IGCSE Examinations

In the first three years of the Senior School, pupils prepare for and sit International GCSEs (or IGSCEs).

The IGSCEs are a set of qualifications that are usually taken at the end of British Year 11 (US Grade 10). They are a culmination of two years’ work and involve largely end of course examinations, however, some courses have a coursework element. Grades are awarded on a 1-9 / A*-G scale depending on the examination board.

In the Shell to Hundred (Year 9 – 11) programme at Marlborough College Malaysia, some subjects are compulsory and others may be taken as options.  Some pupils who have a particular linguistic or mathematical ability will sit these IGCSEs a year early in Year 10 (US Grade 9). Most pupils sit between eight and ten subjects.

All pupils follow the core curriculum: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, and the three Sciences. Four further subjects may be chosen from within the lists below (within various option groups):


Business Studies

Computer Science

Design & Technology Graphic Products

Design & Technology Resistant Materials






Malay First Language

Malay Second Language

Mandarin First Language

Mandarin Foreign Language

Mathematics (Further Pure)


Physical Education

Religious Studies


All pupils also continue with the sports and activities programme mentioned above.