Upper Secondary

Prime School offers a flexible curriculum with continuous assessment for 14 to 15 year-olds

Estoril and Lisbon 

Upper Secondary 

Years 10 and Year 11

Ages 14 to 15
(Estoril and Lisbon Campuses)

At Prime School International, students in this age group can choose between two academic pathways: the IGCSEs and the Technical Courses.

The distinction between the International IGCSE Exams and Technical Courses lies in both the method of instruction and the assessment methods:

As students advance to Upper Secondary, spanning Years 10 and 11 (Ages 14 to 16), they encounter a diverse academic landscape. At this stage, they have the option to follow two distinct paths: the International Approach with IGCSE Exams, and Technical Courses, which offer three courses with a more specialized focus: Business, Sports, and Art & Design.

The Cambridge IGCSE

The Cambridge IGCSE upper secondary curriculum offers a variety of opportunities for students, including those whose first language is not English.

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum provides a flexible curriculum where students can choose subjects of their preference from different areas of knowledge, including arts and humanities, math, sciences, and languages.

Areas of study

Art & Humanities

  • Business
  • History
  • Art & Design


  • Math Core
  • Math Extended


  • Coordinated Sciences​
  • Physical Education


  • English first language
  • English Second language
  • Spanish Second language
  • Portuguese first language
  • Chinese Second language

Sports Technical Level 2 Course

At Prime School, we offer the option for students who wish to focus on sports to complete their lower secondary education through a sports technical course. This course is flexible, accommodating the student's schedule and allowing them to participate in the competitions they are registered for. Instruction is conducted in either English or Portuguese, depending on the student's preference. The assessment approach focuses on tasks, presentations, and reports, which can be conducted in either language.

It is important to note that students following this track must undertake two mandatory IGCSE exams in English and Mathematics, while the remaining subjects involve tasks to be completed alongside teachers. This distinctive approach ensures that students benefit from a diverse learning experience tailored to their preferences and skill development.

Mandatory Units

  • Principles of Fitness and Fitness Testing 
  • Training for Personal Fitness 
  • Business Skills in Sport 
Optional Units

  • Sports Development 
  • Practical Sport 
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport 
  •  Nutrition for Sports Performance
  • Exercise and Fitness Instructions

Size & Options

480 GLH Equivalent in size to four International IGCSEs. At least nine units, of which six are mandatory and three are assessed by Prime School International Set Assignment. Mandatory content (62.5%). 

Sports options available include swimming, football, golf, sailing, rugby, basketball, volleyball, horse riding, surf, rugby, etc.

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