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Welcome - Key Stage Four

Head of Sixth Form
Mr Gibson - Head of KS4

With a thorough introduction via the KS3 program, students are able to embark on their Year 10 choices with real enthusiasm and confidence.

These two-year courses will be a thorough litmus test for all students as they begin to create and submit IGCSE coursework pieces and collate and consolidate their learning across ten subjects. Compulsory subjects are set; with Mathematics, English Language & Literature, Spanish and Physical Education forming the building blocks for all students. Added to these are 5 ´options ´ chosen across a broad selection which comprises Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, French, German, Art, Drama, Music, Business Studies and Latin.

These 5 additional choices, help to embellish and enrich the curriculum to provide each EIC student, with a varied and balanced IGCSE portfolio, appealing to Universities and employers alike. It is hoped that all students, via the completion of Key Stage 4 courses, will gain grades that facilitate a smooth and informed pathway into our Sixth Form. With the EIC Sixth Form attention rapidly turns to A-Level outcomes, university applications, and indeed preparation for entrance.

GCSE COURSES

Art & Design

Qualification:

GCSE Linear Two Year Course

Board:

Edexcel Fine Art (1FAO)

Assessment:

COMPONENT 1. Personal Portfolio (Internally Set) 60% of the overall marks.
COMPONENT 2. Externally Set Assignment (set by Edexcel) 40% of the overall marks

Art & Design

About the course

PERSONAL PORTFOLIO/ COURSEWORK
Students create a personal portfolio of work that demonstrates the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in the syllabus. They are free to devise any theme(s), project(s) or task(s) appropriate to available resources, expertise, abilities and interests.

EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

Students must present personal response(s) to an externally set broad-based thematic starting point, set by Pearson in the ESA paper.

Both components allow students to:

  1. Develop and explore ideas.
  2. Research primary and contextual sources.
  3. Experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes.
  4. Present personal response(s) to established theme(s).

* The proportion of the 120 guided learning hours spent on this component should reflect its 60% weighting.

Did You Know

Art and Design allows students to develop transferable skills, teaching them to:

  • A) Apply a creative approach to problem solving.
  • B) Consider and develop original ideas from initiation to realisation.
  • C) Analyse critically their own work and the work of others.
  • D) Express individual thoughts and choices confidently.
  • E) Take risks, experiment and learn from mistakes.

This course will lead to (degree/careers)

  • ARTIST: Painter, Sculptor, Installation artist or any other practitioner that works autonomously in any given field of Art and Design.
  • Graphic Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Prosthetics
  • Illustrator
  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Make-up Artist
  • Prop-maker
  • Art Historian/ Gallery Curator
  • Art Therapist
  • Marketing/ Advertising
  • Events Planner
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Art Teacher
  • Printmaker
  • Photographer
  • Video Game Designer
  • Concept Artist
    … and the list goes on…
Biology

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge International Examinations

Assessment:

Syllabus: 0610
Examinations:
Paper 1: Multiple choice paper (30%)
Paper 2: Structured Paper (50%)
Paper 3: Alternative to practical paper (20%)

Biology

About the course

Biology is a popular Science and is often chosen by students because they see its relevance to their own lives and experiences. The syllabus is wide-ranging and consists of 21 sections which cover a very diverse array of topics, ranging
from the fundamental components of individual cells to the effects of human activities on ecosystems and biodiversity. There is a strong practical emphasis in the course and students are encouraged, whenever possible, to carry out a range of experiments. These include investigations involving living organisms, chemical tests on nutrients and even the dissection of organs like hearts and kidneys. An online textbook fully covers the syllabus content and provides an interactive learning environment. A complete set of recordings have been developed to explain key ideas in detail and these can be accessed by students via Firefly.

Did You Know

According to the Washington Post, Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” has been voted the academic book that changed the world the most by a British academic publishing group and by the public.

The Royal Society science book prize listed Richard Dawkins’ book “The Selfish Gene” as the most influential science book of all time.

These two books were published about 100 years apart.

Potential Careers

  • Medicine
  • Research Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Nature Conservation
  • Biotechnology
  • Vetenary Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Government Agency Roles
  • Science Writing
  • Teaching and many others.
Business Studies

Qualification:

IGCSE Business (0450)

Board:

Cambridge International

Assessment:

100% Exam based
Paper 1 (50%) - 90 mins
Paper 2 (50%) - 90 mins

Business Studies

About the Course

The Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies syllabus develops learners’ understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence.

Learners not only study business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study at Cambridge International A Level and an ideal preparation for the world of work.

Did You Know

Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies is accepted by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of business concepts and techniques across a range of different types of businesses.

Potential Careers

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Banking, investment and financial services
  • General management
  • HR/personnel
  • Management consultancy
  • Public relations
  • Retail management
  • Sales and marketing
Computing

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge International

Assessment:

The specification is split into two units:
Section 1: Theory of Computer Science (60%). 1 hour 45 minute written paper.
Section 2: Practical Problemsolving and Programming (40%). 1 hour 45 minute written paper.

Computing

About the course

A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate: able to use and express themselves, and develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Did You Know

Employment in computer occupations is projected to increase by 15 percent from 2020 to 2025, and due to its large employment size, this growth is expected to result in nearly half a million new jobs, far more than any other STEM group.

Potential Careers

  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Quality Assurance
  • Network Administrator
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Business intelligence Analyst
Chemistry

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge International Examinations

Assessment:

Syllabus: 0620
Examinations:
Paper 1: Multiple choice paper (30%)
Paper 2: Structured Paper (50%)
Paper 3: Alternative to practical paper (20%)

Chemistry

About the Course

Chemistry is a branch of science which is concerned with materials of every description. It is an important Science. Chemists are interested in properties of substances. Chemists try to change one substance into another e.g. crude oil
into a range of useful and diverse products such as petrol, diesel, nylon, paint and adhesives. Chemistry helps us to understand those reactions which are responsible for life (‘you are a walking test tube’).

We learn the potential dangers of various pollutants on the environment. One of the many current growth areas in chemical research is biotechnology. The Chemistry IGCSE course is of a practical nature, giving the pupils, wherever
possible, an opportunity to design their own experiments, use apparatus, make observations, investigate and deduce logically.

Throughout the teaching of the syllabus, attention is drawn to the uses and effects of chemistry in everyday life.

Did You Know

Recently chemists have synthesised the clotting component of blood thus eliminating the risk of haemophiliacs contracting Aids from contaminated blood.

Did you know that Miss Virginia 2019 won her title dressed in a lab coat, rubber gloves and safety goggles? She was demonstrating an exciting chemical reaction commonly known as elephant´s toothpaste. Who says Chemists can´t be beautiful and cool!

Potential Careers

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Environmental Science
  • Science of Materials
  • Forensic Science
  • Government Agency Roles
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Toxicology
  • Biochemistry
  • Science Writing
  • Teaching
    ...and many others.
Drama

Qualification:

GCSE

Board:

Pearson Edexcel

Assessment:

EDEXCEL 9-1 drama
Component 1: Practical performance & portfolio of 1500-2000 words (60 marks)
Component 2: Two practical performances - external examiner (48 marks)
Component 3: Written paper - 1 hour 30 minutes (60 marks)

Drama

About the Course

The GCSE Drama syllabus will give you the opportunity to create your own work, as well as look at plays written by other people. The course encourages creativity, focusing on practical work, which reflects 21st century theatre practice and developing skills that will support progression to further study of Drama and a wide range of other subjects.

COMPONENT 1: DEVISING
Coursework and Performance worth 40% of the qualification. Students create and develop a devised piece of theatre for performance and submit a written portfolio between 1500 – 2000 words.

COMPONENT 2: PERFORMANCE FROM TEXT
Performance worth 20% of the qualification - externally assessed. Students perform to a visiting examiner two key extracts from a chosen performance text either as a group and/or a monologue or duologue.

COMPONENT 3: THEATRE MAKERS IN PRACTICE
Written Examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes worth 40% of the qualification. Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text. Live theatre performance evaluation.

Did You Know

As well as acquiring the skills involved in creating and performing Drama, you will also be able to acquire skills in working with others, problem solving and communication.

You will find that Drama will help you feel more selfconfident and prepare you to deal with a range of different situations and people.

Potential Careers

Drama can help you develop transferable skills, which you can take into careers or jobs such as:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Drama Teacher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Planner
  • Government Agency Worker
  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • International Drama
  • Company Director
  • International Development Worker
  • Theatre Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Linguist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Museum Curator
  • Playwright
  • Politician
  • Producer
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Speech Writer
  • Stage Manager
  • Television Series Producer
  • Theatre Company Director
  • Translator
  • Writer
English Language

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge

Assessment:

A* - E range

Component 1: Examination - Paper 1
Reading: 2 hours (80 marks)
Worth 50% of final grade

Component 2: Coursework
Portfolio (80 marks)
Worth 50% of final grade

English Language

About the Course

As a compulsory course, Cambridge IGCSE First Language English offers students the opportunity to respond with understanding to a rich array of reading texts during the course as a whole. Students will use these texts to inform and inspire their own writing, and write in a range of text types for different purposes and audiences.

Students are encouraged to become appreciative and critical readers, writers, speakers and listeners

Did You Know

More than 550 new words and sub-entries have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in their latest update (January 2020), including mentionitis, awesomesauce, safe space, and shticky.

Potential Careers

For any potential degree choice or career, everyone is required to have a C grade as a minimum in English Language. In some cases, if you are a non-native English speaker, this requirement could be increased to a B grade.

English Literature

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge

Assessment:

Component 1: Examination - Paper 1 Poetry and Prose: 1 hour, 30 minutes (50 marks) Worth 50% of final grade

Component 2: Examination - Paper 3 Drama: 45 minutes (25 marks) Worth 25% of final grade
Component 3: Coursework Portfolio (25 marks) Worth 25% of final grade

English Literature

About the Course

As a compulsory course, Literature in English enables students to read, interpret
and evaluate texts through the study of literature.

Students develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, they learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English
to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied.

The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting students’ better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.

Did You Know

The fastest selling book in history is ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, the seventh - and final - novel in JK Rowling’s (UK) Harry Potter series, which sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours (or 345,833 books per hour), following its release in the USA at 00.01 on 21 July 2007.

Rowling also holds the record for Highest annual earnings for a children’s author having notched up an estimated US$300 million (£150 million) between in 2007-2008 according to the Forbes Celebrity 100 list released on 11 June 2008.

Potential Careers

For any potential degree choice or career, everyone is required to have a C grade as a minimum in English Literature. In some cases, if you are a non-native English speaker, this requirement could be increased to a B grade.

French

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge

Assessment:

4 units:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Each unit represents 25% of the overall final grade.

French

About the Course

You will cover 5 broad topic areas: everyday activities; personal and social life; the world around us; the world of work; the international world. You will also expand your vocabulary and widen your range of tenses and language
structures.

You will build upon your existing knowledge and understanding of the language and culture relating to the countries where the language is spoken. In addition, you will develop your competence in the 4 main skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course serves as a good basis for further language study.

Did You Know

French is a language that is spoken on all 5 continents, so it is an incredible asset to open many doors. It is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations. It is not only a language for the job market, but also the language of culture.

Learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love.

Potential Careers

As well as specialising in the study of the language itself, you can combine the language with many other specialist subjects. A language will be an enrichment to any career and will open doors. In an even more globalised world, the need for linguists is constantly increasing and appealing to a huge variety of employers.

Some popular combinations in the past have been:

  • French + Business Studies
  • French + law
  • French + finance
  • French + journalism
  • French + literature
  • French + a science
  • French + economics
  • a language + French humanities subject.
Geography

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge

Assessment:

Paper 1 (theory) - 1hour 45min - 45%
Paper 2 (skills) - 1hour 30min - 27.5%
Coursework - 27.5%

Geography

About the Course

Geography lies at the junction between Science, Maths and the Humanities. It is the route to well rounded individuals with a sound understanding of the world around them, how they fit into that world and how they can influence it. Planet Earth is our home. It is awesome, diverse, inspiring and ever changing.

Geography is regarded as a facilitating subject and this means it works well with almost any combination of subjects. It shows that those who go the Science route can write and communicate effectively and that those that take the Arts / Languages / Humanities route can understand enough science and data to analyze and navigate our increasingly complex world.

It is therefore a vital subject for 21st century global citizens, enabling us to face questions of what it means to live sustainably in an interdependent world. Geography helps us investigate and to think critically and creatively about the complexities of places, and different views and feelings relating to places.

The course is divided into four areas: Population and Settlement, The Natural Environment, Economic Development and Geographical skills and investigations.

Did You Know

Mexico City sinks 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) a year because it was built over a lake. The city has sunk around 32 feet/10 m in the last 60 years.

Africa is the only continent situated in all the four hemispheres – the western, the eastern, the northern and the southern.

Potential Careers

Geography is regarded as a facilitating subject. This means it works well with almost any combination of subjects. It provides employers with evidence that you can deal with many different aspects of a job as it has a little bit of everything.

Potential careers are as diverse as Environmental Engineer, Petroleum Geologist, Oceanographer or Disease prevention specialist to Journalism, Film and Documentary production, International relations, Law or Political analyst.

German

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge

Assessment:

4 units:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Each unit represents 25% of the overall final grade.

German

About the Course

You will cover 5 broad topic areas: everyday activities; personal and social life; the world around us; the world of work; the international world. You will also expand your vocabulary and widen your range of tenses and language structures.

Aims
You will build upon your existing knowledge and understanding of the language and culture relating to the countries where the language is spoken. In addition, you will develop your competence in the 4 main skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course serves as a good basis for further language study.

Assessment
You will take the Cambridge IGCSE examination. The 4 main skills are assessed individually with each skill weighing 25% of the final mark. The final grades awarded range from A* to G.

Did You Know

German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe and German companies are global market leaders which means studying German opens doors in the business world.

Potential Careers

As well as specialising in the study of the language itself, you can combine the language with many other specialist subjects. A language will be an enrichment to any career and will open doors. In an even more globalised world, the need for linguists is constantly increasing and appealing to a huge variety of employers.

Some popular combinations in the past have been:

  • a language + business studies
  • a language + law
  • a language + finance
  • a language + journalism
  • a language + literature
  • a language + a science
  • a language + economics
  • a language + any humanities subject
History

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge

Assessment:

Assessment overview: All candidates take three components.
All candidates take Paper 1 and Paper 2.
Paper 1: 2 hours Written paper 40% 60 marks Candidates answer two questions from:
Section A (Core Content) and one question from Section B (Depth Studies)
Paper 2: 2 hours Written paper 33% 50 marks - Candidates answer six questions on one prescribed topic taken from the Core Content.
Paper 3 is Cousework: How significant was the role of Lenin1917-24?

History

About the Course

The twentieth century: international relations since 1919.
The course focuses on international relations - which in essence means the diplomatic impacts of World War One which ironically, in the final analysis, was a fundamental causal effect leading to World War Two as the The Third Reich tried to dismantle the post war treaties.

At the same time, there were three revolutions in Russia, ultimately leading to a new super power, Stalin’s USSR.

The content focuses on the following Key Questions:
• Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?
• To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
• Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?

Depth Study
Russia, 1905–41
Students who complete this course will begin to realise that the Twentieth Century was an era of political extremes, the legacy of which resonates even today!

Did You Know

Louis Theroux, Prince Charles, Jonathan Ross, Elana Kagan (Appointed to the Supreme Court by Barack Obama), Ayn Rand, Steve Carell (American Office) and Shakira are History Graduates! Likewise, Nicky Campbell and Simon Mayo. The BBC foreign affairs correspondent Jeremy Bowen did the same from University College London. Other famous graduates in the media include comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Ali G and Melvyn Bragg, who both graduated from Oxford.

Potential Careers

History is very practical, because it involves:

  • Learning about people – how they interact, the motives and emotions.
  • Learning about countries, societies and cultures – so many of today’s conflicts have their roots in the past
  • Learning to sift facts – to identify truth and downright lies.
  • Presenting what you’ve learned in a way that makes sense to others, having the confidence to defend your findings.
  • Investigating skills to autonomously be able to plan, organise and conduct research and raise critical questions about a certain topic or event.

All these skills are valuable in a whole range of jobs.

Latin

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge International CIE

Assessment:

Paper 1 (Language) - 1 hour 30
Paper 2 (Literature) - 1 hour 30

Latin

About the Course

Latin gives students the opportunity to explore the language and culture at the heart of Europe. The course is split equally into two modules. In Latin Language students will develop their understanding of the vocabulary and grammatical
construction of the Latin language and become proficient in translating passages of Latin into English.

Once they have a good grasp of the Latin language, students will begin the Latin Literature module in which they are able to read texts from two Roman authors in their original language. They will have the chance to study selections
from Cicero, still considered one of the world’s greatest orators, and the Roman epic poet Virgil.

Did You Know

Some famous faces who have studied Latin at tertiary level include Boris Johnson, Chris Martin, Mark Zuckerberg and J.K. Rowling, reflecting the broad career paths students of Latin may end up following! The Harry Potter books are packed full of references to the Latin language and the Ancient World.

Potential Careers

The study of Latin introduces students to a very broad range of disciplines and can lead to a wide range of career paths from the arts and humanities to the sciences, as well as the more traditional areas of law, medicine and teaching.

A qualification in Latin is highly regarded by many universities due to its multifaceted and rigorous problem-solving nature.

Maths

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge International CIE

Assessment:

Core level:
Paper 1 (1 hour) and
Paper 3 (2 hours)

Extended level:
Paper 2 (1.5 hours) and
Paper 4 (2.5 hours)

Maths

About the Course

Mathematics at IGCSE level is available at two different levels - Extended level which covers grades A* to E, and Core level which covers grades C to G.

The study of Maths at any level develops skills of analysis, logical argument, problem solving and communication, and can be enjoyed for its own sake. It provides language for science, social studies and finance, and following the extended course will provide a great help to students of A/S level Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Business Studies as well as A/S level Maths itself, which in turn leads to a multitude of university courses.

In the digital world, mathematical modelling and statistics are of enormous benefit to industry and have revolutionised business and commerce. In the modern world, based on science and technology, the mathematically literate are at an advantage.

Did You Know

“Eleven plus two” is an anagram of “twelve plus one”. Not only do both phrases give an answer of 13, but they also both include 13 letters.

Potential Careers

Mathematics is a strong asset to any career, as it requires people to develop problem solving skills, persistence and determination. Mathematics graduates from EIC have moved onto diverse careers including programming, engineering, law and psychology, to name just a few examples.

Music

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge International CIE

Assessment:

Syllabus: 0410
COMPONENT 1
1 Solo Performance and 1 Ensemble Performance lasting a total of 6-10 minutes (30%)

COMPONENT 2
2 Compositions, one in a Classical style and one in a style of your choice (30%)

COMPONENT 3
Listening Paper 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Music

About the Course

The study of Music at IGCSE is both practical and academic. By developing your knowledge of different styles of Music and how Music works, you will express yourself through the music you write and perform. This course develops key skills such as Analysis and Listening, Teamwork, Creativity and Initiative.

COMPONENT 1: PERFORMANCE
The solo and group performances can be on the same instrument or voice, or if you play two instruments you can choose to do both. You should be able to perform pieces at grade 4 standard by Year 11. Performances are recorded in Year 11 and sent to be moderated.

COMPONENT 2: COMPOSITION
The composition portfolio is the coursework element and students begin working on their first piece in year 10 and the second in year 11. The portfolio is then sent to be moderated.

COMPONENT 3: LISTENING EXAM
The exam is in 4 sections:

  • A - Western Classical Music, Baroque to 20th Century
  • B - World Music
  • C - Music Score-reading
  • D - Set work (study of one piece of music in detail)

Did You Know

Music is a highly desirable subject for University applications as participation in Music demonstrates commitment and reliability, good time management, creativity, team work, resilience and problem-solving, self-confidence, good communication and many other transferable skills.

Potential Careers

It’s worth bearing in mind that the transferable skills gained through studying music are applicable to a huge variety of career paths including:

  • Musician
  • Music therapist
  • Music teacher
  • TV producer
  • Sound technician
  • Broadcasting engineer
  • Events management
  • Marketing
  • Soundtrack composer
  • Music venue manager
  • Arts administration

 

PE

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Pearson Edexcel

Assessment:

Two written papers (60%)
1(1hr 45 - Fitness & Body Systems)
2 (1hr 15 - Health & Performance)

Practical Performance (30%)
3 sports
1 individual
1 team
1 individual or team
Coursework PEP (10%)

PE

About the Course

The New Edexcel course develops skills in individual and team sports. Units covered include Fitness & Body Systems, Health & Performance, Personal Exercise Plan and Practical Performance in 3 sports (one must be team based).

Candidates will be assessed on the quality of appropriate skills, techniques and decision-making processes to meet the challenges of a conditioned/formal/ competitive situation, including using the appropriate skills/techniques.

Did You Know

Sports Psychology is the biggest growth area in the Sport Industry over the last decade! The Sports Industry is the 10th biggest in World Finance.

Potential Careers

  • P.E. Teaching
  • Sports Coach
  • Nutrition and Diet
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Personal Trainer
Physics

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge International CIE

Assessment:

Syllabus: 0625
Examinations:
Paper 1: Multiple choice paper (30%)
Paper 2: Structured Paper (50%)
Paper 3: Alternative to practical paper (20%)

Physics

About the Course

If students have enjoyed physics in Year 9, and understand most of what has been covered, then that is probably reason enough to choose to study it next year. The IGCSE course in Physics is practically based with plenty of  pportunities to perform experiments and investigations. Topics covered include Waves, Light, Sound, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Magnetism, Electricity and Nuclear Physics.

Assessment is by three written papers, one of which is a multiple choice paper, taken at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework.

It is often said that ‘mathematics is the language of physics’ which becomes increasingly important as the study of Physics progresses beyond IGCSE. It is therefore perhaps worth mentioning that students who enjoy Mathematics and
have reasonable ability in the subject are also likely to enjoy Physics. Students who find mathematics difficult are also likely to find Physics difficult, and this should be taken into consideration when choosing subjects at the end of Year 9.

Did You Know

The World’s First Nuclear Reactor was Built in a Squash Court.

As reported in the Smithsonian Magazine, the experimental reactor was built during the height of World War II as part of the Manhattan Project, the army’s nuclear weapons program. Led by physicist Enrico Fermi, who described the rudimentary reactor as “a crude pile of black bricks and wooden timbers,” hopefully nobody was playing squash in there at the time!

Potential Careers

  • Acoustics
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airline Pilot
  • Architect
  • Astronomer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Medical Physicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Naval Architect
  • Naval Career
  • Nuclear Scientist
  • Oceanographer
  • Operational Research
  • Patent Agent
Spanish

Qualification:

IGCSE

Board:

Cambridge International CIE

Assessment:

4 units:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Each unit represents 25% of the overall final grade.

Spanish

About the Course

You will cover 5 broad topic areas: everyday activities; personal and social life; the world around us; the world of work; the international world. You will also expand your vocabulary and widen your range of tenses and language structures.

Aims:
You will build upon your existing knowledge and understanding of the language and culture relating to the countries where the language is spoken. In addition, you will develop your competence in the 4 main skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The course serves as a good basis for further language study.

Assessment:
You will take the Cambridge IGCSE examination. The 4 main skills are assessed individually with each skill weighing 25% of the final mark. The final grades awarded range from A* to G.

If you have already passed your IGCSE in Year 10, you will proceed to a higher level of language acquisition via preparation for AS, which is normally the first year of the sixth-form syllabus. You will cover 4 broad topic areas. You will continue to improve all 4 main skills and incorporate more complex grammatical and linguistic structures into your work.

Did You Know

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. There are 460 million native speakers.

Potential Careers

As well as specialising in the study of the language itself, you can combine the language with many other specialist subjects. A language will be an enrichment to any career and will open doors. In an even more globalised world, the need for linguists is constantly increasing and appealing to a huge variety of employers.

Some popular combinations in the past have been:

  • Spanish + business studies
  • Spanish + law
  • Spanish + finance
  • Spanish + journalism
  • Spanish + literature
  • Spanish+ a science
  • Spanish + economics
  • Spanish + any humanities subject.

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