Hebron School IGCSE Subject Choices 2020-21

Hebron School IGCSE Subject Choices 2020-21
      Hebron School IGCSE Subject
            An introduction for Students & Parents

Hebron School follows the English education system. Middle school
studies introduce the student to a wide range of subjects. At the end of
Standard 9, students are required to choose subjects to study for
external examination at the end of Standard 11. These two year
courses lead to a foundational qualification called an International
General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) in each subject. Achieving a
good range of IGCSEs certifies that a student has achieved a balanced
general academic education which has prepared him or her for further
academic study or for vocational training.

In common with students in England, Hebron students prepare for
IGCSE exams in 9-11 subjects. At Hebron, all students take English
Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Religious Studies. The
most able Mathematics students also take Additional Mathematics.
Students continue to have PE and ‘Personal, Social and Health
Education’ lessons each week (at Hebron known as ‘PD’ or ‘Personal
Development’), but these subjects are not examined.

The majority then take 6 other subjects from the options available.
Students must choose their ‘optional subjects’ in such a way that they
maintain a balanced academic programme, which includes a mix of
humanities, science, modern language and creative study. A number
of students will continue to profit from the support available from the
Department of Enhanced Learning (DEL) and will therefore be advised
to choose 5 optional subjects instead of 6. DEL staff in consultation
with the Head of Senior School, Department for Personal
Development, the Vice-Principal for Academics and parents will make
this decision on behalf of DEL students.

IGCSE exams are graded externally (in the UK) and pass grades range
from A* - G. A ‘U’ grade is rare and signifies unclassified. GCSE exams
in the UK have moved to a 9-1 grading system (with 9 being the
highest) and some of our exams (those accredited by Edexcel) have
started to follow that system too, but the majority of our courses still
use the A*-G grades at the moment. In the UK five GCSE passes at
grade C (or level 4) or more is considered the minimum standard for
further academic study at Advanced Level (Standards 12 and 13). To
progress to study A Levels, we also require students to achieve a
minimum Grade C in English Language and Mathematics. Students
who do not achieve this standard normally seek an alternative
educational route, such as vocational training after Standard 11.

The rest of this booklet is addressed to Standard 9 students, but it is
essential that parents read through it with their child and that a
student chooses his or her subjects in consultation with his or her

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Making Choices
You are now nearly three quarters of the way through Standard 9 at
Hebron and you will already have started to think about what GCSE
subjects you will be taking next year. This may be the first time that
you have been asked to make a major decision. That may sound scary
until you get used to the idea. However making decisions is an
important skill to learn and please be reassured that your choices now,
though important, will not decide your whole future. So HOW do you
go about making this decision?

You need to consider a number of things when deciding your choices:

    Questions to ASK                      Some decision making is easier
        What do I like doing?            than others; you may find no
        What am I good at?               difficulty in choosing between
        How can I keep my                going to see an action film or a
           options for future study       romantic film. But how about
           and career as open as          between going to Guatemala
           possible?                      or the Seychelles next summer
        What combination will            holiday? The first is easy
           give me a good balance?        because you know what each
    Who should you talk to?               is about; you have some
        Your Parents                     experience. The second is
        Your PD tutor
                                          more difficult because both
        Your Subject Teachers
                                          countries may be unknown to
                                          you. To try to choose without
experience or knowledge means working a little harder at the decision.
While you already know quite a lot about the subjects and about
yourself, it is important to consult others to hear their advice. You may
also have experiences that will need to be discarded. It is important not
to let your decision about a subject be influenced by who taught you,
or by wanting to be in the same classes as some of your friends. Be
objective and honest with yourself.

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Which subjects shall I choose?
Below are a series of steps that will help you in making your decision.
Remember that there is not just one right answer; rather you are trying
to find one sensible answer among several. Your final decision will have
to be a compromise between various wishes and necessities. Just make
sure that you have talked with as many people as possible and that you
have got all the facts.
                                         aKnowledge has extended to
Get the question clear
                                         such a degree that it is
What decisions have to be made?
How long do I have to choose?            impossible for someone to
What’s around to help me?                study everything – even if he or
                                         she wanted to!
Find out the facts
                                                  So we choose
What skills do I need?
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?                                 Choice
Weigh them up                                Personal likes and
What will I need for my future study?        dislikes are easier to
What if I change my mind about that?         recognise the older we
How do I keep my options open?               get. By now you have
Make the decision                            some idea of your
Has everyone been consulted?                 strengths and talents
Am I happy with the choice?                  which is a help - but you
Are my parents happy with my final choice?   are still learning about
                                             this; so keep your
                                             options open.
Getting a balance
It is important that you understand that your studies in standards 10
and 11 are part of your general education. While a few students in
standard 9 may have a very clear idea about their future career, most
do not. That is OK; It is usually the case that plans will change as a
student learns more about him or herself through further study and
development of personality. You need, then, to make sure that your
choice keeps a careful balance between the various subject areas, so
that you complete your general education and so that you are not

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limiting the options for A Level study unnecessarily. Each of the main
subject areas (i.e. English, Humanities, Mathematics, Modern
Languages, Sciences and Technological/Creative) is part of your
foundational academic development and will be useful to you in the
future, whatever career you decide to go for. You should aim to take at
least ONE subject from each of these six areas.

It is also important to realise that you may not be able to study your
first choice of subject combinations. There are restrictions caused by
timetabling and staffing. Make the choice you are happiest with, but be
prepared to make adjustments later if necessary.

What subjects can I choose?
At the moment at Hebron, you can choose subjects within the
constraints of certain compulsory subjects and groups created to help
you maintain a balanced choice. You have to choose at least ONE
subject from the Science group, at least ONE from the Modern
Languages group and at least ONE from the Humanities. The other
three subjects that you need to make up your timetable are FREE
choices. The subjects on offer are in the boxes on the next page.

You can see that, apart from the compulsory subjects, you have to
choose 6 more subjects. In consultation with DEL a number of you may
be advised to take 5 option subjects rather than 6 so that you can
continue to work in DEL.

Please also note that a big majority of students in the UK and
elsewhere would study at least 2 science subjects at this level (we only
allow one if you are very clear that you do not want to study science
after GCSE). When trying to decide which sciences to choose, please
remember that a combination of either Physics with Chemistry or
Chemistry with Biology will be best in terms of keeping your options
open. It is important to take Chemistry at IGCSE level if you may wish
to take Biology at AS Level.

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It is very helpful to have studied a particular subject in Standard 10 and
11 before choosing to study it at A Level. However it is still possible to
choose most subjects in Standard 12 (AS Level) even if you are unable
to fit them into your choices at IGCSE Level. The AS Level subjects for
which the IGCSE studies are most essential are Modern Languages and
Physics and Chemistry. So if you choose, say Geography and Art and
Physics now, and can’t fit in History and Technology and Biology, you
may well still be able to consider those subjects when you choose AS
Level subjects in Standard 12.
Subject Boxes
Compulsory                      Sciences              Modern Languages
o English Language              o Biology             o French
o English Literature            o Chemistry           o German
o Maths                         o Physics             o Hindi
o Religious Studies             Select at least ONE   o Korean
                                                      Select at least ONE
                                Social Sciences       Free Choice
                                o Geography           o Art
                                o History             o Design & Technology
                                Select at least ONE   o ICT
                                                      o Music
                                                      o Food and Nutrition
                                                      o Psychology
                                                      o Business Studies
                                                      o Environmental
                                                        Management *
                                                      At least One Recommended

*This new subject is available for students in Year 11 (optional), who
do exceptionally well in Biology and Geography as their chosen
subjects in Year 10. Their progress in Biology and Geography will be
closely monitored and upon consultation with parents and students,
we will allow them to this extra IGCSE subject. This is a one year
course and will be delivered in Year 11.

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To make your preliminary choice, after the mid-term break you will
be sent an email with a link to register your choice on the school
timetabling system.
You can, of course, choose more than one subject from these different
groups. If you are keen on languages, why not choose two? If science is
your thing, you can follow courses in all three; or if you are interested
in people and the world around us, then you can follow both History
and Geography. The possible combinations of subject choices will be
distributed as ‘option blocks’.

Further information about individual subjects.
In the following pages you will be able to read about the various
subjects you can choose for GCSE. Do not think that every aspect of the
subjects has been included. Ask your teachers anything you want to
know which is not in this booklet.
Most of the subjects are divided into the following categories:

          Aim                        Activities & Content             Exam
What you can expect                 How you will be          What you will be
to learn and be able                taught and what you      tested on and how
to do at the end of                 will learn – including   you will be tested.
the course.                         whether there is

For each subject the exam board and course code are given. For more
information about Cambridge, courses and exams visit www.cie.org.uk
and for Edexcel courses visit

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Course Code : CIE 0400
   Art & Design                                    HoD: Mrs Wendy McCabe

Students taking art will be exposed to, and involved in learning many
different media techniques which will enable them to explore and discover
for themselves how to express creative and imaginative ideas in a visual way.
By looking at the work of other artists, we discuss the elements, which make
up a fine piece of artwork, enabling students to express their opinions in an
informed way.

Activities & Content
The two-year course is broken up into blocks of time exploring different
media workshops and exam techniques. This includes using acrylics, pastel,
watercolour, collage, charcoal, pencil, mixed media and our beloved
‘PHOTOSHOP’. All through the course, there will be an emphasis on
observational drawing in order to improve basic drawing skills. Work will be
done in the art room, and around school. Preliminary studies in various media
and techniques will be submitted as preliminary work along with the final
exam piece.
Exam and course work
Students will begin working on their Coursework towards the end of Std. 10.
Students will be required to produce a coursework based on a theme of their
own choosing. This will be submitted midyear in Std. 11 and moderated in the
Students will also sit an 8 hour exam paper prior to which they will have 6
weeks to prepare a range of preliminary pieces towards the final exam piece.
The preliminary artwork is marked alongside the ‘Final Piece’ in the UK.

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Course Code: CIE 0610
  Biology                                               HoD: Mrs Joy Sundaram

Biology is the study of life and living processes. An understanding of Biology is
essential for students to understand the workings of human body and how
human beings affect other organisms and the environment in which they live.

Activities & Content
Students will concentrate mainly on understanding life processes such as
respiration, nutrition, excretion, reproduction and sensitivity in the flowering
plant and mammal (with the human being as the main example). This involves
learning about organs such as the heart, lungs, blood vessels, leaves and liver.
Also included in the syllabus are the subjects of ecology, conservation and
genetics – the study of heredity.
All parts of the course look at the way our understanding of biology affects
the way we live, e.g. smoking and health, pollution, genetic engineering, drug
abuse, contraception and infertility,
Where possible, biology is taught through practical investigations in order to
develop a sound approach to scientific problem-solving.

Students will sit three exam papers.
The two-theory papers count for 80%: Either 1 & 3 (core students) OR 2 & 4
(extended students)
Paper 1: Multiple Choice (3/4 hour)
Paper 2: Multiple Choice (3/4 hour)
Paper 3: Short Answers (1¼ hour)
Paper 4: Short Answers (1¼ hour)
One ‘practical’ paper counts for 20%
Paper 6: Alternative to practical (1 hour).

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Course Code: CIE 0450
    Business Studies                                     HoD: Mr Krister Daven

Students will be to apply their knowledge and critical understanding to
current issues and problems in a wide range of business contexts and develop
knowledge and understanding of the major groups and organisations within
and outside business, and consider ways in which they are able to influence
objectives, decisions and activities. They will also develop their knowledge
and understanding of how the main types of businesses are organised,
financed and operated, and how their relations with other organisations,
consumers, employees, owners and society are regulated.

Activities & Content
Students will gain knowledge about the following:
1. Understanding Business Activity:
2. People in Business:
3. Marketing.
4. Operations Management.
5. Financial Information and Decision.
6. External Influences on Business Activity.

All candidates take the following two papers:-
Paper 1 (1 hr and 30 minutes) – 80 marks
Paper 2 (1 hr and 30 minutes) – 80 marks

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Course Code: 0620
 Chemistry                                          HoD: Mr John Kingsly

If students are inquisitive about the way the world “ticks” then they
will find the study of chemistry very interesting. It is important for
careers in the medical field, care for the environment, or the chemical
industry as well as many public services. It is also useful in most
engineering courses.

Activities & Content
Nearly half of the class time is spent in practical work where students
develop skills in observation, recording, explaining and planning. There
will also be teacher demonstrations, use of worksheets, discussion and
videos. We also try to use the computer where we can. We carry on
the study of elements and compounds started in standard 9, making
use of the Periodic Table. We explore inside the atom and examine
how atoms stick together to form a range of structures. Looking also at
how fast reactions take place and associated energy changes, we
constantly focus on the importance of chemicals in provision of food,
fertilizers, fuels, drugs and the maintenance of life.

Students will sit three exam papers.
The two theory papers count for 80%: Either 1 & 3 (core students) OR
2 & 4 (extended students)
Paper 1: Multiple Choice (3/4 hour)
Paper 2: Multiple Choice (3/4 hour)
Paper 3: Short Answers (1¼ hour)
Paper 4: Short Answers (1¼ hour)
One ‘practical’ paper counts for 20%
Paper 6: Alternative to practical (1 hour).

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Course: Edexcel 1DT0
 Design and Technology                                    HoD: Mr Clifford Faife

This qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design
and make product ‘prototypes’ that solve real and relevant problems,
considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It gives students
opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including
mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities.
Students learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful,
innovative and enterprising citizens. They should develop an awareness of
practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries.

Assessment and Content
The course is designed to inform students about design decisions made by
designers and the social, moral, ethical and environmental issues surrounding
those decisions. Students will be required to answer a written paper and a
design-and-make project.
Exam (50% of the qualification)
In this exam, which accounts for half the course weightage, students will
answer a paper of which 40% of the marks is based on the ‘Core’ section and
60% from a section based on their choice of specialization- Metals, Polymers
and Timber. Students will face questions that include calculations, open-
response questions as well as extended-writing questions.

Design and Make project (50% of the qualification)
For the project work which accounts for the other half of the course
weightage, 3 contextual challenges will be provided by the board each year in
June, from which students must choose one to respond to. Students will
produce a project, which consists of a portfolio and a prototype. There are 4
parts to the assessment:
1 – Investigation
2 – Design
3 – Make/Manufacture
4 – Evaluation

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Course: CIE First Language 0500,
               English                                 CIE Literature 0486
                                                 HoD: Mr Sunil Varghese

The importance of English in today’s world cannot be over-emphasised
and the study of English Language and Literature will equip students
for better understanding and self-expression.
They are an invaluable base for any subject students may wish to study
in the future.

Activities & Content
First Language English
Students will learn the different skills of speaking, writing (both
extended and directed), comprehension and summarizing.
At the end of the two-year course students will sit two exams- one
primarily testing their writing ability and the other testing reading
skills; each is worth 50% of the overall grade.
Speaking and Listening Test (Component 4)
The Speaking and Listening Test consists of two parts: The Individual
Talk (Part 1) and the Conversation (Part 2). The whole test lasts for
10−12 minutes in total. 40 marks are available overall, being equally
divided between the two parts. Component 4 is separately endorsed
with grades of 1 (high) to 5 (low).
English Literature
English Literature focuses on critical interpretation, judgment and
personal response to prescribed texts – a novel, a selection of modern
poems, and a Shakespeare play.
25% of the grade is a response to an unseen literary piece. This is a 1
hour 15 minute paper. The other 75% is in the form of a 1 hour 30
minute paper on Prose and Poetry and another 45 minute paper on
Shakespeare, both testing the appreciation of the prescribed texts.

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Course Code: CIE 0680
       Environmental                               HoD: Mrs Deborah Waller

The syllabus is designed to teach learners about sustainable development in a
world where the security of resources and life-sustaining systems is
endangered by human impact. It draws upon disciplines such as biology,
Earth science, geography and economics.

Activities & Content

Students gain an understanding of the Earth’s natural systems and how
people use natural resources; they then investigate the impact of human
development on the environment and learn how the environment can be
managed sustainably in the future, from a local as well as a global
perspective. Students gain an understanding of the Earth’s natural systems
and how people use natural resources; they then investigate the impact of
human development on the environment and learn how the environment can
be managed sustainably in the future, from a local as well as a global
perspective. Environmental Management is concerned not only with the
impact of humans on the planet but also with the patterns of human
behaviour necessary to preserve and manage the environment in a self-
sustaining way. Study is linked to the areas of new thinking in environmental
management, environmental economics and the quest for alternative
technologies. Case studies allow candidates to obtain a local as well as a
global perspective.


Paper 1: Theory for 80 marks (1 hr and 45 minutes)
Paper 2: Management in context for 80 marks (1 hr and 45 minutes)

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Course Code: CIE 0648
Food and Nutrition                                   HoD: Mrs Bianca Wright

Universities and employers accept the Cambridge IGCSE Food and Nutrition
as proof of knowledge and understanding of food and nutrition. Students
have an opportunity to be creative, working and experimenting with a range
of ingredients to develop and make innovative food products.

Activities & Content
Students will gain lifelong skills, including:
          an understanding of nutrition and of health problems related to
          an understanding of how socio-economic factors affect diet
          an awareness of how eating patterns and dietary needs depend on
            age and social group
          an awareness of how the position of the consumer differs in
            developed and less-developed economies
          the ability to assess the effectiveness and validity of claims made
            by advertisers
          aesthetic and social sensitivity to dietary patterns
          an interest in the creative aspect and enjoyment of food
          skills necessary for food preparation and food preservation
          understand and accurately demonstrate food science principles
            and the function of ingredients
          the ability to organise and manage family food resources and to
            use food resources effectively in everyday life
          knowledge of safety and hygiene requirements
Paper 1: Theory 2 hours
Written paper consisting of short-answer questions, structured questions and
open-ended essay questions. 100 marks attributing to 50% of total marks.
Paper 2: Practical Test
2 hours 30 minutes with Planning Session of 1 hour 30 min
100 marks attributing to 50% of total marks.

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Course Codes:
      Modern Foreign                                   French : Edexcel 1FR0
        Languages                                      German: Edexcel 1GN0
                                                               Hindi: CIE 0549
                                                 HoD: Miss Susannah Robinson
French and German
At the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in everyday
situations in their chosen language as well as having some ideas about the
culture of the countries involved.

Activities & Content
The course time will be divided between the four learning areas, Listening,
Speaking, Reading and Writing in much the same ways as done in standards 7
– 9. There will be a range of learning methods including whole class teaching,
group work, short project work and individual work.

The hope is that by learning a foreign language students will find enjoyment
as well as intellectual stimulation. In addition, to be able to speak a foreign
language is always a positive point when searching for a job later in life. There
is no coursework, but students will be regularly assessed throughout the two
Language learning is not just about gaining skills in your chosen language, but
assists with communication in all situations; and it is a recognised academic

There are four papers: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each paper is
worth 25% of your final exam mark. There is a window of approximately 1
month between April and May when the speaking exam will be conducted.
The other three papers will be sat within the same time frame as all other
written GCSEs.

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IGCSE Second Language Hindi is 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 Hindi in education and commerce, and also in
entertainment. Through their studies, students will learn how to use Hindi
effectively in the type of situations, and Hindi speaking environments, they
will encounter in their daily lives. 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.

Activities & Content
The course time will be divided between the four learning areas, Listening,
Speaking, Reading and Writing in much the same ways as done in standards 7
– 9. There will be a range of learning methods including whole class teaching,
group work, short project work and individual work.

The hope is that by learning a foreign language students will find enjoyment
as well as intellectual stimulation. In addition, to be able to speak a foreign
language is always a positive point when searching for a job later in life. There
is no coursework, but students will be regularly assessed throughout the two
Language learning is not just about gaining skills in your chosen language, but
assists with communication in all situations; and it is a recognised academic
Paper 1 Reading & Writing           2hours        67%
Paper 2 Listening                   45mins        33%

This is only offered to those students who already speak Korean. These
students will need to take a test before they are allowed to start this course.

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Course: CIE 0460
                  Geography                           HoD: Mrs Deborah Waller

Geography is the study of the Earth; the landforms, physical processes and
human systems. Basically, it helps us to understand the amazing world we live
in. Studying geography is important as it provides us with knowledge of our
planet that has helped shape our history and will continue to shape our lives
in the future. It is a link with physical and social sciences, helping us to make
informed decisions for both our planet and its inhabitants, viewed from
different perspectives.
Geographers develop their knowledge of places and environments, as well as
their understanding of the diversity of different societies and cultures. This
helps them to become responsible global citizens who understand how
people and environments interact. If you watch or read the news, you will
find that the most important issues facing the world are geography-related,
so by studying geography we are learning about issues that will actually affect
our own lives.
Studying Geography will provide with:
A greater awareness of the rich diversity of natural and man-made places
across the world.
A greater understanding of the inter-relationship between the physical
environment and the economic and political forces which seek to mould and
develop our natural world.
An understanding of many of the global environmental issues which challenge
our way of life in the 21st Century.

Activities & Content
There are three main themes in which spatial patterns and issues are
Population and Settlement – growth and management issues in more and less
developed parts of the world. Issues include population control, urban
growth, ageing populations and service provision.
The Natural Environment – plate margins, rivers, coasts and key ecosystems.
Economic Development and the Use of Resources – The development of
resources, (water, energy, agriculture, tourism and industry), and their

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sustainability is explored within the framework of ever increasing demands.
Global issues like soil erosion, climate change and acid rain are explored.

All parts of the course focus on case studies to illustrate and explore the
workings of the real world. At present there is no coursework but fieldwork
and mapping skills are built into the course.

Students will sit three exams.
Paper 1 (1 hr 45 mins and worth 45% of marks) – the main paper examining
concepts and understanding across the whole course.
Paper 2 – (1 hr 30 mins and worth 27.5% of marks) - entirely skills based and
will not require any specific knowledge of places
Paper 3 – Coursework component of 2000 words (worth 27.5%)
Paper 4 – (1 hr 30 mins and worth 27.5% of marks) – alternative to
coursework, which tests fieldwork and data presentational skills.

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Course Code: Edexcel 4H10
   History                                            HoD: Mr James Miller

History is not a dry and dusty subject where you only have to learn lots
of dates. It is a living subject that is vital to understanding today’s

It is also fascinating and fun as it is all about people. The History IGCSE
challenges you to develop historical knowledge and understanding as
well as skills of research, analysis and debate; these are a useful
grounding for a range of careers. It also provides a valuable basis for
further study in law, politics, and international relations.

Activities and Content
Students study the following two studies in depth:
1. Development of dictatorship: Germany 1918-45
2. Russia: Dictatorship and conflict 1924-53
In addition, they also do one historical investigation, developing skills
of analyzing historical sources and interpretations:
3. The USA 1918-1941
and one study in change over time:
4. Changes in Medicine c1848-c1948

The examination has two 1 hour 30 minute exam papers.
Paper 1: This covers topics 1 and 2.
Paper 2: This covers topics 3 and 4.

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Information and                             Course Code: CIE0417
         Communication                                HoD: Mr Glen Joshua

Students will develop knowledge of ICT, including new and emerging
technologies in the world today. Students will develop skills to develop ICT
based solutions to solve real world problems as well as understanding some
of the potential risks caused by the development of ICT.
Activities & Content
The course will consist of classroom teaching, discussions and plenty of
practical work involving the computers. The main topics covered are:
Components of computer systems (hardware and software)
The effects of using ICT
ICT applications (e.g. in schools, banking and medicine)
Systems life cycle
Safety and security
Document production
Data manipulation (databases)
Data analysis (spreadsheets)
Website authoring
Students will sit 3 exam papers:
Paper 1 - Theory: 2 hours 40%
Paper 2 - Document production, data manipulation and presentations: 2 1/2
hours on the computer 30%
Paper 3 - Data analysis and website authoring: 2 1/2 hours on the computer

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Course Code: CIE 0580 and CIE 0606 Additional
 Mathematics                                                        Mathematics
                                                        HoD: Mr Howard Newton

The IGCSE course is intended to be relevant in content and to emphasise
understanding of concepts which can be applied in a variety of situations.
Being numerate in a number-oriented world is vital, and numeracy is
expected by employers in the vast majority of careers. It is therefore a
compulsory subject for standards 10 and 11.
Activities & Content
During these years, the year group is split into three groups selected on ability
and aptitude.
The Core group covers the foundation mathematical skills, number work,
areas and volumes, graphs, basic algebra, trigonometry, geometry, statistics
and probability.
The Extended group builds on the entire Core syllabus covering more algebra
that is complicated and trigonometry and introducing topics such as matrices,
sets, functions and linear programming.
The top group takes the Extended IGCSE course and the IGCSE Additional
Mathematics course which is ideal preparation for those intending to go on to
study Mathematics at A level. The Additional Mathematics course covers
topics such as differentiation, integration, logarithms and much more
complex algebra and trigonometry.

Core Mathematics          Paper 1 (1 hour)  Paper 3 (2 hours)
        Grades C-G
Extended Mathematics Paper 2 (1.5 hours)    Paper 4 (2.5 hours)
        Grades A*-E
(Papers 1 and 2 are short questions and Papers 3 and 4 longer questions.
Both test the entire syllabubs.)
Additional Mathematics: Two 2 hour papers, identical in style, which cover
the whole syllabus. Grades A*-E

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Course: Edexcel 2MU01
    Music                                        HoD: Mr Christopher Poffley

Music GCSE will extend students’ understanding of many different music
styles and genres, through Performing, Listening and Composing. It is a great
way to broaden music knowledge, learn how to compose, perform in
different ways and open the ears to some weird and wonderful new sounds!
There are no prerequisites, but completing a Grade 4 Music Theory Exam and
a Grade 4 ABRSM Music Exam in an instrument before Std. 10 year will be a
great help.

Activities & Content
Students will study four different areas of Music, covering 8 different styles
altogether. (Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen and

Coursework & Exam
Performing (30%)
Two performances at least one solo piece (minimum 1 minute) and at least
one ensemble piece (minimum 1 minute) Together total minimum 4 minutes
Composing (30%)
Two compositions; one to set brief-minimum 1minute and 1 free
composition-minimum 1 minute. Together total minimum of 3 minutes
Apprising (40%) Exam 1hr 45 mins

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Course Code: 0625
  Physics                                             HoD: Mr Victor Hosea

Cambridge IGCSE Physics enables learners to:
•       increase their understanding of the technological world
•        take an informed interest in scientific matters
•       recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and
how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
•       develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and
precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
•       develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
•       better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific
study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the
•       develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both
further study and everyday life.
The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Physics gives
learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades
A* to B are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including
Cambridge International AS & A Level Physics.

Activities & Content
Candidates study the following topics:
1. General physics
2. Thermal physics
3. Properties of waves, including light and sound
4. Electricity and magnetism
5. Atomic physics

All candidates take three papers.
Candidates who have studied the Core subject content, or who are expected
to achieve a grade D or below, should be entered for Paper 1, Paper 3 and
Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for grades C to G.
Candidates who have studied the Extended subject content (Core and
Supplement), and who are expected to achieve a grade C or above, should be

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entered for Paper 2, Paper 4 and Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for
grades A* to G.
Paper 1: Multiple Choice (Core) – 40 marks - 45 minutes
Paper 2: Multiple Choice (Extended) - 40 marks - 45 minutes
Paper 3: Theory (Core) – 80 marks - 1 hr 15 minutes
Paper 4: Theory (Extended) – 80 marks - 1 hr 15 minutes
Paper 6: Alternative to Practical (Core and Extended) – 40 marks - 1 hr

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Course Code: Edexcel 1PS0
Psychology                                          HoD: Mr Michael Clements

Studying Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Psychology will provide students with an
excellent overall introduction to the field of Psychology. This will prepare and
enable students to confidently take up Psychology at A-levels or at a tertiary
level in most universities. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding
of psychology, developing an understanding of self and others, and how
psychological understanding can help to explain everyday social phenomena.
They will also understand how psychological research is conducted, including
the role of scientific method and data analysis. They will present information,
develop arguments and draw conclusions through a critical approach to
psychological evidence, developing as reflective thinkers. Students will
develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and
personal, moral, social and cultural issues, and develop an understanding of
ethical issues in psychology.

Activities and Content
In Std. 10 five topics are covered: Development, Memory, Psychological
Problems, The Brain, Neuropsychology, and Social Influence. In Std. 11
students will explore Research Methods, Criminal Psychology and an one
topic out of following: The Self, Perception, Sleeping and Dreaming,
Language, Thought and Communication.


At the completion of the course, students will sit two papers:
Paper 1: Multiple choice, short answer and essays. 98 marks (55% of total
Paper 2 - Calculations, multiple-choice, short answer, and one extended
open-response question. 79 marks (45% of total grade)

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Courses: CIE O Level Bible
          Religious Studies                                          Knowledge
                                                      HoD: Mr Michael Clements

From August 2019, the Religious Studies department will offer CIE O-level
programme (Bible Knowledge 2048) to all students of Std.10 and 11.
For exams in 2021, 2022 and 2023, the course consists of Paper 1 (The
portrayal of the life and teaching of Jesus – Matthew’s Gospel) and Paper 2
(The portrayal of the birth of the early church - Acts). Both papers carry equal
weightage and each exam is for 90 minutes (80 marks).
Over the two years, students will develop their critical writing skills. The final
exams will not only test students’ ability to describe and explain using
knowledge and understanding (60% marks) but also use evidence and
reasoned argument to express and evaluate personal responses, informed
insights and differing viewpoints. (40% marks). Current Scheme of Work:
An Overview Paper 1 (Std. 10)
1.       Background of Matthew’s Gospel – 4 weeks
2.       Key Events in the Life of Jesus – 4 weeks
3.       Miracles of Jesus in Matthew – 4 weeks
4.       Parables in Matthew – 3 weeks
5.       Teachings of Jesus in Matthew – 6 weeks
6.       People connected with Jesus – 4 weeks
7.       Conflicts against Jesus – 2 weeks
8.       Titles of Jesus – 1 week
Paper 2 (Std. 11)
1.       Background to the Acts of the Apostles
2.       The specific work of the Holy Spirit
3.       The spread of the church through Peter
4.       The spread of the church through Philip
5.       The spread of the church through Paul
6.       Preaching and speeches
7.       The life of the church and Persecution of the church

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