High School Curriculum

High School Curriculum

Explore our High School Curriculum (Part of Upper School)

The academic qualifications we offer are rigorous and include a variety of subject choices to cater for all interests.

In Grades 9 and 10 this provides students with the foundations they need to enter any one of the the courses offered in Grades 11 and 12.

Our Senior students benefit from following options, which are recognised at universities across the globe.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme - IBDP
  • IB Careers-related Programme - IBCP
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
  • AP Capstone Diploma
  • US High School Diploma courses
  • LAMDA Level 3 Qualification

We have high expectations of all our students, while offering support to ensure that students are able to achieve their full potential.


ACS Hillingdon High School Curriculum Options

A choice of programmes, tailored to each student

In grades 9 and 10, students take eight separate courses, working toward the upper grades where students will study the International Bacalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma, High School (HS) courses or a combination of these.

These courses include Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, World Languages, English, Visual and Performing Arts, and Humanities.

Before entering grade 11, students choose the academic path they want to follow for the next two years; the IB Diploma Programme, Advanced Placement courses, High School courses or a mixture of these. All students have the opportunity to earn an ACS Hillingdon High School Diploma regardless of the academic pathway chosen.

The Global Citizen Diploma (GCD) sits across each of these academic paths, contributing to the student portfolios in the AP Capstone Diploma and the IBCP Diploma. 


Global Citizen Diploma

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is essential to identify opportunities for student engagement and action beyond the traditional curriculum. Inspiring individual pathways for global awareness and encouraging students to think beyond their immediate context gives authenticity to their learning.

The Global Citizen Diploma is an additional high school credential, which is earned alongside and complements the IBDP, IBCP, AP Capstone or the ACS High School diplomas. Through the GCD, students identify and validate the range of learning they have done, creating a platform for publication of these achievements with an audience beyond their immediate context. The various elements of the GCD  encourage students to move outside of their comfort zones and foster a sense of self-awareness and self-directedness in relation to their experiences locally and globally. Ultimately, the learning journeys that students capture through the GCD demonstrate authentic engagement and action, and celebrate personal growth and change. By identifying their passions, each student who earns the GCD becomes more inclined to act in an ethical and responsible way as a global citizen.

ACS Hillingdon will introduce the Diploma from August 2020 in grades 9 and 10.

High school student plays the flute

Private Music Tuition

In grades 9 and 10 there is an opportunity to take private music lessons on campus. The programme is available to students for violin, viola, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, bass guitar, guitar, drums, voice and piano. The private music lessons are 30 minutes long and take place during regular classes on a rotating basis.

Two students work together in the library

Outreach and Service Opportunities

At ACS, our core values state we will “engage in community” and “drive positive change”. In keeping with these values, we run faculty-led service projects to enhance a student’s community awareness and sense of responsibility towards others.

During the year, students take trips, learn about a global issue linked to our curriculum, and create a community service action plan.

All students in the high school are encouraged to participate in an activity that inspires them to give back to the community. Students document their participation and reflections and participate in programmes that are both local to the Greater London area and international in nature.

Students work together in break out area
Since the IB tests not only knowledge, but also the application of knowledge, I feel that I am capable of thinking more broadly and profoundly. In my opinion, the IB teaches what is needed for one to gain and understand more knowledge of their own within and between subjects.
ACS Hillingdon High School Student