In the Senior School we continue to drive academic success as student’s begin to refine their key subject interests and prepare for exams.
The F Block (Year 9) Curriculum
At Rugby School Thailand, the F Block is a crucial year; it is the time when the key foundations are laid that enable students to excel once they move on to their IGCSE studies and beyond. During their time in F Block, our students will experience a broad, diverse academic curriculum, with the opportunity to specialise in particular areas of interest. This will be complemented by the enrichment programme that is so integral to the Rugby philosophy of developing the whole person. Together, the academic and enrichment programmes develop intellectual curiosity, creativity, independence and resilience, as well as providing ample opportunity for students to take intellectual risks, make mistakes and learn through experience.
In F Block, all students study the following compulsory subjects:
- A language other than English (Thai*, Mandarin Chinese, French or Spanish)
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
Students must also select two elective courses from the following options:
- Mandarin Chinese
- Computer science
In addition, students at Rugby will follow a Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) course. PSHE covers a broad range of subjects, focusing on students’ wellbeing and aims to help them become young adults who are prepared to make their own moral judgments. All students will also be allocated an academic tutor, who they will meet with regularly to support their academic progress in the school. Extra English support will also be provided where necessary for students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL).
*Thai language is compulsory for all Thai citizens.
The E/D Block (Years 10 & 11) Curriculum
At Rugby School Thailand we provide an E and D Block (Years 10 and 11) curriculum that offers both breadth and depth of study, primarily based on the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). The IGCSE is an international version of the compulsory school examinations in England and Wales which, due to their global outlook and thorough academics, are used by both international schools and top UK independent schools, including Rugby UK.
As the most popular examinations worldwide for 14-16 year olds, IGCSES are seen as excellent preparation for A Level and other post-16 qualifications. The courses follow a prescribed curriculum administered by examination boards in England. At Rugby we use three examination boards to administer our examinations: Cambridge, Oxford AQA and Edexcel. However, whilst examination results are of vital importance, we structure our courses around learning rather than assessment, and the learning is not always confined to the limits of the syllabus content.
Each IGCSE course lasts two years and is externally assessed by written examinations. Some courses include coursework which will be completed in school and internally assessed but then externally moderated. IGCSE courses start in September of Year 10 and the examinations are usually sat in May and June of Year 11. Cambridge IGCSE grades are reported on a scale from A* to U, with grades A* to C usually considered to be a good pass. Oxford AQA and Edexcel IGCSE courses will receive a 1 (low) to 9 (high) award, with 4 and above considered a good pass.
The Rugby School Thailand curriculum comprises both core and elective subjects. All students must study English language, mathematics and the sciences, comprising separate courses in biology, chemistry and physics. For selected students, English literature and further pure maths will also be offered within the core timetable.
In addition, the curriculum requires students to select four electives, including at least one language other than English, at least one of geography or history and any two other subjects of the student’s choice. Due to local Ministry of Education requirements, Thai citizens must choose Thai as one of their electives.
The table below details the subjects offered as electives in the groups described above.
|A – Humanities||B – Languages||C and D – Free Choice – 2 subjects|
|History||Mandarin Chinese||Business Studies|
|Thai||Design & Technology|
|Physical Education (examined)|
|Any other subject from groups A or B|
(It is possible to do both history and geography, and two languages)
All students are expected to maintain a full timetable with a broad range of subjects throughout their IGCSE studies. Therefore, except in very exceptional circumstances, we do not allow students to ‘drop’ subjects during E and D Blocks (Years 10 & 11). However, certain changes to elective choices may be permitted until the end of Term 1 in the E Block.
The LXX and XX Curriculum
At Rugby School Thailand, we offer the A Level curriculum in the LXX and XX (sixth form). Recognised by universities around the globe, A levels are the most popular post-16 qualifications in both the UK and the International Schools sector across the world.
A Levels follow a prescribed curriculum administered by examination boards in England. At Rugby, as with IGCSE, we use three examination boards to administer our examinations: Cambridge, Oxford AQA and Edexcel. Examination results are of vital importance, but we structure our courses around learning rather than assessment and the learning is not always confined to the limits of the syllabus content.
Each A Level course lasts two years and is externally assessed by written examinations. The vast majority of A Level courses are split into two parts, AS in the LXX and A2 in the XX. These courses will have examinations in both the LXX and the XX, the results of which are combined to give the full A Level qualification. A small number of courses are ‘terminal’, meaning all examinations are taken at the end of the XX for the A Level. However, these courses also have a separate, one year, AS option if this is desired.
Many of the more practical A Level subject courses include coursework which will be completed in school and internally assessed but then externally moderated.
A Level grades are reported on a scale from A* to E. Most universities expect at least 3 A levels for entry, but the grades required depend on both the university and course applied for. Students will receive full support and guidance throughout the university application process, whether they are applying to UK institutions or elsewhere.
The Rugby LXX and XX curriculum allows students to specialise in their chosen subjects. Therefore, there is no ‘core’ subject that must be taken; students have a free choice of A Level courses. We expect most students to take four A Levels in the LXX. Some students may wish to follow five subjects in order to maintain a wider breadth of study – for example, if they have decided to take further mathematics as well as mathematics. However, this is considered highly unusual with a high workload that is be difficult to maintain. Therefore, it will only be allowed in carefully considered circumstances.
A Level choices may have an impact on the courses available at university. Some courses
require specific subjects at A Level (e.g. chemistry A Level is required for medical degree entry in most cases), although this can differ from country to country and university to university. If a student already has an idea about what degree course and career they hope to follow, then it is important to check entry criteria when selecting A Level subjects.
However, the two most important considerations when choosing A Level courses are an ability and interest in the subject matter. Students will do best in subjects that they are motivated to learn about, and choosing subjects they are interested in at A Level will inevitably lead to courses that suit them at university.
Whilst it is important to make a strong start to A Level studies, we understand that the selection of subjects at this stage in a student’s educational career is a difficult decision. Therefore, until the end of term 1 of the LXX, certain subject changes may be permitted.
In addition to the more formal academic curriculum students at Rugby will follow a Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) course. PSHE covers a broad range of subjects, focusing on students’ wellbeing and aims to help them become young adults who are prepared to make their own moral judgments.
At Rugby, we are committed to developing the Whole Person and, through our extended school day, there will be ample opportunity to cultivate extra-curricular interests, leadership skills and community work. As well as creating well-rounded, global citizens, these are the abilities that help students stand out to prospective further education establishments.
Extra English support will also be provided where necessary for students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL).