Aga Khan High School – National

Uganda Certificate of Secondary Education (UCE)

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
English Language

II. HUMANITIES
Literature in English
History
Geography

III. LANGUAGES
French
Lugha ya Kiswahili

IV. MATHEMATICS
Mathematics
Additional Mathematics

V. SCIENCE SUBJECTS
Physics
Chemistry
Biology

VI. CULTURAL SUBJECTS/OTHERS
Art
Music

VIII. BUSINESS STUDIES
Computer Studies
Entrepreneurship

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.

The Uganda Advanced Certificate in Secondary Education (UACE)

For UACE, students select a combination of three Principal subjects from the selection below:

  • History Economics Geography / SUB MATHS
  • History Economics Literature / SUB MATHS
  • Literature Economics Geography / SUB MATHS
  • History Economics Art / SUB MATHS
  • Literature Economics Art / SUB MATHS
  • Geography Economics Art / SUB MATHS
  • History Entrepreneurship Geography / IT
  • History Entrepreneurship Art / IT
  • History Entrepreneurships Literature / IT
  • Literature Entrepreneurship Geography / IT
  • Literature Entrepreneurship Art / IT
  • DIV ENT ART / IT
  • GEO ENT ART / IT

Science Combinations

  • Physics Economics Mathematics / IT
  • Physics Chemistry Mathematics / IT
  • Biology Chemistry Mathematics / IT
  • Mathematics Economics Geography / IT
  • Physics Entrepreneurship Mathematics / IT
  • Physics Art Mathematics / IT
  • Mathematics Economics Art / IT
  • Physics Chemistry Biology / SUB MATH
  • Biology Chemistry Geography / SUB MATH

General Paper is a compulsory subsidiary subject. As a supplement to their examined subjects, A-level students are offered relevant computer courses.