Viva College School Curriculum Statement

At Viva College School, we follow the Uganda National Examinations Board(UNEB) Ordinary (‘O’) and Advanced(‘A’) level syllabi and meet all the statutory requirements associated with UNEB and National Curriculum Development Centre(NCDC).

We believe that the UNEB curriculum offers students opportunities to learn from a wide range of subjects with the potential to develop their individual skills and to determine their preferences. To this end, therefore, we offer the compulsory UNEB subjects at O’ level and in S1 and 2 our students experience a range of subjects in Sciences, Humanities, Creative Arts, Languages. This informs their choices at O’ level in S3, along with their teachers’ advice and their parents’ input.

Our O’ level offer ensures that all Viva College School students complete the maximum 10 subjects allowed by UNEB at O’ level. Students study the compulsory subjects which are: Mathematics, English, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History and Geography. 




At A’ level all students study General Paper, which is compulsory and develops their Critical Thinking and Essay writing skills. Students at this level join one of the two bands; Sciences or Arts. Students must study either Subsidiary Maths if they opt for Economics, or ICT if they opt for Entrepreneurship. There is room for students to choose Maths if they are in the Arts band or Business subjects if they are in the Sciences band but a very small number opts that and so we have taken the decision to rationalise this into one group per subject where this makes better sense in terms of numbers on the timetable.  We do not run certain combinations for classes smaller than 10 students.

We have created mixed ability streams. All teachers offer an intervention/subject clinic for their students during extra-curricular time according to a schedule. School Deans ensure that all subjects run interventions and that all year groups are addressed. All students are expected to sign up for a minimum of three extra-curricular activities; one sports/game, one cultural and one academic.

We are developing a curriculum that emphasises independence, resourcefulness and a well-rounded set of experiences and opportunities, within the Ugandan context. Our pedagogical approach is child-centred and we expect to see active learning opportunities in all lessons. Behaviour for Learning and positive, restorative behaviour management approaches are in used throughout the school to support our curricular aims.


The new curriculum, which started with Senior One 2020, aims majorly at ensuring promotion of effective learning and acquisition of skills by developing a curriculum that builds meta-cognitive abilities and skills so that individuals are better placed to adapt to their evolving roles in society and the dynamic workplace. It is competence-based; the learner is at the centre of learning. It focuses on learning outcomes and aims at producing a holistic learner equipped with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required for the 21st century. The generic skills emphasised are: Critical thinking and problem solving, Co-operation and self-directed Learning, Creativity and innovation, Mathematical computations and ICT proficiency and Communication. The values promoted are derived from The Uganda National Ethics and Values Policy (2013).


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History & Political Education
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Kiswahili
  • Agriculture
  • Information Communication Technology
  • french 
  • Literature in English
  • Art and Design
  • Commerce (phasing out by 2022) as its content was merged within the Entrepreneurship syllabus

Performing Arts, Technology & Design, Food and Nutrition. (As entrepreneurship and creativity are core skills in our school we will dedicate the 2 hours weekly to running potentially skilling Performing arts, Technology and Design as well as Food & Nutrition)

S2, S3 and S4 – O’ level curriculum (2020 - 2022)

It is compulsory for all students to study Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and Geography. The options offered at S3 and  S4 are clustered as follows:



Literature in English/French/Swahili



Agriculture Fine/Art /Islamic Religious Education/Christian Religious Education

welcome to ICT


Information Communication technology//Commerce

S5 and S6 – Advanced Level (A’ level) curriculum:

  • PEM – Physics, Economics, Maths                  
  • GE/EntA -, Geography Economics, Art
  • PCM – physics, chemistry, maths                    
  • GE/EntA -, Geography, Entrepreneurship, Art
  • BCM – Biology, Chemistry, Maths                   
  • HEntG – History, Entrepreneurship, Geography         
  • PCB – Physics, Chemistry, Biology                   
  • HEG – History, Economics, Geography
  • MEG – Maths, Economics, Geography 
  • HE/EntD – History, Economics /Divinity
  • MEntG – Maths, Entrepreneurship, Geography
  • HE/EntL – history, Entrepreneurship, Literature
  • DE/EntG –Divinity, Economics, Geography      
  • HE/EntA – History, Entrepreneurship, Art
  • DE/EntG –Divinity, Entrepreneurship, Geography


Students join one of the two bands; Science or Arts. All A-level students must take either Subsidiary Maths or ICT as an option alongside the three principal subjects. There is a terminal examination in Subsidiary ICT or Subsidiary Maths in S6 and this subject attracts a point with a minimum of a credit 6. (A principal subject score ranges from A (a maximum of six points) to F (a fail equivalent to zero point).

If a student studies Maths at A’ level, he/she cannot opt for Subsidiary Maths and must therefore study Subsidiary ICT. If a student opts for Economics but not Maths, he/she must do Sub-maths and not Subsidiary ICT. This statutory requirement means that a number of our students are unable to opt for Economics and ICT.

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Literature in English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Divinity/CRE
  • Fine Art.