Key Stage 4 – IGCSE Department
(Starting September 2018)
Our KS4 students will follow the IGCSE curriculum for the O-Levels, AS-Levels and the A-Levels. They will be continuously assessed throughout the year with plenty of exposure to previous past papers and assessments.
Our students are also be provided with leadership and soft skills to help them adapt and prepare for the life in university and the workplace.
During their study in KS4, students will be required to study 8 – O levels:
- English (as a 1st or 2nd Language)
Choose 6 subjects from the following:
Chemistry, Physics, Biology, ICT, French, German, Accounting, Business, Economics, Business Studies, Sociology, History, Arabic as a 1st Language, Psychology, MFL, Art and PE.
Students will sit for 5 IGCSE subjects at the end of Year 10 and 3 at the end of Year 11.
Students will also in Year 11 and 12 will choose from any of the above subjects to study their AS or A-Levels. Students may choose to a maximum of 4 A-levels.
Student in Year 10 are required to sit for 5 O-levels
Students in year 11 are required to sit for 3 O-levels and 2 AS- Levels
Student in year 12 are required to sit for a minimum of 2 A-levels or 2 different AS-Levels.
Some students will be encouraged to take more or less than what is required depending on targets and performances.
Most of the exams will take place in the May/June Sessions while the November Session will be used for those students who wish to re-take certain subjects in order to improve their grades.
IGCSE Mathematics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of mathematical knowledge and understanding. Successful IGCSE Mathematics candidates gain lifelong skills, including:
- the development of their mathematical knowledge
- confidence by developing a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships
- an ability to consider and solve problems and present and interpret results
- communication and reason using mathematical concepts
- required for engineering and science colleges
English as a Second Language offers learners the opportunity to gain lifelong skills and knowledge including:
- better communicative ability in English
- improved ability to understand English in a range of everyday situations and in a variety of social registers and styles
- greater awareness of the nature of language and language-learning skills
- wider international perspective.
IGCSE English as a Second Language is designed for learners whose first language is not English but who use it as a lingua franca or language of study.
IGCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose mother tongue is English. The course allows learners to:
- develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing
- learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
- 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 to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
IGCSE Literature (English) offers learners the opportunity to read, interpret, evaluate and respond to a range of literature in English. The range includes drama, prose and poetry from the works of Shakespeare to contemporary literature.
This course enables learners to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ways in which writers use English to express meaning and achieve effects. IGCSE Literature (English) will stimulate learners to read for pleasure, to explore wider and universal issues, promoting a better understanding of themselves and the world.
IGCSE Literature (English) is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of Literature in English.
The science IGCSE syllabus enables learners to:
- better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
- recognize 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 environment
- develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.
IGCSE Accounting is accepted by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of the theory and concepts of accounting, and the ways in which accounting is used in a variety of modern economic and business contexts.
Candidates focus on the skills of recording, reporting, presenting and interpreting financial information; these form an ideal foundation for further study, and for a future career within the profession. Prior learning Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Accounting previously.
IGCSE Business Studies is accepted by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of business concepts and techniques across a range of different types of businesses. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies learners will be able to:
- understand different forms of business organisations, the environments in which businesses operate and business functions such as marketing, operations and finance
- appreciate the role of people in business success
- They will also gain lifelong skills, including:
- the ability to calculate and interpret business data
- communication skills needed to support arguments with reasons
- the ability to analyse business situations and reach decisions or judgments
Successful Cambridge IGCSE Economics candidates gain lifelong skills, including:
- an understanding of economic theory, terminology and principles
- the ability to apply the tools of economic analysis
- the ability to distinguish between facts and value judgments in economic issues
- an understanding of, and an ability to use, basic economic numeracy and literacy
- the ability to take a greater part in decision-making processes in everyday life
- an understanding of the economies of developed and developing nations
- an excellent foundation for advanced study in economics
Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:
- understanding and using applications
- using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to solve problems
- analysing, designing, implementing, testing and evaluating ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose
- understanding the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses
- awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.
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.
We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course have a level in the relevant language equivalent to first language competence.
Modern foreign language IGCSEs are accepted by universities and employers as proof of linguistic ability and understanding. The course encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:
- the ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication
- insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken
- a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations
- techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills
- a sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.
Successful IGCSE Geography candidates develop lifelong skills, including:
- An understanding of the processes which affect physical and human environments;
- An understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale;
- The ability to use and understand geographical data and information;
- An understanding of how communities around the world are affected and constrained by different environments.
History is the study of the past. This syllabus offers the opportunity to study world history from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Learners will explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political. IGCSE History encourages learners to raise questions and to develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding in order to provide historical explanations.
Learners studying IGCSE History are given the opportunity to:
- develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about and understanding the past
- explore historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
- appreciate historical evidence and how to use it
- gain a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships
- learn how to present clear, logical arguments.
Most universities and employers outside Egypt accept IGCSE Physical Education as proof that candidates have knowledge, skills and an understanding of a range of relevant physical activities. Candidates’ knowledge, skills and understanding come from studying both practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. Successful IGCSE Physical Education students gain lifelong skills, including:
- an ability to plan, perform, analyse and improve, and evaluate physical activities
- knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities
- an understanding of effective and safe performance
- an understanding of the role of sport and physical activity in society and in the wider world
- an excellent foundation for advanced study
- an enjoyment of physical activity