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GCSE and IGCSE Options 2019/2020

At King William's College we provide a broad and balanced curriculum in the Middle and Upper Fifth and most pupils study a total of 10 or 11 subjects to IGCSE level over the course of the two years. Our average class size is 15.

All pupils take the core subjects of:

  1. English
  2. English Literature
  3. Mathematics
  4. Biology
  5. Chemistry
  6. Physics

All pupils begin the Lower Fifth being taught the separate Sciences and can opt to either continue this or do Coordinated Science.

All pupils also study Religious Studies leading to the GCSE qualification at the end of the Middle Fifth.

Pupils then choose one foreign language:

French, Spanish or Latin

And three additional subjects. The option blocks for these additional subjects will be determined following discussions at Parents' Evening in March and subsequent consultations with the pupils.

Please note when reading this course guide that pupils may not choose both Art and Photography as there is significant overlap between the two courses.

Subjects require a minimum number of pupils before the course can proceed.

It is important that the pupils make the right decisions and they are encouraged to discuss their choices with both their subject teachers and their tutors. Parents should feel free to contact any member of staff if they would like further details about any aspect of the option process.

Please download the guide below which gives an outline of the GCSE/IGCSE courses and the option blocks for 2019/2020.

Our son has been at King William’s College for two years and has settled in very well with the full support of the boarding staff and teachers, who have demonstrated great kindness and caring. The highly disciplined, but dynamic education system has helped our 15 year old son to adapt well and his confidence has noticeably improved in a short space of time. What's especially pleasing is that not only does the College have an excellent calibre of teaching staff and a strong academic curriculum, but we have been surprised and delighted to discover their excellent music achievements! With such great experience, our second son will also join KWC starting at Lower 5, to have a well rounded education. We cannot be more pleased with our decision to send our sons here all the way from Hong Kong!

M5 Overseas Parent