IGCSE is a popular international curriculum for 14 - 16 year old students. It develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation for their next steps in education. IGCSE is recognised by Universities worldwide. Details for the subjects offered can be found at:
PS: In addition to Cambridge, there are other awarding bodies.
The IGCSE Business Studies syllabus develops learners' understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organisation 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. Learners not only study business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry.
The IGCSE Economics syllabus develops an understanding of economic terminology and principles and of basic economic theory. Learners study the economics of developed and developing nations and how these interrelate. They also learn to handle simple data and undertake economic analysis, evaluate information and discriminate between facts and value judgements in economic issues.
An essential subject for all learners which aims to build learners' 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. Learners also gain an understanding of how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.
The IGCSE Physics syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. They learn about the basic principles of Physics through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. The IGCSE in Physics aims to impart a systematic body of scientific knowledge and skills as well as foster an appreciation of the practical nature of physics. Experimental and investigative skills based on safe, correct laboratory techniques will be developed. Students will also gain an appreciation of scientific methods and learn to form hypotheses and design experiments to test them. Learners also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at A Level, skills which are useful in everyday life. As they progress, learners gain an understanding of how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.
What are GCEs?
- GCE (General Certificate of Education) qualifications are also known as A levels, which stands for Advanced level.
- They are usually taken by 16- to 19-year-old students, but they can be taken by students at any age.
- A full GCE (A level) is usually taken over two years but may be taken over one year.
- They are the main entry requirements for progression to higher education in UK.
What choices are available?
- There’s a wide range of subject areas to choose from at GCE. These can either be taken at AS (Advanced Subsidiary) or A (Advanced) level.
- AS (Advanced Subsidiary) is the first half of an A level, and is also a qualification in its own right.
- A2 is the second half of an A level qualification, and is a progression from AS.
How are GCEs assessed?
- GCEs are assessed by written examination and by coursework.
- Units are graded from A* to E. However, A* will not be awarded at AS level, as the more challenging material is only introduced at A2.
It should be noted that there are different awarding bodies for the GCEs.
More details can be found at the Edexcel and AQA sites.
- The qualification is built around a core unit with an enterprise theme to enable students to think of a new business idea and how they might research and develop it. Students will think about how their learning applies to their own business idea.
- The qualification will introduce students to international business, equipping them either to work in or to manage a business in an international context.
- The A2 unit on International Business gives far more prominence to this aspect of business, making the course feel up to date with the global nature of business today.
- The course allows students to relate to their experiences with Young Enterprise and other extra-curricular activities.
- A variety of assessment techniques will be used: supported multiple-choice questions, data-response questions, case studies and a decision-making report.
This specification is designed to:
- develop an interest and enthusiasm for economics and its contribution to the wider economic and social environment
- develop an understanding of a range of concepts and acquire an ability to use these concepts in a variety of different contexts
- develop an enquiring, critical and thoughtful 'economist's mind'
- practise skills, qualities and attitudes which will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.
- develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life
- apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena
- analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.
This specification provides greater flexibility, with the aim of creating a positive learning environment. We hope this has enabled, and will enable, teachers to adapt to students’ needs and help them fulfil their potential.
The updated Further Pure Mathematics units:
- allow GCE Mathematics and Further Mathematics to be taught in parallel with greater ease
- allow greater flexibility in delivery
- give students the opportunity to study Further Mathematics at AS and A2.
The updated Decision Mathematics units:
- balance out the content between the two units, making them more manageable for both teachers and students alike
- retain the same content, so the transition to the new units is a smooth one.
This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:
- progress smoothly from previous GCSE studies in physics
- develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics
- gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills
- appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory
- see how physics links to other sciences and how the subject underpins important technologies
- study optional topics so they can specialise in topics that generate interest.