Secondary 2

Curriculum

NGG International students follow IGCSE courses from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Learners develop a strong understanding of each Cambridge IGCSE subject they study, and acquire skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving.  

Cambridge IGCSE builds a great foundation for further study. NGG International students will be fully prepared to progress to international pre-university study, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Pre-IB, Cambridge InternationalAS- and A-Level, and other post-16 routes.  

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14- to 16- year-olds, attracting over 900 000 subject entries every year from 140 countries.  

Cambridge IGCSEs are designed to give learners a variety of ways to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. The examinations are accessible for a learner whose first language is not English, and all subject courses include development of skills in working and communicating in English.  

Opening up opportunities worldwide 

A Cambridge IGCSE qualification is recognized by leading universities around the world, and employers view it as a valuable certificate of achievement. It opens up global opportunities.

Subjects

Secondary 2 students at NGG International can take up to nine IGCSE courses in the following subjects: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Global Perspectives, Biology, Physics, History, Chemistry, Business Studies, French, Spanish and Art & Design.  

In addition to the IGCSE courses, our Secondary 2 programme is supplemented over the two years with other courses. 

All students in Year 10 and 11 continue to study Danish. Students follow either a core Danish course, aimed at beginner and intermediate learners while more advanced learners have the option, if they wish, to sit the Danish school leavers’ exam qualification (Folkeskolens Afgangsprøve) in Danish, at the end of Year 11.   

We recognize the important role of physical exercise in wellbeing, and our Physical Education programme is followed by all Secondary 2 students. We deliver a programme that gives students the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities and develop the skills, qualities and interests that we hope will lead to a long-lasting active and healthy lifestyle. 

Our optional music programme provides opportunities for students of all ages and ability levels to fulfill their musical potential through challenging and engaging activities. There is an emphasis on practical work which allows students to grow in confidence as they develop their vocal and instrumental skills as well as their communication and collaboration skills. We embrace technology wherever it supports learning.

Cross-curricular links

While the courses are taught independently of each other during Years 10 and 11, we acknowledge that the links that can be made between and across subjects are extremely powerful. Cross-curricular theme days and projects are fantastic opportunities for students to make real and powerful connections in their learning. 

All students take Global Perspectives at IGCSE. This is an interdisciplinary programme which focuses on the nature of argument and evidence, encourages understanding and respect for the perspectives of others, and develops a range of skills needed for success in higher education and the world of work in the 21st century.

Students learn to appreciate a variety of alternative perspectives on global issues where ideas and interests compete and there are no easy answers. They learn how to evaluate different arguments, in particular the evidence and reasoning used to support them, as well as improve the quality of their own arguments. These important active-learning skills are transferable to learners’ other subjects.  

Through studying global topics, learners gain a global context in which they can develop their skills. The skills of flexible, reflective, creative and critical thinking are developed, and students learn how to research issues and arrive at well-reasoned and evidence-based conclusions. With each topic, learners use the same set of skills. Throughout the course, their skills strengthen, their confidence grows and they become more independent. As learners’ confidence grows, the teacher’s role becomes more about facilitating. Students also learn to work collaboratively with others and effectively communicate and critique ideas so that they are eventually able to bring the Cambridge learner attributes to life, learning and interacting as confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged young students.  

All Year 10 and 11 students have to complete some hours of service to the community during the two-year programme. This could be at school or in the wider local community. The goal is for students to apply the learner attributes developed in a wider context than the classroom and their studies. 

Being part of a large Danish school means that students in Years 10 and 11 are able, if they wish, to interact with their peer groups in the Danish department at inter-class sports tournaments and social arrangements, including the combined leaving party for International Year 11 and Danish 9.kl students. 

Students in Secondary 2 participate in annual trips to European cities. Edinburgh or Budapest have been explored by our Year 10 and 11 students in recent years. Learning is central to these trips: historical, cultural and social.