Key Stage 4 Curriculum Guide 2021-22

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KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM GUIDE 2021-2022

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CONTENTS WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL

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INTRODUCTION TO IGCSES

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OPTIONS PROCESS

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SUPPORT PROGRAMMES

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HOW TO MAKE BEST CHOICES

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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ENGLISH LITERATURE

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

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MATHEMATICS

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COORDINATED SCIENCE

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BIOLOGY

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CHEMISTRY

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PHYSICS

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ART & DESIGN

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BUSINESS STUDIES

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COMPUTER SCIENCE

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ECONOMICS

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FRENCH

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GEOGRAPHY

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GERMAN

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

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HISTORY

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MUSIC

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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PSYCHOLOGY

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SPANISH

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SPANISH BEGGINERS COURSE

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WELCOME TO THE BRITISH SCHOOL WARSAW OUR VISION

The British School Warsaw was the first international school established by Nord Anglia Education; we opened our doors in 1992 with a total of 35 pupils and are part of the Nord Anglia family of 56 schools world-wide. Today our school community has over 1,000 students representing more than 60 different nationalities. We are extremely proud of the diverse and international community which we represent.

Our globally minded pupils live our core values in everything they do. They leave us ready for the future, as creative and flexible thinkers, able to access the very best universities in the world and seeking challenge and meaning in all that they aspire to do. Our excellent academic standards and results are a reflection of our success but what defines us is what our students and staff do, how they conduct themselves and how others view us. As a school we are at the forefront of the educational ‘debate’ both locally and regionally, always looking for ways to improve our own offer and also ready to support others where possible.

OUR MISSION The British School Warsaw provides an inclusive, high quality education in a diverse international setting. Supported by our global partners and support network our exceptional teachers ensure that every child is motivated and challenged to be ambitious learners fully prepared for the next stage of their life.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO (I)GCSES The British School Warsaw follows the UK education system; this is modified in places to reflect and accommodate our international student body in the context of Poland. We offer a breadth of subjects to accommodate the varying and individual needs of our students. Below is a list of the subjects available at IGCSE level at The British School Warsaw.

The curriculum in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) is suitable for all nationalities. It is carefully designed to be a natural progression from the work covered up until that point and an excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma offered in Years 12 & 13.

The IGCSE examinations are designed for students of all abilities. Most IGCSEs and GCSEs are graded from A* to G; with some using the 1-9 grading system.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) is comprised of a two year (I)GCSE course. IGCSEs are globally recognised qualifications set by British examining boards and sat by students at the age of 16 or at the end of Year 11. Currently the exam boards we opt for are CIE (Cambridge International Education), Edexcel and AQA; they are highly regarded and accepted by leading universities around the world and employers as evidence of academic ability.

Grades A* to C and 4-9, are called 'higher level passes' and are acceptable for the purpose of admission to UK universities.

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SUBJECTS OFFERED AT (I)GCSES *Compulsory subjects in blue

▷ English Language & English Literature OR 2nd Language English ▷ Mathematics ▷ Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Co-ordinated Science (on recommendation of Head of Department) ▷ Polish ▷ Core PE ▷ PSHE (Personal Social Health and Economics Education) ▷ Art and Design ▷ Business Studies ▷ Computer Science ▷ Economics ▷ French ▷ Geography ▷ German ▷ Global Perspectives ▷ History ▷ Music ▷ Physical Education (PE) ▷ Psychology ▷ Spanish

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OPTIONS PROCESS In Year 9 students begin the options process; choosing their specific (I)GCSE pathway from a wide range of subjects on offer.

Choosing (I)GCSE options is an exciting time and gives students an opportunity to make significant decisions about what they study in order to define their own distinctive path through life. During the options process we will encourage and support each student to make the most

appropriate, well-informed and personalised choices. To ensure that the best possible curriculum choices are made, we offer support through a robust and well-established decisionmaking process which begins in Year 9. Integral to this process are sessions such as:

PSHE LESSONS

focused on making good choices

PSHE, CAREERS EXPLORATION AND INFORMATION SUBJECT INFORMATION WEEK

when subject teachers inform their classes about the specifics of their subject’s IGCSE course

TASTER SESSIONS

held in those subjects which are completely new to the students.

FORM TUTOR MENTORING SESSIONS YEAR 9 OPTIONS EVENING for parents and students

LUNCHTIME ‘HELP DECIDING CLINICS’

in the lunchtimes following the Options Evening.

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WHAT CHOICES DO OUR STUDENTS HAVE?

WHAT OPTIONS DO OUR STUDENTS HAVE?

Every student will take a set number of compulsory subjects and then a number of optional subjects.

Please note that not every combination of subjects is possible simply because of the limitations of timetabling classes. These optional subjects are offered subject to maximum class sizes and availability within the timetable construction process. The Deputy Head of Secondary will contact any students and their parents if their choices cannot be accommodated.

Compulsory (Core) Subjects ■ English Language (First or Second Language) ■ English Literature (not taken by all students) ■ Mathematics ■ Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Co-ordinated Science ■ Polish (this may be examined or non-examined dependent on the learner profile)

In addition to the compulsory subjects, students choose one subject from each of the option blocks available. One subject must be taken from each block and no subject can be taken twice. These option blocks will be distributed after the Year 9 Options Evening.

All students will also participate in PE lessons and PSHE lessons, which, although compulsory, are not examined.

SUPPORT PROGRAMMES For a small number of students who are either still learning English (EAL) or need Learning Support, small group support is offered in one or more of the subject option blocks. This means that the children who take part in one of these programmes will have a reduced IGCSE load as EAL and Learning Support are not in themselves IGCSE subjects but are provided to support the students in their other exam courses These programmes are through invitation only. However, if you feel your child will benefit from one of these support programmes, please contact Our Assistant Head - Inclusion for more information.

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MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WANT EVERY STUDENT TO MAKE THE BEST CHOICES. WE ARE HERE TO OFFER ADVICE, SO PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK.

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HOW TO MAKE BEST CHOICES - A NOTE FOR STUDENTS It is vitally important that your final choices reflect a broad and balanced range of subjects. We would encourage students to discuss options with teachers, tutors, parents and friends; it is best to gather as much information and advice as possible, keeping an open mind until you are ready to make a final decision.

DO CHOOSE A SUBJECT BECAUSE:

DO NOT CHOOSE A SUBJECT BECAUSE:

• You will enjoy it

• Your friends have chosen it

• You have a strong interest in it

• You think it will be easy

• You are good at it

• You have been told it involves less work

• It will help you in your future career aspirations

• Relatives or friends tell you to do it without a good reason

and plans

• You just like your current teacher

• You believe that you will succeed in it

• You want to do something new for the sake of it

SOME KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER: • What are my strengths and weaknesses? • Which subjects do I enjoy the most? • Are there any specific requirements from my home country? • What qualifications or subjects do I need for my career aspirations?

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CORE CURRICULUM

English Language IGCSE - CIE (0500)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

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Through reading and writing examinations (50%) and coursework (50%).

Reading: the study of non-fiction texts Writing: personal writing and responses which inform, explain, describe and argue, persuade and advise.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD?

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? •

Read with insight and engagement, making appropriate reference to texts and developing and sustaining interpretations of them.

Understand and evaluate how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects.

Write with clarity, imagination, organisation and accuracy and for different readers and purposes.

Success in English is essential for virtually all careers. Specific careers that employ English skills include law, media, journalism, librarianship and teaching.

HOW WILL I LEARN? You will learn through: • Reading • Writing • Analysing prose

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE English, please email: Owen.Doherty@thebritishschool.pl

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CORE CURRICULUM

English Literature IGCSE - Edexcel (4ET1)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

Four literature texts will be studied: • Prose text • Modern Drama text • Literary Heritage text • Anthology Section C: A Selection of Poetry

Through examinations (60%) and written coursework (40%).

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Success in English is essential for achievement in virtually all careers. English Literature also prepares students for IB Literature. Specific careers that employ English skills include law, media, journalism, librarianship and teaching; in short, any with a premium on communication.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? •

A close knowledge of texts and the contexts in which they were written.

An understanding and appreciation of authors’ uses of characterisation, narrative, plot, setting and language.

The ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of poems.

Show understanding of how meanings and ideas are conveyed through language, structure and form.

Make connections and comparisons between poems.

A focused, sensitive, lively and informed personal response to texts.

HOW WILL I LEARN? You will learn through: • Reading • Writing • Discussing and listening • Analysing prose • Analysing poetry and drama.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE English Literature, please email: Owen.Doherty@thebritishschool.pl

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CORE CURRICULUM

English as a Second Language (ESL) IGCSE - CIE (0511 Count in Oral)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

Reading, writing and listening skills are tested through two examination papers. Speaking is tested through a face-to-face interview at the school.

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Various speaking and listening activities. Reading: non-fiction and media texts; prose. Writing: personal writing, reports, letters, emails, summaries etc.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? IGCSE in English as a Second Language is designed primarily as a qualification for candidates whose first language is not English and who are studying English in order to enhance their future educational or employment prospects.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? Reading • Skimming and scanning for information. • Comprehending gist and detail. • Following a line of argument or discussion. Writing • Adapting writing style to suit purpose and audience. • Ability to summarise texts succinctly. • Accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Listening • Understanding spoken English. • Understanding a conversation between two or more speakers. • Distinguishing between facts, ideas and opinions. Speaking (optional) • Communicate in speech comprehensibly and clearly. • Use a range of vocabulary, grammar and structures appropriately.

HOW WILL I LEARN? You will learn through: • Reading • Writing • Discussing and listening • Expressing your opinions • Presenting your ideas • Analysing texts

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE English, please email: Owen.Doherty@thebritishschool.pl

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CORE CURRICULUM

Mathematics

IGCSE - Edexcel (4MA1) WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

The IGCSE Mathematics course is defined by the National Curriculum. The main areas of study are: number; algebra; ratio, proportion and rates of change; geometry and measures; statistics; and probability. Pupils will master the various skills taught by practising questions on their own, or by discussing and working on tasks in pairs or small groups. Pupils will be expected to apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts and interpret, analyse and solve problems. Functional skills will be tested using real-life, scenario-based contexts.

Whichever tier the pupil sits, the IGCSE Mathematics course is assessed through an exam consisting of two written papers. Pupils will be able to use a calculator in both exams. Foundation Grades Available: 1 - 5 Assessment structure: Calculator paper Exam lenght: 2 hours Weighting of final grade: 50% Higher Grades Available: 4 - 9 Assessment structure: Calculator paper Exam lenght: 2 hours Weighting of final grade: 50%

Mathematics is a compulsory subject and pupils will begin studying the IGCSE course at the start of Year 10. There are two tiers of entry for the final examinations – Foundation and Higher.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Mathematics lends itself to a diverse range of careers and areas of further study: medicine; financial services; engineering; computer game design; forensic science; sports coaching; architecture... the list is almost endless! Increasingly, universities around the world are looking at grades in IGCSE Mathematics before offering pupils places on a course, as success in Mathematics is integral to so many areas of study.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Mathematics, please email: Dorota.Synowiec@thebritishschool.pl

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CORE CURRICULUM

Coordinated Science IGCSE - CIE (Double Award) (0654)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

The CIE IGCSE in Science (Double Award) enables pupils to: • acquire knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts and principles in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. • develop skills in experimental work, scientific method and accurate reporting. • form hypotheses and design experiments to test them. • Understand and appreciate the challenges of scientific and technological developments, including social, environmental and economic issues.

This CIE IGCSE in Coordinated Science (Double Award) qualification comprises three externally assessed papers: MCQ Paper: code 0654 (21) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 30 % Paper length: 45 minutes Total number of marks: 40 marks Theory Paper: code 0654 (41) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 50 % Paper length: 2 hours Total number of marks: 80 marks Paper 2: code 0654 (51) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 20 % Paper length: 2 hours Total number of marks: 40 marks

WHY STUDY COORDINATED SCIENCE? This is the option that most pupils will be expected to choose and offers the following advantages: • Pupils get to study all 3 Sciences at GCSE and will receive 2 GCSEs. • Pupils are still able to study any of the Sciences at IB HL. • Allows you to focus your time on other nonscience-based subjects. At Year 9, most pupils are not sure of which career path they will pursue in future; this option does not close any pathways for the future.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Coordinated Science, please email: Peter.Ormanczyk@thebritishschool.pl

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CORE CURRICULUM

Biology

IGCSE - CIE (0610)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

The CIE IGCSE in Biology enables pupils to: • Acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles • Develop an appreciation of the significance of biological facts, concepts and principles and the skills needed for their use in new and changing situations • Appreciate the importance of accurate experimental • work to scientific method and reporting • Form hypotheses and design experiments to test them • Sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the study of living organisms • Evaluate, in terms of their biological knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments, including those related to social, environmental and economic issues.

This CIE IGCSE in Biology qualification comprises of three externally assessed papers: Paper 1: code 0610 (21) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 30 % Externally assessed: Yes Paper length: 45 minutes Total number of marks: 40 marks Paper 2: code 0610 (41) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 50 % Externally assessed: Yes Paper length: 1 hour 15 minutes Total number of marks: 80 marks Paper 2: code 0610 (41) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 20 % Externally assessed: Yes Paper length: 1 hour Total number of marks: 40 marks

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Aside from being a truly interesting subject, Biology is essential for anyone interested in pursuing health- related careers like Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science and many more.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Biology, please email: Peter.Ormanczyk@thebritishschool.pl

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CORE CURRICULUM

Chemistry

IGCSE - CIE (0620)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

MCQ Paper: code 0620 (21) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 30 % Paper length: 45 minutes Total number of marks: 40 marks

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Physical Chemistry e.g. The physical properties of acids? Organic Chemistry e.g. The substances present in perfumes & aftershave Trends & Patterns e.g. The chemical reactions of group 1 metals Experimental skills e.g. The rates of chemical reactions

Theory Paper: code 0620 (41) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 50 % Paper length: 1 hour 15 minutes Total number of marks: 80 marks Paper 2: code 0620 (51) Percentage of total IGCSE mark: 20 % Paper length: 1 hour 15 minutes Total number of marks: 40 marks

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? Chemistry is an enjoyable subject in which enthusiasm is the number one requirement. You will learn a new idea in each lesson so you need to be ready to understand new ideas and ask questions. You must follow instructions to do a practical, observe a chemical change and try to work out what is happening. You will also need to be able to do some maths e.g. including unit conversions. The mathematics you will be expected to do in chemistry is equivalent to the content in a standard GCSE maths course.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? The IGCSE course is an excellent foundation for further study at IB level. Studying Chemistry is the preferred qualification for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biochemistry. It is also an excellent subject which will enable you to access courses such as Engineering, Law & Economics. Careers using Chemistry

HOW WILL I LEARN? Chemistry is a fantastic facilitating subject. It will enable you to develop a range of transferable skills including handling data, practical problem-solving and applying the scientific method. Chemistry is a practical subject, you will learn by a balanced combination of theory and experiments. You will learn using different learning tools from experiments, simulations, video clips, mind maps doing presentations and completing learning outcomes based on key chemical ideas.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Chemistry, please email: Peter.Ormanczyk@thebritishschool.pl

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Physics

IGCSE - Cambridge (0625)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

The CIE IGCSE in Physics enables pupils to: • Acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge • and the skills needed to apply this in new and changing situations in many domestic, industrial and environmental contexts. • Appreciate the practical nature of Physics, acquiring experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques. • Appreciate the importance of accurate experimental • work and reporting to scientific method. • Form hypotheses and design experiments to test them. • Evaluate, in terms of their scientific knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments. • Select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions.

The CIE IGCSE in Physics qualification comprises three assessments: MCQ Paper 30% 45 minutes 40 marks Theory Paper 50% 1 hour 15 minutes 80 marks Alternative to Practical Paper 20% 1 hour 40 marks

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Physics, please email: Peter.Ormanczyk@thebritishschool.pl

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Art & Design IGCSE – CIE 0400

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

range of materials, processes and techniques. Candidates are not expected to produce work from all the areas of study.

Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design encourages a range of skills, stimulates aesthetic awareness, knowledge and critical understanding of art, and provides opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills. Crucially, a personal and independent perspective is encouraged at all times. The syllabus is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities, materials and resources, and allows the different skills of the teaching staff to be fully used.

• Painting & Related Media • Photography & Lens Based Media including animation • Graphic Communication

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED? Coursework 50% of the overall grade and this is completed as one unit over Y10 and through to January of Y11 (minimum 1 year). This is student led where the student chooses a ‘theme’ to investigate. Candidates research, develop and realise a project from one area of study in the subject content from a theme.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? The aims are to enable students to develop: • an ability to record from direct observation and personal experience

Component 2 - 8 hours Externally Set Assignment 50%. Candidates respond to one starting point set by Cambridge International. Candidates may produce work from the same area of study as Component 1, but they do not have to. There are two parts to the assignment: – supporting studies and – a final outcome, produced during a supervised test of 8 hours’ total duration.

• an ability to identify and solve problems in visual and/or other forms • creativity, visual awareness, critical and cultural understanding • an imaginative, creative and personal response • confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement in the practice of art and design • growing independence in the refinement and development of ideas and personal outcomes

Assessment criteria for both components: • Recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses (25%)

• engagement and experimentation with a range of media, materials and techniques, including new media and technologies, where appropriate

• Exploring and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes (25%)

• experience of working in relevant frameworks and exploration of manipulative skills necessary to form, compose and communicate in two and/ or three dimensions

• Developing ideas through investigation, demonstrating critical understanding (25%) • Presenting a personal and coherent response that realises intentions and demonstrates an understanding of visual language (25%)

• a working vocabulary relevant to the subject and an interest in, and a critical awareness of, other practitioners, environments and cultures • investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretative, practical, technical and expressive skills which aid effective and independent learning.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

CLICK HERE to see the specification.

The areas of study listed below provide a framework of art and design practice and indicate an approach that encourages exploration. Learners may use either traditional media or new media or a combination of both, providing all assessment objectives are met. Candidates are encouraged to produce a variety of creative responses through exploration with a

If you require further information about IGCSE Art & Design, please email: Philippa.Simpson@thebritishschool.pl

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Business Studies IGCSE – CIE (0450)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

• Understanding business activity: Examines businesses’ objectives, the changing environment and the criteria for judging success • People in business: The focus is the functional area of human resources and includes the importance and methods of motivating a workforce. • Marketing: Focuses on identifying and satisfying customer needs in a changing and competitive international environment. • Operations management: The focus is the functional area of production and includes the meaning and methods of production and how productivity can be increased. • Financial information and decisions: Explores the use of accounting and financial information as an aid to decision making. • External influences on business activity: This section focuses on different external influences on business activity and how these impact on a business. It includes government influences on economic, environmental and ethical issues and how they impact on the functional areas of businesses.

Two-paper assessment Paper 1: Short Answer and Data Response 1h 30 minutes 50% of total marks. Paper 2: Case Study 1h 30 minutes 50% of total marks.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Business Studies makes an ideal starting point for studying IB Business Management or Economics. Pupils who plan to study Business at IB level or beyond have an advantage over other pupils if they have already achieved the IGCSE in Business Studies. Business graduates may typically work: • in management as a director or chief executive • as a specialist functional manager in • marketing, finance, sales or production • in the financial or banking sector • as a business analyst • in retail management • in the leisure and entertainment sector • as an entrepreneur or business owner • as a specialist skilled manager, project

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Business Studies, please email: Stephen.Cobb@thebritishschool.pl

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Computer Science IGCSE - CIE (0478)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

The core of Computer Science is the study of formal, logical methods for data processing and problem solving. The IGCSE course provides a foundation in Computer Science theory, while also introducing many topics from related engineering fields such as hardware design, electronics and networking.

The course is assessed through two written papers. It has no coursework requirements although students will be required to write a program as part of their exam preparation. Both papers are externally assessed. Paper 1: Theory (60% of final grade) • Number systems • Networking • Hardware Architecture • Software Architecture • Operating Systems • Security

The course forms an excellent basis for further studies in computing or engineering, and also leads students to develop generally applicable skills in areas like data analysis, computer security and programming in Python.

Paper 2: Practical (40% of final grade) • Algorithm design • Programming • Databases

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Computer Science is becoming more and more integral to a wide range of professions. Well-established career paths for Computer Scientists are data science, finance, software development, electrical engineering and telecommunications. The future is likely to bring many more opportunities in areas such as artificial intelligence and cyber-security.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Computer Science, please email: Lewis.Cressey@thebritishschool.pl

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Economics IGCSE - CIE (0455)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

Cambridge IGCSE Economics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of economics. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Economics candidates gain lifelong skills, including: • an understanding of economic theory, terminology and principles • the ability to apply the tools of economic analysis • the ability to distinguish between facts and value judgements in economic issues • an understanding of, and an ability to use, basic economic numeracy and literacy. • the ability to take a greater part in decision-making processes in everyday life • an ability to use examples from a variety of economies • an excellent foundation for advanced study in economics.

Two-paper assessment We will test knowledge, understanding, analytical and evaluation skills around two themes: Paper 1: Multiple choice 45 minutes 30% 30 marks. Paper 2: Structured questions 2 hours 30 minutes 70% 90 marks

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? The IGCSE Economics course offers good preparation for several IB subjects and links particularly well with Business and Management, Geography, Politics and Mathematics., Actuary, Healthcare analytics specialist, statistician, Operations research analysts, credit analysts, Investment managers etc. Economics graduates may typically work as: • An economist • A consultant • A policy advisor • An investment banker • A financial analyst for the treasury • A specialist reporter or journalist • A college or university lecturer • An Actuary • An Operation Research Analyst • A Credit Analyst.open doors on every career path making sure that you are a step ahead of the game.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Economics, please email: Stephen.Cobb@thebritishschool.pl

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French

IGCSE – CIE (0520)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

You will further develop the skills you have already acquired in French to use the language at CEFR B2 level in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, exploring the themes of Everyday Activities, Personal and Social Life, The World around us, The World of Work & The International World. You will communicate with greater sophistication, using advanced grammar and articulate expressions.

You will be assessed in all four skills in the final iGCSE exams. The final grade is awarded as follows: 25% Listening, 25% Reading, 25% Speaking and 25% Writing. To prepare you for this and to monitor your progress, making sure you are on track, there will be assessments in each of these skills every term.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED?

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Languages are invaluable to communicate in our increasingly connected, globalised society. They open doors on every career path making sure that you are a step ahead of the game.

Success at the course requires you to build on KS3 knowledge, being curious and inquisitive, diligent and ready to take risks, understanding that trial and error are key to learning. You will learn using authentic materials, guidance from expert, experienced teachers, and regular practice in all four skills with a focus on you using the language to express yourself.

HOW WILL I LEARN? You will learn through: • Reading • Writing • Discussing and listening • Analysing prose • Analysing poetry and drama.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE French, please email: Nicholas.Bentley@thebritishschool.pl

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Geography IGCSE – CIE (0460)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

Geography is the study of place and space, and how humans interact with their physical and other human environments. Geography examines the environmental and ecological aspects of our planet and our relationships with them.

During the two year syllabus, there are regular end-of-unit assessments that reflect recent performance.

You will study the following themes: • Theme 1: Population and Settlement. • Theme 2: The Physical Environment. • Theme 3: Economic Development.

Paper 1 – Geographic Themes. Themes 1,2 and 3 are assessed from a choice of 3 questions out of 6, divided equally between the three units. 75 marks available for this paper, weighted at 45% of whole award.

At the end of Year 11, iGCSE Geography students sit their final external examinations made up of three papers:

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? • • •

Paper 2 – Geographical Skills. Throughout the two years, various skills such as map work and cross-sections are taught, and assessed in this paper. 60 marks available.

A good blend of intelligence and common sense. An open mind and an enthusiastic learning nature. Able to write extended answers with a good degree of accuracy, structure and meaning. Good sense of place and space.

Paper 4 – Alternative to Coursework. Virtual and remote fieldwork skills such as hypothesis analysis and field practice are taught during the two years, and assessed in this paper. 60 marks available. (NB: No Paper 3 – Fieldwork).

HOW WILL I LEARN?

WHERE COULD IT LEAD?

Many occupations and careers embrace a knowledge of Geography, including:

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Analyse graphs, tables and various sets of data to arrive at evidence-based conclusions. Analyse photographs, field sketches, maps and other cartographical data to support written material. Fieldwork/Virtual fieldwork. Debates, group work, individual research and presentations. Oral and visual responses used to support theories and themes.

Pilot, Transport and Logistics, Police Service, Travel Industry, Environmental Science, Science and Engineering, Cartography, Commercial & Residential Surveying, GIS Officer, Education, Town and City Development.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Geography, please email: Evelina.Mroczkowska@ thebritishschool.pl

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German

IGCSE – CIE (0525)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

You will further develop the skills you have already acquired in German to use the language at CEFR B2 level in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, exploring the themes of Everyday Activities, Personal and Social Life, The World around us, The World of Work & The International World. You will communicate with greater sophistication, using advanced grammar and articulate expressions.

You will be assessed in all four skills in the final iGCSE exams. The final grade is awarded as follows; 25% Listening, 25% Reading, 25% Speaking and 25% Writing. To prepare you for this and to monitor your progress, making sure you are on track, there will be assessments in each of these skills every term. Languages are invaluable to communicate in our increasingly connected, globalised society. They open doors on every career path making sure that you are a step ahead of the game.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED?

WHERE COULD IT LEAD?

Success at the course requires you to build on KS3 knowledge, being curious and inquisitive, diligent and ready to take risks, understanding that trial and error are key to learning.

Success in English is essential for achievement in virtually all careers. English Literature also prepares students for IB Literature. Specific careers that employ English skills include law, media, journalism, librarianship and teaching; in short, any with a premium on communication.

HOW WILL I LEARN? You will learn using authentic materials, guidance from expert, experienced teachers, and regular practice in all four skills with a focus on you using the language to express yourself.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE German, please email: Nicholas.Bentley@thebritishschool.pl

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Global Perspectives IGCSE – CIE (0457)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

Global Perspectives gives you the opportunity to look at a range of global issues. There are a 24 optional topics, from ‘Disease and Health,’ ‘Trade and Aid’ and ‘The Digital World’ but ultimately the Global Perspectives IGCSE focuses on the development of analytical and evaluative skills over the content.

There are three components to the IGCSE Global Perspectives course.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED?

Component 2: Individual Report • 30% • 60 marks • A 1500-2000 word research report based on a topic area from a choice of 8 topics

Component 1: Written Examination. • 35% • 1 hour 15 minutes • 70 marks • Four compulsory questions based on a range of sources

Global Perspectives attracts open, internationally minded students who enjoy vigorous discussions and debates and learning about other people’s perspectives on the world.

Component 3: Team Project • 35% • 70 marks • A collaborative project in small groupsthere is a team element and a personal element.

HOW WILL I LEARN? You will have opportunities to acquire and apply a range of skills, including: gathering, synthesising and communicating information, collaborating with others to achieve a common outcome, analysing and evaluating planning, processes and outcomes, developing and justifying a line of reasoning. You will assess information critically and explore lines of reasoning. You will learn to collaborate with others from another culture, community or country, directing much of your own learning and developing an independence of thought.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? By studying Global Perspectives you’ll gain a comprehensive and flexible qualification that will equip you to take up career paths that include entering into international relations, trade, foreign affairs, diplomacy, politics, local government, environmental research and planning and international development

Some activities regularly done in class are discussions, debate, research projects and oral presentations.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Global Perspectives, please email: Joanne.Felts@thebritishschool.pl

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History

IGCSE – CIE (0470)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

You will begin by studying the aftermath of World War One. The Paris Peace Treaties were imposed by the victors (Britain, France and the USA) upon the losers (Germany). The lines on the maps were then redrawn, causing problems for all nations, and even setting up a new organisation called the League of Nations failed to prevent the subsequent invasions in Manchuria, Abyssinia and Central Europe. You will then consider how World War Two began and study the policies of Hitler in Germany and Chamberlain in Britain. You will also meet the Cold War with its threat of nuclear annihilation. This involves linking concepts like containment, rollback, massive retaliation and detente to the events that took place in Berlin, Korea, Hungary and Vietnam. Politicians such as Churchill, Stalin, Kennedy, Castro, Khrushchev, Ho Chi Minh and Gorbachev will come under your scrutiny. You will also undertake a depth study where you will focus on a specific national case study (for example USA 1919-1941 or Germany 1918-1939), analysing the socioeconomic and political changes that took place.

There are three components to the IGCSE History course: • Paper 1 is a two-hour exam covering the core content and depth study – It assesses the ability to describe, explain and analyse historical concepts. • Paper 2 is a two-hour source exam on a particular topic – looking at the inquiry skills that students build up over their historical education. • Paper 4 is a one-hour exam that assesses the concept of historical significance.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Most people who study History do not become professional historians, however employers often deliberately seek pupils with capabilities that the studying of History promotes. It is no coincidence that so many leaders, past and present, in a whole range of businesses and professions throughout the world have a background that has included the study of History. The skills you will acquire are highly valued, with possible career choices such as law, research, resources, archaeology, architecture, politics, diplomacy, economics, finance, accountancy, business, education, the military, the police and journalism, to name a few.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? Although the content of the course will either be new, or will address topics in much greater detail than previously taught, nevertheless it is important to realise that the focus of much of the teaching of History in Years 7, 8 and 9 has been to prepare and equip pupils with the skills necessary to take their studies forward; Years 10 and 11 will be the opportunity to bring this to fruition.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE History, please email:

HOW WILL I LEARN?

Joanne.Felts@thebritishschool.pl

History promotes academic rigour, critical analysis and researching skills, which will enable you to find and evaluate sources of information and identify and discuss diverse interpretations. 28


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Music

IGCSE - CIE (0410) WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

GCSE Music is centered around three areas of study: Area of study 1:Listening You will listen to, explore, investigate and learn to recognise and describe (where appropriate) the musical features of a variety of Western and World Music from the Baroque Era to the present day. Area of Study 2: Performing On an instrument of your choice or singing, you will develop your skills as a performer. You will develop a healthy and productive practice routine and in class play music both as an individual and in a group with your peers. You can play any genre of music you prefer from Baroque to Pop and Rock. Area of Study 3:Composition Whether you prefer to compose live at the piano, with your instrument, voice or using music technology, you will learn and develop a wide variety of composition techniques with the option of using software such as Garageband, Logic proX and Sibelius. You can choose compose in any style of music you prefer.

Listening and analysis: 40% of total grade One exam of 1-hour 15mins duration at the end of the course Performing: 30% of total grade Internally mark and externally moderated. Two audio performances (one solo, one group) lasting no more than 4 minutes in total length and recorded at any point during the course. Composing: 30% of the total grade Internally mark and externally moderated. Two free compositions of no more than 3 minutes combined duration.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? IGCSE Music will show employers you have a wide range of interests and skills, as well as demonstrating that you have shown dedication and commitment to learning a musical instrument and to studying music. GCSE Music can also help with confidence, presentation and performance skills needed in situations such as job interviews. Jobs in the music industry include performance, production, sound engineer, composer, music journalist or music publishing. Due to the many transferable gained when studying music, it is common for medics, lawyers and teachers hold qualifications in music.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? This is a qualification that develops not only creative transferable skills but develops your ability to problem solve, plan, research, analyse and develop critical thinking skills. Pupils are required to actively engage in the creative process of performance and composition in order to develop as an effective and independent learners.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Music, please email: Joanne.Turner@thebritishschool.pl

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Physical Education IGCSE – Edexcel (1PE0)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

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Theory: 60% of the overall grade Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes. 36% of the overall grade. Paper 2: 1 hour 15 minutes. 24% of the overall grade.

Applied anatomy and physiology Movement analysis Physical training Health, fitness and well-being Sport psychology Socio-cultural influences Use of Data

Practical activity: 30% of the overall grade Pupils complete three physical activities: - One must be a team activity. - One must be an individual activity. - The final activity can be a free choice.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED?

Practical coursework: 10% of the overall grade Pupils must produce a “Health-related exercise/ training programme”. This includes a written piece of coursework, which is combined with an analysis of their own practical performance.

Having a PE qualification also shows that a pupil has more to offer than academic skills. GCSE PE requires teamwork, dedication, good communication, organisational skills, responsibility, the ability to analyse and evaluate and a high level of practical ability. All of these are greatly valued by sixth form colleges and universities

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? IGCSE PE opens the door to a lot of different career paths, for example: a professional sports person, coaching and managing, the Sport & Leisure Industry, sports agent, the Travel & Tourism industry, personal training, physiotherapy, nutrition, firefighting, the police force, the armed services, an event’s organiser, sports law and teaching

HOW WILL I LEARN? Lessons will be a mixture of theory lessons in the classroom and practical sessions, to practice sporting activities and to apply theoretic concepts to sporting situations.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Physical Education, please email: Caroline.Vinent@thebritishschool.pl 30


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Psychology IGCSE (AQA

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This AQA GCSE in Psychology qualification comprises of two externally assessed papers: Paper 1: Cognition and behaviour What's assessed: • Memory • Perception • Development • Research methods How it’s assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE Paper 2: Social context and behaviour What's assessed: • Social influence • Language, thought and communication • Brain and neuropsychology • Psychological problems How it’s assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE The qualification will be graded on a nine-point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

The AQA GCSE in Psychology enables pupils to learn about: • Memory; including the processes and structures of memory • Perception; including visual cues, visual illusions and factors affecting perception • Development; including early brain development and Piaget’s stage theory • Research methods; including types of variables, sampling methods and designing research • Social Influence; including conformity and obedience • Language, thought and communication; including differences between human and animal communication and non-verbal communication • Brain and neuropsychology; including the structure and function of the nervous system and brain • Psychological problems; including depression and addiction

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED? This course requires students to be able to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological ideas, processes and procedures; apply knowledge and understanding of psychological ideas, processes and procedures and analyse and evaluate psychological information, ideas, processes and procedures to make judgements and draw conclusions.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Studying psychology at GCSE will give you a solid foundation upon which to build your psychological knowledge and is particularly helpful if you choose to study Psychology for IBDP. Exciting career opportunities include: Clinical, Counselling, Educational, Forensic, Health and Occupational psychologist and Further education teacher. The expertise that you will possess as a psychologist will assist you in a range of sectors, including mental health, social work, education, business and even sport and fitness.

HOW WILL I LEARN? Students will be encouraged to: • use specialist vocabulary, psychological concepts, terminology and convention to engage in the process of psychological enquiry • understand how psychological research is conducted • present information, develop arguments and draw conclusions • develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and personal, moral, social and cultural issues, and develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology • develop an understanding of psychological issues

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE History, please email: Lee.Reid@thebritishschool.pl

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Spanish

IGCSE - CIE (0530)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

You will further develop the skills you have already acquired in Spanish to use the language at CEFR B2 level in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, exploring the themes of Everyday Activities, Personal and Social Life, The World around us, The World of Work & The International World. You will communicate with greater sophistication, using advanced grammar and articulate expressions.

You will be assessed in all four skills in the final iGCSE exams. The final grade is awarded as follows; 25% Listening, 25% Reading, 25% Speaking and 25% Writing. To prepare you for this and to monitor your progress, making sure you are on track, there will be assessments in each of these skills every term.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED?

Languages are invaluable to communicate in our increasingly connected, globalised society. They open doors on every career path making sure that you are a step ahead of the game.

WHERE COULD IT LEAD?

Success at the course requires you to build on KS3 knowledge, being curious and inquisitive, diligent and ready to take risks, understanding that trial and error are key to learning.

HOW WILL I LEARN? You will learn using authentic materials, guidance from expert, experienced teachers, and regular practice in all four skills with a focus on you using the language to express yourself.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Spanish, please email: Nicholas.Bentley@thebritishschool.pl

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Spanish Begginers Course IGCSE - CIE (0530)

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESED?

You will start Spanish from scratch on this ambitious two-year course with the ability to progress to CEFR B2 level in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. In the first year you will cover the KS3 sylabus before moving on to the themes of Everyday Activities, Personal and Social Life, The World around us, The World of Work & The International World in the second year.

Should you chose to sit the iGCSE exam, you will be assessed in all four skills. The final grade is awarded as follows; 25% Listening, 25% Reading, 25% Speaking and 25% Writing. To prepare you for this and to monitor your progress, making sure you are on track, there will be assessments in each of these skills every term.

WHAT SKILLS/QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED?

WHERE COULD IT LEAD? Languages are invaluable to communicate in our increasingly connected, globalised society. They open doors on every career path making sure that you are a step ahead of the game.

Success at the course requires real hard work and dedication. You should choose this course if you would like to add another language to those you are already studying, if you have not yet done a foreign language at TBS Warsaw or if you require a completely fresh start with Spanish.

HOW WILL I LEARN? You will use a variety of books, online resources and authentic materials, benefiting from guidance from expert, experienced teachers, and regular practice in all four skills with a focus on you using the language to express yourself.

CLICK HERE to see the specification. If you require further information about IGCSE Spanish, please email: Nicholas.Bentley@thebritishschool.pl

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