Teaching and Learning at The Academy Hout Bay

The Academy Hout Bay is a registered school of Pearson Edexcel, a UK Accreditation Board. We offer the International GCSE and International Advanced Subsidiary Level Examinations. These qualifications are fully recognised by Universities in South Africa and world wide. The Academy’s  programmes seek to inspire students’ love of learning and develop the skills needed to make a meaningful contribution to society.

International Middle Years Programme

Grades 8 and 9

 
The Middle Years provide the foundation for success for International GCSE and A Level and indeed life after school. The curriculum is based on the concepts of Project Based and Experiential Learning, inspired by Maria Montessori’s Erdkinder ideals but assessed using clear academic Learning Objectives and Success Criteria . 

Although taught in distinct subject areas, the curriculum includes elements of Creativity, Critical Thinking, Environmental Awareness and Character Education throughout:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language (Afrikaans OR Spanish)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Physical Education
       

International GCSE (Grades 10 and 11) 
   Choose 7 or 8 SUBJECTS
Highlighted subjects are compulsory
Choose ONE subject from each row

 
1 English First Language
2 Afrikaans Second Language* External Exam only

Spanish Second Language

3

Mathematics
* Required for most University courses.
* Required for AS Chemistry, Physics, Business and Computer Studies at AS Level

 
OPTIONS
4 Biology History
5 Computer Studies Geography
6 Chemistry

Religious
Studies

7

Physics

Business Studies
8

Art and Design

BTEC Enterprise / Land Based Studies

*ALL exams written in May session

* A minimum C grade is required for Matric Exemption and to continue ANY subject into AS Level. A minimum B grade is required to continue MATHS, CHEMISTRY or PHYSICS into AS Level 

* English Literature is integrated into Language teaching, but not available as a separate subject.
            

AS Level (Grade 12)
Choose 4 OR 5 SUBJECTS
Highlighted subjects are compulsory
(Min IGCSE Grade of “B” required to continue Maths, Chemistry or Physics into AS Level; a min International GCSE Grade of "C" required for all other subjects).
Choose ONE subject from each row

 
1 English First Language* May Exam session only
2 Afrikaans Second Language* External Exam only

Spanish Second Language *May Exam session only

3

Mathematics* Exams in both May AND November

4 Biology History* Exams in both May AND November
5 Information Technology* May Exam session only Geography* May exam session only
6 Chemistry

Religious
  studies* May Exam session only

7

Physics

Business Studies
8

Art and Design* May Exam Session only

BTEC Enterprise / Land Based Studies
A minimum “C” grade for International GCSE Mathematics is required if a student wishes to offer AS Level Business for Matric Exemption. A minimum of 3 students for a subject is required to offer the subject at AS Level

A Levels (Grade 13 / Post Matric)

A Levels are offered for UK and European University Entrance Requirements on request.

*A minimum of 3 students for a subject is required to offer the subject at A Level

Notes:

  • English First Language, Maths and MFL option are compulsory at International GCSE Level.
  • International GCSE MFL may be offered for University entrance at International GCSE Level only if passed with a C symbol.
  • International GCSE Mathematics at a minimum C grade is required for AS Business and AS Physics
  • Students who wish to take AS Level Physics / Chemistry should be able to cope with AS Level Mathematics for Matric.

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How do you achieve Matric Exemption?

Matric Exemption is achieved through a combination of GCSE and AS levels. Particular subjects are needed, the requirements can seem complicated – but we can explain them clearly.