Preparing for success

In middle school, Years 7 and 8 form an important part of your child’s academic development. Work covered previously is consolidated and new subject areas are developed. These years also form an important base for senior study and qualifications. The programme is broad-based to ensure that diverse skills are developed to help successfully tackle a range of subjects at senior levels.

In Years 9 to 11, your child will prepare for the Cambridge IGCSE programme, one of the world’s most respected international qualifications for 14 to 16-year-olds. In Year 11, your child will receive a grade from A to G and a percentage mark for each subject. The curriculum caters for individual ability, with some IGCSE subjects having core and extended options. IGCSE provides your child with a foundation for higher AS and A-Level courses and is recognised by universities and employers worldwide.

In Years 12 to 13 we continue to offer a challenging curriculum with our dual qualification pathway of Cambridge or International Baccalaureate (IB). Students are taught by specialist teachers and have the opportunity to choose some of their own subject areas. We prepare senior students for excellence in their Cambridge or IB examinations and encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning as a way of preparing for further study at university and beyond.

Select your year level

Middle School – Years 7 to 10

Creative and critical thinking

Our strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills continues in middle school. At this stage, creative and critical thinking are also important, and ICT (Information and Computer Technology) is integrated into most courses.

If your child wants to pursue Mandarin in Years 9 and 10, they must have at least one year of prior learning – either at ACG Parnell College or elsewhere.

Subjects Years 7 to 10

Chinese Mathematics Science
Computer Science Music/Visual Art Spanish
English Physical Education/Health Dance
Humanities Speech/Drama  


Middle School – Year 11 (IGCSE Level)

International study & leadership

At this level, students are able to start specialising in subject areas. With the help of teaching staff, your child will be able to choose some of their own courses as long as specified entry standards are met for each subject.

Your child will usually take six IGCSE subjects plus Leadership (one period per week). AS-Level subjects are available if your child meets the entry criteria.

Compulsory Subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics

Your child may select three subjects from the following and we recommend including a science subject.

Optional Subjects:

Accounting Art and Design Biology
Business Studies Chemistry Chinese
Computer Science Design and Technology Economics
Geography History Music
Physical Education Physics Spanish


For their final two years of school, students choose to study either the Cambridge A-Level programme or the IB Diploma.

Cambridge A-Levels

Most students at this level take four subjects each year. Year 12 courses usually consist of all AS subjects, while Year 13 courses may include either AS or A2 subjects. Please note that your child must have prior study to meet the criteria for foreign language subjects.


Compulsory Subjects:
AS English Language or AS English Literature.

Optional (choose three)

Art and Design Computing Mathematics
Accounting Digital Media and Design Music
Biology Design and Technology Physical Education
Business Studies Drama Physics
Chemistry Economics Psychology
Chinese Geography Sociology
Classic Studies History Spanish



Choose three or four

Art and Design Computing Music
Accounting Design and Technology Physical Education
Biology Economics Physics
Business Studies Geography Psychology
Chemistry History Sociology
Classical Studies Digital Media English Literature
Chinese Mathematics Spanish
English Language    


IB Diploma

The ACG Parnell College IB Diploma Programme is a two-year academic course. Each student studies six subjects of their choice, plus three core elements: ToK (Theory of Knowledge), EE (Extended Essay) and CAS (Community, Action and Service). The maximum grade total for subjects and core for the IB Diploma is 45 points.


Choose one subject from each of Groups 1 to 5, then a sixth subject from any of the other groups. Maximum grade points per subject is seven, totalling 42.


Every student takes part in the core elements listed above throughout the diploma programme. Maximum grade points for core work is three.

Maximum pointavailable

42 (subjects) + 3 (core) = 45

Group 1: Literature English, Chinese, Korean
Group 2: Learned Language English, Spanish Ab Initio, Chinese Ab Initio
Group 3: Humanities Economics, Psychology, History
Group 4: Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Group 5: Mathematics Higher Level, Standard Level
Group 6: Visual Art and Music Visual Arts, Music


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