The Friends' School

Six Subject Groups

Six Subject Groups

In addition to the core, students choose courses from the following six subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts. The subjects are studied over two years. This ensures depth and breadth in student’s learning, resisting the urge to specialise before it is necessary and therefore maintaining a well-rounded global education.

Group 1: Studies in language and literature: in English, Chinese, German, Japanese or Korean

Group 2: Language acquisition: Intermediary English, French, German, Japanese or Chinese, or Beginner’s FrenchFSC Group 4

Group 3: Individuals and societies: Philosophy, History, Economics, Psychology, Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 4: Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Computer Science

Group 5: Mathematics: Mathematics, Mathematical Studies

Group 6: The arts: Visual Arts, Music, Theatre

(For more detail on each subject see the Year 11/12 Course Book)

Students will take three subjects at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL).  HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours over two years. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours, again over two years. There is an option to study a SL subject in one year, as an anticipating student.

While The Friends’ School intends to offer the specific subjects listed in each group above, the school reserves the right to withdraw a subject if it is undersubscribed, if staffing becomes unavailable or for timetabling reasons.

Sample Courses


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