IGCSE Programme Outline and Subject Choice 2017-2019

Year 10 and 11 academic programme is based on Cambridge IGCSE subject options. Cambridge international programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. Cambridge have a proven reputation for being an excellent preparation for university, employment and life and we are proud to offer a wide variety of options in order to best fit each student’s goals.

The following IGCSE courses are offered at MIS to Year 10 students in 2017-19 academic years: 

COMPULSORY

GROUP 1

GROUP 2

GROUP 3

English

History

Business Studies

Computer Science

Mathematics

Geography

Additional Maths

Literature

Physics

Sociology

Travel and Tourism

Mandarin Chinese

Biology

Drama

Environmental Management

Food and Nutrition

Chemistry

Art and Design

Music

Korean

Physical Education

*EAL

*EAL

*EAL

All students will take a core of compulsory subjects and choose one subject from each of the three options groups. Students can choose to take EAL support class in up to two subject groups.

HOW SHOULD YOU CHOOSE SUBJECTS FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

Deciding on courses for IGCSE is one of your first big adult decisions. These decisions can affect what you can study at university and that can affect your choice of career.

So the first question is: do you have a goal, a dream, an ambition about your future? If you want to be a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer, a games designer…? If you do, research the subjects that are needed to get into the degree programmes you are interested in. Talk about this with the school Counsellor, your parents and your teachers. If you don’t have a clear idea about your future that is fine. In that case, you need to keep open as many options as possible.

In years 10 and 11 you have a compulsory core of English, Maths and Science which are necessary for everyone. To keep options open, consider one social studies subject and one creative subject plus one that you really enjoy. For scientific careers, consider Additional Maths. For law, think about History.

Make sure you don’t choose subjects based on whether you like the teacher or because your friends are doing it. Teachers change and your friend has different needs from you. Be sure your subjects are the ones that are right for you.

OVERVIEW OF THE SUBJECTS

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They 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. Learners 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. Cambridge 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.

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/357850-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/163028-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-first-language-english-0500-.pdf

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 academic or professional career. The qualification reflects the widespread use of English in education and commerce, and also in entertainment. The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study. 

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/329734-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/369427-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-english-second-language-0510-11-for-examination-from-2019.pdf

The syllabus enables learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. Learners develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, they learn to recognize 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 learners' better understanding of themselves and of the world around them. 

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/329726-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/163029-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-literature-english-0486-.pdf

The Cambridge 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 organization 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. 

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203299-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Through the Cambridge IGCSE Geography syllabus, learners will develop a 'sense of place' by looking at the world around them on a local, regional and global scale. Learners will examine a range of natural and man-made environments, and study 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. 

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203934-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/164744-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-geography-0460-.pdf

The Cambridge IGCSE History 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. Learners develop an understanding of 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. Cambridge IGCSE History will stimulate any learner already interested in the past, providing a basis for further study, and also encouraging a lifelong interest in the subject. 

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203943-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/324828-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-history-0470-.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science learners study the principles and practices of computing and gain confidence in computational thinking and programming. They learn to program by writing computer code and they develop their understanding of the main principles of problem solving using computers. 

Learners apply their understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language. They also develop a range of technical skills, as well as the ability to test effectively and to evaluate computing solutions. This qualification helps learners appreciate current and emerging computing technologies and the benefits of their use. They learn to recognise the ethical issues and potential risks when using computers. Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science is an ideal foundation for further study in Computer Science. Understanding the principles of Computer Science provides learners with the underpinning knowledge required for many other subjects in science and engineering, and the skills learnt can also be used in everyday life.

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203951-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

An essential subject for all learners, Cambridge 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 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.

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/329742-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/324830-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-mathematics-0580-.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Additional Mathematics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential mathematical knowledge and ability. The Additional Mathematics syllabus is intended for high ability candidates who have achieved, or are likely to achieve, Grade A*, A or B in the Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics examination. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Additional Mathematics candidates gain lifelong skills, including: 

  • the further development of mathematical concepts and principles 
  • the extension of mathematical skills and their use in more advanced techniques 
  • an ability to solve problems, present solutions logically and interpret results 
  • a solid foundation for further study.

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203403-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language is recognised by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the language. Candidates studying the syllabus are often studying the language in order to promote their educational or employment prospects. They gain an understanding of a wide range of social registers and styles, and learn to communicate appropriately. The topics selected relate to the interests and needs of the candidates using Chinese as a Second Language, e.g. education, the world of work, current affairs, health and welfare, travel, school affairs.

Syllabus: 

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203389-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE First Language qualifications are accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of a language. 

Successful candidates gain lifelong skills including: 

  • the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in writing 
  • the ability to use a wide range of vocabulary, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation 
  • a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed

The aims are to: 

  • enable learners to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in writing 
  • enable learners to understand and respond appropriately to what they read 
  • encourage learners to enjoy and appreciate the variety of language 
  • complement the learners’ other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences)
  • promote the learners’ personal development and an understanding of themselves and others

Syllabus:

 http://cie.org.uk/Images/203277-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the chemistry syllabus enables learners to: 

  • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters 
  • recognise usefulness and limitations of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
  • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness 
  • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment 
  • better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment 
  • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/329747-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/324831-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-chemistry-0620-.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Biology is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the biology syllabus enables learners to: 

  • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters 
  • recognise usefulness and limitations of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
  • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness 
  • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment 
  • better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment 
  • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/329744-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/163030-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-biology-0610-.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Physics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the physics syllabus enables learners to: 

  • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters 
  • recognise usefulness and limitations of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
  • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness 
  • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment 
  • better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment 
  • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/329750-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learner Guide:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/151727-learner-guide-for-cambridge-igcse-physics-0625-.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Sociology is accepted by schools, universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Sociology candidates gain lifelong skills, including: 

  • a better understanding of how we become who we are
  • the ability to analyse human behaviour within their own society, between different cultures and across different periods of time
  • an appreciation of the effects that choice of methodology can have on social science investigations 
  • the ability to use sociological evidence and ideas to challenge their own beliefs and the beliefs of other people about issues such as equality, education, the family and crime.

Syllabus: 

http://cie.org.uk/Images/204265-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Travel and Tourism is designed to help meet the need for skilled and knowledgeable individuals in this rapidly diversifying industry. The intention of the syllabus is to provide a broad introduction to the travel and tourism industry and related ancillary service industries. The syllabus develops practical skills across a range of working roles, as well as providing a global and local perspective on travel and tourism. Students gain an overview of the industry, and learn about popular destinations, customer care, working procedures, travel and tourism products and services, and marketing and promotion. Through their studies, students will gain an understanding of the concepts, models and theories used within the industry, and also enhance their skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203947-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Environmental Management is concerned not only with the impact of humankind on the planet but also with the patterns of human behaviour necessary to preserve and manage the environment in a self-sustaining way. Study is linked to the areas of new thinking in environmental management, environmental economics and the quest for alternative technologies. Classroom studies and optional coursework allow candidates to obtain a local as well as a global perspective. Environmental Management recognises that human behaviour towards the environment is guided by the survival needs, perceptions and values of people. Underlying the syllabus there is a recognition that cultural, social and political attitudes directly influence the economy of nature. A core principle of the syllabus is that sustainability will only be achieved by changes in the ways in which people think and make decisions. A course in Environmental Management therefore calls upon young people to be participants in defining the future of their world.

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/329760-2019-2021-syllabus.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Food and Nutrition is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of food and nutrition. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Food and Nutrition candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

  • an understanding of nutrition and of health problems related to diet
  • an understanding of how socio-economic factors affect diet
  • an awareness of how eating patterns and dietary needs depend on age and social group
  • an awareness of how the position of the consumer differs in developed and less developed economies
  • the ability to assess the effectiveness and validity of claims made by advertisers
  • aesthetic and social sensitivity to dietary patterns
  • an interest in the creative aspect and enjoyment of food
  • skills necessary for food preparation and food preservation
  • the ability to organise and manage family food resources and to use food sensibly in everyday life
  • knowledge of safety and hygiene requirements

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203415-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

The aims are to enable learners to develop:

  • an ability to record from direct observation and personal experience 
  • an ability to identify and solve problems in visual and/or other forms 
  • creativity, visual awareness, critical and cultural understanding 
  • an imaginative, creative and personal response 
  • confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement in the practice of art and design 
  • growing independence in the refinement and development of ideas and personal outcomes 
  • engagement and experimentation with a range of media, materials and techniques, including new media and technologies, where appropriate 
  • experience of working in relevant frameworks and exploration of manipulative skills necessary to form, compose and communicate in two and/or three dimensions
  • a working vocabulary relevant to the subject and an interest in, and a critical awareness of, other practitioners, environments and cultures 
  • investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretative, practical, technical and expressive skills which aid effective and independent learning

The broad areas of study are: 

  • painting and related media 
  • printmaking 
  • three-dimensional studies 
  • photography, digital and lens-based media 
  • graphic communication 
  • textile design

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/202512-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Cambridge IGCSE Drama is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of both the theory and practical application of drama. Through practical and theoretical study, the Cambridge IGCSE Drama syllabus encourages students to understand and enjoy drama by: 

  • developing their performance skills, both individually and in groups 
  • understanding the role of actor, director and designer in creating a piece of theatre 
  • considering ways in which ideas and feelings can be communicated to an audience 
  • discovering the performance possibilities of plays and other dramatic stimuli 
  • devising dramatic material of their own

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203273-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

Learners studying Cambridge IGCSE Music are given the opportunity to: 

    • listen to and learn about music from a wide range of historical periods and major world cultures 
    • develop their skills in performing music, both individually and in a group with other musicians 
    • develop their skills in composing music in a style of their own choice
    • enable candidates to acquire and consolidate a range of basic musical skills, knowledge and understanding, through the activities of listening, performing and composing 
    • help candidates develop a perceptive and critical response to the main historical periods and styles of Western music 
    • help candidates to recognise and understand the music of selected non-Western traditions, and thus to form an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences 
    • provide a foundation for the development of an informed appreciation of music 
    • provide a foundation for further study in music at a higher level

Syllabus:

http://cie.org.uk/Images/203268-2017-2019-syllabus.pdf

MIS students also participate in a range of subjects not tested at IGCSE level:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Myanmar Studies
  • Physical Education