Secondary School

(11 to 16 years of age)

The curriculum includes English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Spanish, French, German, Latin, History, Geography, Art, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Music, Drama, Computing, ICT, Physical Education and, Personal Social Health & Citizenship Education. In addition, the lower secondary years take part in a programme which provides general and cultural knowledge of the world and world affairs, as well as participating in field trips and residential courses, which form the basis for additional general studies offered later throughout the Secondary School and Sixth Form. Year 9 is very much a transitional year in which pupils are prepared for the demands of the IGCSE courses and the subject choices they are required to make. In this year Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as separate subjects. In the second term of Year 9, pupils and parents are given assistance and advice in a written guide to option selection for the IGCSE courses, which start in Year 10. The aim of the curriculum for students at this level is to provide a broad and balanced education, whilst allowing scope for specialisation.

Years 10 and 11 provide a preparation for IGCSE examinations (International General Certificate of Secondary Education, awarded by the University of Cambridge) and GCSE examinations (awarded by Edexcel ). This level of examination constitutes a world-wide university entrance qualification and its study programme facilitates the transfer of students from one international school to another. Students may prepare for up to eleven IGCSE examinations. All students take courses in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Spanish. Physical Education, though not necessarily to examination level, is also compulsory.

The class sizes are reduced considerably at this time, which facilitates individual attention when needed. Five further subjects are chosen from the following list, in order to complete each student's study programme:

  • Biology
  • German
  • History
  • Drama
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Art & Design
  • Physics
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • ICT

This selection is carefully planned in consultation with parents, teachers and students to ensure that the resulting course combination matches each student’s aptitude and ability, whilst at the same time preparing him/her further for the world of work or further education. In this way the college provides for a range of academic and educational needs.

In Year 11 students take ISCO tests. These tests form part of the comprehensive career guidance provided by the International Schools Careers Organization of which the students become members.


IGCSE Options 2017-2019

Below are the different subjects offered at IGCSE level at EIC. Please use the hyperlinks to download subject syllabuses and explore subject content further.

Subject

Exam Board/Syllabus Link

Assessment

Further information
(combination subjects/further reading/visits)

English Language

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through:

● Paper 2-Reading Passages (Extended) (2hrs) 50%

● Component 4-Coursework Portfolio 50%

English Literature

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through:

● Component 1-Poetry and Prose (1.5 hrs) 50%

● Component 3- Drama (45 minutes) 25%

● Component 5- Coursework 25%

Maths

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through:

● 2 Papers at both Core and Extended level

● Core : Paper 1 (1hr), Paper 3 (2hrs)

● Extended : Paper 2 (1.5hrs), Paper 4 (2.5hrs)

● Grade A*-E

Spanish

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through:

● Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing papers.

● Each is worth 25% of the total IGCSE marks

● Grades A-E

For pupils that sit the IGCSE exam early, Spanish remains a compulsory subject and they will start working on the IA level syllabus.

Physical Education

Cambridge IGCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through 2 components

● Practical Performance x 4 activities (50%)

● Theoretical exam (50%)

● Grades A*- E

International School Events allow for competitive performance assessment

Students taking Biology will have a significant overlap in theoretical elements of the course.

Biology

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through three written papers:

● Multiple choice paper taken at core or extended level (30%)

● One Theory paper taken at core or extended level (50%)

● An Alternative to practical paper (20%)

Chemistry

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through three written papers:

● Multiple choice paper taken at core or extended level (30%)

● Theory paper taken at core or extended level (50%)

● Alternative to practical paper (20%)

Physics

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through three written papers:

● Multiple choice paper taken at core or extended level (30%)

● Theory paper taken at core or extended level (50%)

● Alternative to practical paper (20%)

French

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through:

● Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing papers.

● Each worth 25% of the total IGCSE marks

● Grades A-E

Optional trip to Paris

German

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through:

● Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing papers.

● Each worth 25% of the total IGCSE marks

● Grades A-E

Optional trip to Berlin

Art

Edexcel GCSE

art-design-spec-updated.pdf

FINE ART ENDORSEMENT

There are 2 Components:

Coursework 60%

Final outcomes supported by journal work

Externally Set Assessment 40%

A journal of preparation culminating in one exam piece

● Grade 9-1

Visits to various galleries to support and gather research on artists who inform their own work.

Links to History and English due to contextual elements.

Drama

Edexcel GCSE

gcse_drama_spec L1_L2.pdf

3 COMPONENTS:

● Coursework and Performance. Students create a performance and submit a written portfolio (1500 – 2000 words.) 40%

● Performance - externally assessed. Students perform to a visiting examiner two extracts either as a group and a monologue. 20%

● Written Examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 40%

● Grades 9 -1

Visits to see local live theatre performances.

Links with Art and English

Music

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through three sections:

● 40% Listening exam (Western Classical Music, World Music and selected Work for Focus)

● 30% Composing (Two contrasting compositions, including notation)

● 30% Performing (Ensemble and Solo performances of approximately ABRSM Grade

Students need to be actively involved in school music making (Choir, shows, Concerts and Orchestra) and have regular instrumental lessons.

The ability to read traditional staff notation is essential.

Latin

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through two papers_

● Paper 1 - Latin Language 50%

● Paper 2 - Latin Literature 50%

Optional Trip to Italy

ICT

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through three papers:

● Paper 1 - Theory. (40%)

● Paper 2 - Practical assessment based on Document Production, Data Manipulation and Presentations.(30%)

● Paper 3 - Practical assessment based on Data Analysis and Website Authoring. (30%)

Computing

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through two papers:

● Paper 1: This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions. Externally assessed. 60%

● Paper 2: Problem-solving and Programming. This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions. There is no choice of questions. 20 of the 50 marks for this paper are from questions set on the pre-release material.

Business Studies

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through:

● Paper 1 (50%) - data response

● Paper 2 (50%) - case study based

One day visit to Malaga - Coca Cola factory with Geography

History

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through 4 components

● Two written papers (60%)

● Coursework option or Alternative to coursework (40 %)

● Grades A-E

Optional enrichment trip to Krakow

Geography

Cambridge International GCSE

syllabus.pdf

The course is assessed through 3 papers

● Geographical Themes (45 %)

● Geographical Skills (27.5 %)

● Coursework or Alternative to Coursework (27.5 %)

● Grades A-E

Compulsory fieldwork to be completed to supplement coursework or alternative to coursework paper

 

Compulsory subjects

 

Sciences - Students must choose at least one of these subjects

 

Humanities

 

Modern Languages

 

Classics

 

Expressive Arts

 

Technology

 

PE