Upper Secondary students follow a four-year programme that combines Cambridge IGCSEs (two years) and A Levels (two years) alongside the Green Shoots Global Citizenship Certificate (four years).
Offered since 2015, the Green Shoots IGCSE programme is well established and has a track record of excellence. IGCSEs are:
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English teaches students how to:
Green Shoots may offer the English as a Foreign Language IGCSE option to students who are not native speakers and would struggle with the First Language course option. This programme focuses on four core elements of language development:
An essential subject for all children, Cambridge IGCSE Maths encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to build confidence by helping students develop competence and fluency with mathematical concepts, methods and skills, as well as a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships. It also places a strong emphasis on solving problems and presenting and interpreting results. Students also gain an understanding of how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.
Cambridge IGCSE Coordinated Science gives upper secondary students the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics within a coherent syllabus. It is a double award qualification, meaning graduates have studied each of the three sciences to a high enough level to allow further study in that area and have earned the equivalent of two IGCSEs by doing so.
During the course, they gain an understanding of the basic principles of each subject through theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. They learn how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.
As well as focusing on the individual sciences, the syllabus helps students to understand the technological world in which they live and to take an interest in science and scientific developments.
Meeting government ministers, organising a local river clean-up project and writing to the United Nations about climate change are just some of the activities children pursue through the Global Perspectives course.
This is a groundbreaking and stimulating programme that stretches across traditional subject boundaries and develops transferable skills. It is both cross-curricular and skills-based, and taps into the way children of today enjoy learning, including teamwork, presentations, projects, and working with others around the world. The emphasis is on developing the ability to think critically about a range of global issues where there is always more than one point of view and where those views might be held on an individual, national or global level.
This course is designed to teach children about sustainable development in a world where the security of resources and life-sustaining systems is endangered by human impact. It draws upon disciplines such as biology, earth science, geography and economics.
Students gain an understanding of the earth’s natural systems and how people use its resources. They then investigate the impact of human development on the environment and learn how the environment can be managed sustainably in the future, from a local as well as a global perspective.
To enable all students at Green Shoots to learn and gain a qualification in their mother tongue, we offer a range of self-taught language options. Students following this option are expected to work with a self-sourced tutor to guide them through the course, with exams administered by Green Shoots.
Cambridge offers a wide range of language options, and to date, Green Shoots students have successfully completed courses in Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, French, and German.
All Self Taught languages must be carefully considered through consultation with the Head of Secondary to ensure an appropriate tutor is found to support students through these challenging courses.
Green Shoots offers French and Vietnamese as First and Foreign Language options.
Through any of the above options, cultural awareness and empathy are developed in tandem with written and oral language skills. School-led cultural events such as Francophone Week and Tet (Lunar New Year) combine with excursions into the local community to support the development of these skills.
To help them explore collaborative learning and further develop their online skills, with others from around the world, IGCSE students will take at least one online elective course through the Cambridge Education affiliated and approved Pamoja platform.
As technology advances, workforces are becoming increasingly distributed and working with students across the world, IGCSE students at Green Shoots become adept at technology for video conferencing and collaboration. This consolidates the learning gained in Year 7-9 through the Green Shoots Digital Literacy programme.
Course content is broken down into weekly lessons, and each week objectives are introduced to help students stay on track. Final exams and coursework are assessed by Cambridge.
Pamoja currently offers the following IGCSE electives: Information and Computer Technology (ICT), Business Studies, Geography, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Others may be added to the list in the coming years.
Health & Physical Education is important for personal health as well as social development, and it is a compulsory subject for all Green Shoots secondary students. It is internally assessed, and the overall aim is to develop an appreciation of maintaining a healthy physical body and active lifestyle through a wide range of sports and activities.
The second half of the Green Shoots Upper Secondary academic programme will launch in 2022, offering A Levels and an opportunity for children in central Vietnam to continue their education without leaving their family. The programme will use a hybrid approach that combines the benefits of on-site and online learning to give students both face-to-face teaching and access to a wide range of subjects and an extensive community of peers around the world.
In addition to class-based teaching, students will study online through the Cambridge Education affiliated and approved Pamoja. They will select an elective A Level subject for study with a cohort of up to 35 other students from around the world. Available subject options through Pamoja are currently Psychology, Business, Accounting or Law, although this list will likely change with time.
The school will offer an A Level programme until its high school has grown enough to justify the development of an International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. We aim to be the first IB school in central Vietnam.
Green Shoots International School Campus
414/7 Cua Dai, Cam Chau District
Hoi An, Quang Nam Province