During the COVID-19 pandemic for academic year 2020 – 2021 Harrow Beijing hosted in-person classes starting in September 2020. We had an extended Chinese New Year Holiday in February 2021 and were not in session; we extended our school year to 30 June 2021. Students only sat CAIE IGCSE, AS and A2 exams in May/June 2021; Pearson Edexel and AQA for I/GCSE, AS and A2 were all Center Assessed Grades.
At the beginning of the pandemic we were closed from 24 January through to 31 August 2020. Students were provided with online learning through to the end of the 2019 – 2020 academic school year with the exception of two weeks in May when the school did re-open for Years 9, 11 and 12 though many students were not in Beijing at that time and were unable to attend school in person.
For the current academic year 2021 – 2022, Harrow Beijing resumed classes on 1st September 2021 full-time with the exception of Leadership and Service Activities (LSA’s) which are scheduled to resume 8th November 2021.
We do wish to highlight that for many Year 13 students 2022 will be the first time for them to take external examinations in May/June of 2022 as the vast majority of our current Year 13 students have Center Assessed Grades for I/GCSE and AS.
After I/GCSE examinations, students move into the next phase of the school to prepare themselves for life at university. This is a two-year programme in Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and Advanced Level (A-Level) study.
When students enter Year 12 they normally study four subjects at AS Level. In Year 13, students then usually decide to continue with three subjects at A-Level, which is the standard British A-Level curriculum.
The current subjects offered at A-Level for Year 13 are: Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, English Literature, Fine Art, Further Mathematics, Mandarin, Geography, History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Physics and Psychology.
At Harrow Beijing we also offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); a rigorous 5000-word independent student-research essay which we encourage students to complete in Year 12.
Students can also take LAMDA qualifications in Acting, Musical Theatre, Speaking in Public, The Shakespeare Qualification, Verse and Proseor and PCertLAM.
Each student's application to the Sixth Form is treated individually. Students should achieve minimum grades A*- B at I/GCSE in the subjects they wish to study at A-Level. If they do NOT do so, then they WILL still be considered for entry providing they have the minimum of five grades A*-C at I/GCSE but they may have to reconsider their subject choices.
As a procedure, we are allowing 12 university applications per student with a UCAS application counting as five and the University of California counting as one. This procedure provides the opportunity for students to focus their applications on targeted universities and also lets universities know that an application from a Harrow Beijing student is a carefully considered decision. We do not simultaneously support an ED application to the United States and an application to the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge.
Harrow Beijing does not rank students or calculate GPA and only reports final marks earned on I/GCSE, AS Level examinations along with A-Level Grades/Predicted Scores on the transcript.
University Counsellors:Damien Tomkins