Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

The ACS (Independent) Integrated Programme offers a wide array of subject combinations with interdisciplinary approaches similar to that of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) which IP students take in their fifth and sixth years.

The overall programme consists of subjects taken from six discipline groups (Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals & Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts).

At Years 3 & 4, students will offer 8 subjects: 5 compulsory and 3 option subjects.

Compulsory subjects

Language Arts 

Mother Tongue Language

International Studies 

Core Mathematics

1 Science subject

And three other subjects from the following areas:

1) Humanities

  • History
  • Geography

2) Sciences

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computer Studies – please note that Computer Studies cannot be used in place of a Science subject for Years 3 and 4 promotion. Please refer to the Promotion Criteria in the Student’s Handbook for details.

3) Mathematics

Advanced Mathematics

In addition to the curriculum subjects, students will be engaged in the elementary Theory of Knowledge (eTOK) course, an Individualised Study Option (ISO) and the Creativity, activity, service (CAS) experience.  These have been specially designed to provide coherence with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) where the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, the Extended Essay (EE) and CAS form the core of the IB curriculum model.

9th Subject

Students seeking to pursue a 9th subject must seek approval and show that they have the ability to cope with an additional subject. These following subjects will be offered outside of the curriculum time :

  • EP/Music
  • Art
  • Foreign Languages