Upper School

The Prep School (Years 6-8)

Students in the Prep School follow a skills-based curriculum, which is designed to manage the transition from the homeroom environment in the Pre-Prep School, where the majority of the curriculum taught by a Class Teacher, to the more subject-specific approach in the Upper School. The aim is to foster a love of independent learning and promote the skills required to achieve very high academic standards in the Senior School, Sixth Form and beyond Harrow Hong Kong. The approach is contemporary and research-based, while demonstrating academic rigour.

The following academic subjects are studied in an integrated timetable that combines academic periods and 6 extra-curricular periods per week:

Art & Design
Drama
English
Geography 
History
Languages – Chinese, French or Spanish
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Physical Education
Science

The Senior School (Years 9-11)

The Senior School curriculum is based on IGCSE courses studied over three years. Most IGCSE examinations are taken in Year 11 at the age intended, but some may be taken early according to ability in Year 10 and enable early commencement of some A-level subjects.

The academic subjects taught in the Year 9 curriculum are the same as those in the Prep School, although the Sciences are taught as separate subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

By the time students reach Year 10, they choose the subjects they wish to pursue for their IGCSE examinations. The Senior School follows a mixture of different examination boards (AQA, CIE and Edexcel) for different subject courses, including:

Core Courses
English Language and Literature (2 IGCSEs)
Mathematics
Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) – usually Triple, but occasionally or Dual award

Optional Courses – students choose up to four from:
Art & Design
Chinese (First and Foreign Language)
Drama
French
Geography
History
Music
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Physical Education
Spanish

The Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13)

The Sixth Form is a two-year A-level course with students usually studying 4 subjects in Year 12 at AS-level and 3 subjects in Year 13 at A-level. We expect our students to undertake the Extended Project Qualification as an additional AS-level, and our Harrow Hong Kong International Perspectives course forms part of the core curriculum in Year 12.

Students in the Sixth Form are expected to accept a greater level of responsibility for their own academic study as they prepare for the world of university beyond.

We follow a mixture of A-level and International A-level courses provided by different examination boards including AQA, CIE and Edexcel. Subjects available to study for A-level include:

Art & Design
Biology
Chemistry
Chinese
Economics
English Literature
French
Geography
Government & Politics
History
Mathematics and Further Mathematics
Music
Physics
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Spanish

The Sixth Form Coordinator manages advice for university applications and is supported by a team of Sixth Form Tutors, who work closely alongside students throughout their two years in the Sixth Form. Thus far in the School’s history, the majority of students at Harrow Hong Kong have entered UK universities, but opportunities are available to prepare for applications to American universities as well as Hong Kong. A small number of students have gained entry to universities in Australia, Canada and other countries. 

Last updated: 8 Sep 2016 16:14