The secondary school academic programme is a rigorous and interconnected programme of study, designed to prepare students for tertiary study and the new and emerging complex world that they will enter as young adults. In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a broad base of studies intended to extend upon previously acquired knowledge and to provide a foundation for their future schooling. When students commence study at Year 10, they are able to build flexibility and choice into their academic program. All students are encouraged to commence a pattern of study so that they are able to graduate in Year 13 with an accredited High School Diploma. The High School Diploma typically consists of subjects drawn directly from the IGCSE and IB Diploma programs, but can also cater for students seeking greater flexibility within their program.
Courses for Year 10 and 11 students generally culminate in the University of Cambridge’s International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Students typically take 10-13 external exams as part of this pathway.
A majority of students entering Years 12 and 13 will study for the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Students may also elect to follow the High School Diploma pathway to create different and flexible study plans.
- External IGCSE and the IB examinations are held from May-June each year.
Throughout the secondary school, students are given a degree of choice in the selection of their subjects. These options become more varied as they progress through the School and work in increasingly specialised fields.
Click on the following to find out more on each individual subjects in the academic year groups:
Years 7, 8, 9
Years 10 & 11 (IGCSE)
Years 12 & 13 (IB Diploma Programme)
Years 10-13 (HS Diploma)
Malaysian citizens are required by law to study Bahasa Malaysia (the national language) up to Year 11. Bahasa Malaysia is a compulsory subject for all Year 7 to 9 students regardless of nationality.
Students who need strong English support will be required to take English as an Additional Language (EAL) until they are competent.
Support and advice is offered to all students throughout their time at Uplands. For children who are exceptionally high achievers or those with additional learning needs, some specialist support is available.