Secondary School

The Secondary Curriculum at LIST

The Lower Secondary Curriculum (Years 7–9) is based upon the British National Curriculum, Key Stage 3. The major core subjects studied in each of the three Lower Secondary years are English, Mathematics, Science, and Thai. In addition all students study Geography, History, Computing, Art, Physical Education, Music, Drama, Personal Social & Health Education, and French or Chinese (taught by native speakers).

ACambridge International Examinations major change at Lanna is the adoption, since 2009, of The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme. This is a framework for educational success for students approximately 11-14 years old. It builds on the primary stage, and develops children’s knowledge and skills in the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science. The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme also offers us a means of tracking student progress in these subject areas through the lower Secondary phase, with a package of standardised assessment materials.

IGCSE Study During Years 10 & 11

Lanna’s Upper Secondary programme (Years 10 & 11) is anchored by the curriculum of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This balanced international curriculum is administered by Cambridge International Examinations, a part of the University of Cambridge. Click here to download an IGCSE Factsheet.

The IGCSE curriculum is academically rigorous and is designed to encourage high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching and learning. LIST students sit examinations at the end of the IGCSE course, towards the end of Year 11. These examinations are marked by experienced external examiners appointed by CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). CIE is a division of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate which in turn is part of the University of Cambridge.

IGCSE is recognised internationally and it is evidence of ability to academics and employers throughout the world. The program also prepares students for the “A level” courses which are followed in years 12 and 13.

Our programme of core and elective courses in the Upper Secondary (Years 10 -13), taught by specialists, enables students to follow individual interests deeply; focusing on their individual areas of interest and/or aptitude.


During Years 10 & 11 our students study the following: 


1. IGCSE English Language and Literature (1st language) or IGCSE English (2nd language)
2. IGCSE Mathematics
3. IGCSE Coordinated Science (double award mixed science course)
4. IGCSE Geography, or IGCSE History
4. IGCSE Drama, or IGCSE Music, or IGCSE Art & Design
5. IGCSE ICT, or IGCSE PE, or IGCSE Global Perspectives
6. IGCSE French or IGCSE Chinese
7. IGCSE Thai or Non-examination Thai
8. Physical Education
9. Personal Social & Health Education
10. Activities (click here for the range of choices on offer)


Download the complete Y10 & 11 curriculum document in PDF format here:


All classes are taught by subject specialists and all language teachers are native speakers. Lanna offers small class sizes ensuring personal attention and assistance for our students – something that very few schools can match.

A and AS levels in Years 12 & 13

Cambridge International A (Advanced) level is the world’s most popular international examination for 17–18 year olds. As one of the most recognised qualifications around the world, it is accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide. Cambridge International A levels typically take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select subjects that are right for them.

Click here to download an A/AS level Factsheet published by Cambridge international Examinations.

There are five passing grades at A level (A–E).  Good A level grades can be a key to admission for all the world’s major English speaking universities. University course credit and advanced standing is often available in countries such as the USA and Canada, and good grades in carefully chosen A Level subjects can result in up to one full year of credit.

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level represents the first half of a full A level course and gives students the opportunity of studying a broader range of subjects without committing to doing a full A level. As with A levels, these enable students to apply successfully to universities throughout the world.

Since 2009 we have offered a much more complete and comprehensive range of ‘AS’ and ‘A’ level qualifications to our Year 12 and 13 students.

Our students are being given the opportunity to study the following subjects to ‘A’ level: English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics,  Travel and Tourism, Geography, Sociology, Business Studies, Performing Arts, French, German, Art and Design, Applied ICT, Physical Education, and General Paper.

Download the complete Y12 & 13 curriculum document in PDF format here: 


LIST students also have the opportunity to prepare for the British IELTS (English proficiency) qualification and even the American SAT tests – if they so wish; in fact LIST is a registered College Board SAT centre. Our students all have the option to attend SAT preparation classes, and get the opportunity to sit PSATs (official practice SAT exams with full detailed feedback) at our school.

Years 12 & 13 Courses

Core Subjects (all students study these):

1. General Paper AS level

2. Thai Language

3. PE or Service Learning

4. College and Careers Preparation


AS/A level Choices:

In addition to the core subjects detailed above all students select their optional courses to create a course of study that meets their interests and career aspirations. Our programme of study in the Years 12 and 13, taught by specialists, enables students to follow individual interests deeply. Each of the optional A level courses occupies nine 40 minute teaching periods each week.

Students following a full A level programme will study three A level subjects (plus AS level General Paper), although less academic students may opt to study only two A levels  (see above for a list of A levels on offer) along with other classes focused on further developing maths and English skills, with a focus on developing skills needed for IELTS and SAT assessments.

Students have to choose between two main routes through Y12 and Y13:

Route 1: Full 4 AS/A level programme (well suited to academically very able students):  3  A levels choices + AS level General Paper

Route 2: A programme of 3 AS/A levels plus maths and English classes (well suited to slightly less academically able students; especially those with weaknesses in English and maths skills): 2  A levels choices + AS level General Paper + additional maths and English classes ( to develop basic skills and prepare for IELTS and SAT.)


All classes are taught by qualified subject specialists (see biographies on our staff pageand all language teachers are native speakers. LIST also offers very small class sizes, especially during Years 11 to 13 (because we give students so many choices they are split into small teaching groups), ensuring personal attention and assistance for our students – something that very few schools can match.


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