YEARS 9 & 10 CURRICULUM – IGCSE

 

Overview

Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally recognised and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications.

Schools worldwide have helped develop Cambridge IGCSE, which provides excellent preparation for the Cambridge Advanced stage including Cambridge A/AS Levels and as well as other progression routes. It incorporates the best in international education for learners at this level. It develops in line with changing needs, and is regularly updated and extended. Cambridge IGCSE teachers can draw on excellent resources, training and advice from subject experts.

Building a Curriculum

Cambridge IGCSE encourages learner-centred and enquiry-based approaches to learning. It develops learners' skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, giving learner’s excellent preparation for the next stage in their education. The school can build a core curriculum, extend it to suit their learners and introduce cross-curricular perspectives. Clearly defined learning outcomes and content, mean Cambridge IGCSE is compatible with other curricula and is internationally relevant and sensitive to different needs and cultures.

The program will be a natural continuation of the current syllabus, and it will help develop students' skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, giving them excellent preparation for the next stage in their education.

Each subject is certificated separately. The syllabus content for subjects is available on the following website: IGCSE Cambridge: www.cie.org.uk

Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • Subject content
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations
  • Intellectual enquiry
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • Working and communicating in English
  • Influencing outcomes
  • Cultural awareness

It is mandatory for students wishing to follow the IGCSE program at our school to take English, Mathematics and Biology as compulsory subjects.

Optional subjects are to be selected from an extensive choice, whilst taking into account future career prospects. For example, a student wishing to gain admission into a medical college would have to take all the Science (including Physics) IGCSE options.

Although the school offers optional courses to augment the compulsory subjects, to ensure maximum benefit for students it is advisable to take a humanities subject and a second language. Subjects like Business Studies and ICT are not considered essential at this stage. These subjects are not pre-requisites for university education. It is particularly important to check with universities what their basic requirements are for further studies. Students are encouraged to choose those courses that they have a particular interest in or strength for or would be useful in attaining their future academic/career goals.

The school offers Computer Literacy and Information Technology (CLAIT) an optional subject for those students that do not wish to take up Chemistry or Drama.

The Computer Literacy and Information Technology (CLAIT) course is an internationally recognised qualification. It's available at three levels: New, Plus and Advanced. The course covers word processing, spreadsheets and databases. You can choose to take units individually, combine units to work towards a qualification, or do a combination of units to suit your needs.

At the IGCSE level, students will complete the OCR Level 1 Certificate/Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT - International). It is a qualification designed to recognise the skills, knowledge and understanding of IT users in employment, education or training. Courses leading to the qualification will equip learners with the basic range of transferable skills necessary for the modern workplace, and for progression to IT User skills at Level 2 and Level 3.

Students who have opted for a second/foreign language and do not have the necessary standard will be allowed to attend the IG language class but not sit for the examination. They will, however, receive a report card acknowledging their attendance and standard.

Although English Literature is being taught as a part of First Language English, only students who have an aptitude for Literature would be allowed to sit for the board examination.

All students in the IGCSE program will observe compulsory dress code and normal school hours (7:30A.M. - 2:10 P.M.), except on days when special morning or afternoon classes are scheduled.

It is compulsory for the IGCSE students to choose at least one co–curricular activity after school involving a sport.

Assessment

Assessment for Cambridge IGCSE usually takes place at the end of the two-year course and includes written and oral tests, coursework and practical assessment. Schools have the option of assessing learners using only external examinations or, in most subjects, combining examinations with coursework. Coursework is set and marked by the teacher and externally moderated by CIE.

Teachers who have received training from CIE, or who possess suitable experience of marking coursework may carry out this assessment. In most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities. Each learner’s performance is benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades. There are clear guidelines which explain the standard of achievement for different grades. Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions occur twice a year, in May/June and October/November. Results are issued in August and January.

All IGCSE subjects constitute two years of study culminating in final examinations. Grading ranges between A* and G. Grade A* is awarded for the highest level of achievement, and grade G indicates minimum satisfactory performance. Students who appear for the core component can only achieve grades between C and G. Most students who go on to pursue Advanced Levels will require a minimum of grade B or C.

The International Certificate of Education (ICE - which is a group certificate) will be awarded to those students who have passed in at least seven subjects, including two languages and five other subjects selected from each of the key learning areas.

The CLAiT examinations are held in the school and assessed internally. However, they are moderated and certified externally.

Subjects

The following subjects are compulsory at the Multinational School:

  • FIRST LANGUAGE ENGLISH & ENGLISH LITERATURE or ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
  • MATHEMATICS
  • BIOLOGY

Students may choose a subject from each row from the list of the following optional subjects:

OPTION A

Biology

Computer Science

Art (Design & Technology)

 

OPTION B

Chemistry

Economics

MFL - Arabic

 

OPTION C

Physics

Business

   

OPTION D

Geography

Accounting

ICT

Music

OPTION E

PE

ART

History

MFL- French

OPTION F

English Lan/ Lit

English 2ND L

   

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