Students join the high school in Senior 1, where they follow the Uganda Secondary Education curriculum till Senior 4 when they sit the UNEB O levels in October/November every year.
The subjects for the Ordinary level are grouped as follows:
I. ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Literature in English
Lugha ya Kiswahili
V. SCIENCE SUBJECTS
VI. CULTURAL SUBJECTS/OTHERS
VIII. BUSINESS STUDIES
Students are expected to take a minimum of 8 subjects and a maximum of 10.
The Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Advanced Certificate (UACE) are based on the original British ‘O’ and ‘A’-level models. The Ugandan National Examinations Board sets the syllabus and examinations.
As with British qualifications, the local programme allows students entry to international universities. The Ugandan programme is highly regarded in the region and attracts students from neighbouring countries.
It aims to develop scientific, technical and cultural knowledge and understanding for individual and national advancement; equip learners with the ability to contribute to a self-sustaining and independent national economy; produce well-balanced individuals who relate positively to society.
The syllabus is fairly traditional though high standards are set with rigorous study of eight or nine subjects at ‘O’ level and three or four subjects at ‘A’ level. Most schools depend heavily on a teacher-centred approach, with written examinations and less emphasis on skills-building and assessment.
For UACE, students select a combination of three Principal subjects from the selection below:
General Paper is a compulsory subsidiary subject. As a supplement to their examined subjects, A-level students are offered relevant computer courses.