1. This page gives information on all the subjects which can be studied at exams (IGCSE) level. Subjects are:
    English Language (Required), Maths (Required),
    Biology, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography, Literature, French and Spanish.
    All students attend our Monday morning Philosophy and Society seminar. This acts as a school gathering, and we look at all kinds of topics. Requests for topics are welcome.

    There are three Exam Programmes:
    Standard 5 subjects;
    Restricted 1 -4 subjects;
    Advanced 5 or more subjects.

    For more information about starting on one of the three Exam Programmes, time needed, assessment, our approach to exam training, go HERE.

    You may have studied some of the topics in a subject before but IGCSE takes them to a much more in-depth level and requires more formal technique.

    class SCHOLARS green star.png ENGLISH LANGUAGE (Required subject)
    English homework now becomes lengthy, about 2 hours a week.
    The English Language exam requires firstly preparation of 20 texts so that questions on them can be answered in depth, with close accuracy. The 20 texts are provided in documents by us. They include news items, information articles, excerpts from books of fiction, and poems. The student must answer questions logically, and clearly, showing a confident grasp of the text, without waffle. Training in formal quotation is given and required in many answers.

    Secondly the student needs to cope with answering questions on an unseen passage, but using skills which by the time of the exam have become very familiar. The art of summary both precis and paraphrase, is revisited. Note taking from a voiced lecture is practised.
    Thirdly the student must learn to write essays in the strict style we have already trained. The classic three types of essay are trained: Description, Narrative, and Argument, with their different structures. The three Voices are practised. Exam timing is particularly emphasised.
    class SCHOLARS green star.png MATHS (Required subject)
    Many students dislike Maths so we have ensured our Maths teacher is endlessly patient and kind. Where she finds a student who likes the subject that is very welcome indeed and every encouragement will be given to reach top capacity.
    Students must acquire a scientific calculator, which can be purchased online. A ruler and protractor must also be used, which can be acquired online or in a stationery shop.
    Two hours per week classes with two hours' homework.
    TOPICS:
    Number Use numerical skills in a purely mathematical way and in real-life situations.
    Algebra Use letters as equivalent to numbers and as variables. Understand the distinction between expressions, equations and formulae. Use algebra to set up and solve problems. Demonstrate manipulative skills. Construct and use graphs.
    Geometry Use properties of angles. Understand a range of transformations.
    Work within the metric system. Understand ideas of space and shape. Use ruler, compasses and protractor appropriately.
    Statistics Understand basic ideas of statistical averages. Use a range of statistical techniques.
    Use basic ideas of probability.

    A Standard Exam Programme is 5 subjects: the two Required subjects above, and 3 more options from the list below.
    Restricted Programmes take less, Advanced programmes take more.
    class SCHOLARS green star.png BIOLOGY (Option)
    It is most strongly recommended that at least ONE of the student's option subjects be a science course. Students who are not strong in Maths are recommended to take Biology.
    You may have studied some of the topics before but IGCSE takes them to a much more in-depth level and requires formal handling.
    One hour per week class with an hour' and a half homework.
    TOPICS: Nature and Variety of Organisms. Structures and functions of living organisms. Reproduction and Inheritance. Ecology and the environment. Use of biological resources.
    class SCHOLARS green star.png PHYSICS (Option)
    Requires good maths. You may have studied some of the topics before but IGCSE takes them to a much more in-depth level and requires formal handling.
    One hour per week class with an hour' and a half homework.
    TOPICS: Forces and Motion. Electricity. Waves. Energy resources and energy transfer. Solids, liquids and gases. Magnetism and electromagnetism. Radioactivity and particles.
    class SCHOLARS green star.png CHEMISTRY (Option)
    Requires private tutorials. The student will need a chemistry kit which can be ordered online.
    You may have studied some of the topics before but IGCSE takes them to a much more in-depth level and requires formal handling.
    One hour per week tutorial with an hour' and a half homework.
    TOPICS: Principles of Chemistry. The periodic table. Organic Chemistry. Physical Chemistry. Chemistry in Industry.
    class SCHOLARS green star.png HISTORY (Option)
    The student must write well organised essays in the strict style we have already trained.
    Our IGCSE History group is an especially exciting and advanced class which typically gains the very top grades.
    One hour per week class with an hour' and a half homework.
    TOPICS:
    - the French Revolution and Napoleon;
    - the Russian Revolution and Lenin;
    - and a choice of 20thC War, or 19thC Medicine.
    class SCHOLARS green star.png GEOGRAPHY (Option)
    IGCSE Geography is a fascinating but demanding subject which packs in a lot of data, and needs comfort with some maths functions. The exam is ONLY available in the May/June session which can affect planning an individual Exam Programme. The IGCSE Geography group is small, keen and stimulating with a particularly patient, kind teacher.
    One hour per week class with an hour' and a half homework.
    RIVERS The hydrological cycle. Processes & landforms. Drainage Basins. Hydrographs. Water management, pollution. Flooding. Case Study; UK Water balance and management.
    ECONOMICS Structure, classification and location of industry and employment. Comparing structures in different countries and places. Energy demand by industry. Case Studies; UK, Brazil and Ghana, Port Talbot Steelworks.
    HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS Types of hazard, risk. Tectonics ( Volcanoes and earthquakes). Tropical Storms: Global distribution, causes and characteristics. Prediction & preparation. Comparison of damages and response between HIC & LIC.
    Case Studies; Volcanoes – Mt St Helens, Mt Pinatubo. Earthquakes – San Francisco, China. Hurricanes – Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Mitch in USA. Hurricane Floyd in Central America and the Burma Cyclone.
    FRAGILE ENVIRONMENTS Sustainable Development. Soil erosion and desertification. Deforestation. Loss of biodiversity. Global Warming and greenhouse effect. Consequences.
    ECOSYSTEMS AND RURAL ENVIRONMENTS Ecosystems & biomes. Savanna Ecosystem. The Sahel. Tropical Rainforest. Case Studies; Savanna, Sahel, Amazon rainforest, Kyoto. Farming Systems. Factors affecting farming. CAP. Diversification. Case Studies; UK farming, CAP.
    GLOBALISATION AND MIGRATION Multi-national / Transnational Companies. Global Tourism, impact on the environment, making tourism more sustainable. Case studies; Example of a MNC, Aiya Napa, ecotourism in Costa Rica. Types of migration. Reasons. Managing migration. Case studies: Mexico – USA, European economic migrants to the UK.

    class SCHOLARS green star.png LITERATURE (Option)
    The exam syllabus followed requires study of one full length novel, one full length play, and a collection of poetry. The two full length texts are:
    "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.
    "The Importance of Being Ernest" by Oscar Wilde.
    Each of these take a full term to study. The historical context is examined in terms of political and economic issues. Then we analyse the plot structure, undertake character analysis, and identify key themes. Key excerpts are examined in depth to grasp the style of language, and humour which is a delightful aspect of both texts.
    Students are required to obtain any video of each of these stories to bring them to life for a modern visual generation.
    The poems collection is very varied but large, so it adds two terms to the course. The emphasis is on both content and use of language, together with imaginative interpretation. Finally the advanced skill of comparison is trained.
    class SCHOLARS green star.png LANGUAGES (Options)
    We offer both FRENCH and SPANISH to IGCSE level.
    Students can take the advanced group in either language without taking the exam. Exam preparation requires 4 private tutorials in addition to the advanced course.
    Topics cover a wide range of everyday situations, divided in 6 units. There are two types of test, a written paper, and a listening/ comprehension exercise.

    For more information about starting on one of the three Exam Programmes, time needed, assessment, our approach to exam training, go HERE.
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