RGSV A-Level Subjects Guide for 2023-2025 cohort

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CONTACT Head of Secondary: Colin Bradshaw Bastida colin.bastida@reigategrammar.edu.vn No. 7 Nguyen Cong Thai Street, Dai Kim Urban Area Dinh Cong, Hoang Mai, Hanoi, Vietnam Tel: +84 (0) 2435 409 183

Acknowledgement: Information within the following handbook has been drawn from various sources and as such are subject to the original copyright Further information can be found at: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-international-as-and-a-levels/

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INTRODUCTION The purpose of this guide is to outline the structure of the Cambridge International A-Level Programme that Reigate Grammar School Vietnam (RGSV) will offer to students in Years 12 and 13 (Grades 11 and 12). Please consider carefully the School’s Mission Statement that is the framework in which our academic programme is delivered.

THE RGSV MISSION STATEMENT Reigate Grammar School Vietnam empowers and inspires students to become active, lifelong learners by providing a challenging, globally-relevant curriculum that meets the needs of individual learners. Our holistic and balanced approach nurtures each student’s potential and their enquiring minds. We foster internationalmindedness by connecting students to their local and global communities to foster awareness and sustainable action. Our Vision Reigate Grammar School Vietnam aspires to nurture, empower and connect students with their local and global communities, to become international citizens who are active, compassionate and life-long learners. Nurture Empower Connect Our Values The core set of values, principles and skills we seek to promote in our students include: Enquiry Creativity Independent learning Problem solving Critical thinking Teamwork International mindedness

WHAT IS CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL A-LEVEL PROGRAMME? The Cambridge International A-Level Programme is a course of study for post-16 students of Secondary School. It leads to external examinations and the award of certificates in each subject studied. Thousands of learners worldwide gain places at universities every year with Cambridge International A- Levels. The syllabuses develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. Cambridge A-Levels is recognised by leading universities around the world. Cambridge International qualifications are now offered in over 10,000 schools, located in over 160 countries.

WHAT IS THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL A-LEVEL PROGRAMME CURRICULUM AT RGSV? Curriculum Model at RGSV Students will study the following STEM-inspired subjects: Business Chemistry Mathematics Physics They will also follow the RSV-bespoke enrichment elements consisting of: English as a Second Language IELTs preparation Electives Extra-curricular activities Henry Smiths studies International Project Qualification (IPQ)

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Cambridge International A-Level Programme Subject Selection Processes and Procedures Year 11 (Grade 10) students will begin learning about the Cambridge International A-Level Programme during Semester two of their Year 11 (Grade 10) year. Please see the timetable below. This timetable outlines items to be focused on for subject selection and career focuses, and sets deadlines for information to be shared with parents. During Semester two, Year 11 (Grade 10) students will be introduced to the different programmes of study offered at RGS Vietnam, and the various course options that all students have. Additionally, students will be researching and considering careers options to better inform them of how their future goals might impact their subject selection processes. These subject selection and careers-focused sessions will occur either during subject group classes or scheduled Friday homeroom times and invitation to special presentations. The A-Level Programme Coordinator schedules these days and times into the overall homeroom calendars and coordinates the course presentations with the appropriate teachers and the careers focused events with the University Counsellor (UC). These are required components of the Year 11 (Grade 10) Homeroom pastoral programme. Procedures: Year 11 (Grade 10) students will: Complete a subject pre-survey at the start of Semester 2 Attend the A-Level Subject Selection events in Semester 2 Participate in the A-Level Taster Day in Semester 2. Have their A-Level subject selection be finalized and approved by the A-Level Programme Coordinator by 26th May.

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Procedures for changing Subject Selection after May: Students who would like to make changes to their subject selection after May confirmations will need to do the following: If a change request occurs during the summer, students in combination with parents will need to email the A-Level Coordinator to request the change. The A-Level Coordinator will confirm the change and update relevant documents as soon as possible over the holiday period. During Semester 1 of the Year 12 (Grade 11) A-Level students will have 4 weeks to make a subject selection and/or programme change. In order to make the change students will have to: Have attended at least 3 lessons of the subject or 3 weeks in the programme under consideration for a change Have a valid justification for the change Complete a subject change or programme change form that will need to be signed by: Teachers teaching the classes connected to the change Programme coordinator University counsellor Parents There will be no subject changes after Term 1 of Year 12 (Grade 11) unless exceptional circumstances are brought to the attention of the A-Level Coordinator and the Head of Secondary. Subject Level changes will be considered on an ongoing basis Any consideration of changes will be at the discretion and consultation of the A-Level Coordinator and Head of Secondary. If a change request is not approved students may appeal to the Headmaster Procedures for Subject Selection for new students: New students will make their choices from 1st May by submitting their subject selection document before 1st June and confirmation will be made before the end of semester. If they have been enrolled for the next academic year at RGSV before 1st May then they will be invited to attend the subject selection evening and taster day. Over the summer New students will make their choices by submitting their subject selection document before 1st August. Confirmation will be made after 1st August and by the start of the new academic year. Parent meetings: Information about Subject Selection Process Workshop on Selecting subjects: Matching interests with university requirements Subject Selection evening *required*

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Timeline for Post-16 Option Choices

Semester 2: Week

Subject Selection

Week 1

Presentation in homerooms about the programmes

Week 6

Survey of subject selection

Week 9

Subject Selection Evening (A-level information available)

Week 11

Teachers fill in information regarding appropriateness of subject selection

Week 12

IGCSE Examinations Review Subject Selection/counsel students and parents

Week 13

Review Subject Selection/counsel students and parents

Week 14

Review Subject Selection/counsel students and parents

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IGCSE Exams • Final subject changes completed • All parent meetings finalised • Info shared with Head of Secondary

Week 16

Presentation in homerooms about the programmes

Week 17

Presentation in homerooms about the programmes

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SUBJECT INFORMATION

BUSINESS (9609) Entry requirements:

Who should take this course?

New students: equivalent of C or above grades in their Year 11 (Grade 10) studies Internal students: C or above grades at IGCSE Strong IGCSE grades in both Mathematics and English are essential for success in undertaking this course.

Students with a real-world focus. A good springboard to careers in: • Banking • Consultancy • Development • Finance • Human Resources • Management • Services

Why study A-Level Business? Through A-Level Business, you will engage with the world of business through the context of current business developments and real business situations. You'll learn how management, leadership and decision-making can improve performance in marketing, operational, financial and human resources. It is not an easy subject and you will need very strong Maths abilities and be comfortable writing essays.

How will the skills and knowledge be taught? Lessons are delivered in a variety of ways but always with the emphasis being placed on developing the skills to make reasoned arguments. As a student of Business you will be expected to broaden your understanding of the subject through wider reading, attendance at lectures and interest beyond the classroom. As this is a humanities subject, note you will need to be able to write longer, detailed essays whilst also being comfortable with figures in order to analyse data. Click on the Link to the official Cambridge website to read the full syllabus and look at some past examination papers: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-andqualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-business-9609/

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COURSE STRUCTURE Syllabus Overview The syllabus enables students to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. It encourages students to examine the process of decision-making in a dynamic and changing business environment and to develop critical understanding of business organisations. They learn about business and its environment, human resource management, marketing, operations management and finance and accounting. At Cambridge International A-Level, students also learn how to develop a business strategy. Content

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Business and its environment

Paper 1

Enterprise Business structure Size of business Business objectives Stakeholders in a business External influences on business activity Business strategy Human resource management Human resource management Motivation Management Organisational structure Business communication Leadership Human resource management strategy Marketing The nature of marketing Market research The marketing mix Marketing analysis Marketing strategy Operations management The nature of operations Inventory management Capacity utilisation and outsourcing Location and scale Quality management Operations strategy Finance and accounting Business finance Sources of finance Forecasting and managing cash flows Costs Budgets Financial statements Analysis of published accounts Investment appraisal Finance and accounting strategy

Business Concepts 1 (1 hour 15 minutes) 40 marks Section A: four short answer questions. There are two parts to the first three questions. Section B: one essay from a choice of two. There are two parts to each essay. Questions are based on syllabus content Externally assessed 20% of the A Level Paper 2 Business Concepts 2 (1 hour 30 minutes) 60 marks Two data response questions. There are six parts to each question. Questions are based on the syllabus content Externally assessed 30% of the A Level Paper 3 Business Decision-Making (1 hour 45 minutes) 60 marks Five questions based on a case study. There are three parts to Question 3 a and two parts to Question 4 Questions are based on the syllabus content Externally assessed 30% of the A Level Paper 4 Business Strategy (1 hour 15 minutes) 40 marks Two essay questions based on a case study Questions are based on syllabus content Externally assessed 20% of the A Level

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COMPUTER SCIENCE (9618) Entry requirements:

Who should take this course?

New students: equivalent of C or above grades in their Year 11 (Grade 10) studies Internal students: C or above grades at IGCSE A strong IGCSE grade in Mathematics is essential for success in undertaking this course.

A good springboard to careers in: • Computer and Information Systems Manager • Computer and Information Research Scientist • Software Development Engineer • Data Scientist • Software Developer • Information Security Analyst • Database Administrator

Why study A-Level Computer Science? Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Computational thinking helps students to develop the skill to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

How will the skills and knowledge be taught? Students will be taught through a mixture of practical programming and theoretical lessons. You will be able to apply the fundamental principles of computer science: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation. A key feature of the course is the real-world programming project. You will be able to pick your own problem to solve, allowing you to tailor your project to fit your individual needs, choices and aspirations. Click on the Link to the official Cambridge website to read the full syllabus and look at some past examination papers: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/Images/636089-2024-2025-syllabus.pdf

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COURSE STRUCTURE Syllabus Overview The syllabus enables students to understand, appreciate and develop computational thinking skills; an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers; an understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they interrelate, including software, data, hardware, communication and people; an understanding of the different methods of communication and the functionality of networks and the internet; and the skills necessary to apply this understanding to develop computer based solutions to problems. Content

Assessment

Information representation

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Data Representation Multimedia – Graphics, Sound Compression Communication Networks including the internet Hardware Computers and their components Logic Gates and Logic Circuits Processor Fundamentals Central Processing Unit (CPU) Architecture Assembly Language Bit manipulation System Software Operating Systems Language Translators Security, privacy and data integrity Data Security Data Integrity Ethics and Ownership Ethics and Ownership Databases Database Concepts Database Management Systems (DBMS) Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML) Algorithm Design and Problem-solving Computational Thinking Skills Algorithms Data Types and Structures Data Types and Records Arrays Files Introduction to Abstract Data Types (ADT)

Theory Fundamentals (1 hour 30 minutes) 75 marks Paper 1 will assess sections 1 to 8 of the syllabus content. Written paper. Externally assessed 25% of the A Level Paper 2 Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills (2 hours) 75 marks Paper 2 will assess sections 9 to 12 of the syllabus content. Candidates will need to write answers in pseudocode. Written paper. Externally assessed 25% of the A Level Paper 3 Advanced Theory (1 hour 30 minutes) 75 marks Paper 3 will assess sections 13 to 20 of the syllabus content. Written paper. Externally assessed 25% of the A Level Paper 4 Practical (2 hours 30 minutes) 75 marks Paper 4 will assess sections 19 to 20 of the syllabus content, except for low-level and declarative programming. Candidates will submit complete program code and evidence of testing. Candidates will be required to use either Java (console mode), Visual Basic* (console mode) or Python (console mode) programming languages. Externally assessed 25% of the A Level

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COMPUTER SCIENCE (9618)

Content Programming Programming Basics Constructs Structured Programming Software Development Program Development Life cycle Program Design Program Testing and Maintenance Data Representation User-defined data types File organisation and access Floating-point numbers, representation and manipulation Communication and internet technologies Protocols Circuit switching, packet switching Hardware and Virtual Machines Processors, Parallel Processing and Virtual Machines Boolean Algebra and Logic Circuits System Software Purposes of an Operating System (OS) Translation Software Security Encryption, Encryption Protocols and Digital certificates Artificial Intelligence (AI) Artificial Intelligence Computational thinking and Problem-solving Algorithms Recursion Further Programming Programming Paradigms File Processing and Exception Handling

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MATHEMATICS (9709) Entry requirements:

Who should take this course?

New students: equivalent of B or above grades in their Year 11 (Grade 10) studies Internal students: B or above grades at IGCSE

Students with a STEM focus. A good springboard to careers in: • Accountancy • Banking • Civil engineering • Cyber intelligence • Data analysis / statistics • Economics • Software development

Why study A-Level Mathematics? Mathematics is the art of problem solving, it is part of everyday life. From predicting the weather to understanding the origins of the universe, mathematics is used to describe and understand the world (and universe) around us. It is a vital tool in our increasingly technical world, playing an important role in many aspects of modern life, from protecting our details online to predicting the next stock market crash. Mathematics A-Level is essential for those who wish to study Mathematics at university and is a facilitating subject for all Science and Engineering-related degree courses.

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How will the skills and knowledge be taught? Lessons are taught in a variety of engaging and stimulating ways that focus on problem-solving that develop the students’ own thinking skills. Going beyond the classroom students have the opportunity to participate in competitions and attend several lectures and demonstrations to enrich and develop their interest in the subject. Click on the Link to the official Cambridge website to read the full syllabus and look at some past examination papers: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-andqualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-mathematics-9709/


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COURSE STRUCTURE Syllabus Overview Cambridge International A-Level Mathematics develops a set of transferable skills. These include the skill of working with mathematical information, as well as the ability to think logically and independently, consider accuracy, model situations mathematically, analyse results and reflect on findings. Students can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and these skills equip them well for progression to higher education or directly into employment. Cambridge International A Level Mathematics has two different routes: Pure Mathematics and Probability & Statistics only; or Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Probability & Statistics. Content

Assessment

Pure Mathematics 1

Paper 1

1.1 Quadratics 1.2 Functions 1.3 Coordinate geometry 1.4 Circular measure 1.5 Trigonometry 1.6 Series 1.7 Differentiation 1.8 Integration Pure Mathematics 3 3.1 Algebra 3.2 Logarithmic and exponential functions 3.3 Trigonometry 3.4 Differentiation 3.5 Integration 3.6 Numerical solution of equations 3.7 Vectors 3.8 Differential equations 3.9 Complex numbers Mechanics 4.1 Forces and equilibrium 4.2 Kinematics of motion in a straight line 4.3 Momentum 4.4 Newton’s laws of motion 4.5 Energy, work and power Probability & Statistics 5.1 Representation of data 5.2 Permutations and combinations 5.3 Probability 5.4 Discrete random variables 5.5 The normal distribution Probability & Statistics 2 6.1 The Poisson distribution 6.2 Linear combinations of random variables 6.3 Continuous random variables 6.4 Sampling and estimation 6.5 Hypothesis tests

Pure Mathematics 1 (1 hour 50 minutes) 75 marks 10 to 12 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 30% of the A Level Paper 3 Pure Mathematics 3 (1 hour 50 minutes) 75 marks 9 to 11 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 30% of the A Level Paper 4 Mechanics component paper (1 hour 15 minutes) 50 marks 6 to 8 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 20% of the A Level Paper 5 Probability & Statistics 1 component paper (1 hour 15 minutes) 50 marks 6 to 8 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 20% of the A Level Paper 6 Probability & Statistics 2 component paper (1 hour 15 minutes) 50 marks 6 to 8 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 20% of the A Level

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FURTHER MATHEMATICS (9231) Entry requirements:

Who should take this course?

New students: equivalent of A or above grades in their Year 11 (Grade 10) studies Internal students: A grade at Additional Mathematics and an A* at Maths IGCSE

Students with a STEM focus. A good springboard to careers in: • Accountancy • Banking • Civil engineering • Cyber intelligence • Data analysis / statistics • Economics • Software development

Why study A-Level Further Mathematics? Mathematics is the art of problem solving, it is part of everyday life. From predicting the weather to understanding the origins of the universe, mathematics is used to describe and understand the world (and universe) around us. It is a vital tool in our increasingly technical world, playing an important role in many aspects of modern life, from protecting our details online to predicting the next stock market crash. Further Mathematics A-Level is desirable for those who wish to study Mathematics at university and is a facilitating subject for all Science and Engineering-related degree courses.

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How will the skills and knowledge be taught? Lessons are taught in a variety of engaging and stimulating ways that focus on problem-solving that develop the students’ own thinking skills. Going beyond the classroom students have the opportunity to participate in competitions and attend several lectures and demonstrations to enrich and develop their interest in the subject. Click on the Link to the official Cambridge website to read the full syllabus and look at some past examination papers: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-andqualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-mathematics-further-9231/


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COURSE STRUCTURE Syllabus Overview Cambridge International A-Level Further Mathematics develops and extends a set of transferable skills. These include the skill of working with mathematical information, as well as the ability to think logically and independently, consider accuracy, model situations mathematically, analyse results and reflect on findings. Students can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and these skills equip them well for progression to higher education or directly into employment. Some universities prefer applicants for degrees in mathematics and mathematical/scientific subjects to have A-Level Further Mathematics or equivalent qualification. This syllabus is intended for high-ability learners who have achieved, or are likely to achieve, a high grade in the Cambridge International A-Level Mathematics examination. Knowledge of the whole content of the Cambridge International A-Level Mathematics syllabus is assumed. Learners will find that the additional time spent studying Further Mathematics will support their understanding of A-Level Mathematics.

Content

Assessment

Further Pure Mathematics 1

Paper 1

1.1 Roots of polynomial equations 1.2 Rational functions and graphs 1.3 Summation of series 1.4 Matrices 1.5 Polar coordinates 1.6 Vectors 1.7 Proof by induction Further Pure Mathematics 2 2.1 Hyperbolic functions 2.2 Matrices 2.3 Differentiation 2.4 Integration 2.5 Complex numbers 2.6 Differential equations Further Pure Mechanics 3.1 Motion of a projectile 3.2 Equilibrium of a rigid body 3.3 Circular motion 3.4 Hooke’s law 3.5 Linear motion under a variable force 3.6 Momentum Further Probability & Statistics 4.1 Continuous random variables 4.2 Inference using normal and t-distributions 4.3 2 | -tests 4.4 Non-parametric tests 4.5 Probability generating functions

Further Pure Mathematics 1 (2 hours) 75 marks 6 to 8 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 30% of the A Level Paper 2 Further Pure Mathematics 2 (2 hours) 75 marks 7 to 9 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 30% of the A Level Paper 3 Further Mechanics (1 hour 30 minutes) 50 marks 5 to 7 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 20% of the A Level Paper 4 Further Probability & Statistics (1 hour 30 minutes) 50 marks 5 to 7 structured questions based on subject content Written examination Externally assessed 20% of the A Level

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CHEMISTRY (9701) Entry requirements:

Who should take this course?

New students: equivalent of C or above grades in their Year 11 (Grade 10) studies Internal students: C or above grades at IGCSE A strong IGCSE grade in Mathematics is essential for success in undertaking this course.

Students with a STEM focus. A good springboard to careers in: • Anaesthetics • Chemistry • Criminology • Food science • Forensic Science • Medicine • Pharmacy

Why study A-Level Chemistry? A-Level Chemistry involves the investigation of substances: what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in modern industrial society. You will develop a logical approach to problem-solving as well as your ability to understand abstract principles. The course also encourages imaginative and critical thinking and develops your skills in laboratory procedures.

How will the skills and knowledge be taught? The course includes a large emphasis on practical work and students will learn many of the concepts and ideas through these sessions over the two years. Outside of the classroom students have the opportunity to participate in competitions and attend several lectures and demonstrations to enrich and develop their interest in the subject. Click on the Link to the official Cambridge website to read the full syllabus and look at some past examination papers: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-andqualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-chemistry-9701/

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COURSE STRUCTURE Cambridge International A-Level Chemistry builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of chemistry, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of chemistry ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International A-Level Chemistry is ideal for learners who want to study chemistry or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. Content

Assessment

Physical chemistry 1. Atomic structure 2. Atoms, molecules and stoichiometry 3. Chemical bonding 4. States of matter 5. Chemical energetics 6. Electrochemistry 7. Equilibria 8. Reaction kinetics

Paper 1

Inorganic chemistry 9. The Periodic Table: chemical periodicity 10. Group 2 11. Group 17 12. Nitrogen and sulfur

Paper 2

Organic chemistry 13. An introduction to AS Level organic chemistry 14. Hydrocarbons 15. Halogen compounds 16. Hydroxy compounds 17. Carbonyl compounds 18. Carboxylic acids and derivatives 19. Nitrogen compounds 20. Polymerisation 21. Organic synthesis Analysis 22 Analytical techniques Physical chemistry 23 Chemical energetics 24 Electrochemistry 25 Equilibria 26 Reaction kinetics Inorganic chemistry 27 Group 2 28 Chemistry of transition elements Organic chemistry 29 An introduction to A Level organic chemistry 30 Hydrocarbons 31 Halogen compounds 32 Hydroxy compounds 33 Carboxylic acids and derivatives 34 Nitrogen compounds 35 Polymerisation 36 Organic synthesis

Multiple Choice (1 hour 15 minutes) 40 marks 40 multiple-choice questions Questions are based on syllabus content Externally assessed 15.5% of the A Level

Structured Questions (1 hour 15 minutes) 60 marks Questions are based on the syllabus content Externally assessed 23% of the A Level Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills (2 hours) 40 marks Practical work and structured questions Questions are based on the experimental skills in the Practical assessment section of the syllabus Externally assessed 11.5% of the A Level Paper 4 Structured Questions (2 hours) 100 marks Structured questions Questions are based on syllabus content Externally assessed 38.5% of the A Level Paper 4 Planning, Analysis and Evaluation (1 hour 15 minutes) 30 marks Questions based on the experimental skills of planning, analysis and evaluation. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content. Externally assessed 11.5% of the A Level

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PHYSICS (9702) Entry requirements:

Who should take this course?

New students: equivalent of C or above grades in their Year 11 (Grade 10) studies Internal students: C or above grades at IGCSE A strong IGCSE grade in Mathematics is essential for success in undertaking this course.

Students with a STEM focus. A good springboard to careers in: • Architecture • Criminology • Engineering • Geoscience • Meteorology • Nanotechnology • Physics

Why study Physics? The subject stimulates and excites curiosity about phenomena and events in the world; satisfying this curiosity with knowledge and understanding. Physics can engage students at many levels and is a spur to critical and creative thought. Through science, and Physics in particular, students understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change; impacting on industry, business and medicine improving the quality of life.

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How will the skills and knowledge be taught? Practical skills are a core element of the course. Students will develop strong problem-solving and analytical skills to tackle a wide variety of question types. Outside the classroom students have the opportunity to participate in competitions and attend several lectures and demonstrations to enrich and develop their interest in the subject. Click on the Link to the official Cambridge website to read the full syllabus and look at some past examination papers: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-andqualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-physics-9702/


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COURSE STRUCTURE Cambridge International A-Level Physics builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International A-Level Physics is ideal for learners who want to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. Content

Assessment

1. Physical quantities and units 2. Kinematics 3. Dynamics 4. Forces, density and pressure 5. Work, energy and power 6. Deformation of solids 7. Waves 8. Superposition 9. Electricity 10. D.C. circuits 11. Particle physics 12. Motion in a circle 13. Gravitational fields 14. Temperature 15. Ideal gases 16. Thermodynamics 17. Oscillations 18. Electric fields 19. Capacitance 20. Magnetic fields 21. Alternating currents 22. Quantum physics 23. Nuclear physics 24. Medical physics 25. Astronomy and cosmology

Paper 1 Multiple Choice (1 hour 15 minutes) 40 marks 40 multiple-choice questions Questions are based on syllabus content Externally assessed 15.5% of the A Level Paper 2 Structured Questions (1 hour 15 minutes) 60 marks Questions are based on the syllabus content Externally assessed 23% of the A Level Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills (2 hours) 40 marks Practical work and structured questions Questions are based on the experimental skills in the Practical assessment section of the syllabus Externally assessed 11.5% of the A Level Paper 4 Structured Questions (2 hours) 100 marks Structured questions Questions are based on syllabus content Externally assessed 38.5% of the A Level Paper 4 Planning, Analysis and Evaluation (1 hour 15 minutes) 30 marks Two compulsory questions Questions based on the experimental skills of planning, analysis and evaluation. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content. Externally assessed 11.5% of the A Level

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INTERNATIONAL PROJECT QUALIFICATION (IPQ) The Cambridge International Project Qualification (Cambridge IPQ) is an exciting project-based qualification. Students have the opportunity to develop skills by carrying out research into a topic of their choice. Taking Cambridge IPQ allows learners to demonstrate engagement with their chosen topic beyond preparation for an exam, helping them to stand out from the crowd with university and job applications. Who is Cambridge IPQ for? It is ideal for students, like RGS Vietnam students who want to extend learning beyond their Cambridge International A-Levels and are looking for an opportunity to stand out from the crowd when applying to universities and employers. Studying for the Cambridge IPQ allows learners to demonstrate engagement with their chosen topic beyond preparation for an exam. Academic evidence suggests that this sort of deeper engagement will help develop their ability to be life-long learners. What will students learn? This is a skills-based qualification. Learners develop higher-order thinking skills that universities and employers look for, including analysis, evaluation and synthesis. It also builds their research, reflection and communication skills.

What will students do? Students complete a 5,000 word research project on a topic of their own choice. They can choose a subject to complement one of their Cambridge International A-Levels, or a topic that they are passionate about. They devise and develop a research question, conduct research to answer this question, record their progress in a research log and write a research report. In consultation with their teacher who will support them, students will: Identify a suitable research topic Devise, justify and develop an appropriate research question Plan and carry out the research, including undertaking a literature review identify, justify and use appropriate research methods write a 5000 word report use appropriate academic conventions for presentation of the report keep track of their progress using a research log. How is Cambridge IPQ assessed? Cambridge IPQ is a single component that is externally assessed (all projects are marked by Cambridge examiners). Students will be eligible for grades A* to E. Although it is a standalone qualification, it will be graded by Cambridge at the same standard as a Cambridge International A-Level. Click on the Link to the official Cambridge website to read more: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-andqualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-ipq/

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ADMISSIONS TO THE A-LEVEL PROGRAMME AT RGSV CAN ANYONE ENTER THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL A-LEVEL PROGRAMME?

WHAT DOES SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE A-LEVEL PROGRAMME MEAN?

Yes! Our A-Level programme is an open programme.

All final written examinations are taken at RGSV in May and June of Year 13 (Grade 12), but they are set and assessed by Cambridge International external examiners.

However, the programme is rigorous and students are advised to seriously consider the recommendations of teachers and counsellors as this can impact upon success in the A-Level programme. Admission Routes: Internal Entries: (Existing Students moving from Year 11/Grade 10 to Year 12/Grade 11) Students entering the A-Level Programme internally from the IGCSE Programme at RGSV take part in an extensive course selection process that includes input from staff as well as the A-Level Coordinator and University Counsellor. The A-Level Programme course selection process occurs during Year 11 (Grade 10), where students take part in a series of workshops and seminar sessions as outlined in the A-Level Subject selection process section of the booklet. External Entries: All external entries to the A-Level Programme undertake placement testing to help determine their suitable for the programme. Programme testing is based on the preliminary subject choices of each entrance student with tests in English and Mathematics mandatory for all applicants. This is considered in conjunction with previous school records and results of any recognised external examinations or assessments that are aligned to the expectations for Internal entrance within RGSV. As part of the application process each applicant has an individual course selection meeting with the A-Level Coordinator following successful completion of all entrance requirements prior to formal acceptance onto the A-level Programme. Each application is processed on a case by case basis. For further details please refer to the RGSV Admissions Policy.

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The Cambridge International grading scheme for each subject is as follows: A* = excellent A = very good B = good C = satisfactory D = mediocre E = poor An individual grade is awarded for each subject studied.

IS IT NECESSARY TO FOLLOW THE WHOLE PROGRAMME? Students who wish to enter most university courses will be expected to have completed all the suite of subjects studied. Under some conditions it may not be possible for a student to take the full A-Level Programme. In these instances a student may not be entered for one or more of the subject’s final examinations or may be withdrawn entirely from studying that subject.


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RECOGNITION OF THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL A-LEVEL FOR ADMISSIONS TO UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES – UK

RECOGNITION OF THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL A-LEVEL FOR ADMISSIONS TO UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES – USA

UK universities and colleges accept A-Levels for entry to all first degree courses and higher education institutions. However, the institutions are autonomous, and therefore the standards required are a matter for each individual institution to decide. Requirements will vary considerably depending on the institution, the course and even the year in which you’re applying for admission. It is recommended that students visit the Cambridge Assessment website to learn more about how their Cambridge A-Levels will be evaluated in the U.K. (cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/recognition-and-acceptance/country/uk/)

Cambridge International A-Levels enjoy wide recognition for admission to higher education institutions right across the USA. It is important to recognise that there is not a nationalised higher education system in the United States and institutions set their own unique admissions criteria. It is recommended students begin looking at university entrance requirements at towards the end of Year 11(Grade 10) as they start to choose their A-Levels courses. Students can also learn more about how to apply to the U.S. with their A-Levels by visiting the Cambridge Assessment website (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/recognition-and-acceptance/country/usa/).

All applications for full-time undergraduate degree, Diploma of Higher Education, HND and Foundation degree courses at UK Higher Education institutions should be made via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). All applications are made online via the UCAS website (www.ucas.com) between 1st September and 15th January for entry in the following September/October. (However, applications for the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge, and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine must be made by 15th October of the year preceding entry). Applicants may select up to five choices of institution/course, but are restricted to four choices for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine with the opportunity to apply to one further choice of courses in other subject areas. Applications to Art and Design courses are made through two different pathways of equal status: (a) Route A (simultaneous route) - applications to be made between 1st September and 15th January (b) Route B (sequential route) - applications to be made between 13th February and 24th March. Institutions make their decisions independently of each other and relay them to applicants via UCAS. If the final A-Level grades have not yet been awarded, the offers will normally be conditional on specified A-Level grades being obtained.

Although there is no centralised system in the United States that controls university admission or placement, all colleges and universities should value and accept the A-Levels as a valid qualification equivalent to the American high school diploma. A student interested in post-secondary study in the USA should contact each college or university directly. Each university application is unique, and it is the student’s responsibility to explore the college's website or email their Admissions Officer to understand all the requirements and deadlines of the specific college or university. In general terms, American colleges and universities require you to submit a written application for admission, which is often done through the Common Application (www.commonapp.org), the Coalition Application (www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org) or individual university websites. University applications often include written essays and a list of extracurricular activities the student has undertaken. Students will also need to request two letters of recommendation from teachers. RGSV will submit these letters of recommendation and a transcript with Secondary school grades directly to the university on the student’s behalf.

Please refer to the UCAS website (www.ucas.com) which includes Course Search listing entry requirements for all courses in the UCAS scheme.

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In addition, many universities require either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (www.collegeboard.org) or the American College Test (www.act.org). Although, these are becoming less of a requirement since the COVID-19 pandemic has limited test availability worldwide. Students whose first language is a language other than English are normally required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (www.toefl.org) or International English Language Testing System (www.ielts.org). Excellent A-Level exam results will increase a student’s chance for securing admission to selective universities and often count as credit towards completing a bachelor's degree. Other web sites may be helpful in answering general and specific questions about the college admissions process in the U.S.A. Consult The National Association of College Admissions Counseling (www.nacac.com); The College Board (www.collegeboard.org); EducationUSA (www.educationusa.info) and the Higher Education Directory and the Higher Education Resource Center of the web site for the Council of International Schools (www.cois.org).

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