The Key Stage Three

Cambridge Lower Secondary programme covers three years of learning; Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9, when students are aged between 11 and 14.

The obligatory subjects are English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, ICT.

Optional subjects ( students choose 2 of the following ) are German, French, Art.

At PRIMA International School of Belgrade, secondary students work towards the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This is a curriculum and assessment system suitable for schools and colleges around the world. The IGCSE program from Cambridge brings out the best in students and develops successful learners through a skills-based approach to teaching and assessing. More than 4000 schools throughout the world are registered to teach Cambridge’s IGCSE and it is one of the most widely taken international qualifications in the world. The curriculum encourages students not only to acquire knowledge, but also to:

  • use an exploratory approach to problem-solving
  • have confidence in their ability to solve problems
  • apply skills, knowledge and understanding
  • undertake individual projects and work as part of a team
  • develop oral and practical skills.

IGCSEs are internationally recognized by schools, universities and employers as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and International GCE O-Level examinations. They provide a solid foundation for higher level courses such as AS and A Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (all of which are offered by PRIMA International School). Examinations are held in June and November each year, with results published in August and February.

IGCSE caters for different levels and areas of ability with a choice between core and extended papers in many subjects. It is a flexible course of study that gives candidates the freedom to choose subjects that are right for them (apart from obligatory examination in Mathematics, Science and English). The examinations are designed to be taught as a two-year course for students aged 14-17 years.

We encourage all students to take a wide range of subjects at IGCSE level. In order to follow a balanced curriculum, students at PRIMA are urged to take courses from each of the IGCSE subjects groups. This will help students to plan for the next stage of their secondary education as their choice of courses leading to AS and A Level examinations.

In their last two years at PRIMA International School students prepare for AS Level and A Level examinations, or for the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), in those subjects which, together with their teachers and the Academic Director, they have chosen as their special areas of study. These are the subjects that will form the basis of their university course.

To help students deciding on their academic and professional future, PRIMA International School has a full-time Careers Councillor who, together with the relevant teachers and the Academic Director, will advise students on the courses that are best suited to their individual needs.

GCE A Levels are one of the most widely recognized qualifications around the world, and are universally accepted as a proof of academic ability for entry to universities. A Levels are also important to employers, who often demand A Levels as a condition of job entry.

Where are Cambridge AS and A Levels accepted and recognized?

Good AS and A Level grades are a key to admission for all the world’s major English speaking universities. They are also accepted as proof of academic ability for university entrance in all European universities. Good grades at AS and A Level can result in up to one full year of credit at universities in the USA and Canada.

  • Yale University awards credit for grades A and B
  • Harvard University accepts three A-level subjects at grades A and B
  • Boston University grants advance credit for grades A, B and C
  • New York University grants advance credit for grades A, B and C

PRIMA International School of Belgrade helps students to prepare for the Cambridge ESOL examinations.

The Cambridge ESOL examination follows a staged syllabus leading to the following examinations:

  • KET (Key English Test) an elementary level exam testing students’ ability to deal with basic written and spoken communications.
  • PET (Preliminary English Test) an Intermediate level exam that tests students’ ability to deal with everyday written and spoken communications.
  • FCE (First Certificate in English) an upper-intermediate exam course that trains students to deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communications. Many universities in the English-speaking world accept FCE as a proof of ability to follow a course of study delivered in English. Once awarded, Cambridge FCE Certificate is valid for life.
  • CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) an advanced exam course that trains students to communicate with confidence and considerable sophistication in English for study or professional purposes. Once awarded, Cambridge CAE Certificate is valid for life.
  • CPE is Cambridge ESOL’s most advanced exam. It is aimed at people who use English for professional or study purposes.

PRIMA Secondary School will quickly become a second home to your children. It is the natural place where young adults explore and strengthen their personalities and embrace individuality.

We work together to ensure every student can see their own future clearly and achieve personal success.

By encouraging them to do the things they most care about, we inspire them to hone the skills that will best equip them to meet their ambitions in full.

Secondary School Clubs

This year the students have a greater variety of choices when it comes to extra curricular activities such as the school clubs.

BOARD GAME CLUB. Play fun games and socialise with your schoolmates! A variety of board games, which develop your vocabulary, sharpen your mind and evoke lots of laughs await you in this club. School is not only about classrooms and lessons. Come join us and unwind from the busy day in the company of friends!

GREEK CLUB. Join us in celebrating a culture which goes back to the very beginning of European civilisation. Explore the Greek language, food, customs and traditions, media, sport and everything else in between! Greece is not just a beautiful seaside, so plenty of fun stuff abound.

MAGAZINE CLUBStudents engage in writing for a magazine. Planning an article, developing its themes and producing the text in cooperation with the editors and other writers is only one of the many attractions of this club. Creativity is the order of the day! If you are keen on writing and would love to work in a dynamic and creative environment then this club is for you! Excelsior!

The Debate Club remains strong this year as well. Young minds learn to sharpen their arguments here: tone, volume, diction, language, clarity, fluency, humour... Public speaking builds character and confidence but verbal sparring brings the level of fun to a whole new level. The students continue to debate about issues such as internet, education, media and such.

IT ’KLIKER’ CODING CLUB AppInventor platform is the best and most popular tool for creating mobile applications without typing an actual code. Students need to have Android device with them, since AppInventor, for now, only can be connected with Android OS devices in order to get the finished app to their phone. During the class, they can check if their app is made correctly by occasionally connecting their phones/tablets with AppInventor platform.

ThE MUSIC CLUB develops students’ creative potential, collaborative and a sense of unity within a band or a vocal group. Members will learn communication through music and the sharing of ideas with fellow musicians. Club teachers will give you tips to develop vocal skills (warm-ups, breathing exercises, singing in harmony etc.) You will learn to „groove it“!

DRAMA CLUB In our acting and drama classes, students will use their imagination to explore character, building them from the inside out. By taking part in theatre games, they will learn not only a variety of performance skills but the basic rules of storytelling, literary criticism, critical thinking, listening , communication and character analysis. Acting is doing!

CHESS CLUBB This club provides students with an opportunity to learn the spirit, discipline and philosophy of this ageless game. Find out why this game has been captivating minds and imaginations of generations of humans going back hundreds of years. Working out is not only a physical activity anymore - as a wise mathematician said once, “Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.”

Ms. Jelena Jaredic,
Head of Secondary Department

PRIMA Secondary School will quickly become a second home to your children. It is the natural place where young adults explore and strengthen their personalities and embrace individuality.