Students of grade 9 and 10 study the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). It is a course designed by Cambridge University and is chosen by most of the International Schools around the world. The IGCSE curriculum allows students to study in greater depth, the subject areas and topics introduced in year 6, 7 and 8. The IGCSE is a two year course, with students sitting for examinations at the completion of the second year. The examination result comprises the main part of a students’ final grade; with 20% derived from internal tasks such as assignments, oral presentations and practical reports. Most examinations are of two hours duration, with slightly longer exams required for Art and Drama. Subjects are assessed on an eight point scale from A* to G. For students to be awarded the IGCSE certificate, they must obtain a grade of C or better in five of their eight subjects. Three subjects are compulsory for students at DY Patil International School, Pune; English, Mathematics, a second language (Hindi or French). Other subjects offered are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Business studies, Economics, Environmental Management, ICT, Accounting, Art and Drama. These give students an opportunity to specialize in those areas that interest them, or to maintain a general approach to their studies so as to maximize their options at the beginning of Year 11.
*In addition, students choose one of two languages other than English. At present, we offer French and Hindi as our second languages.