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Cambridge International Examinations

The Senior Qualification Pathway

In 2012 City Impact Church School has implemented the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

This system enables us to more freely teach the content covered from a Biblical worldview, encouraging our students to articulate, evaluate and justify our Christian perspective. The Cambridge system has been running for a number of years throughout the world, having established a sound international reputation of quality, reliability and academic challenge.

Cambridge qualifications prepare students for their next steps in education, work and life, with learning skills that will enable them to keep pace with an ever changing world. Cambridge qualifications also develop key skills in investigation, evaluation and problem-solving, which are important for tertiary study.

The Cambridge International Examinations Programme (CIE) provides the basis for study at Years 11 – 13. Every student will also take part in a City Impact Church School Doctrine and Mentoring programme.

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IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is the first level of the Cambridge examination system and is the entry point for Year 11 students. Students at City Impact Church School are required to take Mathematics, English Language and English Literature, and Coordinated Science. Students are then able to select two other subject options, giving a total of six IGCSEs.

 

AS (Advanced Subsidiary) courses are the first half of a two year A level (Advanced level) course. This is the stage when most students begin to specialise and is the entry point into a subject for many Year 12 and Year 13 students, providing they have the necessary Year 11 qualifications and requirements. There are some AS subjects that can be taken without an IGCSE as a prerequisite in that subject, although this needs to be considered most carefully.

 

A2 courses are the second half of an A level – they upgrade an AS into a full A level qualification. These are usually taken by students keen to become specialists in a specific field and usually require that the AS course in that subject has been studied and passed (normally grade D or better).

 

It is expected that most Year 12 students will select a course of four AS subjects and at Year 13 a student’s programme is most likely to consist of AS and A2 subjects; three or four in their final year.

University Entrance (UE)

UE standards for CIE are based on a UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) Tariff system. This is determined by the following table:

Grade Approximate mark range UCAS points awarded   Papers not meeting the passing grades of A* – E are deemed to be Ungraded (U).
    A Level AS Level 
A*  90%+ 140
A  80%+ 120 60
B  70% – 79% 100 50
C  60% – 69% 80 40
D  50% – 59% 60 30
E  40% – 49% 40 20

 

University Entrance Minimum Requirements

For UE all students are required to meet a General Subject Standard, and reach specific standards in both Literacy and Numeracy.

General Subject Standard; Minimum of 120 points from A or AS levels and a minimum grade of D in each of at least three subjects equivalent to those on the approved list.

Numeracy Standard; Minimum grade of D in IGCSE Mathematics.

Literacy Standard; Minimum grade of E in any one of the AS English courses offered.

Please find below a brief synopsis of the subjects currently offered to our Year 11 students.

 

IGCSE : Art and Design (0400)

The IGCSE Art and Design syllabus 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 two and three-dimensional form and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile forms. Students also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions. An ideal foundation for further study, IGCSE Art and Design also develops a greater awareness of the role played by the visual arts in society and in history, broadening cultural horizons and individual experience. A basic kit of art supplies will be required to be purchased and maintained.

 

IGCSE : Business Studies (0450)

The IGCSE Business Studies syllabus develops students’ understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Students learn 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. Through their studies, students not only learn about business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study at A Level, and an ideal preparation for the world of work.

 

IGCSE : English – First Language (0500)

Designed for students for whom English is their mother tongue, IGCSE First Language English develops the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. Students learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop 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 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 : English – Literature (0486)

The syllabus enables students to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. They develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, students learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied. The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting students’ better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.

 

IGCSE : Geography (0460)

Through the IGCSE Geography syllabus, students will develop a ‘sense of place’ by looking at the world around them on a local, regional and global scale. Students will examine a range of natural and man-made environments, and learn about some of the processes which affected their development. They will also look at the ways in which people interact with their environment, and the opportunities and challenges an environment can present, thereby gaining a deeper insight into the different communities and cultures that exist around the world.

 

IGCSE : History (0470)

The History IGCSE syllabus looks at some of the major international issues of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as covering the history of particular regions in more depth. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Students learn about the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of their studies. IGCSE History will stimulate any student already interested in the past, providing a basis for further study, and also encouraging a lifelong interest in the subject. Both coursework and non-coursework options are available.

 

IGCSE : Information and Communication Technology (0417)

The Information Communication Technology syllabus encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.

The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Learners analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.

Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that learners have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus.

 

IGCSE : Mathematics (0580)

An essential subject for all students, IGCSE Mathematics is a fully examined course which encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to build students’ 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. Students also learn how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.

 

IGCSE : Sciences – Co-ordinated (Double) (0654)

A double award, earning two grades, IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences gives students the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics within a cross-referenced, scientifically coherent syllabus. Students learn about the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, whilst also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. Students learn 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. As well as focusing on the individual sciences, the syllabus therefore enables students to better understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments.

Students can choose from a range of assessment options at AS/A level:

Assessment Options
Option 1 Take all papers of the Cambridge International A Level course in the same examination session, usually at the end of the second year of study
Option 2 Take a ‘staged’ assessment route – take the Cambridge International AS Level in one examination session and complete the final Cambridge International A Level at a subsequent session*
Option 3 Take the Cambridge International AS Level only. The Cambridge International AS syllabus content is half an A Level programme.

 

A & AS Level : Art and Design (9704)

The Cambridge International A Level Art and Design syllabus considers expression and communication. 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 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.

 

A & AS Level : Biology (9700)

Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of biology, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of biology ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology is ideal for learners who want to study biology or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. Please note that the Scheme of Assessment has changed since 2005.

 

A & AS Level : Business Studies (9609)

The Business Studies syllabus enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Learners examine the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.

 

A & AS Level : Chemistry (9701)

Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of chemistry, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of chemistry ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry is ideal for learners who want to study chemistry or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. Please note that the Scheme of Assessment has changed since 2005.

 

AS Level : English – Language (9093)

Cambridge International AS Level English is designed for learners who can already communicate effectively in English as it may be their first or second language. The Cambridge International AS Level English syllabus enables learners to achieve greater fluency, accuracy and confidence in the language as it is spoken and written, and improve their communication skills. They will learn how to improve their use of English in a variety of situations, understanding how to read texts and other source materials, and how to extract information, initiate conversations and respond to questions both orally and in writing.

 

A & AS Level : English – Literature (9695)

Learners following the Cambridge International AS and A Level English syllabus will study a range of texts in the three main forms: prose, poetry and drama. Set texts are offered from a wide range of different periods and cultures. Learners will develop skills of reading and analysis of texts, and are encouraged to undertake wider reading to aid understanding of the texts studied. They will learn skills of effective and appropriate communication including the ability to discuss the critical context of texts.

 

A & AS Level : Geography (9696)

The Geography syllabus builds upon skills gained at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level study. Learners widen their knowledge and understanding of the subject, while developing their investigative abilities and their evaluation and decision-making skills. The syllabus is wide-ranging and comprises a variety of options. For example, learners can study topics such as hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, atmosphere and weather, rocks and weathering, population change and settlement dynamics. The syllabus considers a range of environments, from tropical to arid, and learners can also study subjects such as environmental management, global interdependence and economic transition.

 

A & AS Level : History (9389)

The Cambridge International AS and A Level History syllabus builds upon skills gained at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level study. The emphasis is again on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Learners develop an understanding of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and use historical evidence as part of their studies. The flexible and wide-ranging syllabus covers six periods, ranging from the history of the Caribbean from 1794 to 1900, to international history from 1945 to 1991. Learners can also study periods from European, Asian, African and American history. Teachers choose which periods to focus on, allowing them to build a course that reflects their learners’ interests and staff specialisms, or which is relevant to the local or regional context.

 

A & AS Level : Mathematics (9709)

Cambridge International AS and A Level Mathematics builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus allows teachers to choose from three different routes to Cambridge International AS Level Mathematics: Pure Mathematics only, Pure Mathematics and Mechanics or Pure Mathematics and Probability and Statistics. Teachers can also choose from three different routes to Cambridge International A Level Mathematics depending on the choice of Mechanics, or Probability and Statistics, or both, in the broad area of ‘applications’.

 

AS Level : Media Studies (9607)

Cambridge International AS and A Level Media Studies is a new qualification that explores the place of the media in our everyday lives, and includes practical activities through coursework. Learners develop the valuable skills of research and managing information and projects, applying practical skills creatively, and analysing text and media products critically. Group work options are available.  Assessment is through coursework and written examinations. Practical coursework tasks where learners research, plan and create their own media products could include; producing the titles and opening of a new fiction film, designing and producing a new print magazine, developing a website for a new TV channel, including advertising for its launch. Topics for study include textual analysis and representation, institutions and audiences, contemporary media regulation, global media and media in the online age.

 

A & AS Level : Physics (9702)

Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics is ideal for learners who want to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. Please note that the Scheme of Assessment has changed since 2005.

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