Key Stage 3

Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to develop knowledge, skills and personal growth, balancing a student’s intellectual and emotional development. At this stage in their educational journey, social interactions and personal development should be embraced as equally as important as academic growth. The curriculum is rich in subject options, so that all students have a solid grounding in languages, the arts, technology and the mainstream subjects.

The curriculum promotes interaction between subject areas, using linked themes and ideas to pull together knowledge and skills, creating deeper connections. Although this will inevitably prepare them well for their exam years and beyond, Key Stage 3 is a period of challenge and fun, providing lasting memories and experiences. When combined with our co-curricular programme and other enrichment opportunities, the sky's the limit!

Key Stage 4

We have built a balanced, wide-ranging KS4 curriculum with depth and an element of choice. While encouraging students to develop strong subject knowledge, we firmly believe in continuing to develop skills and abilities that allow them to go out into the world as confident, internationally articulate, life-long learners. We do this through a focus on critical thinking, emotional intelligence and enrichment, embedded into lessons and the co-curricular programme.


Students are encouraged to think imaginatively and to be adaptable. They try out different solutions and evaluate their strengths. They are encouraged to see existing situations in new and different ways.

Independent learning

Students learn to think for themselves. They develop a natural sense of curiosity and ask thoughtful questions. They acquire skills in research and enquiry. They learn how to manage their time and take responsibility for their own progress.

Critical thinking

Students acquire the ability to comprehend, analyse and synthesise information. They explore strengths and weaknesses of multiple answers and question assumptions. They argue points of information persuasively and learn to solve problems in different ways.

International understanding

Students develop knowledge of ideas, issues and themes in a ‘real world’ global context. They explore ethical, social and political contexts and the relationships between them. They identify ways in which notions of justice, tolerance and peace can be realised.


Students learn in collaborative, cooperative ways, both as leaders and as members of a team. They acquire effective communication skills and understand the importance of active listening. They learn to negotiate, compromise and show consideration for alternative points of view.


Students develop understanding of themselves and the way they learn. They learn to prioritise and to be resilient in the face of challenge. They aspire towards intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.


Students explore the implications of moral and ethical decisions. They acquire a principled, compassionate world view and are sensitive to the needs of others. They exhibit honesty, personal responsibility and a sense of commitment in all areas of school life.

IGCSE Examinations at KS4

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the overseas version of the examinations taken by all 16+ students in England & Wales. The IGCSE is recognised worldwide as a major educational qualification at this age range. Students at Aloha College Marbella take between 8 and 10 subjects at IGCSE.

The IGCSE examinations are seen by ACM as an extremely important milestone in students’ educational progress and it is the absolute aim that students gain the highest qualification they are capable of so that they may proceed without hindrance to the next step of their education or training.