Topic outline

  • Art and Design (0400)

    IGCSE Art and Design

    Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design has been designed to offer a broad choice of media and approaches so that candidates can produce a personal response and schools can play to their strengths in terms of staff expertise and interests.

    The broad areas of study are:

    • painting and related media

    • print making

    • three-dimensional design

    • photography, digital and lens-based media

    • graphic communication

    • textiles and fashion.
      Candidates can respond to either component using any of the media above.




  • Design and Technology (0445)

    Design Technology

    Enable students to:

    • develop creative thinking in areas relevant to design and technology

    • apply problem-solving skills to practical and technological problems

    • develop the communication skills central to design, realisation and evaluation

    • gain knowledge and understanding of design and technology

    • develop skills in research and investigation

    • design and make products, taking into consideration sustainability and the wider impact on society

    • develop the ability to make aesthetic, economic, ethical and technical value judgements.


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  • Music (0410)

    Cambridge IGCSE Music is accepted by universities and employers worldwide as providing proof of musical skills, knowledge and understanding. This syllabus offers students the opportunity to develop their own practical musical skills through performing and composing. They also develop their listening skills by studying music from the main historical periods and styles of Western music as well as from selected non-Western traditions. The emphasis of the syllabus is as much on developing lifelong musical skills as on acquiring knowledge.

    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.

      Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.


  • Drama (0411)

    The IGCSE Drama course gives practical and theoretical study, learners develop an understanding and enjoyment of drama, developing group and individual skills and studying ways to communicate ideas and feelings to an audience.

    Candidates work with:

      • extended extracts from published plays

      • stimuli (short titles, poems, pictures, songs, historical events, stories) for devising dramatic pieces

      • their own choice of dramatic repertoire

      • dramatic material of their own devising

        Learners develop their individual and group performance skills, the demonstration of which forms part of the final assessment.



  • Physical Education (0413)

    Cambridge IGCSE Physical Education is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of Physical Education. The Cambridge IGCSE Physical Education syllabus encourages learners to develop:

    • knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities

    • an ability to plan, perform and evaluate physical activities

    • an understanding of effective and safe performance

    • an understanding of the role of sport and physical activity in society and in the wider world

    • an excellent foundation for advanced study

    • an enjoyment of physical activity.


  • Information and Communication Technology (0417)

    Information and Communication Technologyaims are to develop:

    • knowledge of ICT including new and emerging technologies

    • autonomous and discerning use of ICT

    • skills to enhance work produced in a range of contexts

    • skills to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems

    • skills to consider the impact of current and new technologies on methods of working in the outside world and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues

    • ICT-based solutions to solve problems

    • the ability to recognise potential risks when using ICT, and use safe, secure and responsible practice.


  • Geography (0460)

    The aim of Geography is to enable students to have:

    • an understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale

    • an awareness of the characteristics, distribution and processes affecting contrasting physical and human

      environments

    • an understanding of the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environment

    • an awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints presented by different environments

    • an appreciation of and concern for the environment

    • an appreciation of the earth including its people, places, landscapes, natural processes and phenomena.

      The course is divided into three themes:

      Theme 1: Population and settlement 

      Theme 2: The natural environment 

      Theme 3: Economic development.


      The themes are designed to develop an understanding of natural and human environments.



  • History (0470)

    Cambridge IGCSE History offers the opportunity to study world history from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. It encourages learners to raise questions and to develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding in order to provide historical explanations. Learners will explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political, and are given the opportunity to:

    • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about and understanding the past

    • explore historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference

    • appreciate historical evidence and how to use it

    • gain a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships

    • learn how to present clear, logical arguments.

      Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.


  • Literature in English (0475)

    Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English offers learners the opportunity to read, interpret, evaluate and respond
    to a range of literature in English. The range includes drama, prose and poetry from the works of Shakespeare to contemporary literature. This course enables learners to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ways in which writers use English to express meaning and achieve effects. Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English will stimulate learners to read for pleasure and to explore wider and universal issues, promoting a better understanding of themselves and the world.

    Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.


  • English First Language (0500)

    Cambridge IGCSE First Language English allows learners to:

    • develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing

    • learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation

    • 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 inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.

      Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.


    The aims are to enable students to:

    • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding, enjoying and appreciating a variety of language

    • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing

    • write accurately and effectively, using Standard English appropriately

    • work with information and with ideas in language by developing skills of evaluation, analysis, use and inference

    • listen to, understand, and use spoken language effectively

    • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions.


  • First Language Arabic (0508)

    Cambridge IGCSE First Language Arabic is designed for learners whose mother tongue is Arabic. The course allows learners to:

    • develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when writing

    • learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and correct spelling, punctuation and grammar

    • 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 Arabic can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language Arabic also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.

      Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.


  • French Foreign Language (0520)

    The course encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:

    • the ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication

    • insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken

    • a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations

    • techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills

    • a sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.


  • Spanish Foreign Language (530)

    The course encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:

    • the ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication

    • insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken

    • a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations

    • techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills

    • a sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.


  • Foreign Language Arabic (0544)

    The course encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:

    • the ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication

    • insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken

    • a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations

    • techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills

    • a sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.


  • Cambridge International Mathematics (0607)

    The combination of conceptual understanding with application of techniques and approaches in Cambridge IGCSE International Mathematics, such as investigation and modelling, gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who perform well should be able to progress to the advanced study of mathematics. Teachers and learners should discuss anticipated achievement, taking into account learners’ individual strengths in the subject.


  • Biology (0610)

    Cambridge IGCSE Biology enables learners to:

    • increase their understanding of the technological world

    • take an informed interest in scientific matters

    • recognise the 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 influences 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.


  • Chemistry (0620)

    Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry enables learners to:

    • increase their understanding of the technological world

    • take an informed interest in scientific matters

    • recognise the 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.

      Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.


  • Physics (0625)

    Cambridge IGCSE Physics enables learners to:

    • increase their understanding of the technological world

    • take an informed interest in scientific matters

    • recognise the 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.

      Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.