In the first three years of the Senior School, pupils prepare for and sit IGCSE or GCSE examinations.
These examinations are based on the UK system for 16 year olds and pupils will sit between 9 and 12 papers depending on their options. We use two examination boards, Cambridge International Examinations and EdExcel, with the choice resting with each department based on which syllabus best prepares the pupils for the next step. Details as to the board used by each department can be found in the department information. IGCSEs and GCSEs are graded on either a 9 – 1 or A* – A scale, depending on the board and syllabus, with 9 and 8 being equivalent to A*, 7 – A, 6 – B, 5 and 4 – C, 3 – D, 2 – E or F and 1 – G.
In the Shell to Hundred (Year 9 – 11) programme at Marlborough College Malaysia, some subjects are compulsory and others may be taken as options. We require all our pupils to work towards the English Language, English Literature and Mathematics exams, plus all pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and either sit these as separate subjects or take the Double Award Science papers.
In their options we insist that all our pupils study a second language and a humanity, and then allow them two other subjects of their choice from our extensive programme.