Upper School (Years 6 to 13)

Academic life at Harrow Hong Kong encourages scholarship, intellectual curiosity, independent thought and effective learning habits. We offer a coherent and balanced curriculum, as well as a challenging and inspiring extra-curricular programme.

The curriculum is divided into the Prep School (Years 6 to 8), and the Senior School (Years 9 to 13). Pupils study for GCSEs in Years 10 and 11 and A-Levels in the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13), and we aim to ensure that pupils perform to their potential in public examinations so that they can access the best academic and career opportunities.

Through our curriculum and academic enrichment programme we stretch and challenge pupils beyond the GCSE and A-Level syllabi, through activities that support learning above the measurable outcomes of examination results. Included within this is the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and our own Skills & Competencies course and Facing Challenges programme.

The Prep School Curriculum (Years 6 to 8)

Pupils in the Prep School follow a curriculum that is designed to manage the transition from the Pre-Prep School (where the majority of the curriculum is taught by a Class Teacher) to a 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 eight extra-curricular and core sport periods per fortnight:

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

The Senior School Curriculum (Years 9 to 11)

The Senior School curriculum follows GCSE syllabi with examinations taken in Year 11.

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

Core Courses

  • English Language and Literature (2 GCSEs)
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) – usually Triple, but occasionally Dual Award
     

Optional Courses – pupils choose four from:

  • Art
  • Chinese (First and Foreign Language)
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish


GCSE Options 2018-2020

The Sixth Form Curriculum (Years 12 and 13)

Joining the Sixth Form at Harrow Hong Kong provides an opportunity for pupils to strive for academic excellence, enjoy a range of extra-curricular activities, develop as a young adult and build a platform for becoming leaders of the future.

The Sixth Form is a two year A-Level course with pupils usually studying four subjects in Year 12 at AS-Level and three subjects in Year 13 at A-Level.

Whilst most pupils do carry on with three A-Levels, it is even occasionally possible to study a fourth A-Level, usually Further Mathematics or an additional language. However, university entry is usually determined by the results in three A-Levels and it is important that taking more than three does not compromise the achievement of top grades.

Subjects available to study for A-Level include:

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

All subjects are offered subject to demand and availability.

Each subject has ten lessons of teaching time per fortnight, with either one or two Subject Teachers.

The School encourages Year 12 and 13 pupils to embark on an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), with one lesson per week. This is viewed extremely favourably by universities as it equips pupils with many of the skills needed for successful undergraduate study not covered by AS-Level or A-Level courses; how to undertake research, referencing, selecting appropriate sources, time management, presentation skills, and keeping a log of work. For applications to the most competitive courses, there is evidence that a very good EPQ can be a definite advantage in helping to select the best pupils as it demonstrates intellectual curiosity.

There is also at least one period per week where all pupils in Years 12 or 13 are free at the same time. At that time, we invite speakers and representatives from different universities from around the world to come into the School to talk about their subject area or their institution. It is during this time that pupils are given general advice and guidance about applying for higher education. The Sixth Form Leader is always available to talk through options with individuals.

The Sixth Form Curriculum