SCIE is located in Shenzhen, China, very close to the border with Hong Kong. Shenzhen was one of the first special economic zones in China and the student body is drawn from the business and professional sector who work there. In addition there are a number of students from Hong Kong and from other provinces in China, as well as a small number of international students.
At IGCSE level, students study five core subjects: Mathematics, English, Chinese, Physics and Chemistry and three optional subjects chosen from Art, Biology, Business Studies, Geography, History, ICT, Japanese and Spanish. Students at A Level must study English and have a choice of up to five AS and A Level courses from the following: Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. Physical Education is compulsory for all students.
The Overseas Studies department is responsible for advising students on university choices. During the AS year, each student is allocated a UCAS tutor and has timetabled tutorial periods during which they are taken through the process of choosing UK universities and application through UCAS. In addition, each student is allocated to one of three US applications counselors with whom they will also meet regularly to discuss US college applications. The office also has a Careers Counselor to assist students in academic choices related to career choice both during and after leaving.
The Student Union, elected by the student body, is large and active and takes responsibility for organizing a large number of events throughout the academic year. These include cultural and sporting events, talent competitions and social events.
Each student is expected to attend at least one extra-curricular activity per semester. Extra-curricular activities include Dance, Music, Film-making, Photography, Drama, Model United Nations, Cookery and Sports including Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Squash and Volleyball.
SCIE is modeled on a Sixth-Form college, and students are treated as adults, allowed to make their own choices, with guidance, with an emphasis shared respect.