Cambridge Secondary 1

Cambridge early secondary curriculum, leading to Checkpoint exam

When they have completed Cambridge Primary students continue to the next level of development — Secondary 1.  For pupils enrolling from other schools completion of an international-standard primary school is not obligatory.

Years Age
7 year (KS3) 11-12
8 year (KS3) 12-13
9 year (KS3) 13-14

Throughout their schooling students continue to develop their habits and broaden their knowledge in the basic areas:

  • English as a second language / English as a first language
  • Serbian as a first language (Serbian national curriculum) / Russian as a first language (Russian curriculum)
  • Maths
  • Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry)
  • Geography
  • Physical education

and optional subjects in more detailed study with exams (2 to 4 and more):

  • Second foreighn language (French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chineese) 
  • English literature — for future language majors, historians
  • Science extended (Physics, Chemistry or Biology — for young scientists
  • History — for young historians
  • Art & Design — for young painters, art specialists
  • Music — for young musicians
  • Design & Technology — for young designers and engineers
  • PE (theory) — for young sportsmen
  • Business studies — for young business people and managers

At this stage pupils may choose additional subjects that best fit their interests and in the next stages to study them in more detail. When choosing specialized subjects, the rules for taking exams and recognition of results at the university of the candidate’s choice must be adhered to. When taking iGCSE exams, it is sufficient to choose a minimum two subjects in addition to the other three (English, Maths, Science). If the ICE option is taken, at least four additional subjects must be selected.

While at school, pupils are afforded the opportunity of taking basic complex tests in English language, maths and science. Testing takes place within the school at the end of the 7th, 8th and 9th years, using the internationally recognized Cambridge Progression Tests, thus providing parents with additional reassurance that the results of their children’s education are reliable.  Furthermore, should parents so wish, pupils may take the Cambridge Checkpoint tests, personally administered by Cambridge examiners.

If desired, pupils may be tested during the year in various subjects in their native language. These tests are aligned with the national curricula of Serbia and Russia. 

Total 29 31 32
Weekly learning hours per subjects
Mother language (English, Russian, Serbian) 5 5 5
Additional language 4 4 4
Maths 4 4 4
Science 2 3 3
PE 3 3 3
Geography 2 2 2
Choosen subjects 9 10 11

Additional classes organised by the school are available outside teaching hours.