SOS-HGIC is very much aware of the ubiquitous nature of technology and its benefits and as a result technology is an integral part of the education. Most classrooms are fitted with a high luminescent overhead projector and five classrooms are also fitted with Smart board technology.

The school implements a laptop policy for students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Programme to facilitate independent learning. IGCSE students may use one of the state of the art computer labs at the college or in the hostels. There are four computer laboratories in total, three at the college campus including the creativity lab and one at the hostels. The library also has computers installed for use by students. Although SOS-HGIC does not implement a full Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, students are permitted to bring a tablet to school, which must be registered with the technical support team and is supported on the school’s network.

Both campuses have both wireless and cabled Internet access with management constantly exploring ways to optimize wireless connectivity. Students connect to the Internet via 80Mbps of fiber connectivity and two campuses are linked by a fiber backbone. The school also maintains its own network and server environment, which utilizes some of the latest technology to minimize downtime. Users on the network are provided with storage and print resources.

To ensure that students benefit from the resources, the college maintains an easily accessible technical support team, which runs a helpdesk with a ticketing system. The school implements a pool laptop policy for students whose laptop problems cannot be resolved immediately. Students and teachers benefit from a new multimedia resource lab with the latest equipment to support the effective integration of technology into learning and to facilitate creativity in the digital arts.




IGCSE is an internationally recognised curriculum and examination system administered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK which has a long history of delivering high quality examinations and assessment in over 140 countries. The IGCSE syllabus is designed as a two-year course for examination at age 16+.


The Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • subject content
  • applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • intellectual enquiry
  • flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • working and communicating in English
  • influencing outcomes
  • cultural awareness

The school’s IGCSE programme requires students to take between eight and eleven subjects including two from Group 1 and at least one from Groups 2 to 5 (refer to table below). First Language English, Mathematics, English Literature, Computer Studies or ICT and at least one Science subject are compulsory for all IGCSE students in the College. Foreign Language French is also expected for all students except those from Francophone countries who offer First Language French. Each learner’s performance is assessed through the examinations at the end of the programme that result in the award of grades A* to G. We offer the May/June examination session only.

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

First Language English

English Literature



Art and Design

First Language French



Additional Mathematics

Business Studies

Foreign Language French




Computer Science





Information and Communication Technology


In addition to the subject requirements, the school creates further educational experiences for all students that act as a core for the programme. These comprise:

Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills is a course for all students that aims to support learning across the curriculum. To this end, it provides instruction and practice in a range of essential academic skills, develops students’ confidence in their ability to appraise and reflect on their own work, and develops an awareness of important events and issues in the world beyond the boundaries of the school.


Personal and Social Education (PSE)

PSE is a whole-school programme concerned with matters that concern students’ personal lives. The PSE programme has been devised in order to offer students sessions on sexual awareness, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, relationships, stress management, mental health, financial management and leadership skills.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Although CAS is a component of the IB diploma programme, the school makes available the experiences it offers to students in the IGCSE programme as well. CAS simply means Creativity Activity Service, and is at the heart of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning.

For more information please go to the following link LINK TO CAS PAGE

International Certificate of Education

To maintain a highly rigorous academic experience, the college also offers the International Certificate of Education (ICE) option as part of the IGCSE programme. ICE candidates are required to reach certain standards in a group of subjects in order to obtain this certificate.


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