At this level, the Science Department aims to develop and nurture the skills and cognitive processes necessary for a comprehensive understanding of scientific concepts in the world around us. The framework of study describes the topics which will be assessed in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
As far as possible these topics will be approached through practical work and related to everyday experiences. Students will also be encouraged and aided to be innovative and critical in their thinking.
Characteristics of Living Things; Major Organ Systems; Cells; Classification and Variation; Habitats; Acids and Bases; Physical and Chemical Changes; The Theory of Particles: Separating Techniques; Measurement; Forces and Their Effects; Fuels and Energy; Electric Circuits.
Food; Digestion; Breathing and Circulation; Respiration; Atoms and Elements; Compounds and Mixtures; Metals and Non-metals; Magnets and Electromagnets; Light; Sound; Energy Transformations;
Photosynthesis; Seeds; Food Chains and Webs; Electric Charge; Heat Energy Transfer; Pressure and Density; Electric Current; Preparation of Salts; Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions; Rates of Reactions; Periodic Table.
IGCSE: Physics (0625)
Students of Physics gain lifelong skills, including:
an understanding of the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and its application in other subjects and in everyday life;
a concern for accuracy and precision;
an understanding of the importance of safe practice
an awareness of the importance of objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness.
Cambridge IGCSE Physics also provides opportunities for students to:
become confident in a technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters;
develop an understanding of how scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to develop, as a result of groups and individuals working together;
understand that the study and practice of science are affected and limited by social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural factors;
community and the environment;
appreciate that science overcomes national boundaries and that the language of science, used correctly and thoroughly, is universal;
develop an interest in, and care for, the environment.
IGCSE Chemistry (0620)
As well as focussing on Chemistry, this syllabus enables students to:
better understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments;
learn about the basic principles of Chemistry through a mix of theoretical and practical studies;
develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at Cambridge International A Level, skills which are useful in everyday life;
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.
IGCSE: Biology (0610)
As well as a subject focus, the Biology syllabus enables students to:
better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters;
recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other discipline and in everyday life;
develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness;
further 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 at Cambridge International A Level and in everyday life.