Subject Choice Guidelines

The below information is vital to choosing the correct subjects for your studies

Start with The end in mind

This is the most important point to remember when choosing your subjects. Always begin by trying to decide what your GOAL is. Once you know what you would like to do after high school you can better understand the two steps below.

There are two steps to deciding what subjects to take:

1. The level required for further studies.

  • This depends on what type of tertiary studies you want to go into once you have completed high school. There are 2 major choices, either the more academic Bachelor Degree studies or the more practical Diploma and National Certificate studies.

2. The subjects required for further studies.

  • Once you know what level you require you can decide on what subjects to choose from those on offer. You need to choose certain compulsory subjects, but over and above those you should choose subjects that will best prepare you for your future field of study.

As you scroll down this page we will take you through those steps and help you answer those quesitons.

Step 1 – What route would you like to take after Matric?

University Bachelors Degree

If you wish to study a Bachelors Degree at University then you will need to study a minimum of 6 Subjects at the International GCSE level and continue at least 5 of those subjects up to the AS-Level in order to get a Matric Certificate WITH Exemption.

Diplomas and Certificates

If you wish to study a more practical course like a Diploma or National Certificate you will need to study more subjects at the International GCSE level but you will not have to take as many up to AS-Level as you may only require a Matric Certificate WITHOUT Exemption.

Step 2 – What Subjects do you need to take to follow that route?

Once you know what level of study you wish to pursue (i.e. Bachelors Degree or Diploma/Certificate studies) you are now able to decide which subjects to choose. Remember that you require the minimum number of subjects for your desired tertiary course of study. If you are not sure of how many subjects you will need in total, please go back to Step 1 of the subject choice guidelines process.

If you are satisfied that you have put a peg in the ground for Step 1 then you can move on by following the steps below and choosing subjects from the table.

Please note that although there are more subjects listed on the USAF document than in the table below, we unfortunately do not offer support for all of them. Furthermore the subjects shaded in blue are only available through Imperial International College at an International GCSE (Gr 10/11) level and as such must either be the subject that is carried or must be chosen as an extra subject.

Steps to Choosing Subjects

  1. Select English Language as your first subject. This can potentially be written at an IGCSE level, but we always recommend completing this subject up to AS-Level.
  2. Select another language subject (either First Language or Second Language) from either Group I or II.
  3. Select TWO subjects from two of Group III, IV, and V.
  4. Depending on your answer to Step 1:
  • either choose 3 more subjects from any Group for the recommended total of 6 International GCSE subjects (if your goal is a Bachelors Degree)


  • choose another 2 subjects for a total of 5 International GCSE subjects or choose another 4 subjects for a total of 7 International GCSE subjects (if your goal is a Diploma or Higher Certificate)


    • All Group V subjects at Cambridge International AS Level are only recognised if the candidate has passed IGCSE Mathematics with a minimum of a C symbol (60%).
    • Therefore students wanting to study Accounting, Business Studies or Computer Science will need to take Mathematics as a compulsory subject as well.
      • Mathematics needs to be written either at IGCSE level and passed with minimum of a C symbol (60%), or written at AS-Level and passed with minimum of a D symbol (50%).
      • For detailed requirements please go to


    • Should they be interested in any of these subjects, students studying with I.I.C. may choose only ONE of either:
      • French 2nd Language, OR
      • Computer Science
    • The reason for this is that I.I.C.’s tutor support for these subjects is only offered at IGCSE level.
      • Students can carry ONE IGCSE subject as a credit toward their AS-Level subjects/credits to meet the minimum requirements.
      • Choosing more than one of the three subjects above means that a student would then have two IGCSE credits but neither of those two is supported again at AS-Level by I.I.C.
      • This would result in one of these credits falling away, unless the student takes a 7th subject, which could result in a wasted effort on the student’s part.
      • To avoid a wasted credit, students are advised to therefore choose only ONE of the IGCSE subjects that we at I.I.C. do not offer at AS-Level.

    Once you know your course of study and you have chosen your subjects, you can apply to study through I.I.C.

    If you are unsure of any of the steps that you have gone through PLEASE contact us and we will gladly guide you through the subject choice process in more detail.