In both Secondary 3 and Secondary 4, Markham pupils study for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

IGCSE is the international equivalent of the examinations taken by UK students at the age of 16. Over 500,000 entries are made each year by students from over 140 countries in over 3,700 different schools.  IGCSE examination results are the best way of comparing academic standards across different schools as the criteria for the examinations are the same world-wide. All Markham students are entered for at least 10 IGCSE subjects at the end of Secondary 4. 


The Upper School at Markham offers a wide selection of IGCSE courses which include the following:

Languages: First Language Spanish; Spanish as a Foreign Language; First or Second Language English; Spanish Literature, English Literature and French

Mathematics: International Mathematics and Additional Mathematics

Sciences: Double Science; Co-ordinated Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Humanities: World History and Geography

The Performing Arts: Art& Design; Music and Drama

Technological Studies: Design Technology (Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Systems and Controls and Textiles), Computer Studies and Information Technology; ICT

Others include: Business Studies, Food & Nutrition, and Physical Education


After Secondary 4, pupils continue their studies in the Sixth Form by following either the National Programme or the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB).