IGCSE/GCSE Curriculum Descriptions
IGCSE Course Descriptions
Course descriptions for IGCSE subjects taught at Alexanders International School:
IGCSE: English as a Second Language
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is designed for students who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The qualification reflects the widespread use of English in education and commerce, and in entertainment. The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.
An essential subject for all students, IGCSE Mathematics is a fully examined course which encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to build students’ confidence by helping them develop a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships, and places a strong emphasis on solving problems and presenting and interpreting results. Students also learn to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.
IGCSE: Combined Sciences
IGCSE Combined Sciences give students the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, each covered in separate syllabus sections. Students learn the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, whilst also developing and understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. Students learn how science is studied and practiced, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities, and the environment.
IGCSE: Global Perspectives
The emphasis of this subject is to encourage the development and application of skills rather than simply acquiring knowledge. This will equip students with transferable skills that will be invaluable for A level study.
Students will explore stimulating topics that have Global significance. The syllabus encourages awareness of global issues and offers opportunities to explore possible solutions through cooperation and collaboration. Global Perspectives covers many geographical topics such as, climate change, water, food and agriculture, biodiversity and Eco system loss as well as urbanisation. There are also many elements that deal with citizenship for example belief systems, education and employment, family and demographic change, technology and economic divide.
Students will learn to gather, synthesise and communicate information; they will learn to work with others to achieve a common outcome. Additionally they will learn to evaluate plans, develop and justify a line of reasoning.
IGCSE Art and Design
The IGCSE Art and Design syllabus aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. Students gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in two and three dimensional form and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile form. Students also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions.
IGCSE First Languages
Students are able to take an examination in their own First Language (if it is available at IGCSE level) but we do not offer tuition in individual languages. The examination consists of two written papers – one Translation and one Culture. Languages offered include: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Thai, and Turkish.
GCSE Course Descriptions
Course descriptions for GCSE subjects taught at Alexanders International School:
GCSE Business Studies
The GCSE Business Studies syllabus develops students’ understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Students learn how the major types of business organisations 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. Through their studies, students not only learn about business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry. The examination consists of a piece of controlled assessment based on marketing and enterprise, a case study written examination based on finance and the external business environment and a further written examination on business and people.
The Information Communication Technology syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications, including word processors, spread sheets, databases, interactive presentation software, e-mail, web browsers and website design. Learners will develop a greater awareness of how applications are used in the workplace, and consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues. The skills learnt will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum, and will prepare them for future employment. Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that learners have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus.
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