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CONTENT KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM BOOKLET 2017-2019……………………………………….3 IGCSE FIRST LANGUAGE ENGLISH………………………………………………………….5 IGCSE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE……………………………………………….6 IGCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE………………………………………………………………...8 IGCSE PORTUGUESE FIRST LANGUAGE…………………………………………………...9 IGCSE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PORTUGUESE…………………………………….............11 IGCSE FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPANISH……………………………………………………12 BRAZILIAN SOCIAL STUDIES………………………………………………………………..14 IGCSE MATHEMATICS………………………………………………………………………..15 IGCSE ART AND DESIGN……………………………………………………………………..19 IGCSE DRAMA………………………………………………………………………………….21 IGCSE MUSIC …………………………………………………………………………………..22 IGCSE BUSINESS STUDIES………………………………………………………………….23 IGCSE GEOGRAPHY…………………………………………………………………………..24 IGCSE HISTORY………………………………………………………………………………..25 IGCSE INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ………………………………26 IGCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION………………………………………………………………28

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KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM BOOKLET 2017-2019 We are proud to present the Options Booklet for Year 9 with a full description of the courses which will be available in Key Stage 4 together with the Options Form. Year 9 students have already had a chance to discuss the option choices and have been given information from teachers regarding the content and structure of the courses of study. This booklet is aimed at offering additional information about subject course outlines, hopefully enabling you and your child to make an informed choice of the courses to study for the next two years. Year 9 is a very important year at BCB. It is the year in which decisions need to be made for the important IGCSE courses ahead. This booklet will help you decide which subjects to choose. The subjects that you choose will be dependent on many factors such as: ·∙ ·∙   ·∙   ·∙  

What subject would you like to study? What career are you thinking of? What subjects would be useful to you in your chosen career? What subjects are you good at? What subjects do you enjoy?

Do not choose a subject because you like the teacher (they can change!) or because your friends have chosen it. Above all, talk with the subject teachers, your tutor, Mr McGowan or Mr Rose. Remember that ALL STUDENTS must study the following subjects: First Language English Language / English as a Second Language (ESL) (IGCSE) English Literature (IGCSE) Mathematics (IGCSE) Coordinated Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) worth 2 IGCSEs Portuguese (for Brazilian Nationals) (IGCSE) Brazilian Social Studies (BSS) (Brazilian nationals only) - not examined You can choose three further subjects from the subjects listed in this booklet. Please remember that Portuguese is compulsory for Brazilian nationals and will be included as one of their option choices. Key Stage 4 covers students who study in Years 10 and 11. These two years are the years devoted to the IGCSE courses that students take. These are internationally recognised qualifications awarded by UK examination bodies. The students will normally take 8/9 subjects that are examined plus non-examined core subjects, namely, PE and Tutorial and SMSC. Some of the examinable subjects form part of the core compulsory curriculum and others are options, or electives that complete the students’ overall study programme.

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ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING Students are assessed regularly in a variety of different ways, depending on what is appropriate to the subject and the type of work being undertaken. For example, they will regularly sit end-oftopic tests, complete extended written assignments or be observed preparing creative work. The way in which students' work is marked varies from subject to subject. Details are provided by departments in this booklet and at the beginning of every year so that students understand the various procedures that apply. At the end of Year 10, all students sit exams in the subjects that they have been studying. The exams assess what they have learnt throughout the year, so it is important that students revise all the work they have covered. During term 2 in Year 11 all students sit "mock" IGCSE exams. Some subjects require students to prepare a portfolio or coursework over the duration of the course that is assessed and forms part of the final IGCSE grade. During each term a report is produced which contains an attainment grade and an effort grade for every subject studied. The grades are an aggregate of the students' performance over the year to that date and are calculated using the marks or grades gained throughout the preceding months. The grade scale is from 'A' to 'U', in accordance with the IGCSE grading criteria produced by the external examination boards and the criteria printed on the reports. HOMEWORK Homework is an important aspect of the curriculum and students are expected to complete their tasks by the specified date and to the best of their ability. The time frame for homework given here is only a guide. Many assignments given at Key Stage 4 (especially coursework which contributes to final exam marks) are long term and require students to develop good time-management skills. Experience has shown that students respond well to parental interest in their work and we encourage parents to monitor their child's homework habits and take an interest in what is being studied at school. TUTOR GROUPS Students are placed in a group which is overseen by a tutor. Students meet their tutors every day at morning registration. Tutors are the first point of contact for students experiencing difficulties. They also monitor use of the Student Planner which is used for recording homework and provides a means for staff and parents to communicate with one another. THE SCHOOL DAY Students attend lessons as either double or single periods. They attend registration in the morning with their tutor. They have two break times which they can use for eating, recreation or extra-curricular activities. The school day comprises 8 lessons, with one break time and lunchtime, and is followed by Enrichment Activities at the end of lessons. These are important choices and we aim to provide all our students with the opportunity to pursue their interests, to meet their academic potential, to follow a broad and balanced curriculum and to be thoroughly prepared for the next stage of their education. IGCSE Options Guide 2017 – 2019


IGCSE FIRST LANGUAGE ENGLISH Native speaker candidates (i.e. those holding a passport from a country where English is the recognised first language), and more able Second Language speakers who have passed the IGCSE English as a Second Language examination, will normally be entered for IGCSE First Language English. Students should check with their English teacher. AIMS The aims of the course are to:● Enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in speech and writing; ●   Enable students to understand and respond appropriately to what they hear, read and experience; ●   Encourage students to enjoy and appreciate variety of language; ●   Complement students’ other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences); ●   Promote students’ personal development and an understanding of themselves and others.

CONTENT ● ●   ●   ●   ●   ●   ●   ●   ●   ●  

Developing reading and writing skills Making summaries Responding to and analysing a variety of texts Writing for a variety of purposes (including coursework essays) Using and evaluating information Speaking and listening Making a presentation Drafting and redrafting Vocabulary development Literary appreciation (coursework).

In addition to approved texts, a variety of materials will be used to develop the required skills. ASSESSMENT Candidates will take: Core curriculum Grades available: C – G Paper 1 50%

1 hour 45 min

Reading Passage (Core) Component 4: Coursework Portfolio - 3 extended writing assignments and a composition task

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IGCSE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE All students will be entered for this examination except first language English speakers. AIMS The aims of the course are to: ● Develop the ability to use English effectively for the purpose of practical communication; ●   Form a secure base for the skills required for further study or employment using English as the medium; ●   Develop an awareness of the nature of language and language-learning skills, along with skills of a more general application to promote students’ personal development.

CONTENT The course will cover a wide variety of language skills and develop students’ ability to communicate effectively in all four language skills. Specifically, they will be prepared for examination in: ● ●   ●   ●   ●   ●   ●   ●  

Reading comprehension skills Information transfer Note-taking Writing a short summary Writing prose for a variety of purposes given a short stimulus Listening skills Speaking to a given topic (oral presentation) Engaging in a conversation.

In addition to approved texts, a variety of materials will be used to develop the required skills. ASSESSMENT Students may complete either the Core or Extension course over Years 10 and 11. Students must also complete an Oral examination, which takes approximately 5 minutes and accounts for 15% of the total marks available, and the following papers depending on whether they are taking the Core or Extended course. Candidates will take: Core curriculum Grades available: C – G 1 ½ hours Paper 1 Reading & writing. Weighting 70% Approx. 40 mins Paper 3 Listening. Weighting 30%

Extended curriculum Grades available: A* - E 2 hours Paper 2 Reading & writing. Weighting 70% Approx. 50 mins Paper 4 Listening. Weighting 30%

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More able students will be entered for this examination at the end of Year 10 and may then progress to take First Language English at the end of Year 11. All core and extended candidates take the speaking endorsement. Marks for the Speaking component do not contribute to the overall grade candidates receive for the written components. Instead, where candidates perform to an appropriate standard, certificates record separately the achievements of candidates, with grades 1 (high) to 5 (low) for speaking. Component 5: Approximately 10–15 minutes. Following a 2–3 minutes’ warm-up conversation, candidates engage in a 6–9 minute discussion with the examiner on a given topic

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IGCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE More able students who show an interest and flair for English Literature will be additionally entered for this IGCSE. AIMS The aims of this course are to encourage and develop candidates’ ability to: ● Enjoy the experience of reading a variety of literature in English; ●   Understand and respond to literary texts in different forms and from different periods and cultures; ●   Communicate an informed personal response appropriately and effectively; ●   Appreciate different ways in which writers achieve their effects; ●   Experience literature’s contribution to aesthetic, imaginative and intellectual growth; ●   Explore the contribution of literature to an understanding of areas of human concern.

CONTENT ● ●   ●   ●  

Studying a variety of texts in prose, poetry and drama Investigating writers’ techniques, use of language and how they achieve effect Writing notes and essays on given texts Producing a portfolio of two coursework essays representing 25% of the final grade

There is a range of possible texts that will be studied, but students will be examined on one example each from prose, poetry and drama. All candidates will take: Paper 1 50% Poetry and Prose And either... Paper 2 50% Drama OR Paper 3 and... 25% Drama 45 Mins OR Paper 3 and... 25% Drama 45 Mins

1 hours 30 minutes

1 hours 30 mins

Paper 4 25% Unseen 1 hour 15 mins Component 5 25% Coursework

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IGCSE PORTUGUESE FIRST LANGUAGE INTRODUCTION Portuguese IGCSE allow the students to develop their ability in using Portuguese effectively for practical communication. Moreover, they form a sound base for the skills for language and attitudes required for further use of Portuguese in study, work and leisure as well as encouraging positive attitudes to the learning of languages and cultures. AIMS The course will develop the Portuguese student’s ability to:Communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in writing; Develop creativity and think reasonably and systematically; Understand and respond appropriately to what you read; Enjoy and appreciate the variety of language; Improve in other areas of study by developing skills of a more general nature (e.g. analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences); ● Promote a better understanding of themselves and others; ●   Develop good human relationships and understanding of being a Portuguese speaker; ●   Retain good morals, vision and a wider understanding of the society they live in as well as the whole world. ●   ●   ●   ●   ●  

CONTENT ● Writing narratives ●   Critical thinking skills ●   Commentary Writing ●   Compare and Contrast Essay ●   Letter writing ●   Creative thinking and reasonable writing ●   Writing a script of a conversation, interview script or broadcast

● Understand and respond appropriately to Portuguese language and Brazilian culture ●   Read widely, use relevant vocabulary and employ correct Portuguese grammar ●   Ability to analyse, synthesis, make inference, order fact and present opinions ●   Demonstrate a good control of vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling ●   Reading a variety of genres and have contact with works of Brazilian authors

ASSESSMENT These Cambridge IGCSE First Language examinations comprise two papers. All candidates take Papers 1 and 2 and are eligible for the award of grades A* to G. Paper 1: Reading (2 hours) - Candidates answer two questions:

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Question 1 – 25 marks Candidates answer a series of comprehension questions based on Passage 1. Question 2 – 25 marks Candidates write a summary based on Passage 1 and Passage 2. Weighting: 50% of total marks

Paper 2: Writing (2 hours) - Candidates write two compositions of 350–500 words each. Weighting: 50% of total marks

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IGCSE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PORTUGUESE INTRODUCTION The IGCSE Portuguese language course builds on the students four basic language abilities developed at Key Stage 3, i.e. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The course focuses on the following areas of experience: everyday activities, personal and social life, the world around us and the international world. The lessons will encourage students to communicate in Portuguese about their own lives and experiences and provide students with a strong cultural element on life in Brazil. This will provide them with a better understanding of contemporary Brazilian society, its values and institutions, and will contribute for the socialisation of foreign citizens living in Brazil or in Portuguese speaking countries. There are three assessment objectives: Reading and Directed Writing (understand, evaluate and convey information), Continuous Writing (express and present facts to communicate effectively), Usage (demonstrate an ability to use grammatical structures and language conventions appropriately). Students use authentic documents taken from books, magazines and newspapers. This course will appeal to you if you: ● Have studied Portuguese at Key Stage 3; ●   Enjoy intercultural communication; ●   Enjoy reading in other languages; ●   Are fascinated with culture, history and society of nations that speak modern languages; ●   Embrace the idea that languages provide access to other cultures and new perspectives on the world; ASSESSMENT Candidates will take: Grades available: A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G

Duration

Weighting of papers

Paper 2 Reading Candidates read a number of texts and answer questions testing comprehension. 45 marks Externally assessed

1 hour

ca. 33%

Paper 3 Speaking Candidates complete two role plays, a topic presentation/conversation and a general conversation. 100 marks Internally assessed/externally moderated

Approxima tely 15 minutes

ca. 33%

Paper 4 Writing Candidates respond in the target language to three tasks. 50 marks Externally assessed

1 hour

ca. 33%

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IGCSE FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPANISH INTRODUCTION IGCSE Spanish is a Key Stage 4 course for students who are interested in learning Spanish as a foreign language. The lessons will be focused in developing activities that will facilitate students’ ability to interact and communicate in their daily lives, both within and outside the school community, as well as to help improve students’ basic knowledge of Spanish speaking countries, because it is surprising how the expressions and meanings can change from a country to another and this is what makes Spanish such an interesting language. AIMS The aims for this course are for students to:● Develop the ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication; ●   Form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure; ●   Offer insights into the culture and society of countries where the language is spoken; ●   Develop a fuller awareness of the nature of language and language learning; ●   Encourage positive attitudes and understanding toward language learning and towards speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisation; ●   Provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation; ●   develop transferable skills (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences) to complement other areas of the curriculum

SKILLS The IGCSE course encourages students to develop lifelong skills, which Include: ● The ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication. ●   Insight into the culture and civilization of countries where the language is spoken ●   A positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilizations. ●   Techniques such as analysis and memory skills, which can be applied to other areas of learning. ●   A sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.

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ASSESSMENT All candidates for Spanish will take three (Core) or four papers (Extended) Candidates will take: Paper 1 Duration: approximately 45 minutes Listening 25% 45 marks Candidates listen to a number of recordings and answer questions testing comprehension Externally assessed Paper 3 Duration: approximately 15 minutes Speaking* 25% 100 marks Candidates complete two role plays, a topic presentation/conversation and a general conversation Internally assessed/externally moderated

Paper 2 Duration: 1 hour Reading 25% 45 marks Candidates read a number of texts and answer questions testing comprehension Externally assessed Paper 4 Duration: 1 hour Writing 25% 50 marks Candidates respond in the target language to three tasks Externally assessed

* Individual Centres are responsible for conducting the tests and for the initial assessment, which is then subject to moderation by Cambridge. Please see the Paper 3 - Speaking section of this syllabus for additional information.

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BRAZILIAN SOCIAL STUDIES INTRODUCTION Brazilian Social Studies will prepare students to identify historical processes which led to the Brazilian society actual main features and that are relevant to the student as local and global citizen. Students are encouraged to analyse economy and sociology connecting past and present of the Brazilian people. AIMS Brazilian Studies is designed specially for Brazilian pupils and to stimulate a more deep relationship between students to the questions that concerns past and present in Brazil. Students will be invited to: · · · · · ·

Interpret historical sources in order to build up a temporal understanding of changes and continuities in Brazilian History. Identify the human agency in Brazilian territory as well as the geographical conditions that contribute to the people maintenance, economy or challenge it’s stability. Question reasons behind social inequality. Identify Brazilian contribution to the global economy and politics. Articulate historical, geographical and sociological information and knowledge. Assume a critic position facing relevant issues for Brazilian Studies as social identity, foreigner narratives about Brazil, and political and economical autonomy.

ASSESSMENT ·

Candidates will take: Curriculum: Grades available: A* – G Papers 1: Understanding

Knowledge

and

1 hour 45 minutes

50% of the total marks Paper 2: Skills Based

1 hour 30 minutes

50% of the final mark Paper 4: Coursework alternative

1 hour 30 minutes

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IGCSE MATHEMATICS INTRODUCTION The main reasons for studying Mathematics to IGCSE level and beyond is that it is interesting, challenging and fun! Even for those students who do not intend to study beyond IGCSE, the subject provides an important key to understanding the world in which we live. Mathematics enters our lives in a number of different ways: shopping, consulting timetables, estimating lengths or weights, and even cooking. Mathematics can also lead to a very wide range of potential careers for students who obtain this qualification which provides a solid foundation of mathematical skills. For example, artists need to learn about perspective, musicians need to recognise the mathematical relationships within and between different rhythms, economists need to recognise trends in financial dealings, and, in the natural sciences, Mathematics is central to our understanding of events that occur in the natural world. This prevalence of Mathematics in our lives and its importance in many other academic subjects provides a sufficient rationale for making the study of this subject compulsory for IGCSEs. Students will build the understanding and knowledge required for progress to the IB diploma but will also develop thinking skills that will help them become independent learners and equip them for life. AIMS The key aims of the curriculum are to enable students to gain lifelong skills, including:● The development of their mathematical knowledge; ●   Confidence by developing a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships; ●   An ability to consider and solve problems and present and interpret results; ●   Communication and reasoning using mathematical concepts; ●   A solid foundation for further study of Mathematics and of other disciplines. CONTENT The course content comprises the general topics of number, algebra, geometry and statistics. These topics are divided into sub-topics as set out below. The syllabus provides more details on each topic. Numbers & Number System Number Fractions, decimals & percentages Order of operations Directed numbers Squares & cubes Ordering & set notation Ratio, proportion & rate Estimation Standard form Applying number

Algebra Algebraic formulae Algebraic manipulation Equalities & inequalities Functions Graphs Graphs of functions Integer sequences Indices Proportion Linear programming Functions

Geometry Angle properties Geometrical terms Constructions Trigonometry Mensuration Symmetry Vectors Transformations Matrices

Statistics & Probability Statistical representation Statistical measures Probability

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ASSESSMENT Students may complete either the Core or Extension Mathematics course over Years 10 and 11. Candidates will take: Core curriculum Grades available: C – G 1 hour Paper 1 Short-answer questions. Weighting: 35% 2 hours Paper 3 Structured questions. Weighting: 65%

Extended curriculum Grades available: A* - E 1 ½ hours Paper 2 Short-answer questions. Weighting 35% 2 ½ hours Paper 4 Structured questions: Weighting: 65%

The weightings in the assessment of the main topic areas of Mathematics are shown in the table below:

Components

Number %

Algebra %

Space and shape %

Statistics and probability %

Core (Papers 1 and 3)

30–35

20–25

30–35

10–15

Extended (Papers 2 and 4)

15–20

35–40

30–35

10–15

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IGCSE COORDINATED SCIENCES INTRODUCTION A double award, IGCSE Coordinated Sciences gives candidates the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics within a cross-referenced, scientifically coherent syllabus. Candidates learn about the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. Candidates learn how Science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment. As well as focusing on the individual sciences, the syllabus enables candidates to better understand the technological world they live in, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. The syllabus is aimed at candidates across a very wide range of attainments, and will allow them to show success over the full range of grades from A*A* to GG. AIMS The aims are to:● Provide a worthwhile educational experience for all candidates, through well-designed studies of experimental and practical science, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level. In particular, candidates’ studies should enable them to acquire understanding and knowledge of the concepts, principles and applications of biology, chemistry and physics and, where appropriate, other related sciences so that they may:o   Become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance. o   Recognise the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific method and appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life. o   Be suitably prepared to embark upon the IB Diploma Programme. ●   Develop abilities and skills that: o   Are relevant to the study and practice of Science; o   Are useful in everyday life; o   Encourage safe practice; o   Encourage effective communication. ●   Stimulate: o   Curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science and its methods of enquiry. o   Interest in, and care for, the environment. ●   Promote an awareness that: o   The study and practice of science are co-operative and cumulative activities subject to social, economic and technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations. o   The applications of science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment. o   The concepts of science are of a developing and sometimes transient nature. o   Science transcends national boundaries and that the language of science is universal IGCSE Options Guide 2017 – 2019


CONTENT The following topics are covered within the Coordinated Science course. The syllabus provides more details on each topic. Students are taught via theory and experiments and other practical activities. ICT is also used in lessons. We use data logging, simulations and other computerbased activities. Biology B1 Characteristics of living organisms B2 Cells B3 Biological molecules B4 Enzymes B5 Plant nutrition B6 Animal nutrition B7 Transport B8 Gas exchange and respiration B9 Coordination and response B10 Reproduction B11 Inheritance B12 Organisms and their environment B13 Human influences on the ecosystem

Chemistry C1 The particulate nature of matter C2 Experimental techniques C3 Atoms, elements and compounds C4 Stoichiometry (Moles) C5 Electricity and chemistry C6 Energy changes in chemical reactions C7 Chemical reactions C8 Acids, bases and salts C9 The periodic table C10 Metals C11 Air and water C12 Sulfur C13 Carbonates C14 Organic chemistry

Physics P1 Motion P2 Work, energy and Power P3 Thermal physics P4 Properties of waves, including light and sound P5 Electricity and magnetism P6 Electric circuits P7 Electromagnetic effects P8 Atomic physics

ASSESSMENT Students are continually assessed by end-of-unit tests using past paper questions to ensure that students become familiar with the types of questions asked and the required standard needed at IGCSE level. Test marks will be used for reports. The end of Year 10 exam and the mock exam in Year 11 will determine if students are entered for the core or extended papers in the final exams. Core (Paper 1 & 3) offers grades CC – GG and Extended (Paper 2 & 4) offers grades A*A*– GG. All students must enter for three Papers. These are Papers 1 & 2 or Papers 3 & 4 and Paper 6. Candidates will take: Core curriculum Grades available: CC – GG Paper 1 30% of total marks Paper 3 50% of total marks All candidates take: Grades available: A*A* – GG Paper 6

45 minutes 2 hours

Extended curriculum Grades available: A*A* - GG Paper 2 30% of total marks Paper 4 50% of total marks

45 minutes 2 hour

1 hour 30 minutes

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IGCSE ART AND DESIGN INTRODUCTION Art education should be an intrinsic part of a student’s personal and creative development. It helps form one’s perception of the world around us and fosters an appreciation of aesthetics as well as affording the opportunity to present personal views and opinions visually. It helps to stimulate and develop visual awareness as well as encouraging intellectual growth and developing the skills needed to present ideas to their best advantage. AIMS Students at IGCSE will experience a broad framework of art and design practice, and obtain an approach that encourages exploration, within either traditional media or new media or a combination of both, providing all assessment objectives are met. Candidates are encouraged to produce a variety of creative responses through exploration with a range of materials, processes and techniques. With more expertise and confidence in their personal abilities, they can solve problems and arrive at personal realisations with confidence and flair. CONTENTS The broad areas of study are: • painting and related media • printmaking • three-dimensional studies • photography, digital and lens-based media • graphic communication • textile design. Candidates can respond to any component using any of the media above. Candidates are expected to: ● identify and research a particular aspect of art and design ●   carry out relevant exploration of materials, media and appropriate processes ●   document and evaluate ideas and concepts against aims and objectives as the work proceeds ●   develop these into a cohesive outcome. In Year 10 students will study two to three different topics. Topic titles vary and change depending on the abilities and strengths of the students. Topic titles and areas may change, one possible example follows: ●   Natural Forms. This initial project looks at nature working largely from life then developing ideas into a final piece. Artists studied include Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Goldsworthy and Graham Sutherland. This will set the method of working for ensuing projects.

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● Marvellous Machine. Moving from nature to the mechanical world, students look at the Futurists and develop their own ideas about movement, progression and what is new to them now. Working from both life and secondary sources they will use initial studies once again to show how they can match research with collected information to plan their own work. ●   Image and Identity. What makes a person what they are? Students are encouraged to use their imagination to explore self-image and ways in which they or others form their identity.

In Year 11 they will finish the final project. They then have the opportunity to choose (with teacher guidance) the best project, to enter for their IGCSE coursework. Only one of the three is entered to count towards their final grade. The exam is externally set and soon after Christmas, students begin work on it. They have 8 weeks to prepare and this preparatory work will gain a large part of the marks. ASSESSMENT An overall grade A* - G will be awarded. All candidates take two components. All candidates take Component 1 and choose either Component 2 or Component 3 or Component 4. Available options: Option A – Component 1 and Component 2 Option B – Component 1 and Component 3 Option C – Component 1 and Component 4

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IGCSE DRAMA INTRODUCTION You will have had experience of Drama during Key Stage 3 in drama lessons or, perhaps, in a drama activity. All that you will need to follow the course is, to want to explore the different ways of conveying stories and ideas through performance or design. AIMS If you choose to study IGCSE Drama, you will learn how to: Collaborate with others in a creative way; Learn different skills of performance or design; Learn to take on responsibility and leadership of certain projects; Learn how to present ideas to an audience; Learn about the traditions, genres and performance styles from around the world; Learn to channel their own experiences and cultural contexts into a shared and creative project; ● Learn to empathise with those who face challenges whether fictional or real. ●   ●   ●   ●   ●   ●  

ASSESSMENT Drama is a practical subject that involves teamwork. It covers a range of presentation skills from performing on stage to designing makeup and costumes or perhaps mixing the sound and directing scenes for the final drama. Students take part in a wide range of practical assessments and choose two to submit for final assessment. The written exam at the end of the course should not offer any surprises as it is based entirely on the practical work completed over the course. Candidates will take: Curriculum: Grades available: A* – G Paper 1: Written exam Weight 40% Paper 1: Coursework One Individual Piece Two Group Pieces Weight 60%

2 hours 30 minutes

5 minutes (max) 15 minutes each (max)

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IGCSE MUSIC INTRODUCTION IGCSE music is for students who already play a musical instrument to a satisfactory level. As part of this course students are required to participate in the extracurricular options at the school such as the choir or concert band. AIMS The course encourages students to acquire a range of musical skills through performing, listening and composing. The aims of the course are to: ● enable candidates to acquire and consolidate a range of basic musical skills, knowledge and understanding, through the activities of listening, performing and composing. ●   help candidates develop a perceptive and critical response to the main historical periods and styles of Western music. ●   help candidates to recognise and understand the music of selected non-Western traditions, and thus to form an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences. ●   provide a foundation for the development of an informed appreciation of music. ●   provide a foundation for further study in music at a higher level. CONTENT Component 1: Listening In this exam students will listen to and answer questions on unprepared Western Classical music and World Music as well as a prepared focus on set works chosen by the exam board. Component 2: Performing Students will perform one solo piece and one ensemble piece demonstrating their skills on their instrument. The total playing time for both performances combined is 10 minutes maximum. Component 3: Composing Students will compose 2 contrasting pieces using music technology. At least one of the compositions must be composed using traditional notation and a score must be produced. ASSESSMENT Candidates will take: Curriculum: Grades available: A* – E Component 1: Listening Exam 40% Component 2: Performing 30% (15% for each performance) Competent 3: Composing 30% of the final mark (15% for each composition)

1 hour 15 minutes

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IGCSE BUSINESS STUDIES INTRODUCTION Business Studies includes a range of subjects which gives students an outline of all aspects of running a successful business, including the environment in which it operates. Students study Accounts, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Operations Management and Economics as well as touching on other areas in an integrated approach. AIMS Students develop their knowledge and understanding of how the main types of business organisations are financed, organised and operated and how they relate to their workers, consumers and other stakeholders. They learn appropriate terminology, and how to apply it to real business situations. They learn how to analyse and evaluate various strategies. Students also develop the core skills of numeracy, literacy and ICT as well as wider skills such as problem solving and working in groups. It is useful for any student embarking on the world of work, and is especially relevant for anyone considering management positions in later life. CONTENT The IGCSE course has been specially written to reflect its International status. It does not concentrate on any one country or continent, but draws on examples from all over the world. ASSESSMENT Candidates will take: Curriculum: Grades available: A* – G Papers 1: Short Answer Questions 50% of the total marks Paper 2: Case Study 50% of the final mark

1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes

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IGCSE GEOGRAPHY INTRODUCTION In this course students study the characteristics and distribution of a selection of contrasting physical and human environments. AIMS The IGCSE Geography course is designed to encourage a sense of place and an understanding of relative location on a local, regional and global scale. Students will come to understand some of the processes which affect the development of these environments. They will gain an insight into the spatial effects of the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environments. Together with a wider understanding of different communities and cultures throughout the world, students will come to appreciate the contrasting opportunities and constraints presented by different environments. Geography is a popular subject in schools at all levels, and appears regularly among the four or five most popular choices at IGCSE. Graduates in the subject have a high success rate in finding employment, a fact which is attributed to the ‘relevance’ of the subject in an everchanging, environmentally conscious world and to the broad range of skills and knowledge it covers. These skills and awareness of different cultures are highly regarded by international employers. CONTENT The following three themes will be studied at IGCSE: 1. Population and Settlement 2. The Natural Environment 3. Economic Development and the use of resources. A variety of topics and case studies will be selected for study in Year 10 and 11. Students will complete fieldwork in Northern Thailand as part of their studies. Fieldwork is enjoyable to complete and makes for a refreshing change from the routines of school. ASSESSMENT Candidates will take: Curriculum: Grades available: A* – G Papers 1: Knowledge and Understanding 50% of the total marks Paper 2: Skills Based 50% of the final mark Paper 4: Coursework alternative

1 hour 45 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes

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IGCSE HISTORY INTRODUCTION IGCSE History is a subject that will help students to understand the world in which they live. Through understanding the past, students will have greater understanding of the present. AIMS The course will:● ●   ●   ●   ●   ●  

Stimulate interest in and enthusiasm about the past; Promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of human activity in the past; Ensure knowledge is rooted in an understanding of the nature and use of historical evidence; Provide a great basis for further study and the pursuit of personal interest; Encourage the development of linguistic and communication skills; Encourage international understanding.

The course seeks to develop skills in essay writing, source analysis and broaden understanding of the world in which we live, will also focus on the importance of debate, discussion and teamwork in understanding why people in the past acted as they did and made the worldaltering decisions they made. What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course? Most pupils will have studied History in Years 8 and 9, but no prior knowledge of the subject is required. What is important is that you have an interest in History. How will I be assessed? The course is assessed both through two written papers, and one piece of coursework. What kind of pupil is this course suitable for? This course will appeal to you if you are interested in people and the world are interested in a career in law, journalism or the media wish to improve your debating and discussion skills wish to develop your language skills. ASSESSMENT Candidates will take: Curriculum: Grades available: A* – G Paper 1 Weight: 40 % Paper 2 Weight: 33% Either Paper 3 (Coursework) or Paper 4 (Alternative to Coursework) Weight: 27%

2 hours 2 hours

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IGCSE INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCTION The Information Technology syllabus offers a course containing a combination of theoretical and practical studies focussing on the ability to use common software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, electronic mail, web browsers and website design. AIMS Students will develop their awareness of how applications are used in the workplace, and will consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues. They will find that their developing Information Technology skills are useful to them in their work across the curriculum, and prepare them for future employment. WHAT KIND OF PUPIL IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR? This course will be great for any student that is willing to work hard, learn new skills and have a go. It will especially appeal to students who like working with a variety of software and prefer to be tested by a practical exam rather than having to have the stress of coursework. ASSESSMENT Candidates will take: Core curriculum: Grades available: A* – G Paper 1 (Theory) Weight: 40 % Paper 2 (Practical 1) Weight: 30% Paper 3 (Practical 2) Weight: 30%

2 hours 2 ½ hours 2 ½ hours

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IGCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION INTRODUCTION Universities and employers accept Cambridge IGCSE Physical Education as proof that candidates have knowledge, skills and an understanding of a range of relevant physical activities. Candidates’ knowledge, skills and understanding come from studying both practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. AIMS Candidates should, through the knowledge they gain, develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. Candidates should be encouraged to improve: ● Their ability to plan, perform, analyse and improve, and evaluate physical activities; ●   Their knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities

Successful IGCSE Physical Education students gain lifelong skills, including: ● ●   ●   ●   ●   ●  

An ability to plan, performs, analyse and improve, and evaluate physical activities. Knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities. An understanding of effective and safe performance. An understanding of the role of sport and physical activity in society and in the wider world. An excellent foundation for advanced study. An enjoyment of physical activity.

ASSESSMENT The syllabus provides candidates with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. It is also designed to foster enjoyment in physical activity. The knowledge gained should enable candidates to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. The Coursework component requires candidates to offer a minimum of four practical activities from two of the seven categories. The practical activities are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Games Gymnastic Activities Dance Athletic Activities Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Swimming Combat

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Candidates will take: Curriculum: Grades available: A* – G Component 1: 1 hour 45 minutes Paper 1 Section A Candidates answer short answer questions on the three units they have studied: ● Factors affecting performance ●   Health and safety training, ●   Reasons and opportunities for participation in physical activity. Section B Candidates answer three structured questions, one from each of the three units they have studied. 40% of total marks

Component 2 Centre-based assessment Coursewor k Candidates choose to undertake four practical activities from at least two of the seven categories listed (50% of total marks). Candidates must show the ability to analyse and improve practical performance in one of their four chosen practical activities (10% of total marks).

60% of total marks

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IGCSE Options Guide 2017 – 2019

BCB IGCSE 2017 2019 (f)  
BCB IGCSE 2017 2019 (f)