Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Compulsory

Mathematics (5 lessons)

English as an additional language (5 lessons)

Information and Communication Technology (3 lessons)

Islamic (2 lessons)

PE (1 lesson)

Tutorial (1 lesson)

Options

One subject from each of the 6 blocks. There are 3 lessons for each subject.

Additional non-IGCSE compulsory subjects

Islamic Studies Qatar Ministry Curriculum in Year 10 Only – This is not an accredited IGCSE subject by Cambridge International or Edexcel

OR

Citizenship/Life Skills (UK National Curriculum) – This is not an accredited IGCSE subject by Cambridge International or Edexcel

All students will take 1 lesson of PE.

English as a First Language

Course Introduction

Students who study first language are generally mother tongue speakers of English, but there may be exceptions. Pupils need to have accurate language skills and be confident readers and lateral thinkers to cope with English First Language. The course enables pupils to take English Language at A level and to then study at an English medium university. English First Language course comprises written coursework as well as a written language exam. Pupils who do not make sufficient progress on the Extended Tier will be moved to the Core Tier if they are mother tongue speakers, or they will be moved to English Second Language if they are second language or additional language speakers. These moves are at the discretion of the English Department and they are not negotiable.

Summary of the Programme

Students focus on writing for specific purposes and audiences and adjust their writing to suit these needs.  They will learn new skills and writing techniques, which allows them to do this. They will also learn reading for meaning and learn how to identify implicit meaning in writing.   These skills will allow them to study English at a higher level anywhere in the world as the Cambridge First Language course is recognized internationally and gives a solid foundation for further study.

English as a Second Language

Course Introduction

Pupils who study this IGCSE are not native speakers and they are studying English as a Second Language or as an Additional Language. This course enables pupils to live in an English speaking country. The two-year course comprises a written language exam, a listening exam and speaking coursework. The emphasis is on understanding both written and spoken discourse. Pupils who are unable to make sufficient progress on the Extended Tier will be moved to the Core Tier. These moves are at the discretion of the English Department and are not negotiable

Summary of the Programme

Students will study reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, which will enable them to improve their all-round English proficiency.  These skills are developed through tasks in class, group work and constant studying of past exam papers.  Students are encouraged to use English in everyday situations and use their experience to construct this.  The course therefore gives students a strong basis for living in countries where English is spoken and allows them to communicate with millions of people worldwide

Mathematics

Course Introduction

Students of our Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics A will build a foundation of mathematical skills, develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques, and gain confidence in using mathematics to solve problems.

This is a compulsory subject.

Summary of the Programme
 

The Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics A specification is assessed through two papers, with two tiers of entry to allow students to be entered for the appropriate level. Focusing on mathematical skills, techniques and concepts and how to use them to solve problems, it is designed as a two-year course for teaching in international schools and colleges and UK independent schools.

Arabic as a First Language

Course Introduction
This First Language syllabus develops learners' ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and in order to develop an appreciation of how writers achieve their effects. The syllabus also complements other areas of study by encouraging skills of more general application.

Summary of the Program

IGCSE First Language qualifications are accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of a language. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills including:

 

• The ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in writing

• The ability to use a wide range of vocabulary, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation

• A personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

 

Students are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which the language can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language qualifications also develop more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively

 

French

Course Introduction

The purpose of the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) programme is to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This is done through purposeful and fun activities, which build up language gradually. The emphasis is on real language which will help the student to communicate in the target language. The student will develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for effective interaction in French. Students will also develop knowledge of the culture of French-speaking communities and an understanding of the interdependence of language and culture, thereby encouraging reflection on their own cultural heritage.

Summary of the Programme

The two-year syllabus content is organised around five broad topic areas which provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary, the study of grammar and structures in French. The topic areas are:

 

•Home and abroad: life in the town and rural life, weather and climate; travel, transport and directions, holidays

•Education and employment: childhood, school life and routine, work and careers, future plans.

•House, home and daily routines: homes, family, friends, food and drinks.

•The modern world and the environment: environment, media, new technologies

•The social studies, fitness and health: special occasions, hobbies, interests, sports, shopping, common ailments.

Physics

Course Introduction

The course gives the students the opportunity to experience physics within the context of their general education. It includes aspects of science appropriate for the 21st century. It provides a sound foundation of progression to further study in GCE Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Physics.

The aims of the syllabus listed below describe the educational purposes of this examination. The aims of the syllabus are not listed in order of priority:

  • learn about the unifying patterns and themes of physics
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of physical facts, concepts and principles
  • appreciate the practical nature of physics, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting as scientific methods
  • develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context
  • evaluate, in terms of their scientific knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects
  • select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions
  • prepare for more advanced courses in physics and for other courses which require them to have a knowledge of physics.

Summary of the programme

The main areas of study covered in physics are:

  • Forces and motion
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Energy resources and energy transfer
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Radioactivity and particles
  • Astrophysics

Chemistry

Course Introduction

The course gives the students the opportunity to experience chemistry within the context of their general education. It includes aspects of science appropriate for the 21st century. It provides a sound foundation of progression to further study in GCE Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level chemistry.

The aims of the syllabus listed below describe the educational purposes of this examination. The aims of the syllabus are not listed in order of priority:

  • learn about the unifying patterns and themes of chemistry
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of chemical facts, concepts and principles
  • appreciate the practical nature of chemistry, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting as scientific methods
  • develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context
  • understand the widespread importance of chemistry and how materials are used in the world
  • evaluate, in terms of their chemical knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects
  • select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions
  • prepare for more advanced courses in chemistry and for other courses which require them to have a knowledge of chemistry.

Summary of the programme

The main areas of study covered in chemistry are:

  • Principles of chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Organic chemistry

 

Biology

Course Introduction

The course gives students the opportunity to experience biology within the context of their general education. It includes aspects of science appropriate for the 21st century. It provides a sound foundation for progression to further study in GCE Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Biology.

The aims of the syllabus listed below describe the educational purposes of this examination. The aims of the syllabus are not listed in order of priority.

  • learn about the unifying patterns and themes of biology ?
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles and the skills needed to use them in new and changing situations ?
  • appreciate the practical nature of biology, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques ?
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting as scientific methods ? 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 real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects ?
  • select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions ?
  • prepare for more advanced courses in biology and for other courses which require them to have a knowledge of biology.

Summary of the Programme

The main areas of study covered in Biology are:

  • The nature and variety of living organisms
  • Structures and functions in living organisms
  • Reproduction and inheritance
  • Ecology and the environment
  • Use of biological resources

Science (Dual Award)

Course Introduction

The course gives the students the opportunity to experience science within the context of their general education. It includes aspects of science appropriate for the 21st century. It takes approximately two-thirds of the subject content of each of the Edexcel International GCSEs in single sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), and combines them into an International GCSE in Science (Double Award) worth two GCSEs.

The aims of the syllabus listed below describe the educational purposes of this examination. The aims of the syllabus are not listed in order of priority:

  • acquire scientific knowledge and facts, and an understanding of scientific concepts, principles, themes and patterns
  • appreciate the practical nature of science, acquiring experimental skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting as scientific methods
  • form hypotheses and design experiments to test them
  • sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the scientific world
  • evaluate, in terms of their scientific knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects
  • select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions
  • prepare for more advanced courses in each of the three scientific disciplines which comprise this specification.

Summary of the Programme
Biology

  • The nature and variety of living organisms
  • Structures and functions in living organisms
  • Reproduction and inheritance
  • Ecology and the environment
  • Use of biological resources

Chemistry

  • Principles of chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Organic chemistry

 

 

 

Physics

  • Forces and motion
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Energy resources and energy transfer
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Radioactivity and particles
  • Astrophysics

Geography

Course Introduction
 

The IGCSE in Geography enables students to apply and build on the fundamental building blocks of geographical knowledge learnt in KS3. To actively engage in the process of geographical enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds by doing geographical fieldwork.

 

It will develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world. The IGCSE aims to develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from a local to global scale.

 

Geography students will be developing and learning to apply practical geographical enquiry skills in a series of fieldwork trips. So data collection and presentation, analysis and drawing conclusions are essential elements and skills of this 2 year course.

Summary of the Programme

There are 4 areas of study in this two year course:

Section A – The Natural Environment

Section B – People and their Environments

Section C – Practical Geographical Enquiry

Section D – Global Issues

History

Course Introduction

This year we are teaching from a new scheme of work that looks at a variety of countries from around the world.
The History IGCSE we have chosen is a study of revolutions and disputes around the world. It has studies on the French Revolution; The Civil Rights Movement in America; The Russian Revolution and the Chinese Revolution. 

Summary of the programme


History is about the skills required to understand the past. It is about understanding evidence from the past and how historians themselves interpret and evaluate this evidence. These skills are the core of the programme and are the basis of the continuous assessment and exams of the course. This is a two year course with a final exam at the end.

 The purpose of the course is to acquire knowledge and understanding of selected periods and/or aspects of history, exploring the significance of historical events, people, changes and issues. Students will also learn to be able to use historical sources critically, in context, recording significant information and reaching conclusions. They will learn to organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding of history and be able to effectively draw conclusions and make historical judgments

Art and Design

Course Introduction

The IGCSE Art and Design syllabus aims to encourage a student’s intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities. Learners gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. Students will learn independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes to an audience.  They also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions. An ideal foundation for further study, Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design also develops a greater awareness of the role played by the visual arts in society and in history, broadening cultural horizons and individual experience.

Summary of the Programme

Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design has been designed to offer a broad choice of media and approaches so that candidates can produce a personal response and the school can play to their strengths in terms of staff, expertise and interests.

The broad areas of study are:

• Painting and related media

• Printmaking

• Three-dimensional studies

• Photography, digital and lens-based media

Candidates can respond to any component using any of the media above.

 

 

Computing

Course Introduction

The Information and Communication Technology syllabus encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments. 

The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Learners analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose. 

Summary of the Programme

Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology aims to develop:

Knowledge of ICT including new and emerging technologies:

  • Autonomous and discerning use of ICT
  • Skills to enhance work produced in a range of contexts
  • Skills to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems
  • Skills to consider the impact of current and new technologies on methods of working in the outside world and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues
  • ICT-based solutions to solve problems
  • The ability to recognise potential risks when using ICT, and use safe, secure and responsible practice.