Upper School

Curriculum Introduction

Upper School Curriculum

At Lyceum the Upper School consists of the Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Grades that range from Grades 9 to 12.

  • Ordinary Levels (O/Ls) – For Grade 9 to 10
  • Advanced Levels (A/Ls) – For Grade 11 to 12

At Lyceum International School, students have the opportunity to select the curriculum that best fits their plans for higher studies and career aspirations. Lyceum offers the National General Certificate of Education (GCE) and the International Curriculum for both O/Ls and A/Ls.

* In Lyceum International School Nuwera Eliya, only national curriculum is available.

National Curriculum

Ordinary Level

We follow the government-approved National Curriculum taught in the English medium, O/L students are required to take 9 subjects.

Certification awarded: National General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level.

National Curriculum

Advanced Level

We follow the government-approved National Curriculum taught in the English medium, A/L students are required to take 3 subjects from the given combinations.

Certification awarded: National General Certificate of Education Advanced Level.

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National Ordinary Level

Main Subjects

  • Business & Accounting Studies
  • English Literature
  • Science & Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Sinhala/Tamil
  • English
  • History
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Religion*
National Ordinary Level

Other Compulsory Subjects

  • Effective Speech
  • Physical Education
  • Soft Skills

* Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Roman Catholicism or Islam

Field Selection - National Curriculum

Subject Combinations

Subject Combination in the Science Stream

  • Physics / English Literature*
  • Chemistry / Information and Communication Technology*
  • Biology / Combined Mathematics*

Subject Combination in the Commerce Stream

  • Accounting / English Literature*
  • Business Studies / Information and Communication Technology*
  • Economics

Other Subjects

  • General English (taught in school)
  • Common General Test (not taught in school)
  • General Information Technology (optional and not taught in school)

Other Compulsory Subjects

  • Effective Speech
  • Physical Education
  • Religion
  • Cultural Dancing
  • Soft Skills

3 subjects from any one of the combinations shown above must be selected.

* Only available in selected schools. Check with the relevant School Registrar for availability.

Pearsons Edexcel

International Curriculum

The International curriculum followed at Lyceum is Pearsons Edexcel; this is a British curriculum, which is internationally recognized by the universities across the globe. When it comes to the International Curriculum, students need to choose between Science and Commerce streams before starting Grade 9. They can then continue till A/Ls in the respective stream.

International Curriculum

Ordinary Level

All students are required to take 7 subjects including one optional subject.

Certification awarded: International General Certificate of Secondary Education (International GCSE).

Compulsory Subjects: Religion, Effective Speech, Physical Education, and Soft Skills.

The subject combinations at each Lyceum International School for O/Ls will be given to students in the Fifth Form, and the subject combinations for A/Ls will be given in the Sixth Form.

International Ordinary Level

Science Stream

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
International Ordinary Level

Commerce Stream

  • Accounts
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
International Ordinary Level

Core Subjects

  • English B
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics A
International Ordinary Level

Optional Subjects for Both Streams

  • Computer Science
  • French*
  • Sinhala*
  • Tamil*
  • Chinese*
  • Global Citizenship*
  • Further Pure Mathematics*
International Curriculum

International Advanced Level (IAL)

Students, following the Edexcel curriculum, are allowed to take the A/L exam in 2 parts; IAS and IA2.

Certification awarded: International Advanced Level.

3 subjects from any one of the combinations shown above must be selected.

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International Advanced Level

Science Stream

  • Physics / English Literature / Psychology*
  • Chemistry / Information Technology / Mathematics / Further Mathematics*
  • Biology / Law / Mathematics*
International Advanced Level

Commerce Stream

  • Accounting / English Literature / Psychology*
  • Business / Information Technology / Mathematics / Further Mathematics*
  • Economics / Law / Mathematics*
International Advanced Level

Other Compulsory Subjects

  • Effective Speech
  • Physical Education
  • Religion
  • Cultural Dancing
  • Soft Skills

* Only available in selected schools. Check with the relevant School Registrar for availability.

Examinations

The National Curriculum O/L examinations will be held in December every year, and the Advanced Level examinations will be held in August of every year.

The International Ordinary Levels and Advanced Levels will be held in May and June each year.

Students, who have met the Lyceum academic standards will be allowed to sit the exams.

National Languages

Both Sinhala and Tamil are taught as a second language at Lyceum from Grades 1 to 8. Foreign students must also study at least one of the languages.

Religious Education

At Lyceum all religions are taught:

  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Catholicism
  • Christianity
  • Islam

Other Languages

Students have the option of learning French* or Mandarin Chinese* from Grade 6.

* Only available at selected schools.

Quality Teaching

All the teachers at Lyceum are very well qualified and experienced in teaching all the available curricula. Teachers selected for each section are specialized in teaching children within the three age groups and are experts in their respective subjects. We ensure that your child will be taught the coursework properly with patience and understanding, as each child’s academic performance is our priority.

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Are you searching for the best education Sri Lanka has to offer for your child? Look no further than Lyceum International School. Contact us today to submit your admission request, and our student service agents will guide you through the enrolment process.

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