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GES Vision & Mission GES Definition of Internationalism Key Dates to Remember IGCSE FAQ BTEC FAQ Compulsory Subjects Mathematics English IGCSE Options Arabic as a First Language Arabic as a Second Language Art and Design Business Studies Biology Chemistry Design and Technology Economics French Geography History ICT Media Studies Travel & Tourism Physics Statistics Spanish Textiles BTEC Options BTEC Business BTEC Creative Media BTEC IT BTEC Travel and Tourism BTEC Sport


GES VISION

″Our school seeks to provide a learning environment which is caring, motivating and supportive allowing all cultures within the GES community to achieve their personal best and to become responsible global citizens.″

GES MISSION • Promote academic, social, physical and personal development in our students. • Develop our students’ learning skills which will be of lifelong value. • Encourage positive risk taking in our students. • Develop creative skills and critical awareness in our students. • Encourage our students to become aware of and act upon their responsibilities, not only to themselves and their peers, but also to society in general. • Foster within our students a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-awareness and encourage respect and compassion for others. • Actively promote the preservation and protection of the natural world amongst all students.

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GES DEFINITION OF INTERNATIONALISM Internationalism at the GES encompasses global citizenship, conflict resolution, social justice, values & perception, sustainable development, human rights, interdependence and diversity. GES believes in reflecting and celebrating the diverse backgrounds of its community (students, staff and local community) within a safe and secure environment. All members should be enriched and affirmed by this experience and be appropriate role models for others. A member of the GES community: • Is knowledgeable of and curious about the wider world and seeks to broaden and deepen understanding. • Reflects upon his/her role and responsibility as a global citizen. • Is willing and able to communicate about culture, language and beliefs. • Is prepared to take action and to be an effective contributor. • Respects and celebrates diversity, language, culture and beliefs. • Appreciates multiple perspectives including environmental and economic systems and current global issues. This is shown by: • Partnership links with other organizations. • Twinned school, pen pals. • A service learning programme that shows respect for and commitment to our host country and the wider global community. • International awareness throughout the curriculum, allowing for students to share and value each other’s international experiences and mother tongue languages. • International extension opportunities which include visits and exhibitions, learning opportunities & competitions, personal development & challenge, higher education offers from a range of international universities. • Community events which reflect and celebrate a variety of cultures i.e. culture fair, international week, celebration of national days of school nationalities, WWW, Duke of Edingburgh.

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Dear Year 9 Parents and Students, In September 2018, you will begin your courses leading to IGCSE examinations (or GCSE equivalent courses). This booklet is aimed to help you gain a better understanding of all the different subject choices available to you in Years 10 and 11, as well as helping you make your own choices. It is very important that you are well prepared for the future, by having a very broad and balanced curriculum. This means that some subject choices will already be made for you (the Compulsory Subjects, like Mathematics, English and a Language), but there will also be a variety of other subjects that are optional for you to choose from. You really need to think carefully before choosing your option subjects, so that you choose the correct pathways and have a good combination of subjects. You will have all been given careers advice through your Form periods and by your subject teachers. Do not forget to make use of the school councilors too. You will have time to plan your choice of subjects with the help of your Form Tutor, Learning Coordinator, subject teachers and also your parents/carers. Although every effort will be made to give you the course(s) you have chosen, some alterations may be necessary, especially if the course(s) you have chosen are heavily over-subscribed or under-subscribed. FINAL CHOICES Please note that the choices you make in March will be the courses you take in September. In exceptional circumstances only we may change your choices when you return in September but there will be an absolute deadline of the end of September for any changes.

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KEY DATES TO REMEMBER: Initial Choices: February 2018 You need to return your initial choices form to your form tutor as soon as you return from the half term break. These choices will help us to timetable the taster lessons where you will have the opportunity to experience year 10 lessons. Taster Lessons: Week commencing: February 2018 You will go to a series of lessons based on your initial choices and experience either IGCSE or BTEC lessons. These taster lessons will help you to have a better understanding what the subject will be like at KS4 and to decide if you have picked the correct subjects. Final Options Choices: March 2018 You will need to return a Final Choice form that will have been given to you by your tutor. This form will then reflect the subjects that you will take in September. OPTION ROUTES Students will take one of two different option routes in year 10. Based on attainment and attendance, students will be given either a “Route 1” options form or a “Route 2” form. Both routes follow the compulsory subjects (Mathematics, English and a Language) at IGCSE level with final examinations at the end of Year 11. Additionally, at least one science course should be followed. Route 1 courses are the traditional IGCSE choices where students will select 5 optional IGCSE courses alongside the compulsory courses. The IGCSE courses may have a small coursework element but are assessed by a final examination at the end of Year 11. Route 2 is a combination of BTEC courses alongside the compulsory IGCSE choices. Students will select 3 BTEC subjects which are each equivalent to 2 IGCSEs.

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OptionSubjects

Compulsory Subjects

Should include at least one Science

IGCSE English

IGCSE Maths

IGCSE A

subject

IGCSE B

IGCSE C

IGCSE D

IGCSE E

IGCSE Stream OR BTEC Stream

IGCSE Spanish or Arabic

BTEC A

BTEC B

BTEC C

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IGCSE FAQ What is IGCSE? IGCSE courses are the most popular qualifications currently offered at English Curriculum schools. They are an academically rigorous, internationally used, specialized, English language curriculum which is offered to students to prepare them for the International Baccalaureate and A Level. They are equivalent to the GCSE course but are designed specifically for International schools. We currently offer a combination of IGCSE and GCSE courses as not all subjects are available at IGCSE. All qualifications are worth one IGCSE and are graded from A* to G. We currently follow the Cambridge Exam Board (CIE), Edexcel Exam Board, AQA Exam Board and Welsh Exam Board (WJEC) courses.

Why study IGCSE courses?

What Courses?

The IGCSE is predominantly exam

All students must study IGCSE English and

based with students sitting a final

Mathematics, along with Arabic (for Arabic

examination at the end of Year 11.

speakers). These subjects are offered at

Some courses do have a coursework

two different tiers, depending on results at

element to them. The courses allow

Key Stage 3. Students must then select an

students to accumulate knowledge over a two year period. Students

additional 5 subjects from a choice of 18 (one of which should be a Science)

are given target grades and are

and we encourage students to select a

regularly assessed throughout the

broad range of courses that they are

two years to ensure they are making

interested in or that will benefit their

satisfactory progress.

future education and career choices.

Important Note Students should take at least one science and one humanities subject to be eligible to study the IB programme in year 12 and have a broader access to courses.

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What can IGCSE qualifications lead to? The IGCSE qualifications are subject specific and teach a key set of skills. These qualifications can often be prerequisites to further study at a higher level. Achieving a grade C at IGCSE is the standard benchmark for entry to a higher level qualification. These include AS levels and the IB programme, along with being a prerequisite for many universities.

How is IGCSE monitored? At the start of Year 10 all students are given a target grade for their IGCSE courses (based on various internal and external sources of data). Students are then assessed and monitored against this target throughout their IGCSE studies. If students are not meeting their targets, the Learning Coordinators will intervene to help rectify the situation. All subjects have a monthly teacher assessment which could take the form of a test, a presentation, or a piece of work. Every term a more formal assessment is completed and these results are sent to parents via a report. At the end of the year an overall grade showing performance for the year is sent home via a report. In Year 11, at the end of the first term, students have a mock examination for all IGCSE subjects. This follows the format of the external exams that the students will sit at the end of Year 11 and gives the best overall indicator of performance in the final exams. Again, students who are not meeting their targets will work with the Learning Coordinators and may be placed on probation pending entry into Year 12.

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BTEC FAQ What is BTEC?

What courses are there?

BTEC courses are internationally

Courses are offered in a wide range of

recognised vocational courses

subjects from Science to Animal Care and

designed to enable learners

Floristry. Courses offered at GES are all BTEC

to build employability skills

Level 2. On successful completion

alongside subject knowledge.

course students will gain a Double

The courses are created in such a

Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade; this is

way that students are able to take

the equivalent to 2 GCSE’s grade A* - C.

of

the Pass,

ownership of their learning and attain higher grades. Courses are the equivalent of 2 GCSE’s grade A* - C. DISTINCTION*

A*

DISTINCTION

A

MERIT

B

PASS

C

Level 2 courses offered are: Business Creative Media Travel & Tourism IT Sport

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Why study BTEC courses? All BTEC courses are 100% coursework. There is no final exam. This allows students to complete a series of tasks throughout the duration of the course to build a portfolio of evidence. Students are able to track their own progress with the support of the class teacher enables. Students can re submit coursework for re-marking on two occasions, this enables the students to act upon feedback given to improve their work and potentially reach a higher grade.

What do you mean by levels?

Level 2 courses are the equivalent to IGCSE Level 3 courses are the equivalent to AS/A2

What can BTEC qualifications lead to? Successful completion of any Level 2 BTEC course will enable students to: Continue on to Level 3 courses including BTEC, AS Level and IB. Gain employment within the sectors they have studied. Complete further study at Universities worldwide.

Coursework completion: All BTEC Courses are 100% coursework, there is no final exam in Year 10 or Year 11. During mock exam periods students may be required to attend coursework sessions to complete outstanding coursework or to improve their grade. If your child is selected to do so it is compulsory for them to attend these support sessions in order to secure their qualification. Coursework support sessions will also be offered on a weekly basis by individual departments to support students.

Important Note

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The BTEC course does not qualify students to study in Qatar University


COMPULSORY SUBJECTS


MATHEMATICS Course Requirements

EDEXCEL IGCSE 4MA1

Expected 5a in Maths

Further Education

Students who study Maths IGCSE have been able to continue this subject in AS-Level or IB. At University, they have been able to access courses such as

• Engineering • Economics • Accountancy

Assessment

2 examinations in June of second year of study Paper 1 – Worth 50% of final grade Paper 2 – Worth 50% of final grade

And many more

Course content You´ll cover Mathematical skills, techniques and concepts and how to use them to solve problems as you study the Maths course. You will have opportunities to challenge yourself and apply logical thinking whilst dealing with a variety of questions. These will be explore in 4 distinct areas of Maths; Number, Geometry, Algebra and Data Handling.

NUMBER

Studying types of numbers and operations which may manipulate these numbers.

GEOMETRY

Dealing with shapes, lines and angles and identifying their properties.

ALGEBRA

Using symbols/ letters to represent an unknown value and solving the values of unknowns.

DATA HANDLING Exploring ways that data can be represented and processed.

Career Paths Maths offers challenging, exciting, and lucrative career opportunities. From Stockbrokers to Mechanics, Maths is an essential qualification in today’s modern job market. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by Mathematicians:

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Investment Banking Computer programming Construction Space research Education Military Aviation

Contact: Wahid.Fazil@gulfenglishschool.com


ENGLISH

Course Requirements

• First Language English or Second Language English is compulsory at GES. • All students in sets 1 and 2 also study English Literature

Assessment

First Language English, Second Language English and English Literature are all examined with exams at the end of the course: First Language English: 2 examination papers Reading Passages (50%) Directed Writing (50%) Second Language: 1 examination paper (66%) 1 listening & speaking assessment (34%) Literature: 3 separate papers Poetry and Prose (50%) Drama (25%) Unseen (25%)

Career Paths Studying English will open up an entire market of jobs and educational opportunities. That is why it is compulsory.

Journalist Cleric Education

Contact: Michael.Clarke@gulfenglishschool.com John.Pritchard@gulfenglishschool.com

CIE IGCSE 0500/0510/0486 Further Education

English AS requires First Language English in order for you to be able to access the course. First Language English is also ideal preparation for IB.

• Journalism • Law • Publishing Second Language English prepares students to study in English but would not necessarily equip them to study English.

Course content Studying English serves two purposes. Firstly, it enables students to become familiar with the workings of language, learning adapt what they do for specific purposes. Secondly, English is the vehicle by which the rest of the curriculum can be accessed and provides a gateway to all other subject areas. Because of this, English is a COMPULSORY SUBJECT at GES.

Over the course students will study: • How to construct texts for specific purposes; • How and when to use informal and formal

language registers; • How to correctly punctuate a piece of writing, using punctuation for effect where appropriate; • How to read and understand a variety of texts; • How to consider the authenticity of a text and the author’s intentions.

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IGCSE OPTIONS


ARABIC AS A FIRST LANGUAGE

Course Requirements

CIE IGCSE 0508 \01 \02

Study of Arabic in Key Stage 3

Further Education

Students who study Arabic IGCSE have been able to continue this subject in AS-Level or IB At the university, they have been able to access course such as :

• Arabic literature • Islamic studies and Arabic civilization • Translating

Assessment Assessment is by two papers Paper 1 - (2 hours) Short answer questions (Reading Comprehension). Paper 2 - (2 hours) Writing, Two topics, (350 words each).

Course content Two year course in Years 10 and 11 The GCSE Arabic as a first language is intended mainly for students whose first language is Arabic. The course focuses on developing the advanced skills of the Arabic language. It is expected that students will demonstrate skills in two areas, reading and writing.

Reading

Students at this level should be able to read and understand high level texts on different matters and obtain specific details about such matters from global issue, Drugs, migration, poverty, racism , environment , global warming, climate change, natural disasters international economy, energy reserves

Traditions and social

fashion, religious events , historical events , national customs nationalism, patriotism, fanaticism political structures ,language and cultural identity, or self-identity

Writing

Students at this level should be able to write: two essay about (350) words for each . In addition to this, student will be expected to summarize texts within 200-250 words.

Career Paths IGCSE helps the student to find a job in many areas, including:

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Translator Arab satellite broadcaster Journalist Teacher

Contact: Hind. Alkayed@Gulfenglishschool.com


Course Requirements Study of Arabic in Key Stage 3

Assessment

Assessment is by two papers Paper 1 - (1:30 hours) reading and directed writing (Reading Comprehension). Paper 2 - (1:15 hours) Writing, continues writing, (150 words each). Paper 3 - ( 15 minutes) speaking role play

ARABIC AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CIE IGCSE 0500/0510/0486 Further Education

Students who study Arabic IGCSE have been able to continue this subject in AS-Level or IB. At the university, they have been able to access course such as :

• Islamic studies

Course content Two year course in Years 10 and 11 The GCSE Arabic as a second language The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies. The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries where Arabic is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages, the students will explore in this subject the following area :

• Everyday activities • Home life and school • Food, health and fitness • Personal and social life • Self, family and personal relationships

• Holidays and special occasions • The world around us • Home town and local area • Natural and made environment

Career Paths IGCSE helps the student to find a job in many areas, including:

Contact: Hind. Alkayed@Gulfenglishschool.com

Translator Teaching Arabic for non Arabic speaker

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ART AND DESIGN

Course Requirements

5A by the end of key stage 3 and a pass of the suitability test. You should also be enthusiast and passionate about the subject.

Edexcel GCSE Fine Art (1FA0)

Assessment

The course has 2 parts, unit 1 and unit 2. Unit 1-Should be considered as coursework section, done in school over year 10+11 and is worth 60% of the overall mark. Unit 2 -Exam – External set exam paper, where pupils have 20 hours class time to prepare and then sit a 10 hour creative exam. This is worth the remaining 40%. There are 4 key areas of how the work is assessed. All are worth 25% each: A01, A02, A03 and A04. Both units will be internally assessed, externally moderated.

Further Education

GES offer both IB and AS in Art at key stage 5. But if you wanted to continue your studies at University, you can enroll in such courses as:

• • • •

Architecture

Fine Art Art History Digital Arts and computing

Course content Over the two year course you will develop your own personal artistic style , exploring a range of media and techniques.

Project 1: Sense of Place

This project is all about you! Where do you belong? During the first part of the term you will improve your drawing and 2D mark making skills, while looking at famous artists. In conjunction with primary research you will then develop your own personal outcomes based around the theme.

Project 2: Journey

During this project you will start to work more and more independently around any theme based journey. Printmaking techniques like mono print, lino and stenciling will also be taught during the project.

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Around February time in the second year you will be set your exam paper, you will then have 20 hours to experiment, develop and refine your ideas and concepts, before sitting a 10 hour creative exam. Architect Career Paths Urban Planner Art Dealer Where can a career in Art taken me? Art Critic Animator Automotive Designer Cartoonist

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Contact: Martina.Mcgill@gulfenglishschool.com


BUSINESS STUDIES

Course Requirements Expected Level 6 English and Mathematics

CIE IGCSE 0450 Further Education

Assessment

2 examinations in June of second year of study. Paper 1 - Structured questions (Weighted at 50% of total marks available) Paper 2 - Data response questions (Weighted at 50% of total marks available)

Students who study IGCSE Business will be able to move on to the AS/IB Business courses. At University, they will be able to access courses such as:

• Financial Management • Accounting • Finance

Course content This course is for students who are interested in knowing how businesses operate. The course teaches them valuable communication skills, motivational skills, a knowledge of business, finance and also an overview of how governments and other external factors influence the business world. What will you study? Over the two year course you will study the following topics:

• Business and the environment in which it operates • Business structure, organisation and control • Financing business activity • Marketing

• Production • Financial information and decision making. • People in business • Regulating and controlling business activity.

Career Paths Accounting offers challenging, exciting, and productive careers. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by Business Studies:

Contact: Lloyd.Thompson@gulfenglishschool.com

Human Resource Management Sales Marketing

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BIOLOGY

Course Requirements

Extended Science in Year 9 Expected 5b in Science 5a in Maths 5b in English

CIE IGCSE 0610 Further Education

Students who study Biology IGCSE have been able to continue this subject in AS-Level or IB. At University, they have been able to access courses such as:

• Medicine • Dentistry • Physiotherapy

And many more

Assessment 3 examinations in June of second year of study Core candidates will take; Paper 1-Multiple Choice ( 30%), Paper 3 - Theory (50%) and Paper 6- Alternative to Practical (20%) Extended candidates will take; Paper 2 - Multiple Choice (20%), Paper 4 - Theory (30%) and Paper 6 Alternative to Practical (20%)

Course content IGCSE Biology syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in Science and scientific developments. The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. Students will explore the following topics during years 10 and 11:

Living organism Studying concepts related to living organisms, such as classification, cell structure

and movement in and out of cells. Plants: Looking at plant nutrition and structure. Also studying transport in plants. Humans: Identifying biological molecules, nutrition and describing the process of digestion. Studying transport in humans along with disease and immunity. Describing gas exchange and respiration. Also studying coordination and response. Inheritance, variation and selection: Basic rules of inheritance. Looking at reasons of variation. Environment: Studying food chains and food webs, nutrient cycles and human influences on the ecosystem.

Career Paths Biology offers challenging, exciting, and productive careers. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by Biologists:

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Research within the medical and life sciences Careers in healthcare Forensic science Education

Contact: Roshan.Dakri@gulfenglishschool.com


CHEMISTRY

Course Requirements

Extended Science in Year 9 Expected 5b in Science 5a in Maths 5b in English

Further Education

Students who study Chemistry IGCSE have been able to continue this subject in AS-Level or IB. At University, they have been able to access courses such as

• Medicine • Pharmacy • Computer Sciences

CIE IGCSE 0620 Assessment

3 examinations in June of second year of study Core candidates will take; Paper 1-Multiple Choice ( 30%), Paper 3 - Theory (50%) and Paper 6 - Alternative to Practical (20%) Extended candidates will take; Paper 2 Multiple Choice (20%), Paper 4 - Theory (30%) and Paper 6 - Alternative to Practical (20%)

And many more

Course content IGCSE Chemistry syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in Science and scientific developments. The specification is structured in a way that starts with the fundamental ideas in Chemistry, putting the building blocks in place. This enables students to develop an understanding of topics such as chemical structures and their properties, chemical reactions and how to analyse substances. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. Students will explore the following topics during years 10 and 11:

Particulate nature of matter: Studying concepts related to atoms, elements and compounds including different types of bonding. Electricity and Chemistry: Studying electrolysis, energetics of a reaction and energy transfers. Chemical reactions: Identifying different types of chemical reactions. Organic Chemistry: Looking at how to draw and name compounds. Different types of fuels and their properties. Describing the properties of alkanes, alkenes, carboxylic acids and polymers.

Career Paths Chemistry offers challenging, exciting, and productive careers. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by Chemists:

Contact: Roshan.Dakri@gulfenglishschool.com

Pharmacologist Chemical engineer Medical researcher Education Forensic scientist Research scientist

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Design & Technology Edexcel GCSE 2GR01

Course Requirements

We expect students achieve 5b in English & Maths.

Further Education Assessment

The course will be assessed through an internal assessment (worth 60%) as well as an external examination paper (worth 40%) sat in June of the second year.

Students may con nue their skills in year 12 through courses such and ICT and Art. University provides greater opportunites in this area with courses such as:

• Product design • Architecture • Interior design • Engineering • Games design And many more

Course content The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply continual design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including Maths, Science, Art and design, Computing and Geography.

Career Paths Traditional Graphics careers include:

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Entrepreneur, Games design, Engineering, Fashion design, Interior design, CAD technician, Architect and many many more.

Contact: Joseph.Pinnock@Gulfenglishschool.com


ECONOMICS CIE IGCSE 0455 Assessment

2 examinations in June of second year of study Paper 1 – Multiple choice question (Weighted at 30% of total marks available) Paper 2 – Structured questions (Weighted at 70% of total marks available)

Course Requirements

Minimum Level 6 English and Mathematics

Further Education

Students who study IGCSE Economics will be able to continue this subject in AS-Level IB. At University, they have been able to access courses such

• Economics/Politics • Business Studies • Finance And many more

Course content Economics is about choice and the impact of our choices on each other. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. Economics studies the way that society uses resources and allocates them to produce goods and services. The role of governments and external influences on the economy also forms a vital part of the course core units studied in this course are: • Basic economic problem: choice and the allocation of resources • The allocation of resources: how the market works; market failure • The individual as producer, consumer and borrower • The private firm as producer and employer • Role of government in an economy • Economic indicators • Developed and developing economies: trends in production, population and living standards • International aspects

Career Paths Why choose Economics? Here are some career paths a student can choose with an academic background in Economics:

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Law Accounting Banking Finance Business Management

Contact: Lloyd.Thompson@gulfenglishschool.com


FRENCH

Course Requirements

Recommended: 5a in French 5b in English and Maths

Further Education Students who study French GCSE have been able to continue this subject as part of the IB diploma. At University you can continue to study French as a single or a joint degree. Combining foreign language study with business or law is a popular option.

AQA GCSE 8658 Assessment

This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Paper 1 - Listening (45 minutes for the Higher Tier) Paper 2 - Speaking (10-12 minutes for the Higher Tier + preparation time) Paper 3 - Reading (60 minutes for the Higher Tier) Paper 4 - Writing ((75 minutes for the Higher Tier) Each paper is worth 25% of the GCSE.

Course content Students study the following themes on which the assessments are based. • Theme 1: Identity & Culture • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people. They will also be expected acquire knowledge and understanding of French grammar during the course. They are required to apply this knowledge in the exams, demonstrating the skills appropriate for their tier. Communication strategies are a core element of the specification. In practice, it is impossible to predict all linguistic elements that they might meet when reading or listening to authentic French. Therefore, the course aims to greatly increase their ability to cope successfully with unknown words. This relates to productive skills as well as receptive skills. We aim to encourage students to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of French should also broaden their horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.

Career Paths Among the most popular roles available to modern language graduates are those in translating (written word), interpreting (spoken word) and teaching (particularly secondary school level or above). A Modern Language degree will also open up opportunities in a wide range of potential employment sectors, including:

Contact: Claire.Hall@gulfenglishschool.com

Business & commerce, Interpreting & Translating The Diplomatic or Civil Service, The European Union and the United Nations

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GEOGRAPHY

Course Requirements

We recommend students achieve 5a in KS3 Geography.

Assessment

The course will be assessed through 2 externally moderated examination papers sat in June of the second year.

Course content The Geography IGCSE course helps students to gain a clearer understanding of the ever changing world we live in. This exciting course encourages students to develop a range of academic skills which can be transferred to and from other subjects (e.g. Mathematics, Science and Business Studies). The course covers a range of topics from both Physical and Human Geography, including Coastal environments, Hazardous environments, Economic activity and Energy, Urban Environments, Development, Fragile Environments and Globalization and Migration. For each topic students will complete a Geographical investigation, learning and practising fieldwork skills on trips around Qatar.

Further Education

The International Baccalaureate requires all students to study a Humanities subject (Group 3), therefore choosing Geography or History at GCSE is essential if you wish to study IB. Geography breaches the gap between Social Science and Earth Science. This cross disciplinary nature means the skills it teaches can be used in most post 16 study. It is not necessary to do a Geography related subject at university, just because you studied IGCSE Geography. Geography is considered an academic subject so universities look at students who have studied Geography very favourably. Some Geographical based degrees can include:

• Earth Science • Geology • Environmental Studies • International Relations • Environment and Planning • Town and Urban Planning • Oceanography

Career Paths Traditional Geographical careers: Town planning, Tourism industry, Resource management, Teaching, Meteorologist, Climatologist , Volcanologist, Environment agencies, Development agencies, Government positions (foreign relations). Other common career paths of Geography Graduates: Journalism, Business, Law, Accountancy, Banking. and many more…

Contact: David.Keery@Gulfenglishschool.com

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HISTORY

Course Requirements We recommend students achieve 5a in KS3 History

CAMBRIDGE IGCSE Further Education

The International Baccalaureate requires all students to study a Humanities subject (Group 3), therefore choosing History at GCSE is essential if you wish to study IB. History is the study of the people of the past. It is a discipline which can lend itself to many different careers and further education courses. It teaches many different skills, such as skills of enquiry, analytical skills and investigative skills.

Some Historical based degrees can include: • Archaeology • Ancient/Modern History • Sociology • International Relations • Law • Social Anthropology • Teaching And many more

Assessment

The course will be assessed through 2 externally moderated examination papers sat in June of the second year.

Course content The course is examined over 2 externally marked papers and one internal assessment

The topics that are studied :

• International Relations since 1919. • The peace treaties post- First World War; the League of Nations; the collapse of peace in 1939; the

Cold War and the United Nations. • Germany 1918-1945. • The Weimar Republic 1918-1933; the rise of Hitler and the Nazis; the Nazi State; the effects of the Second World War on Germany and the fall of the Nazi Regime. The aim of the course is to enthuse the students with a passion for the study of history. To inspire them to want to study further through the IB Diploma course. I believe that students find the study of history relevant to their lives as if we are able to understand the past we are better able to understand the present.

Career Paths Traditional History careers: Law, Journalism, Police, Museum studies, Archaeology, Teaching, Communications, PR, Events management.

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Contact: David.keery@gulfenglishschool.com


ICT

Course Requirements Recommended minimum Level 5a in ICT

Assessment

3 examinations in June of second year of study Paper 1 - Theory. Written Paper (Weighted at 40% of total marks available) Paper 2 - Document Production, Data Manipulation and Presentations Practical Exam (Weighted at 30% of total marks available) Paper 3 - Data Analysis & Website Authoring Practical Exam (Weighted at 30% of total marks available)

CIE IGCSE 0417 Further Education

Students who achieve grades C to A* in ICT are well prepared to continue with ITGS as part of the IB qualification. At University, they have been able to access courses such as

• Computer Programming • Graphics Design • Information Systems • Internet Commerce And many more

Course content ICT encourages students to develop lifelong skills. The students will experience a rich mixture of both ICT Theory and Practical units of work during Year 10 and Year 11.

The practical topics which will be studied are: 11 File management, 12 Images 13 Layout, 14 Styles, 15 Proofing, 16 Graphs and charts.

17 Document production, 18 Data manipulation, 19 Presentations, 20 Data analysis, 21 Website authoring.

The theory topics which will be studied are:

• 1 Types and components of computer systems, • 2 Input and output devices, • 3 Storage devices and media, • 4 Networks and the effects of using them, • 5 The effects of using IT, • 6 ICT applications, • 7 The systems life cycle • 8 Safety and security, • 9 Audience, • 10 Communication.

Career Paths ICT is a challenging dynamic subject leading to a number of different careers. A few examples of what can be pursued are listed:

Contact: Lloyd.thompson@gulfenglishschool.com

Computer Programming Graphics Design Systems Analyst

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Course Requirements

MEDIA STUDIES

The successful candidate will have a strong English language level and be able to write confidently and in detail

AQA GCSE 8572 Further Education

Can lead onto an AS path with AS Media or potentially IB Film This can also be a route into degree level work in colleges such as North Western or VCU in Qatar or many colleges worldwide.

Assessment

The course comprises of TWO Assessment criteria:

• 60% Coursework involving THREE Assignments guided by

the teacher over TWO years which the students will complete individually or as part of a group. • 40% Examination on a media topic taught in class. This will be different for every year group.

Course content The current AQA GCSE Media Studies course attracts an increasingly large number of students every year because it makes learning interesting, challenging, creative and fun. It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance for young people’s understanding of the world they experience.

• Magazines: the study of print media and how they still influence the world around us. • Advertising and Marketing: from TV adverts to product placement and how we are persuaded to buy

the products that are sold. • Film Promotion: a study of how Media institutions make an audience aware of what their film is about and why they should watch it culminating in a moving image project where they make their own film trailer. • Examined unit: a topic chosen by the exam board which the students study in detail and on which they sit an exam in Year 11. Past examples have been Video games, TV Drama and Broadcast News. This changes every year.

Career Paths There are opportunities for careers in:

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Graphic Design Publishing Advertising Business Marketing Film and TV production

Contact: Ayesha.Hart@gulfenglishschool.com


Course Requirements

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Recommended 5a in English 5b in Maths Level 5 in Geography

CIE 0471

Assessment

Further Education

based question paper and is 60%coursework and 40 % exam.

to a range of Level 3 • Qualifications to gain entry to a range University courses such as: • Tourism Management • Business Management • Marketing

• The single award is assessed with a four scenario

• Students will be able to progress

Course content Following a course in GCSE Travel and Tourism should encourage students to:

•Actively engage in the study of travel and tourism to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

•Understand the nature of the travel and tourism industry. •Develop an understanding of the contribution that travel and tourism makes to society. •Develop an awareness that health and safety issues are integral to travel and tourism. •Develop an awareness and understanding of sustainable development and environmental issues. •Appreciate diversity and recognise similarities and differences of attitudes and cultures in society.

Career Paths Students will be able to use these skills within the industry and apply these to professions in: Tourism Authorities, Hotel Management, Event Management, and Business Management

Contact: Shermira.perry@gulfenglishschool.com

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Course Requirements

PHYSICS

Extended Science in Year 9 Expected 5b in Science 5a in Maths 5b in English

CIE IGCSE 0625T Further Education

Students who study Physics IGCSE have been able to continue this subject in AS-Level or IB. At University, they have been able to access courses such as

• Engineering • Computer programming • Architecture

Assessment 3 examinations in June of second year of study Core candidates will take; Paper 1-Multiple Choice ( 30%), Paper 3 - Theory (50%) and Paper 6 - Alternative to Practical (20%)Extended candidates will take; Extended candidates will take; Paper 2-Multiple Choice ( 30%), Paper 4 - Theory (50%) and Paper 6 - Alternative to Practical (20%)

And many more

Course content IGCSE Physics helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. They learn about the basic principles of Physics through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. Learners also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study, skills which are useful in everyday life. Students will explore the following topics during years 10 and 11:

General physics: Studying simple relationships in various areas of physics such as speed, distance and

time

Thermal physics: Concepts relating to heat flow, energy transfers and temperature Properties of waves, including light and sound: Identifying specific parts of a wave and using the wave

formula

Electricity and magnetism: Basic rules relating to voltage & current in a series or parallel circuit Atomic physics: Studying the types of radiation

Career Paths Physics offers challenging, exciting, and productive careers. As a career, Physics covers many specialized fields, from acoustics, astronomy, and astrophysics to medical physics and geophysics. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by physicists:

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Civil Engineering Construction management Communications and media

Contact: Roshan.Dakri@gulfenglishschool.com


Course Requirements

STATISTICS

Expected 6C in Mathematics and English

EDEXCEL 1ST0

Assessment

GCSE Statistics is assessed by single examination. Final Written Paper • 100% of the final assessment • One written paper lasting 2 hours • 100 marks in total.

Further Education

GCSE Statistics is designed to help pupils with IGCSE Mathematics, however, it is very useful in the following as well: AS Mathematics, IB Mathematics SL and IB Math Studies SL In University the following degrees use Statistical concepts: Medicine, Business and Management, Psychology, Sociology, Finance and Banking, Economics, Geography, History and Mathematics.

What is GCSE Statistics? Every day we are faced with huge amounts of facts and figures and it becomes almost impossible to look at each fact individually, so we use Statistics to help us deal with difficult data. Statistics are numbers that describe groups of other numbers. Most of these numbers need to be collected, grouped, analysed, evaluated and then summarized to make it easier to understand and use. When used correctly, Statistics can helps us identify trends in the past, so we can have useful data for predicting what may happen in the future. GCSE Statistics looks at the following areas: 1) Data Collection and Sampling: These are quite important if a user wants to collect information or find out the opinion of a group of people. For example: Elections, Surveys, Quality Control etc.

2) Data Representation: These are important to use the collected data and visually present it in a simple way for the user. For example: Bar charts, Pie charts, and Graphs of various kinds.

3) Data Analysis: These are important to analyse the data in a simpler way, so that conclusions can be made about the data. For example: Mean, Median, Mode etc.

4) Probability and Time Series: The area of Probability looks at the chance or likelihood of something taking place. Time Series looks at the changes in a particular value with time, to help forecast future values. For example: Expected Values, Change in Sales over time, Forecasting the Sales for next year, etc.

Career Paths Which profession could this GCSE lead to? Statistics is a key part of many careers, some of which are as follows:

Contact: Wahid.Fazil@Gulfenglishschool.com

Business Finance Economics Banking Medicine

Insurance Psychology Sociology Pharmacology

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Course Requirements

SPANISH

Recommended: 5a in Spanish, 5b in English and Maths

AQA GCSE 8698 Further Education Students who study Spanish GCSE have been able to continue this subject as part of the IB diploma. At University you can continue to study Spanish as a single or a joint degree. Combining foreign language study with business or law is a popular option.

Assessment

This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Paper 1 - Listening (45 minutes for the Higher Tier) Paper 2 - Speaking (10-12 minutes for the Higher Tier + preparation time) Paper 3 - Reading (60 minutes for the Higher Tier) Paper 4 - Writing (75 minutes for the Higher Tier) Each paper is worth 25% of the GCSE.

Course content Students study the following themes on which the assessments are based. • Theme 1: Identity & Culture • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people. They will also be expected acquire knowledge and understanding of Spanish grammar during the course. They are required to apply this knowledge in the exams, demonstrating the skills appropriate for their tier. Communication strategies are a core element of the specification. In practice, it is impossible to predict all linguistic elements that they might meet when reading or listening to authentic Spanish. Therefore, the course aims to greatly increase their ability to cope successfully with unknown words. This relates to productive skills as well as receptive skills. We aim to encourage students to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of Spanish should also broaden their horizons and encourage them

Career Paths Among the most popular roles available to modern language graduates are those in translating (written word), interpreting (spoken word) and teaching (particularly secondary school level or above). A Modern Language degree will also open up opportunities in a wide range of potential employment sectors, including:

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Business & commerce, Translation & Interpreting, The Diplomatic or Civil Service, The European Union and the United Nations

Contact: Claire.Hall@gulfenglishschool.com


Course Requirements

5A in Art by the end of key stage 3 and a pass of the suitability test. You should also be enthusiastic and passionate about the subject. Preferably you have attended period 6 sessions of Fashion Design in year 9.

TEXTILES EDEXCEL GCSE 2TT01

Further Education Assessment

The course has 2 parts, unit 1 and unit 2. Unit 1 – Should be considered as coursework section, done in school over year 10+11 and is worth 60% of the overall mark. Unit 2 Exam – External set exam paper. This is worth the remaining 40%. Both units will be externally moderated.

GES offer both IB and AS in Art at key stage 5, which can include Textile projects. But if you wanted to continue your studies at University, you can enroll in such courses as:

• Fashion/ Textiles Design • Fashion Communication • Fashion History

Course content Over the two year course you will develop your own personal textile style, explore a range of materials and techniques and learn about textile technology. In year 10 you will be learning the basics in garment construction and studying the theory of textiles technology. Coursework: Design and Make project Around December time in the second year, you will be given a course work brief. You will research, design, develop and make a textiles item of your choice. Exam: Textiles Technology Section 1: Multiple choice Section 2: Equipment knowledge Section 3: Textile selection and knowledge

Career Paths Where can a career in Textiles take me?

Contact: Martina.McGill@Gulfenglishschool.com

Section 4: Design question Section 5: Product analysis Section 6: Characteristics of fabric Section 7: Textiles in technology

Fashion Communication Textile Designer Fashion Designer Interior Designer

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BTEC OPTIONS


Course Requirements

Recommended 5b in Science 5a in Maths 5b in English

BTEC BUSINESS

Further Education

Students who study BTEC Business will be able to continue Business in AS-Level or IB. At University, they have been able to access courses such

Assessment

Internal Assessment All of the assessment is assessed via coursework for the duration of the course.

• Business Studies • Finance • Economics • Accounting

Course content This course is designed for students who prefer a more practical method of learning.. They will study the business world through the application of theory to real life business scenarios. Because of this the course is assessed internally, and students have more freedom to study businesses that are of interest to them, allowing much more scope for personalized learning.

Two compulsory units which will be covered are: • Business purposes. • Business operations.

Optional units to be selected by the teacher including: • Financial forecasting. • Using office equipment. • People in organisations. • Personal selling. • Business communication.

• Business ethics. • Business enterprise. • Promotional branding. • Visual merchandising.

Career Paths Business Management Finance Business Law Accounting Human Resource Management

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Contact: Nadeem.Hashmi@gulfenglishschool.com Lloyd.Thompson@gulfenglishschool.com


Course Requirements

The successful candidate will have a capable English language level and be able to write confidently and in detail

BTEC CREATIVE MEDIA

Further Education

Can lead onto an AS path with AS Media or potentially IB Film

Assessment

The course comprises of TWO mandatory units and TWO optional units. The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Creative Media Production is a 30-credit and 180-guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of two mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 30 credits (where at least 16 credits must be at Level 2 or above).

Course content The current BTEC Creative Media Studies course attracts an increasingly large number of students every year because it makes learning interesting, challenging, creative and fun. It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance for young people’s understanding of the world they experience.

• Research for Creative Media Production • Video Production • Communication Techniques for Creative Media Production • Advertising Production

Career Paths There are opportunities for careers in: Graphic Design Publishing Advertising Business Marketing Film and TV production

Contact: Ayesha.Hart@gulfenglishschool.com

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BTEC IT

Course Requirements 5a in Mathematics 5b in English

Assessment

BTEC IT is continually assessed throughout the 2 year course. There is no final exam. Students complete assignments in class time under assessment conditions. It is open book so they have all their class- work to support. If students miss any assessment dates, they can be at risk of failing the course.

Further Education

Students who achieve above a pass in IT are well prepared to continue with IT in further studies. At University, they have been able to access courses such as

• Computer Programming • Graphics Design • Information Systems • Internet Commerce • IT security And many more

Course content IT encourages students to develop lifelong skills. The students will experience a rich mixture of both IT Theory and Practical units of work during Year 10 and Year 11. The students will have to study one compulsory unit and one optional unit for the standard certicate. If they choose to continue for the extended certicate, they will have to take 2 compulsory units and 2 optional units.

Certificate

Extended Certificate

Compulsory: 1. Communicating in the IT industry

Compulsory: 1. Communicating in the IT industry 2. Working in the IT industry

1. Additional optional unit

1. Additional optional units

Career Paths IT is a challenging dynamic subject leading to a number of different careers. A few examples of what can be pursued are listed:

Contact: Bilal.Ahmed@gulfenglishschool.com Lloyd.Thomson@gulfenglishschool.com

IT Security Graphics Design Systems Analyst Games Developer Multimedia creation

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Course Requirements

BTEC TRAVEL AND TOURISM

Recommended 5B in English and 5B in Maths.

Further Education

Assessment

Students will be able to progress to a range of Level 3 qualifications to gain entry to a range University courses such as:

Internal Assessment – 100%. Students will assessed via course work for the duration of the course. Assessments will take place every 2-4 weeks and are compulsory for all students. Any missed assessment may lead to failing the course.

• Tourism Management • Business Management • Marketing

Course content BTEC Level 2 in Travel and Tourism provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and develops specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the industry. It allows students to understanding travel and tourism destinations.

Three Compulsory units:

Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector. This looks at tourist destinations and attractions in the UK and how visitors are catered for. Unit 2: Understanding customer service in Travel & Tourism. This looks at a wide range of possible ways in which people are able to be part of the world’s largest service industry. Unit 3: Understanding nature and effects of world travel. This unit tackles how the world is affected by people wishing to travel and the effects of tourism on a variety of countries.

Three optional units to be selected by the teacher including: Unit 5: Developing Customer Service Skills in Tourism Unit 7: European Holiday Destinations Unit 8: Worldwide Holiday Destinations

Career Paths Students will be able to use these skills within the industry and apply these to professions in:

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Tourism Authorities Hotel Management Event Management Business Management

Contact: Shermira.Perry@gulfenglishschool.com Lloyd.Thompson@gulfenglishschool.com


BTEC SPORT

Course Requirements 5a in Mathematics 5b in English

Assessment

BTEC Sport is continually assessed throughout the 2 year course. There is no final exam. Students complete assignments in class time under assessment conditions. It is open book so they have all their classwork to support. If students miss any assessment dates, they can be at risk of failing the course.

Further Education

Students who achieve above a pass in Sport are well prepared to continue with Sports related studies in further studies. At University, they have been able to access courses such as

• Sports coaching • Fitness training • Sports Sciences • Sports Studies And many more

Course content This course provides students with a greater understanding of the technical side of sport. There is a combination of physical activity and classroom learning where learners will be able to reflect and evaluate their performance.

Certificate

Extended Certificate

Compulsory: 1. Fitness testing and training

Compulsory: 1. Fitness testing and training

One mandatory unit from: 1. Practical Sport 2. Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

One mandatory unit from: 1. Practical Sport 2. Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Two additional optional units

Career Paths Qualification in sport are becoming increasingly in demand. With the approaching 2022 World Cup, this course will be very well suited to those who wish to contribute. A few examples of what careers in sport the could be pursued are listed:

Contact: rebecca.cruickshank@gulfenglishschool.com

Coaching Fitness Instructor Sports co-ordinator Commentator

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Year 9 IGCSE / BTEC options booklet  

The options booklet for year 9 students to choose what path they would like to go down in the final 2 years.

Year 9 IGCSE / BTEC options booklet  

The options booklet for year 9 students to choose what path they would like to go down in the final 2 years.

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