YCIS Secondary Programme

The YCIS Programme enables all students to reach for and fulfil their highest academic potential, as well as optimal spiritual, social, moral, cultural, physical and creative development. The aim of the YCIS curriculum is to ensure that all students are afforded opportunities to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible global citizens, and caring contributors.

The YCIS Curriculum is grounded in the YCIS Philosophy & Objectives, and is based on the frameworks of the National Curriculum in England (Years 1–9), the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) (Years 10–11), and the YCIS International Curriculum (Years 12–13). Our curriculum uniquely defines the rigorous and essential skills, knowledge, concepts, values, and enduring understandings that enable our students to achieve academic and personal success at university and beyond.

Incorporating both Western and Eastern cultures, students experience a truly international, multicultural and bilingual learning environment at YCIS, where linguistic skills in both English and Chinese are equally sharpened, as well as a deep understanding of and respect for cultural diversity and global awareness.


  • Lower Secondary: Years 7–9

    Students in Lower Secondary participate in rich learning experiences that provide breadth and depth across a wide variety of subjects, thus enabling students to explore their interests as well as new endeavours, while also experiencing academic rigour in core subjects. The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England, Key Stage 3.

  • Upper Secondary: Years 10–13

    Years 10–11: Students engage in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme, internationally recognised as providing an external qualification that shapes problem-solving and investigative skills, and builds independent and collaborative work habits.

    Years 12–13: Students prepare for the YCIS Diploma, which encompasses rigorous core and elective subjects that allow the depth and breadth of study necessary to ensure all students are prepared for tertiary education and lifelong learning. Students who successfully complete Years 12 and 13 earn the internationally accredited YCIS Diploma.

The YCIS Secondary Programme encompasses competencies and co-curricular activities that provide numerous enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom, including creative and critical thinking activities, the YCIS Seeds of Hope charity, communication and technology programmes, World Classroom trips, research and problem solving clubs, sport competitions, Experiencing China excursions, applied arts exhibitions, and music and drama performances.

For parents of students aged 16 years and above, please contact our Head of Secondary and Vice Principal, Mr Christopher Van Volkom for further information at


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