Pre-IB Programme

The Pre-IB Programme is developed to support the local S3 or Form 4 leavers who later wish to pursue the pre-university International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

What is Pre-IB?
Pre-IB is a one-year comprehensive and rigorous programme that prepares candidates for the two-year IB Diploma Programme. During this year students receive a well balanced and challenging education which aims at enhancing their knowledge base and developing various skills: critical thinking, creativity, research and writing, organisation, time management, oral presentation, exam writing and independent learning skills.

Why study Pre-IB?
Yew Chung International School - Secondary has introduced the new Pre-IB Programme to support students who are considering an alternative route to “334” (New Senior Secondary (NSS) Academic Structure) for their secondary education. However, students completing S3 or Form 4 may not possess the necessary skills and knowledge base. Hence, Pre-IB is developed to provide a solid base of knowledge and skills, which emulate the rigorous IB Diploma Programme.


The Pre-IB Curriculum:
In Pre-IB, students will study six subject areas plus core elements that parallel the IB Diploma Programme.

Subject Areas

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Mathematics
  • Science (students choose two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Individuals and Societies (students choose two subjects from Economics, Geography or History)
  • Art

Core Elements

  • CAS (Creativity, Action, Service)

All students must participate in CAS activities outside of their normal lessons. A minimum of 15 hours in each of these components is required.

  • Critical Thinking / Research Project
  • This is an independent reflective project whose main objective is to prepare students for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge components of the IB Diploma Programme.

Entry Levels for Students from Local Schools

Age YCIS Class Programme Entry Level
11 – 12 Year 7 -- P5 Leavers
12 – 13 Year 8 -- P6 Leavers
13 – 14 Year 9 -- S1 Leavers
14 – 15 Year 10 IGCSE (first year) S2 Leavers
15 – 16 Year 11 IGCSE (second year) N/A
Pre-IB Programme
(one-year course)
S3 or Form 4 Leavers
16 – 19 Year 12 IB Diploma Programme (first year) Form 5 Leavers
Year 13 IB Diploma Programme (second year) N/A

YCIS – Secondary is under HKSAR Private Independent School Scheme.


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