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Key Stage 4

Students follow a standardised curriculum at Key Stage 3. At the end of Year 9 they are required to select subjects that they wish to study further at I/GCSE Level.

Following input by departments and a meeting with the Assistant Headteacher for students and parents, students will be required to submit their selections via an official form.

In Key Stage 4, students at MIS study compulsory subjects of English and Mathematics, and at least two Science subject. They then choose further subjects to complete the options blocks. Full option details are provided during the course of Year 9.

Key Stage 5

At MIS we aim to personalise the KS5 timetable for every student in line with academic ability. At Key Stage 5 subjects studied will be selected by the students based on personal choice and aptitude indicated by results at GCSE for students in Year 12 and, AS for students in Year 13. We also offer a limited GCSE retake programme in English and Mathematics.

In Year 12 Students choose 4 AS subjects. Entry into course is strictly defined according their IGCSE/GCSE APS (Average Points Score)

AS/A Level Admissions Criteria


To ensure that students enter an appropriate pathway of learning. An appropriate pathway is defined as one on which the student has a significant chance to achieve a C grade or above. A C grade or above is set as the requirement for success as the School’s Strategic priority identifies a 100% C grade or above as the relevant target. A significant chance is defined by the ALIS subject predictions graphs.

Entry Criteria for AS/A Level

Students who wish to study AS/A levels should have a minimum of 5 grades A*-C at I/GCSE or equivalent. Entry onto subjects at AS level depend on your Average Point Score at GCSE.

  • 5.5+ = 4 AS/A Levels
  • 5.0 -5.5 = 3 AS/A levels & Mathematics Bridging Course
  • 4.8-4.9 = 3 AS/A levels* and some GCSE re-sits
  • < 4.5 = Not suitable of AS programme, other options maybe offered including retaking Year 11.

In addition, students not achieving at least a C grade in Maths and English will be required to re-sit this GCSE, either as part of the GCSE re-sit programme or independently.

Specific Subject Criteria

Students wishing to study Chemistry, Physics, Maths Stats at AS/A level must either have a IGCSE Average Point Score of 6+ or a particular aptitude for the subject in question

Students wishing to study Biology, Maths, Music, MFL or PE at AS/A level must either have a IGCSE Average Point Score of 5.5+ or a particular aptitude for the subject in question

Students who have a IGCSE Average Point Score of less than 5 will be restricted to the following subjects: Art, Drama, DT Resistant Material and Travel & Tourism, plus others they have shown a particular aptitude for. Note this list is subject to change and there may be additional subjects on offer.

'How to calculate my APS'

1.  Take each IGCSE/GCSE grade you have achieved and give it a score.
a. A*=8, A=7, B=6, C=5, D=4, E=3, F=2, G=1.
2. Add up all of the scores and find the average of the best 5. This is your APS.

2.  IGCSEs in: Maths A, English Language B, Geography A*, DT B, French A, English Lit A, Science AB
Student A
This student has 8 IGCSEs.
Taking the best 5 results the total score is 7+8+7+7+7=36
The APS is 55 divided by 8 IGCSEs = 7.2

IGCSEs in Maths C, English Language D, Geography B, DT C, Science C
Student B
This student has 5 IGCSEs.
Taking the best 8 results the total score is 5+4+6+5+4= 24
The APS is 47 divided by 8 IGCSEs = 4.8

When results are finalized in August, we can commence the process of confirming option choices based on overall performance. Grading at AS and A Level differs from I/GCSE in that grades D and E are passes grades and accepted by universities worldwide. Grade C and above are generally accepted as the more highly academically valued, by universities, as proof of advanced level academic competency.