The Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) forms the foundation of CXC’s secondary education. The core (mandatory) subjects of the CCSLC curriculum are English, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Modern Languages (Spanish and Dutch at the GvP School) and Social Studies. This curriculum provides the student with the competencies that will serve as a foundation for more advanced secondary education, the world of work and life as a citizen of the region.

The CCSLC caters to both the theoretically strong and the vocationally strong students to be. Since school year 2021-2022, the GvP School assigns mixed groups of CCSLC students to shared classrooms (heterogeneous classes). When students of varying achievement work together and help each other reach educational goals positive interdependence develops.

In general students take 3 years to complete the CCSLC certification. The program has a modular approach. This means that students who work at a higher pace can finish the required modules for their subjects more rapidly and can even finish the whole CCSLC program in less than 3 years. The student must complete the various school-based assessments (SBA’s). The SBA is a set of assessment tasks, assignments, and/or projects to be carried out by the student and assessed by the teacher. The SBA score contributes to the candidate’s overall examination grade.

After doing the CCSLC exit exams, and depending on the students’ interest and grades, they will proceed to either the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) program, or the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) program. However, there’s no clear separation or bulkhead between these two streams. CVQ students are allowed (and encouraged) to choose CSEC subjects and CSEC students are allowed (and encouraged) to choose CVQ subjects.