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DPS International School commenced Cambridge IGCSE curriculum from 15th April 2009.

The list of subjects offered in the IGCSE curriculum are as follows:

Block 1 English language (First language)
(Compulsory)
*Block 2 Hindi / French (Second language)
(Any one is compulsory)
Block 3 Mathematics
(Compulsory)
Block 4 Physics / Chemistry / Biology
(All are compulsory subjects)
*Block 5 History / Geography / Economics
(Any one is compulsory)
*Block 6 Art & Design / Information and Communication Technology
(Any one is compulsory)

* Please note that the choices indicated in Block 2, 5 and 6 will be evaluated by the school after the options are received.
Depending upon the number of optees for a particular option, a decision will be taken accordingly

GCE A Level is commencing from 22nd April 2009.

DPSIS will be offering two streams the science stream and the commerce stream. One can choose any four subjects from the list of subjects offered in the stream one would want his/her ward to opt for (English being the 5th subject which is  a compulsory subject) .

STREAM SUBJECT

Science stream
(opt for any four subjects other than english)

    English language  (compulsory)
    Physics
    Biology
    Computing
    Mathematics
    Chemistry
    History
    Geography

Commerce Stream     Accounting
    Business Studies
    Thinking Skills

 

Cambridge IGCSE - FAQ
 
What is Cambridge IGCSE?

• The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
   is provided by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE),
   the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14–19 years old.
• Cambridge IGCSE is a high-profile qualification with an excellent reputation
  –It is recognised by universities and institutes of higher education around the world
  –It is equivalent in standard to the UK GCSE and Cambridge International GCE O
    Level examinations
 
Who can take Cambridge IGCSE?

• Cambridge IGCSE is designed to be taught as a two-year course
• Most students take Cambridge IGCSE examinations at age 16, but it can be
  delivered in many ways, to all ages
• It is ideal for students who have taken Cambridge Checkpoint tests
 

What are the benefits?
 
• Cambridge IGCSE provides a foundation for higher level courses, including
  Cambridge International A and AS Levels and the Cambridge AICE Diploma
• Good Cambridge IGCSE grades count towards entry to universities and colleges
  around the world
• Cambridge IGCSE offers students a flexible course of study that gives them the
  freedom to select the subjects that are right for them
• Study and examination at Cambridge IGCSE provide a broad knowledge base
  and learning skills that provide excellent preparation for employment

 

What options are available?

• Students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects at Cambridge IGCSE
• In order to prepare themselves for further education many students follow a broad
  and balanced curriculum with syllabus from the following groups:
  – Languages
  – Mathematics
  – Sciences
  – Humanities and Social Sciences
  – Business, Creative, Technical and Vocational
• This can lead to an additional qualification - the International Certificate
   of Education (ICE)
 

What are Cambridge IGCSE courses and examinations like?

• The course differs for each subject, but throughout there will be a mix of
  assessment methods, including coursework, practical exercises, oral and listening
  tests, projects and written examinations
• Cambridge IGCSE courses usually take two years to complete and examinations
  are taken at the end of this period
• Examinations are held in June and November each year with results issued in
  August and February respectively
• Subjects are graded A* through to G - grade A is awarded for the highest level of
  achievement and grade G for the lowest

 

What resources are available?

• Each Cambridge IGCSE syllabus is accompanied by a resource list with full
  details of books and other materials that may be useful in the classroom
• Teachers are also provided with a range of resources and support materials
  to equip them with the skills they need to teach Cambridge IGCSE courses
• These include:
  – Online support and resources
  – Textbooks and other classroom materials
  – Teacher training
  – Professional development qualifications
 

About CIE

• The world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 years old.
• Offers school qualifications such as Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level and
  International A and AS Level, plus professional qualifications in areas such as IT,
   business and management

• Part of Cambridge Assessment Group and part of the University of Cambridge
• CIE examinations are taken in over 150 different countries

• Cambridge qualifications are recognised by universities, colleges and employers
  across the globe
• CIE is the only not-for-profit examination board to be QCA accredited by the UK
  government

Cambridge International A and AS Levels



What are Cambridge International A Levels?

• International GCE A Levels are provided by University of Cambridge International
  Examinations (CIE), the world’s largest provider of international qualifications
  for 14–19 years old.
• International A Level is a ‘gold standard’ qualification
  – For over 50 years A Levels have been accepted for entry to universities and
  institutes of higher education around the world
  – A Levels are important to employers who often demand them as a condition of
  employment
• International A Levels incorporate the best of UK A Levels, but are designed to
  meet the needs of international students

 


What are Cambridge International AS Levels?

• International GCE AS Level was first examined in 2001
• It represents the first half of an International A Level course
• International AS Levels bring flexibility to an International A Level programme by
  allowing students to:
  – Follow a staged assessment route to International A Level by taking the
  International AS Level in one examination session and completing the final
  International A Level assessments at a subsequent session
  – Take the International AS Level as either a one or two year course instead of,
  or in addition to, full International A Levels
• International AS Level has half the value of an International A Level and is
  accepted for entry to university courses across the world

Who can take Cambridge International A and AS Levels?

• International AS Level examinations are usually taken at age 17
• International A Level examinations are usually taken at age 18
• Students who are taking or have completed Cambridge IGCSEs or Cambridge
  O Levels will find International A and AS Levels a logical next step


What are the benefits?

• Good International A and AS Level grades are a key to admission for all the
  world’s major English-speaking universities and many non-English speaking
  universities
• Good grades at International A Level can result in up to one full year of advanced
  standing or credit at universities in the USA and Canada
  – International AS Levels carry half the weighting of an International A Level and
  are typically awarded half the credit value
• International A and AS Levels offer students a flexible course of study that gives
  them the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them

What are Cambridge International A and AS Level courses and exams like?

• International A and AS Levels require guided learning time in class, the library or
  a resource centre
• All syllabuses require students to develop analytical skills and the ability to apply
  knowledge
• Studying for International A and AS Levels is academically challenging but offers
  excellent preparation for the next stage of education – study at university or
  college
• The course differs for each subject, but throughout there will be a mix of
  assessment methods, which may include coursework, practical exercises, oral and
  listening tests, projects and written examinations

When can Cambridge International A and AS Levels be taken?

• International A Level courses usually take two years to complete and
  examinations are taken at the end of that period
• International AS Level examinations are usually taken after a year, either as part
  of the International A Level course, or as a qualification in their own right
• Examination sessions are held in June and November each year
  – Results for June sessions are issued in August
  – Results for November sessions are issued in January
• Subjects are graded A through to E - grade A is awarded for the highest level of
  performance, grade E for the lowest


What resources are available?

• Each International A and AS Level syllabus is accompanied by a resource list with
  full details of books and other materials that may be useful in the classroom
• Teachers are also provided with a range of resources and support materials to
  equip them with the skills they need to teach International A and AS Level courses
• These include:
  – Online support and resources
  – Textbooks and other classroom materials
  – Teacher training
  – Professional development qualifications

 

 
To know more about IGCSE, visit The IGCSE web site.
 
 
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