IGCSE Group V


 
 
The subjects offered in Group V are Drama, Art and Design, Music, Business Studies, Computer Science and Physical Education. Click on the + icon to view more information.
 

Drama

Through practical and theoretical study, students develop an understanding and enjoyment of drama, developing group and individual skills and studying ways to communicate ideas and feelings to an audience. They learn how to discover the performance possibilities of a text and other stimuli, and devise dramatic material of their own. Students also develop their performance skills, the demonstration of which will form part of the final assessment.
 

Course Aims and Objectives
To develop students’ understanding of Drama.
To enable students to explore and realize performance possibilities of text and other stimuli.
To encourage the use of performance structures to communicate feelings and ideas to an audience.
To foster the acquisition and development of Dramatic skills.
To develop understanding of the processes leading to performance as well as the elements involved and to realize an evaluative ability at various stages of performance work.
To increase an enjoyment of Drama.
Basic Content

The first year is spent developing skills learned in previous years to the focused level required. Units involve: creating a character based on text, how to devise as a team, how to turn personal experience into performance, the effects of light and sound on production, and the limits of costume on character. The fundamental production and stage terms are taught throughout the course, as applicable.

The second year begins by reviewing, completing, and selecting the coursework to be submitted to Cambridge. Once the pre-set materials are received in January the focus is on creating devised work on the three stimuli given and studying the text in preparation for the exam. Original Devised pieces must be based on options set by Cambridge, which vary from year to year.

The options for the exam may include the following:

Theater of the absurdEnvironmental issuesComedy of manners
A piece of musicDocumentary theaterA poem
Children's dramaA sculptureIssue of conscience
A historical figure from last centuryAn issue in your community
Assessment

Assessment in the Drama course is in 2 forms, a written exam (Paper 1), 2 hours 30 minutes in length with an overall weighting of 40% and coursework with a weighing of 60% of the final assessment grade.
 
 

Art and Design

The Art and Design course encourages personal expression, imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation, an analytical ability and practical attitudes. This course aims to widen cultural horizons and enrich the individual. It combines a breadth and depth of study so that it may accommodate a wide range of abilities and individual resources. Art and Design complements literary, mathematical, scientific and factual subjects. It is especial ly concerned with the development of visual perception and aesthetics. It is a form of communication and a means of expressing ideas and feelings.It is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2-dimensional and/or 3-dimensional processes and new media and technologies.
 

Syllabus Content

Art materials are consumable, sometimes shared and personal. Students will be required in some cases to bring objects and materials from home. It is important for all students to understand that making art can be expensive, so each student must recognize the responsibility that comes with the use of the art student materials and studio space that they use. This includes a mature sense of respect for the material and equipment of other students.

The content of the Art and Design course is as follows:

Year 10
Introductory Class, Art department expectations and procedures. Observational Study, drawing and painting. Design Paper, Environmental design.Interpretive Study, drawing and painting. Design Paper 2, design using lettering. Observational Study, drawing and painting.
Interpretative Study, drawing and painting. Design Paper, structural design, Observational Study, drawing and painting.
Year 11
Observational Study, drawing and painting. Design Paper, structural design.Interpretative Study, drawing and painting. Mock Exam.Coursework. Final Exam.
Assessment

Students are required to do 2 components as follows:

Component 1Observational/Interpretive Assignment. 8 hours examination plus up to 2 sheets (4 sides) of supporting studies (maximum size A2). 50% weighting.
Component 2Design Assignment. 8 hours examination plus up to 2 sheets (4 sides) of supporting studies (maximum size A2). 50% weighting.
 
 
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Music

The Music course covers varied aspects of the subject including listening, performing and composing.
 

Course Aims

The aims of the Music course are as follows:

To enable candidates to acquire and consolidate a range of basic musical skills, knowledge and understanding, through the activities of listening, performing and composing.
To help candidates develop a perceptive, sensitive and critical response to the main historical periods and styles of Western music.
To help candidates to recognise and understand the music of various non-Western traditions, and thus to form an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences.
To provide a foundation for the development of an informed appreciation of music.
Course Content

The content of the music course is as follows:

Year 10
Theory review, Group performance, Renaissance music and Baroque music and form.Classical music and form and Composition #1.World music and exam review.
Year 11
Prescribed works, Romantic music, 20th century and modern.Composition #2, Music period review abd world music review.Exam review.
Assessment

Cambridge International IGCSE Music candidates take three Components:

Component 1Listening: 40% 1 hour 15 minutes, externally assessed.
Component 2Performing 30% Coursework: 1 solo performance + 1 group performance.
Component 3Composing: 30% coursework, 2 original compositions.
 
 

Business Studies

The Business Studies course covers a variety of topics related to the business sector.
 

Course Aims

The aims of the Business Studies course are as follows:

Make effective use of relevant terminology, concepts and methods and recognise the strengths and limitations of the ideas used.
Apply their knowledge and critical understanding to current issues and problems in a wide range of appropriate contexts.
Distinguish between facts and opinions, and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data in order to help build arguments and make informed judgments.
Appreciate the perspectives of a range of stakeholders in relation to the environment, individuals, society, government and enterprise.
Develop knowledge and understanding of the major groups and organizations within and outside business and consider ways in which they are able to influence objectives, decisions and activities.
Develop knowledge and understanding of how the main types of businesses and commercial institutions are organised, financed and operated and how their relations with other organizations, consumers, employees, owners and society are regulated.
Develop skills of numeracy, literacy, enquiry, selection and employment of relevant sources of information, presentation and interpretation.
Develop an awareness of the nature and significance of innovation and change within the context of business activities.
Syllabus Content

In Year 10, students learn about the types of businesses classified according to sector, objectives, funding, size and legal structure. They also learn about the forces acting in the business environment, types of internal management functions, delegation, centralization and decentralization, communication ,the national economy, fiscal and monetary policies, stakeholders, business cycle, economies and diseconomies of scale, sources of business finance, break even chart, cash flow, balance sheet, different types of growth and expansion.

In Year 11, the focus is on business functional areas of human resource, marketing, production, motivation, promotion, product, pricing and place. They also deal with external trade, barriers to trade, multinationals, foreign exchange, Japanese efficient methods, training, appraisal, and market research.
 

Assessment

All components are externally assessed. There are pre-release materials for Paper 2 Problem-solving and Programming for learners to complete practical tasks. There is no coursework.
 
 

Computer Science

Previously named ‘0420 Computer Studies’, the Computer Science syllabus has been reviewed throughout to bring it up to date and to allow learners to begin the development of their computational thinking and programming skills. The new practical topic introduces candidates to the concept of arrays and so enables learners to develop programming solutions for real-world problems, 2 new theory topics are computer ethics and hexadecimal numbers.
 

Course Aims
Develop an appreciation of the range and power of computer applications.
Foster an interest in, enjoyment of, and confidence in the use of computing.
Develop the ability to solve problems using computing techniques.
Develop an awareness of the place of computing in society and issues computing raises in society.
Gain a firm understanding of the basic techniques and knowledge required for computing applications.
Develop a desire to use computers within other interests.
Syllabus Content

The contents of the Computer Science Syllabus is as follows:

Section 1
Theory of Computer Science
Data representation, Communication and Internet technologies, Hardware and software, Security and Ethics.
Section 2
Practical Problem Solving and Programming
Algorithm design and problem-solving, Programming and Databases.
Assessment

All components are externally assessed. There are pre-release materials for Paper 2 Problem-solving and Programming for learners to complete practical tasks. There is no coursework.

Candidates sit for Paper 1 and 2 as follows:

Paper 1Theoretical Paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 60% of total marks.
Paper 2Problem-solving and Programming, 1 hour 45 minutes, 40% weighting.
 
 

Physical Education

Through studying IGCSE Physical Education, students will acquire knowledge, skills and an understanding of a range of relevant physical activities from studying both practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education.
 

Course Aims

Candidates should, through the knowledge they gain, develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. Candidates should be encouraged to improve their ability to plan, perform, analyse and improve, and evaluate physical activities and their knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities.

Successful IGCSE Physical Education students gain lifelong skills, including:

An ability to plan, perform, analyse, improve and evaluate physical activities
Knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant 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
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Syllabus Content

Candidates should develop knowledge and understanding of:

Unit 1Factors affecting performance : skill, motivation and mental preparation, skeleton and joints, muscles and tendons, circulatory and respiratory systems, fitness, physique and drugs.
Unit 2Health, safety and training: health and diet, games safe practice, injuries and exercise and training.
Unit 3Reasons and opportunities for participation in physical activity: leisure and recreation, facilities, participation, excellence, global events, media and access to sport.
Assessment

Assessment for the Physical Education course is as follows:

Component 1Paper 1. 1 hour 45, Section A: Candidates answer short answer questions on the three units they have studied. Section B: Candidates answer three structured questions, one from each of the three units they have studied. 40% of total marks.
Component 2Coursework, centre assessment,. Section A: (50% of total marks). Candidates choose to undertake four practical activities from at least 2 of the 7 categories listed. Section B: (10% of total marks). Candidates must show the ability to analyse and improve practical performance in one of their four chosen practical activities. 50% of total marks.