ICGSE Cambridge subjects

International School implements two Cambridge curricula – Secondary 2 (IGCSE subjects) and Advanced level (A-level subjects).

Cambridge IGCSE is adapted to the students’ different levels of knowledge, educational needs and abilities, especially for those whose mother tongue is not English.

Apart from the mandatory subjects, the students also attend PE lessons, which are organised outside the school for activities like swimming, skating, hiking, mountaineering, etc. By doing so, the students remain both physically and mentally active, which is part of our school ethos.

English as first language

As one of the core subjects in the International School, IGCSE English as a First Language provides students with a much needed foundation for a further development of their language skills.

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More specifically, by the end of the IGCSE levels, the students will have acquired a number of language skills on a near-native level with the emphasis on, but not limited to, reading and writing skills. With elements of literature, grammar and practical tips for navigating through the maze of academic writing, IGCSE English as a First Language is as valuable for students’ future educational paths as it is inspiring for creative minds.

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English as second language

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their education or career.

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Through their studies, learners will improve their ability to understand and use English in a range of situations. Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language, created especially for international students, 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 and wider international perspective. A high grade in this subject is equivalent to B2 level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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Spanish

The Spanish language is the second most spoken language in the world. With IGCSE Spanish, students will acquire all the necessary knowledge needed for the basic communication.

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They will learn how to use the language in different kinds of situations they can encounter in real life. IGCSE Spanish lessons are designed to enhance various skills students need to acquire in a foreign language, such as reading, listening, writing, speaking and the ability to interact with native speakers. This subject is useful for students interested in learning languages and especially for those who are interested in the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

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French

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The French language is considered to be one of the most beautiful languages in the world. It is also one of the most spoken languages worldwide.

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In IGCSE French (2-year course, 4 lessons per week), students will gain knowledge needed for everyday communication, acquiring the level A2-B1 (B2 for advanced students). IGCSE French lessons enhance listening, reading, writing, speaking and improve vocabulary and grammar. A considerable part of the course is dedicated to the discovery of the lifestyle and culture of France and French-speaking countries, as well as to the projects inspired by them. This course will also allow the students who are interested in studying in France or French-speaking countries to prepare to meet the linguistic requirements.

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German

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Some would say that the German language is becoming more important than English. This is not completely untrue.

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German is in expansion because of the highly developed German economy and the fact that their companies are active all over Europe and the world. Therefore, given that there is a great possibility that you will work in one of them, German skills can be a useful advantage. Cambridge IGCSE German offers a set of skills necessary for understanding and communicating in everyday situations in German. This includes practicing grammar and vocabulary while enhancing language skills through listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students will also have a chance to find out more about Germany, the Germans and their lifestyle.

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Global Perspectives

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Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives is a creative and interesting course that develops various skills. Students develop the skill to think critically about current global issues and local problems.

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This subject is skill-based, not knowledge-based, due to a vast amount of resources available to students that allow them to solve problems and think critically and creatively. Global Perspectives teaches you important lessons for your future career choice and your general critical attitude towards social, political, environmental and cultural perspectives.

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Mathematics: Core and Extended

Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics is one of the core Cambridge courses. It supports learners in building competency, confidence and fluency in their use of techniques and mathematical understanding, and helps develop a feel for patterns and relationship in the world around us.

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Reasoning and problem solving skills are developed through both abstract problems and problems within real life contexts. The subject provides a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge both for students who aspire to study mathematics at a higher level and those who will require mathematics to support skills in other subjects. The course is tiered into Core and Extended.

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Biology

Introduction to the world that builds us and our environment is what the concept of Cambridge IGSCE Biology truly is. Learners will find out what we are made of, what the mechanisms that keep us alive are, and why there is an expression that you are what you eat.

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The subject explains how we get the oxygen to breathe and why plants are essential for life as we know it. The students also learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through developing proper diet and exercise habits. Curious questions with amazing answers will lead young minds to comprehend nature and to get the sense of how and why we are all connected in this journey on Earth.

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Chemistry

Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry offers an understanding of the world around us. It dwells deep into the atomic structure, explaining the fundamental quantum principles that govern nature and give rise to the physical and chemical properties of the matter.

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Furthermore, it covers a broad range of natural phenomena that affect our everyday lives – the environment we live in, the resources available to us, and the ways in which we can exploit the key natural processes. It follows technological development and explains the negative impact of industry on the environment, promoting the conversion to alternative sources of energy. Chemistry is a laboratory science; therefore, it equips the learners with basic analytical and experimental skills.

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Physics

Cambridge IGCSE Physics deals with some of the most popular topics in the modern technological society. Given that it reintroduces basic physics terms, the course is suitable for all levels of science enthusiasts.

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The syllabus is centred around teaching learners to form relevant opinions about scientific experiments and results. Besides solving task-based problems, they learn how to come up with solutions to environmental and informatics problems through projects and written essays. The content of the syllabus is vast, covering topics such as environmental studies, thermal physics, electricity and digital circuits. This makes Cambridge IGCSE Physics an excellent choice for learners that thrive in both natural and social studies.

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History

History is an exciting subject, driven by a strong narrative and populated by dynamic characters. Studying history is not simply about memorising facts and dates, but learning how to investigate events and evaluate the evidence you found.

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Equally important is the process of analysis. History is constructed from a series of questions and it teaches us to ask how, why, when and with what results events in the past took place. Cicero called it Magistra Vitae. Cambridge IGCSE 20th Century History focuses on the major international issues of this very important century and provides a detailed study of the regions which dominated the period. You will be able to fully understand some of the most important events that shaped the world we live in, and in the process embrace the importance of tolerance and humanity.

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Geography

Cambridge IGCSE Geography helps you make sense of the world around you. It is hands-on, relevant and fun. Geography is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards – to name but a few.

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The course will give you the chance to get acquainted with some of the big questions which may have an effect on our lives, and understand the social, economic, physical forces and processes which shape our world. Geography is useful for careers that involve environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data.

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Business

IGCSE Business students learn how to use relevant terminology, concepts, and methods, and recognise the strengths and limitations of ideas used in business.

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They develop knowledge and understanding of the major groups and organisations within and outside a business, and consider ways in which they are able to influence objectives, decisions, and activities. Finally, they learn 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. The course provides a solid foundation for the further study of business or other subjects, e.g. economics.

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Economics

At this level, students are introduced to economics by developing an understanding of economic theory, terminology and principles. They study the economics of different countries and how these interrelate.

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They also learn to work with simple economics data and use economic analysis tools. The course enables students to apply their understanding of economics to current economic issues and provides a foundation for A-level learning. The topics covered are: the basic economic problem, the allocation of resources, microeconomics, macroeconomics, international trade and globalisation.

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Computer Science

The Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science syllabus enables students to develop an understanding of the main problem-solving principles using computers.

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They can apply their understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language. Learners also develop a range of technical skills, as well as the ability to effectively test and evaluate computing solutions. Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science helps learners appreciate the benefits of current and emerging computing technologies and recognise their potential risks.

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Advanced level (A-level subjects)

Unlike the Secondary 2 level, where the students develop comprehensive and general education, in Years 12 and 13 the students choose the A-level subjects which are relevant to their interests and supportive to their further education. With this mind, we have carefully created A-level bundles in order to offer concrete pre-uni preparation in the areas of our students’ interests.

Once the Year 11 student has consulted our school career counsellor and passed the career-orientation test, they may choose one of the bundles which we offer, depending on their interests, talents and abilities.

English as first language

Students are exposed to the study of English at an enviable level. At first, they are introduced to textual analysis and get to explore a plethora of literary devices and techniques, which will enable them to better understand not only texts in AS/A level English but also texts they encounter in other subjects.

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In addition, students will explore the world of transcripts and how spoken and written communication differ. Finally, critical thinking skills are further developed, while students are introduced to various theories in language analysis and to the exciting and ever-changing world of language within social, class, and gender groups.

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English as second language

Y12 English as a Second Language is a preparation course for obtaining the Cambridge CAE Exam. The Cambridge CAE Exam, also known as Cambridge Advanced Certificate, is the next to last exam in the Cambridge English exam suite.

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This exam is commonly accepted by universities in the UK for advanced study programs. Like all of the Cambridge English exams, the CAE is a pass/fail test and for those who pass, it delivers a certificate that does not expire.
Y13 English as a Second Language course goes one step beyond the CAE exam, as it is a preparation course for a C2 Proficiency qualification, which shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker. Preparing for and passing the exam means you have the level of English that’s needed to study or work in a very senior professional or academic environment, for example on a postgraduate or PhD programme.

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Global Perspectives

Cambridge AS Global Perspectives helps students acquire highly important skills. One of the most important skills is the ability to evaluate and critically observe various resources and information.

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The point is to question and analyse all resources from different perspectives, which is at the same time a way to critically evaluate and analyse the whole world around us, the information we find, people around the world, their expertise and credibility. If you attend these lessons, you will become sharp-minded and ready to develop serious and valid arguments. Developing these skills enables you to become a citizen of the world!

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Mathematics: Core and Extended

Cambridge International AS & A Level Mathematics develops a wide set of transferable and useful skills on high demand in the employment market.

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These include data processing, mathematical modelling, analysis and reflection, accuracy, as well as the ability to think logically and independently. The set of skills is applicable and even required for studies of most other subjects ranging from science and engineering to economy and research psychology, and is therefore crucial for progression into higher education and employment.

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Biology

The Cambridge AS and A Level Biology course is high demanding, as it provides detailed theoretical knowledge of the most important biological concepts and mechanisms.

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Complementary to theory, practical skills are developed so students can benefit from gaining knowledge in a field that is meant to be understood through exact science. One of the most important skills students gain in this course is the ability to understand how to properly conduct scientific research, propose hypotheses and detect what is important for certain observed processes. This diverse knowledge allows students not only to understand biology better, but also to challenge themselves as scientists.

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Chemistry

Cambridge AS & A Level Chemistry equips the learners with an in-depth knowledge of key chemistry concepts and processes. It explains the atoms and forces that affect the physical and chemical properties of matter and influence how substance behaves chemically.

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It identifies patterns in chemical behaviour, providing knowledge of how substances can be transformed into new materials by chemical reactions. The learners will gain a deep overall understanding of the subject by connecting various topics and principles. Additionally, they will develop advanced practical skills to plan experiments and investigations, collect, record, and present observations, measurements, and estimates, and analyse and interpret data to reach conclusions.

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Physics

Cambridge AS & A Level Physics is an advanced Physics course, relying on the learners’ previous studies. The learners are required to show eloquence and attention to detail in their answers, and present them in scientific form.

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An experimental component is a must, as it teaches learners how to approach setting up and executing experiments on their own, as well as identifying difficulties and proposing improvements. The learners gain confidence and a higher understanding of the subject matter. The syllabus content covered in the course is college-level, discussing topics like modern communication channels, quantum physics and the medical application of physics. This makes the course excellent for learners interested in scientific and engineering studies.

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History

Cambridge International AS and A Level History is one of the most recognised qualifications around the world. It is accepted as proof of academic ability and the historical knowledge necessary for entry to universities.

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The syllabus builds upon the skills gained at the IGCSE level and develops lifelong understanding of cause and consequence, continuity and change, and the importance of using historical evidence. In your future work you will be able to show analysis, research, communication and problem solving skills. History teaches us to prioritise and fact check evidence before using it. From 19th-century Scramble for Africa to the Cold War conflicts and other late-20th-century events, AS & A level History prepares you for careers in law, politics, journalism, archaeology and other exciting fields.

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Geography

The A Level Geography course covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape the world. Furthermore, it shows the applied side of the subject – how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment.

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This is a complex and dynamic topic, and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research, which will help students develop independent thinking. Geography is an obvious choice for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change. Geographical knowledge can also help one understand global economics better, which is helpful to those interested in a career in business.

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Business

AS/A Level Business Studies takes students on a journey to help them master the key elements of business activity. Whilst gaining an in-depth knowledge of the four main functional areas of business

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– human resources, marketing, operations and finance – students also develop the ability to apply their knowledge in a changing context, analyse the logical links between causes and effects of business concepts, draw conclusions and make well-justified recommendations on the best course of action in real-life business situations. The course offers a superior foundation for university-level business studies and strong support to those who wish to pursue a career in the exciting world of business.

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Economics

The course enables students to learn and understand why some countries are developed more than others, why countries trade, why consumers buy less if the prices are higher, etc.

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The students gain skills allowing them to analyse and explain economic issues, evaluate economic information, and organise, present and communicate ideas and judgements clearly. The topics covered by the syllabus are: the price system and government intervention, international trade and exchange rates, the measurement of employment and inflation, the causes and consequences of inflation, the theory of the firm, market failure, macroeconomic policy, and economic growth and development.

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Computer Science

Learners will study topics including information representation, communication and Internet technologies, hardware, software development, and relational database modelling.

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As they progress, learners will develop their computational thinking and use problem solving to develop computer-based solutions using algorithms and programming languages. Studying Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science will help learners develop a range of skills such as thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically.

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Art and Design

Learners gain an understanding of visual perception and aesthetic experience, and the ways in which art and design creates a language of its own. Most of the work for this syllabus is practical or studio based, so that learners

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can develop their abilities of observation and analysis of the visual world, sensitivity, skill, personal expression and imagination. They also learn how to relate their skills to an enhanced knowledge of their own cultures, past and present, as well as an appreciation of practical design problems.

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Digital Media and Design

This syllabus is for learners who want to explore a range of processes and techniques in digital media. The subject content is grouped into three broad areas of study;

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digital photography, moving image through film and animation, and mobile and multimedia applications including games design. You can structure a course around a single area of study or create a course that includes a combination of two or three areas of study.

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Psychology

Cambridge International AS and A Level Psychology explores the human brain and behaviour and how psychology is conducted. Besides covering research methods used in psychology, it also gives an insight

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into main issues and debates in psychology, focusing on key appraches: biological, cognitive, learning and social approach. Students have the opportunity to relate psychology to abnormality, health, organisations and consumer behaviour. AS and A Level Psychology students develop the necessary skills of analysis, interpretation, application and evaluation and promote an understanding of ethical and moral issues and their implications for psychological research.

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Sociology

The study of the world around us is not limited to the interest in the natural laws of our environment. This notion is developed thoroughly in Sociology classes as students delve deeper into the intricacies of the social reality we live in.

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Through debate-inspiring topics including Religion, Education, Global Development, Media and Family, the students are introduced to the theoretical foundation of functionalist, Marxist, postmodernist and feminist thought. Furthermore, a part of exam requirements is advanced knowledge of academic essay writing; therefore, the students will advance their writing skills, as well.

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