At Charterhouse Malaysia, we believe in providing a comprehensive and future-ready education that goes beyond traditional academics. Our Independent Learning Projects (ILP) form an integral part of our curriculum, designed to empower students with essential skills and experiences to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Overview of the ILP
The ILP is a four-year programme that offers students a transformative learning journey. Through a series of carefully designed units and pathways, students develop critical skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and metacognition. The ILP cultivates their intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, and ability to make a positive impact on the world.
Year 10: Building Foundations
In the first year of the ILP, students embark on a voyage of discovery. They learn the principles of design thinking, a powerful problem-solving approach used by scientists, inventors, and innovators. Students engage in real-world challenges, developing empathy, defining problems, generating ideas, prototyping solutions, and testing their creations. They also explore their spectrum of intelligence through a diverse range of perspectives.
Year 11: Broadening Perspectives
The second year of the ILP expands students’ academic and cultural horizons. They delve into philosophical viewpoints, synthesising their own perspectives on complex issues. Through academic research and debates, students go beyond the boundaries of the curriculum, developing analytical thinking, research skills, and the ability to formulate their own arguments. Year 11 serves as a bridge to higher-level thinking and prepares students for their next steps.
Year 12: Personalised Pathways
In Year 12, students choose one of two pathways to explore their interests and aspirations further.
They can opt for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a UK national qualification supplementing A-levels and highly regarded by prestigious universities. With EPQ, students develop project management skills and complete an individual project, demonstrating their abilities in critical thinking, creativity, and research.
Alternatively, students can select the Community Connection pathway, where they apply design thinking to address real-world issues they are passionate about. Through community engagement and problem-solving, students develop leadership skills, resilience, and a deep understanding of the social impact they can create.
Year 13: Making a Difference
In the final year of the ILP, students embark on a project that serves the community. They identify an issue aligned with their curriculum studies and personal interests, aiming to make a demonstrable impact on others. Students individually manage their projects, showcasing their leadership, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. The ILP culminates in students reflecting on their journey and the value they have added to the community.
Assessment and Future Skills
Throughout the ILP, students’ progress is assessed based on the World Economic Forum’s Future of Skills Report’s key competencies for the future. These include critical thinking, analysis, metacognition, creativity, leadership, and collaboration. The ILP prepares students for the challenges of higher education and the evolving demands of the professional world.
At Charterhouse Malaysia, we are committed to nurturing well-rounded individuals who are equipped to make a positive impact. Our ILP offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their passions, skills, and perspectives, fostering independence, resilience, and a lifelong love for learning.