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Guide to IGCSE options for Year 10 and 11

2019-2021


Contents

Introduction ............................................................................................................................................ 3 IGCSE Option Selection Sheet ................................................................................................................. 5 Making Informed Decisions .................................................................................................................... 6 An Overview of the IGCSE Courses ......................................................................................................... 7 IGCSE English Language (First Language 0500) ....................................................................................... 8 English as a Second Language (0510) ..................................................................................................... 9 IGCSE English Literature (0486) ............................................................................................................ 10 IGCSE International Mathematics (0607) ............................................................................................. 11 IGCSE Global Perspectives (0457) ......................................................................................................... 11 IGCSE Biology (0610) ............................................................................................................................. 13 IGCSE Chemistry (0620) ........................................................................................................................ 14 IGCSE Physics (0625) ............................................................................................................................. 15 IGCSE Information and Communication Technology (0417) ................................................................ 16 IGCSE Art and Design (0400) ................................................................................................................. 17 IGCSE Business Studies (0450) .............................................................................................................. 18 IGCSE Economics (0455) ....................................................................................................................... 19 IGCSE Geography (0460) ....................................................................................................................... 20 IGCSE History (0470) ............................................................................................................................. 21 IGCSE Physical Education (0413) ........................................................................................................... 22 IGCSE Sociology (0495) ......................................................................................................................... 23 IGCSE Drama (0411) .............................................................................................................................. 24 IGCSE Music (0410) ............................................................................................................................... 25 IGCSE French as a Foreign Language (0520) ………………………………………………………………………………………….26 IGCSE Spanish as a Foreign Language (0530)........................................................................................ 27 IGCSE Turkish First Language (0513)..................................................................................................... 28


Introduction

Year 10 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: Do you want to go to university? 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? What advice has been given by your teachers? 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 and your tutor. Throughout Year 10 and 11 you will focus on a two year programme of study in the different subjects you have chosen. This study culminates in public examinations during the summer term of Year 11. At least 90% attendance is required in order to sit for the IGCSE examinations at the end of year 11. Examinations and syllabuses are provided by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) board. Remember that the following courses are compulsory for all students: English Mathematics Global Perspectives In addition you will choose another language subject, a humanities subject and a science subject and 2 additional subjects from any discipline. As well as the IGCSE examination subjects, all students will have one lesson of PSHE and 2 lessons of PE each week. You will have your option choices confirmed by the end of June. If you change your mind after handing in your options form it may be possible to change them. Any request for change should be made as soon as possible to the Deputy Principal accompanied by a letter from your parents/guardians. If there are any questions regarding option choices or this booklet please do not hesitate to contact Mr Anthony O’Brien (anthony.obrien@isb.ro) our Head of Examinations and Assessments. In addition to their basic IGCSE certificates, you may wish to consider choosing your child’s subjects to enable them to gain the Cambridge ICE (International Certificate of Education) Award as well. This involves no additional study but is awarded to students who successfully


pass (with grades A*-C) at least 7 IGCSE exams in subjects which cover 5 different subject groups. The Cambridge IGCSE subjects are grouped into five curriculum areas: •

Group i: Languages

Group ii: Humanities and Social Sciences

Group iii: Sciences

Group iv: Mathematics

Group v: Creative, Technical and Vocational

To help you in your choices, we have indicated which group each of the subjects belongs. The ICE is an optional, additional, qualification which is awarded based on the subjects your child has studied and passed. It does not require any additional exams or study. Cambridge do charge an additional fee to register for this in Year 11 for this. The ICE provides additional proof that a student’s curriculum includes study across a wide range of academic areas and is particularly useful for students who may choose to study in the USA in future. The nature of our options choices mean that a significant number of our students automatically meet the requirements for this award.


IGCSE Option Selection Sheet (Sample – please note, the final options sheet may be different) Name of pupil: ______________________________ Form: ____________________ COMPULSORY SUBJECTS: 1.

ENGLISH Language & Literature/Language/ESL

2.

MATHEMATICS

3.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

OPTIONS: Choose ONE of the following subjects from each group. You can only choose Economics OR Business Studies NOT BOTH! You MUST at least choose 1 Science subject (S) and 1 Humanities subject (H). You can NOT choose the same subject in more than 1 block.

4 5

6 7 8

French Spanish Turkish English Support (only for

students selected by school)

Business Studies (H) Drama Economics (H) Physics (S) Art and Design Biology (S) History (H) Geography (H)

Business Studies (H) Chemistry (S) Geography (H) Music Physics (S) Biology (S) Chemistry (S) ICT Sociology (H) Sports Studies (IGCSE PE)

Subject Choice


Making Informed Decisions

Do you have a career in mind?

YES

NO

• Discuss your ambitions with your parents, subject teachers, form tutor, etc.

• Ask yourself: • What subjects do you most enjoy in school?

• Find out more about the qualifications needed to follow this career.

• Which subjects do you do well in?

• Find out if you need a university degree or other higher diploma for this career? • What qualifications (e.g. IB diploma) do you need to get into this kind of degree courses? • Can you study the same subjects at IGCSE?

• Also: • Talk to your teachers about possible careers in their subject area. • Talk with your parents about your options IGCSE (A-level and beyond) and ask for their advice. • Find out more about the IGCSE courses in different subjects. • Talk to students already in Years 10 and 11.


An Overview of the IGCSE Courses Subject Art and Design

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0400)

Examination Board Syllabus Code

Biology

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0610)

Business Studies

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0450)

Chemistry

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0620)

Drama

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0411)

Economics

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0455)

English First Language

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0500)

English Second Language

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0510)

English Literature

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0486)

French

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0520)

Geography

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0460)

Global Perspectives

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0457)

History

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0470)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) International Mathematics Music Physical Education

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0417)

Physics

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0625)

Sociology

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0495)

Spanish

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0530)

Turkish

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0513)

University of Cambridge International Examinations (0607) University of Cambridge International Examinations (0410) University of Cambridge International Examinations (0413)


IGCSE English Language (First Language 0500)

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose first language is English. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively. The main aims of this course are to: • Enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in speech and a variety of writing styles • 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). Assessment First Language English Reading Paper (1hr 45 minutes; 50 marks) Writing Paper (2 hour; 50 marks)


English as a Second Language (0510)

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The qualification reflects the widespread use of English in education and commerce, and also in entertainment. The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study. In Syllabus 0510, marks for the oral component do not contribute to the overall grade candidates receive for the written components. The main aims of this course are to: • Develop the ability to use English effectively for the purpose of practical communication • Form a sound basis or 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 • Promote students’ personal development. English as a Second Language Reading and Writing Paper (1hr 30 minutes; 70 marks) Listening Paper (40 minutes; 30 marks) Speaking assessment (10-15 minutes; 30 marks)


IGCSE English Literature (0486)

The syllabus enables learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. Learners develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, they learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied. The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting learners' better understanding of themselves and of the world around them. Course Aims The course aims are to encourage and develop the ability to: • Enjoy the experience of reading Literature; • Understand and respond to Literary texts in different forms and from different periods and cultures; • Communicate an informed personal response appropriately and effectively; • Appreciate the 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. Course components Candidates will study in detail individual texts in the three main Literary forms of poetry, prose and drama. Programmes of Study Students will read a selection of poetry, prose and drama texts. These texts are set by the examination board and chosen by the teacher according to the interests of the pupils. Details of required text study are published when students have started the course. Texts are selected from a range of cultures and include contemporary and classic works of Literature. ‘Songs of Ourselves’ The Cambridge International Poetry Anthology will be one of the set poetry texts. Class based teaching will focus on the discussion of the texts and exploration of personal response. Students will be expected to respond in oral and written forms. Assessment The examination is designed to assess the ability of the candidate to present an informed personal response to works of Literature read, heard or viewed. The assessment scheme consists of: Poetry and Prose (1hr 30 minutes; 50 marks) Drama (2 hours; 50 marks)


IGCSE International Mathematics (0607)

Cambridge IGCSE International Mathematics has been developed for schools offering an international curriculum. It complements the IB curriculum. Cambridge International Mathematics reflects the way today's learners like to learn: they will acquire a solid foundation of mathematical skills and learn how to develop strategies for solving open-ended problems. The course also allows learners to develop and sharpen their investigation and modeling skills, and introduces them to the use of graphical display calculators (GDC) - a necessary part of the IB Diploma. The aims are to enable students to: • Acquire a foundation of mathematical skills appropriate to further study and continued learning in mathematics; • Develop a foundation of mathematical skills and apply them to other subjects and to the real world; • Develop methods of problem solving; • Interpret mathematical results and understand their significance; • Develop patience and persistence in solving problems; • Develop a positive attitude towards mathematics which encourages enjoyment, fosters confidence and promotes enquiry and further learning; • Appreciate the beauty and power of mathematics; • Appreciate the difference between mathematical proof and pattern spotting; • Appreciate the interdependence of different branches of mathematics and the links with other disciplines; • Appreciate the international aspect of mathematics, its cultural and historical significance and its role in the real world; • Read mathematics and communicate the subject in a variety of ways. Mathematics can be sat at either Core or Extended level. A student who studies to Core level may achieve grades C-G whereas a student capable of studying to Extended level may achieve grades A*E. Assessment All papers from the selected level must be taken in the same examination series at the end of the course. Core level Paper 1 (short response paper) – non-calculator (45 minutes; 40 marks) Paper 3 (detailed response paper) – GDC required (1hour 45 min; 96 marks) Paper 5 (investigation paper) - GDC required (1hour 10 minutes; 36 marks) Extended level Paper 2 (short response paper) – no calculator paper (45 minutes; 40 marks) Paper 4 (detailed response paper) – GDC required (2hours 15 min; 120 marks) Paper 6 (investigation and modelling paper) – GDC required (1hour 40 minutes; 60 marks)


IGCSE Global Perspectives (0457)

IGCSE Global Perspectives is the perfect preparation for the IB Diploma Program. Through the Global Perspectives course students will develop a wide range of transferable skills considered invaluable by universities and employers. There are 3 elements to the Cambridge IGCSE GP course: Firstly, Students will write a 2000 word, structured report from a choice of topics including; biodiversity and ecosystem loss, the digital world and sustainable living. They will need to come up with an inquiry question which they will then research from a variety of different perspectives and use the knowledge gained to reach a balanced conclusion. Year 10 students will have the opportunity to present their initial research to other students during the Global Perspectives assemblies for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Secondly, students will work in teams on a collaborative project. Each team must address a specific issue that they care about, for example; access to clean water or the benefits of sport. They will endeavour to raise awareness of their issue through a publicity campaign, fundraising event, or similar activity. Students will be assessed on their ability to collaborate with others and reflect on their performance. Finally, at the end of Year 11 students will use their knowledge and experience to answer source based questions in a written exam. The source material will present claims, arguments and evidence from different perspectives on a global issue drawn from the following topics: demographic change, education for all, employment, fuel and energy, globalisation, law and criminality, migration or transport system. Not only is Global Perspectives an excellent companion to many IGCSE option subjects, particularly Biology, History, Sociology and Geography but it also enhances students’ written English and can therefore boost IGCSE results in both first and second language English. Assessment Written paper (1hr 15 minutes; 70 marks) Individual report (1500-2000 words; 60 marks) Team project (1000 – 1300 words; 70 marks)


IGCSE Biology (0610)

With an emphasis on human biology, the Cambridge IGCSE Biology syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study which are useful in everyday life. As they progress, learners understand 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. The course aims are to encourage and develop the ability to: • • • • •

Have a worthwhile educational experience through well designed experimental and practical science tasks Recognise the usefulness and limitations of the scientific method and to appreciate its application in other disciplines and in everyday life Learn skills that are relevant to the study and practice of Biology Demonstrate attitudes that are relevant to Biology such as enquiry, accuracy, precision and inventiveness Stimulate interest in, and care for, the environment

Course components This is a summary of the topic areas that will be covered: • • • • • • • • • • •

Characteristics and Classification of Living Organisms Organisation and Maintenance of the Organism Movement in and out of cells Biological molecules Enzymes Plant nutrition Human Nutrition Transport in plants Transport in animals Diseases and immunity Gas exchange in humans

Respiration

Excretion in humans

• • • • • • • •

Coordination and response Drugs Reproduction Variation and Selection Organisms and their environment Biotechnology and genetic engineering Inheritance Human influences on ecosystems

Assessment Multiple Choice paper (45 minutes; 40 marks) Structured questions paper (1hr 15 minutes; 80 marks)

Alternative to Practical Paper (1 Hour, 40 marks)


IGCSE Chemistry (0620)

The Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry syllabus enables learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of Chemistry through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study, skills which are useful in everyday life. As they progress, learners understand 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. The course aims are to encourage and develop the ability to: • • • • •

Provide a worthwhile knowledge of Chemistry through experimental and practical activities Learn skills that are relevant to the study and practice of Chemistry Understand how Chemistry is used in the everyday world including its beneficial and detrimental effects on people, the community and the environment Undertake chemical investigations in an efficient and safe manner, giving due attention to the accuracy of the work being completed Communicate their ideas about Chemistry effectively

Course components This is a summary of the topic areas that will be covered: • States of matter • Separating substances • Atoms and elements • Atoms combining • Reacting masses and chemical equations • Using moles (stoichiometry) • Redox reactions • Electricity and chemical change • Energy changes and reversible reactions • The speed of a reaction • Acids bases and salts • The periodic table • Metals (behavior and uses) • Air and water • Non-metals and their compounds • Organic chemistry • Laboratory techniques Assessment Multiple Choice paper (45 minutes; 40 marks) Structured questions paper (1hr 15 minutes; 80 marks)

Alternative to Practical Paper (1hr; 40 marks)


IGCSE Physics (0625)

The Cambridge IGCSE Physics syllabus 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 at Cambridge International A Level, skills which are useful in everyday life. As they progress, learners gain an understanding of 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. The course aims are to encourage and develop the ability to: • • • • •

Provide a worthwhile knowledge of Physics through experimental and practical activities Learn skills that are relevant to the study and practice of Physics Understand how Physics is used in the everyday world including its beneficial and detrimental effects on people, the community and the environment Undertake investigations in an efficient and safe manner, giving due attention to the accuracy of the work being completed Communicate ideas about Physics effectively

Course components This is a summary of the topic areas that will be covered • General Physics • Thermal Physics • Properties of waves, including light and sound • Electricity and magnetism • Atomic physics Assessment Multiple Choice paper (45 minutes; 40 marks) Written paper (1hr 15 minutes; 80 marks) Practical Test (1hr 15 minutes; 40 marks)


IGCSE Information and Communication Technology (0417)

A working knowledge of ICT has become a vital skill for a modern global citizen. The Information and Communication Technology syllabus offers a course containing a combination of theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, electronic mail, web browsers and website design. Some benefits of IGCSE Information Technology: • Increases awareness of how applications are used in the workplace and considers the impact of new technologies on methods of working • Develops IT skills that are useful for work across the curriculum and for future employment • Can form part of a wider IGCSE program with other non IT subjects Course components This is a summary of the topic areas that will be covered • Types and components of computer systems • Input and output devices • Storage devices and media • Networks and the effects of using them • The effects of using IT • ICT applications • The system life cycle • Safety and security • Audience • Communication • File management • Images • Layout • Styles • Proofing • Graphs and charts • Document production • Data manipulation • Presentations • Data analysis • Web authoring Assessment Theory paper (2 hours; 100 marks) Document production, Data Manipulation and Presentation Practical (2hr 30 minutes; 80 marks) Data analysis and Website authoring practical (2hr 30 minutes; 80 marks)


IGCSE Art and Design (0400)

The Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design syllabus aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. Learners gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in two and three-dimensional form and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile forms. They also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions. An ideal foundation for further study, Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design also develops a greater awareness of the role played by the visual arts in society and in history, broadening cultural horizons and individual experience. Course components This is a summary of the topic areas that may be covered • Painting and related media • Printmaking • Three-dimensional studies • Photography, digital and lens-based media • Graphic communication • Textile design Assessment: Candidates will complete 2 components which will include at least one 8-hour practical test. In addition, they may produce a portfolio or work or take a second 8-hour practical test. This is to enable them to best demonstrate their skills and the specific assessment components will be determined by the teacher in Year 11. Students may respond to each of the components using any of the media listed above.


IGCSE Business Studies (0450)

The Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies syllabus develops learners' understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence. Learners not only study business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study and an ideal preparation for the world of work. Course components This is a summary of the topic areas that will be covered • Understanding business activity • People in business • Marketing • Operations management • Financial information and decisions • External influences on business activity Assessment: Paper 1 (1hr 30 minutes; 80 marks) Paper 2 (1hr 30 minutes; 80 marks) Students following the course should possess a high degree of competence in English and Mathematics. This is due to the significant amount of questions in past examinations, which required ‘essay type’ answers; also concepts such as ratio and break-even analysis, financial ratios, cash flow forecasts, exchange rates, presentation and interpretation of data, etc are an integral part of the examination.


IGCSE Economics (0455)

The Cambridge IGCSE Economics syllabus develops an understanding of economic terminology and principles and of basic economic theory. Learners study the economics of developed and developing nations and how these interrelate. They also learn to handle simple data and undertake economic analysis, evaluate information and discriminate between facts and value judgments in economic issues. A foundation for further study, the syllabus also encourages a better understanding of the world in which learners live, and helps them play an active part in the decision-making process, whether as consumers, producers or citizens of the local, national and international community. Course components This is a summary of the topic areas that will be covered • The basic economic problem • The allocation of resources • Microeconomic decision makers • Government and the macroeconomy • Economic development • International trade and globalization Assessment: Paper 1 Multiple Choice (45 minutes; 30 marks)

Paper 2 Structured questions (2hr 15 minutes; 90 marks)


IGCSE Geography (0460)

The future is unpredictable; students need to be equipped to deal with changes that are taking place to our planet. Geography stimulates interest in the world and develops an informed concern for the world. Geography creates an understanding and knowledge of where you live, of other people and places. Geography is a popular subject in schools at all levels, and appears regularly among the four or five most popular choices at GCSE and A level. 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 ever-changing, 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. 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. Through a study of the characteristics and distribution of a selection of contrasting physical and human environments, 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. Through the Cambridge IGCSE Geography syllabus, learners will develop a 'sense of place' by looking at the world around them on a local, regional and global scale. Learners will examine a range of natural and man-made environments, and study some of the processes which affected their development. They will also look at the ways in which people interact with their environment, and the opportunities and challenges an environment can present, thereby gaining a deeper insight into the different communities and cultures that exist around the world. The following three themes will be studied at IGCSE: • • •

Population and Settlement The Natural Environment Economic Development and the use of resources.

Assessment Paper 1 Geographical Themes (1hr 45 minutes; 75 marks) Paper 2 Geographical Skills (1hr 30 minutes; 60 marks) Paper 4 Alternative to coursework (1hr 30 minutes; 60 marks)


IGCSE History (0470)

The study of history encourages students to develop a wide range and variety of skills. At the core of this is the fact that history is primarily a literary subject. In History students will be expected to read a wide variety of source material from different periods and societies; in their written responses and essays they will be expected to write fluently and communicate clearly. The IGCSE History syllabus offers students the opportunity of studying some of the major international issues of the 19th and 20th Centuries as well as looking in greater depth at the history of a particular region or regions. However, the emphasis within the syllabus is as much on the development of historical skills as on the acquisition of knowledge. The Cambridge IGCSE History syllabus looks at some of the major international issues of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as covering the history of particular regions in more depth. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Learners develop an understanding of the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of their studies. Cambridge IGCSE History will stimulate any learner already interested in the past, providing a basis for further study, and also encouraging a lifelong interest in the subject. Both coursework and non-coursework options are available. The aims of the IGCSE course are as follows: • Stimulate interest in and enthusiasm about the past • Promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of human activity in the past • Ensure that the candidates knowledge is rooted in an understanding of the nature and use of historical evidence • Promote an understanding of the nature of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference • Provide a sound basis for further study and the pursuit of personal interest • Encourage international understanding • Encourage the development of linguistic and communication skills Assessment Paper 1 – Core content and Depth Studies: 2 hours - 60 marks (40% of grade) In Section A students will choose and answer 2 out of 4 questions on the 20th century, selected from the seven topics in Core Content: Option B. In Section B students will choose and answer 1 question (from 2 choices) from the Depth Study. Paper 2 –20th Century topics Option B: 2 hours - 50 marks (33% of grade) This exam will contain a collection of source material relating to the Core Content, with a series of analysis questions related to Topic 1 - ‘Where the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?’ (June 2021) Paper 3: Student’s will produce one piece of extended writing, up to 2000 words in length, based on content taken from the Depth Study. (Starts in Year 10 with deadline in March of Year 11). OR: Paper 4: Alternative to Coursework: 1 hour - 40 Marks (27% of grade) Each of the Depth Studies requires candidates to answer one, non-structured question from a choice of two on their chosen Depth Study. The question is worth 40 marks.


IGCSE Physical Education (0413)

IGCSE PE tests a student physically and mentally with the course being split into two components. Component one is practical coursework and component two is a theory examination. Health and physical well being is becoming a major issue in society today. This course educates students about the importance of physical activity and enables them to apply knowledge and understanding to their own personal performances. The syllabus provides learners with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of physical education. It is designed to encourage enjoyment in physical activity by providing learners with an opportunity to take part in a range of physical activities and develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. This helps learners to develop an appreciation of the necessity for sound understanding of the principles, practices and training that underpin improved performance, better health and well-being. Component 1 - 60% Students must select four activities in which they will be examined. These must be chosen from at least two of the following categories: • Games • Gymnastics • Dance • Athletics • Swimming • Outdoor • Adventurous Activities 50% of the mark is awarded for planning, Performing and Evaluating (Personal performance) 10% of the mark is awarded for analysing and improving (knowledge of techniques etc) The strongest 4 activities are chosen for each individual student. If a student performs an activity outside of school time such as Taekwondo or Horse Riding etc it can be used for the assessment. Students are assessed over the two year course and video evidence of their performance is sent to the examination board. Component 2 - 40% Students take a theory course learning about all aspects of physical education. The topics are in the following 3 categories: • Factors affecting performance – skeleton and joints, muscles and tendons, circulatory system, fitness, skill, motivation • Health, Safety and Training - health, diet, safe practice, injuries, exercise and training • Reason for Participation -leisure and recreation, facilities, media, access to sport Students sit a 2 hour theory exam.


IGCSE Sociology (0495)

Sociology is the study of how people behave in a society. It teaches how society is organised, each person’s role in it and how it works. It is also the study of society’s beliefs, values, culture and the identities of its citizens. Sociology utilizes the scientific method when carrying out research and favours objective evidence over subjective opinion to guide its theories. Through the Cambridge IGCSE Sociology syllabus, learners explore aspects of social relationships, processes and structures; as a result, they develop a greater understanding of human societies and the role of continuity and change in social life. Learners are encouraged to evaluate critically a variety of different social, economic and political structures, thereby learning more about the sociological method, and developing an ability to assess different forms of information and evidence. By relating the syllabus to the local context, teachers can help learners apply their developing sociological knowledge and understanding to the analysis of their own lives and their participation in society.

The aims of this course are to: • Promote candidates’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of human societies • Develop candidates’ understanding of sociological methods including the collection, analysis and interpretation of data • Provide an introduction to sociological concepts, theories and research findings • Stimulate awareness of the range and limitations of sociological theory and research • Promote candidates’ understanding of continuity and change in social life • Encourage a critical awareness of social, economic and political processes, and their effects • Develop the capacity for the critical evaluation of different forms of information and evidence • Promote an appreciation and understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity • Enhance candidates’ ability to apply sociological knowledge and understanding to their own lives and participation within society. Course components This is a summary of the topic areas that will be covered • Theory and methods • Culture, identity and socialisation • Social inequality • Family • Education • Crime, deviance and social control • Media Assessment Paper 1 (2 hrs; 80 marks) Paper 2 (1hr 45minutes; 70 marks)


IGCSE Drama (0411)

Drama is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of both the theory and practical application of drama. Through practical and theoretical study, the IGCSE Drama syllabus encourages students to understand and enjoy drama by: • developing their performance skills, both individually and in groups • considering ways in which ideas and feelings can be communicated to an audience • discovering the performance possibilities of texts and other stimuli • devising dramatic material of their own Through practical and theoretical study, learners develop an understanding and enjoyment of drama, developing group and individual skills and studying ways to communicate ideas and feelings to an audience. They learn how to discover the performance possibilities of a text and other stimuli, and devise dramatic material of their own. Learners also develop their performance skills, the demonstration of which will form part of the final assessment. Course Aims: • • • • • •

To develop candidates’ understanding of Drama through practical and theoretical study. To enable candidates to realize the performance possibilities of text and other stimuli. To encourage the use of dramatic forms and structures to communicate feelings and ideas to an audience. To help candidates to acquire and develop skills in Drama, both individually and in groups. To develop understanding of the processes leading to performance and the elements involved in creating a performance; to be able to evaluate the various stages of performance work. To encourage enjoyment of drama.

Assessment: Paper 1: Written examination (2hr 30 minutes; 40%) Paper 2: Coursework Internally assessed and externally moderated. Candidates submit three pieces of practical work: • One individual piece (max 5 minutes): a performance of an extract from a published script. • Two group pieces (max 15 minutes each): one original devised piece and one performance of an extract from a piece of repertoire. Weighting: 60%


IGCSE Music (0410)

When studying the Cambridge IGCSE Music syllabus, learners listen to, perform and compose music, encouraging aesthetic and emotional development, self-discipline and, importantly, creativity. As a result, learners enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music, an achievement that forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances life-long musical enjoyment. Learners study music of all styles; each style is placed in its historical and cultural context, and they are encouraged to be perceptive, sensitive and critical when listening. Although the majority of the syllabus examines Western European music, the music of other cultures is always represented. Course Aims: The aims of the syllabus 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. Assessment Listening (1hr 15 minutes; 70 marks) Performing (2 prepared performances; 50 marks) Composing (2 contrasting compositions; 100 marks)


IGCSE French as a Foreign Language (0520)

This syllabus is designed for learners who are learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication. 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 French is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages. Course Aims • • • • • • • •

Develop the ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication within the country of residence, where appropriate, and in all the countries where the language is spoken; Form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure; Offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken his may include literature where appropriate; Encourage fuller integration into the local community, where relevant; Develop a fuller awareness of the nature of language and language learning; Encourage positive attitudes toward language learning and towards speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations; Provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation; Complement other areas of study by encouraging skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences)

Course components The syllabus content is organised around five broad Topic areas which provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures. Through the study of these Topic areas, candidates gain insight into target language countries and communities. The Topic areas are: • Everyday activities • Personal and social life • The world around us • The world of work • The international world. Assessment The assessment scheme is as follows: • Listening (45 minutes; 45 marks) • Reading (1 hr; 45 marks) • Speaking (15 minutes; 100 marks) • Writing (1 hr; 50 marks)


IGCSE Spanish as a Foreign Language (0530)

This syllabus is designed for learners who are learning Spanish as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. 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 the language is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages. Course Aims • • • • • • • •

Develop the ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication within the country of residence, where appropriate, and in all the countries where the language is spoken; Form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure; Offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken his may include literature where appropriate; Encourage fuller integration into the local community, where relevant; Develop a fuller awareness of the nature of language and language learning; Encourage positive attitudes toward language learning and towards speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations; Provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation; Complement other areas of study by encouraging skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences)

Course components The syllabus content is organised around five broad Topic areas which provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures. Through the study of these Topic areas, candidates gain insight into target language countries and communities. The Topic areas are: • Everyday activities • Personal and social life • The world around us • The world of work • The international world. Assessment The assessment scheme is as follows: • Listening (45 minutes; 45 marks) • Reading (1 hr; 45 marks) • Speaking (15 minutes; 100 marks) • Writing (1 hr; 50 marks)


IGCSE Turkish First Language (0513)

Cambridge IGCSE First Language Turkish is designed for learners whose first language is Turkish. This First Language syllabus develops learners' abilities to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and in order to develop an appreciation of how writers achieve their effects. The syllabus also complements other areas of study by encouraging skills of more general application. Course Aims • • • • •

Enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in writing; Enable students to understand and respond appropriately to what they read; Encourage students to enjoy and appreciate the variety of language; Complement the students’ other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences); Promote the students’ personal development and an understanding of themselves and others. of papers

Course Components: Reading Candidates are assessed on their ability to: • R1 understand and collate explicit meanings • R2 understand, explain and collate implicit meanings and attitudes • R3 select, analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes • R4 understand how writers achieve effects. Writing Candidates are assessed on their ability to: • W1 articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined • W2 order and present facts, ideas and opinions • W3 understand and use a range of appropriate vocabulary • W4 use language and register appropriate to audience and context • W5 make accurate and effective use of paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and spelling. Assessment The assessment scheme is as follows: Paper 1 – Reading : 2 Hours – 50% Paper 2 - Writing : 2 Hours – 50%

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IGCSE Option Booklet 2019-2021  

IGCSE Option Booklet 2019-2021