before the European Baccalaureate in the seventh year of High School. These are optional exams and each subject costs around 50 Euro plus an administration fee (30-50 euros).
Subjects available at the International School for students in S5 :
2. English Language*
3. English Literature
9. Information Technology
Students who are following the International teaching syllabuses have the opportunity to take the International GCSEs in subjects they study in English (History, Geography, English language, English Literature and Mathematics) and to sit the IGCSE French at the end of seconde. *Not all of the Mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology syllabi will have been covered in lessons due to the differences between IGCSE Syllabi and the OIB and European programmes. Students may enrol in their own names on the understanding that they will take responsibility for the remaining parts of the syllabus. Extra support lessons will be provided in mathematics.
For more specific details about the International GCSEs, please see the Edexcel website: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/igcse09/Pages/default.aspx
Enrolment forms for the summer 2013 exam session will be available from January 2013. It is essential that subject teachers be consulted on the advisability of entries.