Curriculum

A British curriculum reflects our international approach

We are proud to teach the British National Curriculum here at GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala. We're passionate about the opportunities the British curriculum has to offer our students, and thrilled to teach a curriculum which can open doors to so many prestigious higher education establishments all over the world. 

Balance, creative thinking & measurability

The British curriculum is taught in over 150 countries all over the world. But what is it that makes a British curriculum school in Kampala such a good fit for your child?

  • Balance & a wide-angle view
    With a liberal approach and a wide-angle view of subjects from history to religion, the British curriculum is perfect for giving your child a well-rounded, modern view of the world, wherever they study. Covering all major science, arts and humanities subjects, this curriculum is perfect for developing well-informed students with a balanced view of the world they live in.

  • Creativity & critical thinking
    This curriculum is excellent at teaching children to think for themselves. Our teachers work hard to encourage open debate and discussion among students, helping them develop their own beliefs and express their opinions with clarity and confidence. Embracing creativity both in artistic expression and individual thought is another cornerstone of this outstanding system.

  • Measurability & progress checking
    The British National Curriculum has a very clear, detailed framework which provides everyone involved with a clear map of the student's progress. This helps them to stay on course and achieve their personal goals.

The British curriculum with an international flavour

As respected and effective as the British curriculum may be, we don't teach our students in a bubble. Proudly located in tranquil Butabika, we ensure all our pupils have a sophisticated understanding of the country, continent and world around them. 

Key curriculum information

Our British curriculum school in Kampala teaches the National Curriculum to early years pupils, through Key Stage 1, 2, 3 & 4, up to iGCSE level, AS Level, A Level and BTEC level. After completing their chosen educational path our students can attain:

  • iGCSEs in all subjects
  • AS (Advanced Subsidiary) level qualifications
  • A (Advanced) level qualifications
  • EdExcel BTEC level 2 & level 3

Early years & Key Stage 1

Also known as Foundation Stage (FS), we enrol children aged 3 to 5 (Key Stage 1) on the British curriculum. At this early stage we concentrate on key aspects of your child's learning journey such as:

  • Keeping track of progress
    Monitoring and assessing each student's development against age appropriate performance standards

  • Supporting growth
    Encouraging and helping children to reach their full potential, whatever their natural aptitudes

  • Developing social skills
    Helping our young people as they develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to interact effectively in a complex and changing world

  • Introducing education
    Familiarising youngsters with reading, writing, science, mathematics and IT through practical tasks and playtime activities

  • Exploring our world
    From carefully structured play to regular field trips, we encourage an active interest in the world around us

By the end of Key Stage 1, year 2, we aim to have developed young pupils with a love of learning, basic literacy and numeracy, effective social skills and the ability to read and write. At this level, our students have a wide world view, with a growing knowledge of history, geography and science. Our year 2 pupils will also have discovered creative outlets for their ideas, feelings and beliefs; from dance and gymnastics to art and music. 

Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3

This is the learning period described by our British school in Kampala as “middle school”. Our middle school students will build on the foundations laid by Foundation and Key Stage 1, with increasingly advanced teaching which focuses on:

  • Measuring achievement
    Undertaking ongoing assessments to make sure your child's progress is continuous and at the level expected for their age group

  • Encouraging initiative
    We help our students learn actively, share their ideas, think independently and involve themselves in the learning process 

  • Teaching core subjects
    We dig deeper into English, mathematics, science and IT

  • Introducing languages
    The earlier your child starts learning foreign languages, the more proficient they will become. We introduce languages at a very early stage

  • Enhancing creativity & social skills
    Our pupils study art, music and practice a diverse range of sports alongside personal, social and health education

  • Engaging in extra-curricular activities
    From drama and choir, to computer club and art classes, we encourage our pupils to challenge themselves and explore their passions outside class time

  • Developing IT skills
    Our pupils benefit from our outstanding IT facilities and can undertake extra Microsoft IT qualifications

  • Nurturing leadership qualities
    We give all of our students the chance to take on classroom responsibilities and leadership roles to encourage co-operation, accountability and teamwork

By the time your child has reached year 6, the final year of Key Stage 2, we hope to have helped to develop a student with a good character, the ability to articulate themselves clearly, confidence in their abilities, a broad world view and all the skills they need to embark on their secondary education.

This secondary education begins in year 7, Key Stage 3. At this stage, your child will begin studying familiar subjects in more depth. The Key Stage 3 curriculum includes: English language, English literature, mathematics, history, geography, religion, the sciences, computer science, a selection of second languages, art and design, physical education (PE) and personal, social and health education.

Key Stage 4 & iGCSEs

Years 9, 10 and 11 are the time when your child will need to think about the iGCSEs they wish to take. The qualifications will be a mix of compulsory and optional subjects. Generally, our students work towards around 9 iGCSEs over the course of years 10 and 11. Year 9 remains a preparatory year for these important qualifications. The subjects they can choose from include:

Compulsory iGCSEs

  • English
  • Maths
  • Core Physical Education (PE)

 Optional iGCSEs

  • ICT
  • French
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Accounts
  • Economics
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Media Studies
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Environmental Management

BTEC Level 2

Key Stage 4 students interested in pursuing a more vocational path may also choose to take a level 2 BTEC qualification. Level 2 BTECs are available in:

  • Sport
  • Performing Arts
  • Engineering

AS & A levels

The final two years at our British curriculum school in Uganda are devoted to achieving higher qualifications. It is these all-important AS levels, A levels and BTEC qualifications which give your child the certification and tools they need to progress professionally and academically.

We offer a full range of AS and A level courses alongside a number of level 3 BTEC qualifications in:

  • Business
  • IT
  • Media
  • Travel & tourism

 

 

Do you have a specific question about the British curriculum? Perhaps you'd like to find out more about the full range of A levels available at our British curriculum, school in Kampala? Our team are always happy to take your questions. Get in touch today or arrange a tour of our beautiful school.