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  • IGCSE Handbook 2017-2018

  • Welcome

    PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

    PART TWO: SUBJECT DESCRIPTIONS

    Art

    Business Studies

    Design Technology

    Drama

    Economics

    English Language

    English Literature

    English as a Second Language

    Geography

    Global Perspectives

    History

    ICT

    Mandarin

    Mathematics

    Music

    Physical Education

    Science (Biology)

    Science (Chemistry)

    Science (Physics)

    Thai

    PART THREE: OTHER ACADEMIC ISSUES

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    CONTENTS

  • WELCOME TO KEY STAGE 4 – IGCSE

    Years 10 and 11 at Regent’s International School form Key Stage 4. It is here that the hard work and high standards you formed in Key Stage 3 will be of benefit to you in being successful in possibly your first set of external examinations: the internationally-recognised IGCSEs.

    At Key Stage 4, you will study a range of subjects and for the first time you will have some choice about which subject you want to study. You will no longer be taught in tutor groups, but rather in option groups. In many regards, your experience at Key Stage 4 will be similar to that of Key Stage 3 with a continued emphasis on critical thinking, inquiry-based learning and the development of other qualities linked to the IB learner profile.

    The aim of this booklet is to provide both students and parents with information on the courses available, how each is assessed and a helpful web-link to more information from the examination boards.

    I wish you well in thinking about your future and in making your subject choices. Please do not hesitate to talk with your Tutor or the Key Stage 4 Coordinator about your options.

    Dr Peter R Jones

    Head of Secondary

    Miss Rebecca Edwards

    Key Stage 4 IGCSE Coordinator

  • PART ONE

    INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL GENERAL

    CERTIFICATE

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    SECONDARY EDUCATION

    The International General Certificate of Secondary Education programme (IGCSE) is one of the most recognized qualifications around the world. IGCSE courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills, including recall of knowledge, oral skills, problem solving, initiative, teamwork and investigative skills. The resulting qualification provides an ideal foundation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, also offered at Regent’s International School, Bangkok.

    breadth and depth

    Students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects at IGCSE level. In order to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, many students take courses from each of main subject groups. Choosing across the subject range means that students will be well prepared for the IB Diploma course. This is shown below.

    The Regent’s International

    School Curriculum

    key Stage 4: IGCSE Programme (Y10-11)

    key Stage 5: Ib diploma Programme (Y12-13)

    Group 1 First Language

    English Language English Literature Thai Chinese

    English Literature English Lit and Lang Thai Japanese Self-taught Korean & Chinese

    Group 2 Second Language

    Mandarin English as a Second Language

    Spanish English Mandarin

    Group 3 Humanities Business History Geography Global Perspectives Economics ICT

    Business History Geography Economics Environmental Societies and Systems Psychology

    Group 4 Sciences Biology Chemistry Physics Design Technology Physical Education

    Biology Chemistry Physics SEHS Environmental Societies and Systems Design Technology

    Group 5 Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics or Mathematical Studies (SL) or Computer science

    Group 6 The Arts Art and Design Music Drama

    Visual Arts, Music Theatre Studies or a subject from Groups 1 – 5

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    Examination information

    The IGCSE programme is a two year course. Exams are normally taken at the end of

    that period, although early entry is occasionally offered at Regent’s International School. Examinations are held in November and in May.

    Subjects are examined through a range of assessment methods, including: coursework, oral and listening, practicals and written examinations. We enter students for the level most appropriate to their ability and base this decision on their prior attainment and their teachers´ expertise.

    Results are available in January and August for the preceding examination session.

    assessment overview:

    Students are continuously assessed over the course of the programme. Their attainment is measured according to the subject specific assessment criteria that the examination board provides. The types of assessments students engage in include:

    • Summative tests and examinations • End of topic/unit tests • Listening tests • Presentations • Open-ended, problem-solving activities • Investigations • Organized debates • Hands-on experimentation • Analysis and reflection

    These assessment tasks prepare the students for the IGCSE exam at the end of Year 11. All assessments provide students with formative targets. All students will have a summative record of their assessments so that they can clearly see the progress they have made and what they need to do to further improve.

    Grading for Years 10 and 11

    The school uses subject-specific IGCSE grade criteria to indicate levels of achievement. At the end of each term, students receive a summative grade, based on the IGCSE grade scale (A*-G). Grade descriptions can be found in the appropriate subject syllabus.

    academic reporting

    Full written academic reports and parents evenings are scheduled through the course. Years 10 and 11 have four sets of effort and attainment grades sent home every year. They also receive examination grades following their end-of-year and mock examinations (June for Year 10 and December for Year 11). Year 10 receive written reports in December and June, whereas Year 11 receive them in January and April.

    Students in Year 10 and 11 have bi-termly academic reviews with their Tutor. They are also supported by the KS4 Coordinator and the Deputy Head. Parents are welcome to make appointments with Form Tutors and subject teachers to discuss student’s progress.

  • PART TWO

    IGCSE SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS

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    ART

    Aims:

    The EdExcel IGCSE Art and Design course aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. Students gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in drawing, painting and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems in visual forms. Students also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions.

    Content:

    • Year 10 August - February. Learning about a wide range of different materials and processes, while at the same time consolidating, improving technical skills and building confidence.

    • Year 10 February - June (Year 10 examination). Students will start a ‘mini mock’ examination. This will involve using all the skills learnt so far to create a body of preparatory work based upon an examination question culminating in an examination where a piece of Artwork is made.

    • Year 11 August - December (Year 11 IGCSE mock). Students will create a body of preparatory work based on an examination question, culminating in a final piece of artwork.

    • Year 11 January - February. Students focus on the areas they struggled with in the mock, and

    practise research techniques. • Year 11 February - May (Year 11

    IGCSE examination). Students will create a body of preparatory work based on an examination question, culminating in a final piece of artwork.

    Preparatory work will include first-hand observation, artist studies, creating a range of ideas and experimenting with media and techniques over a period of 8 weeks. All preparatory work will be mounted onto A2 sheets

    Examinations will be creating a final piece of artwork based upon the prep work under examination conditions for 10 hours

    Assessment:

    This is a two year course which is comprised of 100% examination. Internal assessment and predicted IGCSE grade will be based upon the student’s’ performance during the Year 10 examination and Year 11 mock.

    1. All assessment will be marked using the four assessment objectives:

    2. Record observations, experiences and ideas that are appropriate to intentions.

    3. Analyse and evaluate images, artefacts, making informed connections to the work of others.

    4. Develop and explore ideas using a variety of media and processes that are appropriate to intentions.

    5. Review and refine ideas, modify work as it progresses, before

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    presenting a coherent personal outcome.

    What does this subject lead to:

    Having a better understanding of art and developing your creative skills further can complement all other subjects, and be an advantage in many different types of future employment. There are

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