ART – Years 7 – 13, IGCSE and A / AS Levels
Seeing is our cornerstone. When we teach children to draw, we teach them to see. The Art Department at the Collegiate aims to develop students’ observation skills in an orderly and systematic manner, using a wide range of media. We believe that by doing so, we will both enrich their lives and help them to achieve success. They will develop self-discipline, creativity and confidence, in addition to an awareness of personal and social heritage.
The Turks & Caicos Islands are populated by a multinational community, and we therefore consider it important that students should be made aware of other cultures, to help foster understanding and respect. We aim to develop inquisitive minds, and eyes that constantly question and revaluate the world they encounter. How sad it would be if we went through life without noticing the potential beauty in a blade of grass.
Years 7 to 9 – In the early years, students investigate and create Artwork in 2 and 3-dimensional media. Themes are drawn from Western and wider cultures. It is important that students make a personal response in the given style or context.
Years 10 and 11 – In these years, students follow the IGCSE syllabus offered by the Cambridge board (CIE). They initially pursue a ‘History of Art’ course, which follows a linear timeline from Byzantine Art up to Twentieth Century Abstraction. Each period requires a related written and practical piece.
The IGCSE requirement is for students to submit one large unit of study, in addition to a final timed practical examination. The study entails a one-year (minimum) investigation which should be sketchbook based. For this we encourage the students to make a personal response to an artist’s work, through which they can relate their own lives and interests.
Years 12 and 13 – In these years, students elect to follow the A/AS programme offered by the Cambridge board (CIE). The Advance Subsidiary (AS) is studied in the first year and, if continued into the second year, will form 50% of the assessment weighting of the full Advanced Level. AS can either be taken as a discrete qualification or as part of the full A Level course.
The AS Level award comprises of the following two components:
- Controlled Test 60% (30%) Externally Assessed by CIE
- Coursework 40% (20%) Internally Assessed by Centre
The A Level award comprises two additional components:
- Controlled Test 30% Internally Assessed by Centre
- Coursework 20% Externally Assessed by CIE
The Art room is a well-equipped air-conditioned space with large work surfaces and two large sinks. It has excellent natural lighting and a number of large display boards. The room is approximately 550 sq. ft. and is positioned next to the IT Laboratory. The facility was extended at the beginning of the 2002 academic year to accommodate pottery and a 3D studio. A high-specification graphics computer and large format colour printer were added in June 2005.
Mrs Charlotte Mitchell is Head of the Art department, and responsible for delivering the Art programme to all year groups (including Advanced Level).
Years 7 – 13, IGCSE and A / AS Levels
Biology is compulsory from Years 7 to 11, and is a popular option at Advanced level. Key Stages 2 and 3 Biology is taught in Years 7 to 8. Pupils are taught using a variety of interactive methods. Practical investigations form an integral part of our curriculum.
Year 6: Biology is taught as part of an introductory general science course, and we focus on the interdependence and adaptations of living things. Microorganisms – their involvement in decay and disease, and their uses in industry – are also a topic introduced at this stage.
Year 7: Biology is taught as a separate science. Students are given an introduction to each of the seven characteristics of living things, and some of the adaptations that they have in order to live where they live. Pupils also look at the cellular nature of living things and the life processes, including nutrition, the transport of nutrients, and release of energy from these nutrients by respiration, together with an introduction to the idea of respiratory gas exchange
Year 8: Key 3 Biology teaching continues, with an introduction to reproduction in plants which is then followed by a study of reproduction in animals. We also take a look at human development and consider the types and causes of variation. We investigate chromosomes, genes and patterns of inheritance and look at the importance of DNA. During Year 8 we also look at the variety of living things, we learn to classify them and learn how we can use biological keys in identifying them.
Student progress is assessed continually through internal tests and homework.
Year 9 – Year 11 : The IGCSE programme begins in Year 9 and is taught through to Year 11. The majority of the teaching is covered in Years 9 and 10, giving students to the opportunity to re-visit earlier topics, during the revision period, in the run up to their exams in year 11.
Curriculum Content – (See syllabus link for curriculum content)
Students sit three Examination Papers at IGCSE:
- The three papers are a Multiple Choice paper (40 marks), a
- Structured Questions paper (80 marks), and an Alternative to
- Practical paper (40 marks).
The extended curriculum is taught, but students who experience considerable difficulty with the concepts covered may be entered for the core level examination.
GCE Advanced Level Programme
Students wishing to pursue studies in Biology to Advanced Level must attain IGCSE Biology at Grades A or B (or at least grade II at CXC)
Year 12: students study for the first part of this qualification- the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) award
AS Level Biology includes- biochemistry, cell biology, DNA, ecology, human health and disease (diet, smoking, immunity and infectious disease), and transport in plants and animals.
Year 13: students then complete their Advanced Level (A Level) Programme.
A level Biology includes- energy and respiration, energy transfer and photosynthesis, regulation and control, genetics and inherited change, selection and evolution, biodiversity and conservation, gene technology, biotechnology, crop plants and aspects of human reproduction.
Mrs Amanda Brittain, Mrs Nicola Haynes instruct the Biology classes and Mrs Judy Dempsey is our esteemed lab technician.
Years 10 – 13, IGCSE and A / AS Levels
Business Studies is taught as a specialist subject at International GCSE and Advanced level. The Department’s philosophy is one of combining theory and real-life case studies to allow the students to understand the way in which business works at the local, national and international level. Students are encouraged to pursue their own research, using the internet and subject periodicals. The Department is also active in organising visits so that the students may be able to see business theory in action.
There are basic skills that all students studying business must learn. These are an understanding of business theory and a realisation that this theory can not be applied to businesses in an unmodified form i.e. the realisation that each business is unique. Case studies and visits facilitate this understanding.
Years 10 and 11 – These are the years when students follow the International GCSE, the UK’s 16+ examination. The syllabus followed is set by the University of Cambridge Board (CIE), with examinations at the end of Year 11 and no coursework. The main areas of study are: People and Organisations; Introduction to Business Practice; Finance and Accounting; Business in a World Context; Motivation and Staff Development; and Business Mathematics.
Years 12 and 13 – These are the Years when the students follow the International Advanced Level Programme (also CIE). At the end of Year 12 the students sit two examinations for the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) part of their Advanced Level.
At the end of Year 13 they sit two more examinations as for the A2 part of their Advanced Level. Successful completion of these allows the student to be awarded the full Advanced Level. The course followed is the same as that for the IGCSE, only with a much greater degree of difficulty.
CIE AS/A Level Business Studies
Mr Michael Connolly is Head of Business Studies and sole subject teacher. He teaches the subject by virtue of the elements of Economics and Business Studies in his Bachelor of Education Degree, and utilizes both his qualifications and diverse work experience in his teaching of Business, to give students a greater awareness of the wider world in which businesses operate.
Years 7 – 13, IGCSE and A / AS Levels
Chemistry is taught in all years at the Collegiate.
Year 6: Students study Mixtures, their methods of separation and Reversible and Irreversible Changes. Practical work, analysis and evaluation of experimental results as well as getting students used to working safely in a laboratory begins at this point and continues in each Year group. The work is based on the UK National Curriculum and borders between Key Stages 2 and 3.
Year 7: Students are taught the Sciences as discrete subjects. In Chemistry, 3 major topics are studied. Classification of Materials introduces students to states of matter and atomic structure. In Acids and Alkalis, students investigate the way in which materials change during reactions. The final topic, Products from Oil and Fuels, introduces them to the organic compounds obtained from crude oil and their uses.
Year 8: We conclude the teaching of Key Stage 3. Students study the Periodic Table and the ways in which atoms react, followed by Rocks, Weathering and Plate Tectonics. Again, there is a heavy focus on practical skills.
Year 9: The IGCSE programme begins in Year 9 with the Introduction to Chemistry. Students study the topics related to the Particulate Theory of Matter, Experimental Techniques and Stoichiometry. Here, they build on the foundation skills introduced in the earlier years and are also introduced to chemical calculations. Chemistry becomes an optional subject at the start of Year 10.
Years 10 and 11: The remainder of the syllabus is taught over the course of these two years. In addition to the theory, practical experiments are introduced as an integral part of the course and this culminates with students sitting the Practical exam as part of their finals.
The system of assessment at IGCSE consists of 3 examination papers:
- Multiple-Choice (40 marks),
- Structured Questions (80 marks),
- Practical Examination (40 marks)
Within this system of assessment the students, depending on their progress throughout the course, will have the option of sitting the exam at the core (lower tier) or extended (higher tier) levels.
Please see the syllabus link (code 0620) here for details of the topics covered in the course.
The Advanced Level programme of study is designed to allow students to access University with the necessary skills to succeed in a wide variety of careers involving the study of Chemistry, Engineering or Medicine. Students who study Chemistry to Advanced Level find it a difficult but rewarding challenge.
The requirements for access to the course are at least a grade ‘B’ in both IGCSE Chemistry and Mathematics (or Grade II awards at CSEC).
Years 12 and 13: The system of assessment at A-Level is split into two sections. At the conclusion of Year 12, the students undertake three examination papers, a Multiple-Choice paper (40 marks), Structured Questions (60 marks) and a Practical Skills paper (40 marks). Students must attain at least a ‘C’ in these papers to advance to Year 13. In the final year there are two papers. The Core Syllabus paper (100 marks) tests understanding of the topics covered and their application to scientific developments via structured questions. The Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation paper requires the students to demonstrate their practical skills through directed tasks such as planning an experiment, without carrying out a practical.
The A Level Chemistry syllabus (code 9701) link for topics to be studied can be found here
CIE AS/A Level Chemistry
CIE IGCSE Chemistry
Mrs Lettice Malcolm (Head of Chemistry) teaches Chemistry to Years 10 -13. Mrs Malcolm is also the Head of Sixth Form. Mrs. Nicola Haynes teaches Chemistry to Years 7 and 9. Ms Daphne Roots teaches Chemistry to Year 8.
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Years 7 – 13, Literature IGCSE
and A / AS, Language IGCSE and A / AS”
Cambridge International Education English
We aim to enable all students to use and understand English to their full ability. This means developing skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as spelling, grammar, and handwriting. These are bound together and their interaction creates language competence. Our teaching approach is therefore holistic and integrated. The English Department follows the English National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4, adapting the programmes of study to reflect the international composition of the students and the nature of the islands.
Years 7 to 9 – In Key Stage 3, students are exposed to a wide range of literature including poetry, prose and drama. Students are encouraged to read as widely as possible, and for this reason, lower school students are given a private directed reading period. In addition, less able readers are paired with older students who read with them at regular times during the term. Reading is seen as integral to the development of all students, in all subjects, enhancing their understanding of the wider world and enabling them to communicate effectively.
Students’ understanding of the different ways in which meanings are conveyed is also developed through drama and the media, areas that encourage close analysis of language in real situations. Students are given many opportunities for speaking and listening. These take the form of paired analysis of poems, presentations and debates, and role-plays and discussions. Teachers try to make English lessons lively and enjoyable, and relevant to students’ lives.
The nature of English lessons means that students are often exposed to a variety of themes and topics. Freedom of expression is encouraged, as is tolerance of others. We aim to create considerate, articulate, thoughtful and curious students, capable of engaging with the deepest of ideas and able to express opinions clearly and with confidence. We aim to encourage at an early age the ability to critically evaluate experience, preparation for the higher demands of Key Stage 4.
Years 10 and 11 – At Key Stage 4 students follow the curriculum for IGCSE. Students are entered for both Language and Literature with Cambridge (CIE). Evaluation is made through a combination of coursework and examination, as is often the norm.
IGCSE Language students learn how to analyse, interpret, evaluate and criticise. Students write in a variety of styles for different audiences and purposes. Presentation skills, including the use of computer applications, are given a high priority. Over the two-year course students produce a folder of their own writing (informative, creative, argumentative etc.), and sit an examination at the end of Year 11. This examination tests the students’ ability to read with understanding and to write in a variety of styles. Sudents are entered either for the Core Paper – a 2 hour examination on which they may attain grades C-G; or the Extended Paper – a 2¼ hour examination, on which A* to E may be attained.
For Literature it is typical that students read a novel, a play and a selection of poems for both coursework and examination. They are required to write essays on these texts, including more critical and imaginative responses to literature. Texts come from a variety of cultures and periods, covering pre-20th century classics as well as modern authors. Students write a final external examination at the end of Year 11, which lasts 2¼ hours, on which they may attain grades A* to G.
Students make extended contributions to group or class discussions and also improvise roles from stories and poems. At IGCSE level, they express opinions with increasing sophistication. Topics for discussion vary widely and involve the development of argument and evidence. Activities include formal debate and speaking to a range of audiences.
Years 12 and 13 – At Advanced Level, students can choose to study AS Language for one year, and/or Advanced Level Literature for 2 years. AS Language builds on the skills of IGCSE, requiring students to critically evaluate the style and techniques of various authors and to write their own pieces in a variety of styles. Assessment is made solely through examination. Many of the Year 12 students are involved in the Reading Mentor Programme.
Advanced Level Literature is a two-year course, though a one-year AS is available. We follow the Cambridge (CIE) syllabus, which provides a great deal of choice in the literature studied. Recent authors studied at Advanced Level include William Blake and Sylvia Plath, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Margaret Atwood and Chinua Achebe. Students are taught ways of analysing texts for style, technique and language.
Students may also receive help in preparing for SAT testing for American colleges and universities.
CIE AS/A Level English Language
CIE AS/A Level English Literature
CIE IGCSE English Language
CIE IGCSE English Literature
Mr Joe Plass (Head of Department), Ms Tatianna Handfield, and Mr Anthony Wilkinson (Vice-Principal) deliver the Secondary English programme. They offer various areas of expertise, which allows for the development of strong cross-curricular links between English and other subjects.
Years 7 – 13, IGCSE and A / AS Levels
The Geography curriculum is designed to build on knowledge, understanding and skills established by the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Geography is taught throughout all age levels and is a specialist subject at the International GCSE and Advanced Level. The Geography Department aims to integrate a wide range of geographical skills and to provide recent articles from newspapers, journals, and television to allow students to understand that Geography is a dynamic subject with views and terminology that change constantly.
The Geography department seeks to expose the students to the process of geographical inquiries and mapping techniques to prepare them for a higher level of education. The syllabus has a balanced coverage of physical, human and environmental aspects of Geography. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to a variety of structures, giving examples at local, national and international levels.
Years 7 to 9: In these years, students follow Key Stage 3 components set out by the curriculum.
Years 10 and 11: In these years, students follow the International GCSE. They follow the syllabus set by the Cambridge University Board (CIE) with the examinations at the end of Year 11. No coursework element is included.
Years 12 and 13: In these years, students follow the Advanced Level programme set by CIE. In Year 12 the first set of examinations is taken for the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) part of Advanced Level. At the end of Year 13 they sit examinations for the A2 part of their Advanced Level.
The Geography Department has its own classroom, large enough to house 25 students and equipped with various resources. It is equipped with a TV and DVD player, and numerous wall maps, atlases, globes and DVD/CDs. Each student is provided with their own textbook, as well as access to the resources found in the Geography classroom and Library.
Mrs Gabrielle Connolly is responsible for delivering the Geography programme to all year groups (including Advanced Level). Ms Daphne Roots specialises in the teaching of Physical Geography to Advanced Level groups.
Years 7 – 13, IGCSE and A / AS Levels
CIE IGCSE History
The History covered within the various year groups stretches from Classical History, right up to the modern day. History is taught as a specialist subject from Year 6 through to the Advanced Level. The Department’s philosophy is one of instilling a life-long love of the subject in the students, so that they may continue to appreciate the World’s diverse cultures and to understand the nature of global conflict.
There are basic skills that all students studying History must master. These are an understanding of cause and consequence, empathy and the ability to analyse and evaluate Historical evidence.
Year 6 – During this year the students are introduced to the study of Classical History. The civilizations of Rome, Egypt and Greece are covered. The approach is one of interesting the students in the period and bringing it to life for them as much as possible. This is not difficult with such an exciting period that is so often linked to myth and legend. Students are encouraged to seek parallels between their own time and that of the Classical World.
Year 7 – This is the year when the students begin the British-based National Curriculum. The main topic under investigation is Medieval Britain, roughly 1066 to 1500. In addition, students will study the Italian Renaissance.
Year 8 – During this year students undertake an investigation of the period 1500 to 1750, with an emphasis on Britain. They will examine the making of the UK and will focus on particular studies of the important Historical characters of the day, as well as social History. Additionally, they will look at the role of African Americans in the war of 1861-65.
Year 9 – During this year, we will look at causes, nature and consequences of the First World War, and will complete the first Core Unit of the IGCSE programme. Students will also complete a special case study on The Holocaust.
Years 10 and 11 – These are the years when students fully focus on the IGCSE, the UK’s 16+ examination. The syllabus followed is the Modern World in Conflict, set by the Cambridge University Board (CIE), with three examinations at the end of Year 11 and no coursework. In Year 10 the students will study the period between the First and Second World Wars and international diplomacy of the time, with a special investigation into the League of Nations; the build up to the Second World War; the Cold War and the USSR’s relations with Eastern Europe. In Year 11 the students follow one depth study: Germany 1919 to 1945. The IGCSE examinations are source-based, and source skills will be stressed throughout.
Years 12 and 13 – These are the years when the students follow the International Advanced Level Programme. This is again set by the Cambridge University Board (CIE). In Year 12 the students study the French and Russian Revolutions; nineteenth-century Liberalism and Nationalism; Italy, Germany, and Russia in the period between the First and Second World Wars; and a document topic on the Origins of the First World War. At the end of Year 12, they sit the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) examination – a three-hour paper. In Year 13 the students study US History from 1840-1941. This includes examining the Westward Expansion, the causes and nature of the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Civil Rights. Again, they sit a three-hour examination at the end of the year. This is called the A2 and combines with the AS of the previous year to make a full Advanced Level qualification in the subject. Both of the examinations are primarily essay based.
CIE AS/A Level History
CIE IGCSE History
Mr Edward Robinson is Subject Head and teaches History from Year 8 to A Level. Miss Daphne Roots teaches History to Year 7.
Years 7 – 13, IGCSE and Applied ICT A / AS Levels
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is increasingly becoming a dominant aspect of modern-day living. From our waking moment to the end of the day, each of us will have a dozen or so brushes with technology. Its revolutionary control over our lives is further reflected in commercial activity, where hardly a single profession or business survives that has not fully embraced ICT. It is mainly because of this pervading influence that, where practicable, the Collegiate strives to integrate Information Technology with other curriculum subjects so that for students at the Collegiate it becomes a seamless aspect of school life. This is particularly true in the junior years where the curriculum may be more flexible. In the examination years (IGCSE and Advanced Level) students develop knowledge of the wider application of ICT and build skills through the analysis, design, and implementation of solutions to real business/administration-related problems.
All Students – Practical skills are developed using mostly Microsoft Office based products (Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Frontpage, Powerpoint). Wider and alternative applications are explored and introduced where appropriate.
Years 6 to 8 – Students at this level are provided with foundation skills and knowledge to help them make the most of the software and hardware tools they encounter.
Years 9 – Focus is on skills, knowledge, and work practices that best prepare students for the coursework and theory they will face at IGCSE in Year 10.
Years 10 and 11 – Students follow the IGCSE ICT syllabus (0417) set by the University of Cambridge (CIE). This comprises two coursework elements each worth 30% of the overall mark, and one theory exam worth 40%.
Years 12 and 13 – Year 12 students follow the AS Level syllabus in Applied ICT (9713) set by CIE. This comprises a Practical Test worth 60% of the overall AS mark, and a theory examination worth 40%. The A2 structure for Year 13 students is the same, with both practical and theory elements building on skills and knowledge developed during the AS year.
The IT Lab is spacious and well-equipped. The area comfortably accommodates 24 student stations around the perimeter, leaving plenty of space in the centre of the room to seat a similar number of students at tables for theory sessions. All computers are networked (including internet access) and share both colour and b&w printers. A digital camera and scanner are used for multimedia integration. The great majority of students (and islanders in general) have internet access at home. Access to the Internet at school is therefore restricted (other than to Sixth Form students), and promoted primarily as a research tool. Student email is not encouraged in school, other than for global educational initiatives and communication. A digital projector facilitates teacher demonstrations and student presentations.
CIE AS/A Level Applied Information Communication Technology
CIE IGCSE Information Communication Technology
Years 7 – 13, IGCSE and A / AS Levels
The aims of the Mathematics department are:
To ensure that all children are numerate and can deal comfortably with any problem of an arithmetical nature that they may encounter in their everyday lives.
To ensure that students reach their full potential in Mathematics, and obtain the highest grade possible in their examinations.
To provide those students who wish to take Mathematics at Advanced Level, or continue the subject at College of University, with the necessary foundation knowledge and preparation.
Years 7 to 9 – All pre-examination year students follow the National Curriculum to the end of Key Stage 3, incorporating Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.
Years 10 and 11 – In these years students follow IGCSE Mathematics course (without coursework) set by the Cambridge University Board (CIE), at either Core or Extended level. There are two examination papers at each level and most students will sit these at the end of Year 11. Exceptional students deemed capable of achieving the top grade in Year 10, will be allowed to enter the exam early.
Years 12 and 13 – Sixth Form Students follow the International Advanced Level Programme (CIE). Students sit two Pure Mathematics papers, with a choice of two other papers in Mechanics or Statistics. Most students will continue to the full A Level course in Year 13, though some may opt only to sit the AS Level course, which is completed in Year 12.
The Department is accommodated in the Mathematics Room which is air-conditioned and large enough to accommodate any of the classes. All students are provided with textbooks relevant to the course they are studying.
CIE AS/A Level Mathematics
CIE IGCSE Mathematics
Ms Maureen Jones (Head of Mathematics) teaches Mathematics from Year 9 to Year 13. Ms Jestina Delancy teaches mathematics to the lower school and to core/extended IGCSE groups in Years 10 and 11. Mrs Sarah Chapman also teaches mathematics from Years 9 – 12.
Years 7 – 13
Music class at British West Indies Collegiate Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands
Mr Brentford Handfield is the sole teacher of music. Mr Handfield is also responsible for the school band and co-ordinates music events at school.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Years 7 – 11
Our Physical Education Department aims to provide all students with the opportunity to develop physical skills and interest through an extensive range of activities.
Our vision is to be achieved with the following core aims and values in mind: encourage enjoyment in Physical Education through a range of theoretical and practical activities
- maximum participation in all lessons
- students to assume own responsibility for learning through leading parts of the lesson allowing them to inspire others and install positive attitudes
- engage in enjoyable and challenging learning experiences which are student focused
- establish links with both national and international sporting associations to provide opportunities outside of the curriculum that nurture a student’s talent and potential.
- develop awareness of physical development including fitness, skill, coaching and well-being.
We believe that all students can benefit from sport and that sport has a positive influence in inspiring learners throughout other areas of the school curriculum leading to improved performance.
Competitive sport is encouraged and fully supported by all aspects of the school community. Students are given the opportunity to participate in both intra and inter school competitive activities including national events, tournaments and festivals. Success in these competitions is highly promoted and these achievements continue further through a wide range of sports and activities. The enhancement of elite athletes holds high importance within the Department and a number of our students have represented the Turks and Caicos Islands at international events.
Lady Spartans basketball team at British West Indies Collegiate
Ladies Softball team at British West Indies Collegiate
British West Indies Collegiate Spartan basketball team
Sports within the curriculum include: Track and Field, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, Cricket, and Squash. Additionally, Kite-Surfing, Swimming and Tennis are offered as a choice of activities on Friday afternoons.
Head of Physical Education, Mr Tom Chapman, is responsible for the development of all aspects of Sport and Physical Education, ensuring that a diverse, enjoyable, yet challenging curriculum is followed for Years 7 to 11.
PHYSICS: Years 7 – 13, IGCSE and A / AS Levels
Physics is taught in all Years.
Students begin in Year 6, studying Introduction to Forces, Light and Shadow, and Electricity. The emphasis is on practical work and getting students used to working safely in a laboratory. The work is based on the UK National Curriculum and borders between Key stages 2 and 3.
In Year 7, students are taught the Sciences as discrete subjects. In Physics they study Energy (including the types of energy, sources and energy transfer). They extend their understanding of the way light behaves looking at reflection and refraction. The final area of study in Year 7 is the Earth in Space. Topics here include the Solar System and how the Earth was formed.
In Year 8, we conclude the teaching of Key stage 3. Students learn about Forces and Motion, and Electricity and Magnetism. There is a heavy focus on practical skills, and many lessons incorporate the use of Pasco Spark data loggers and associated probes. In this regard, students are able to experience a level of study beyond Key stage 3, and have carried out experiments about Newton’s Second Law and Boyle’s Law, usually not studied until IGCSE.
The IGCSE programme begins in Year 9, with the majority of students undertaking the extended syllabus, and sitting exams in Year 11. In the academic year 2014-15, an Advanced Placement programme of study was created for students who demonstrated ability and interest in Physics. These students are taking extra classes after school, and hope to sit their IGCSE exams in Physics at the end of Year 10. Physics becomes an optional subject at the start of Year 10.
Please see the syllabus link here for details of the topics covered in the course.
The system of assessment at IGCSE consists of 3 examination papers: Multiple-Choice (40 marks), Structured Questions (80 marks), and Alternative to Practical (40 marks). Within this system of assessment, students, depending on progress throughout the course, will have the option of core (lower tier) or extended (higher tier). In the 2016 examinations, there will be a core paper for Multiple-Choice.
The Advanced level course is designed to allow students to access University with the necessary skills to succeed in the study of Physics, Engineering, Architecture, or Medicine. Students who study Physics to Advanced Level will find it a difficult but rewarding challenge.
The requirements for access to the course are at least a ‘B’ grade in both IGCSE Physics and Mathematics (or Grade II at CSEC).
The A Level syllabus for topics to be studied can be found here.
The system of assessment at A Level is split into two sections. At the conclusion of Year 12, the students undertake three examination papers, a Multiple-Choice paper (40 marks), Structured Questions (60 marks) and a Practical Skills paper (40 marks). Students must attain at least a ‘C’ in these papers to advance to Year 13. In the final year there are two papers. The Core Syllabus paper (100 marks) tests understanding of the topics covered via structured questions. The Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation paper requires the students to demonstrate their practical skills through directed tasks such as planning an experiment, without carrying out a practical.
CIE AS/A Level Physics
CIE IGCSE Physics
The teacher responsible for Physics is Mr Stuart Haynes, who graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1995 with an Honours degree in Engineering Physics. Miss Daphne Roots teaches Physics to Year 7.
Years 7 – 11, IGCSE First Language, IGCSE Foreign Language
The primary ‘foreign’ language of the region is Spanish, and is viewed by teachers and parents as vital to providing a balanced education to children growing up in the Caribbean.
Years 6 to 11 – From early in Year 6 through to their IGCSE examinations in Year 11, students follow the established ‘Spanish for Mastery’ programme, which provides the flexibility needed to meet the requirements of the Key Stage 3 Modern Languages curriculum. Students learn the mechanisms of the Spanish Language and develop proficiency through a wide variety of oral and written activities. As the students advance further into the course, they learn to express themselves using various tenses and more complex grammatical patterns. Although greater emphasis is placed on structural language, conversational skills continue to be developed. Students are encouraged to show a positive attitude towards learning a foreign language. One of the strengths of this programme is that it places great emphasis on the breadth of the Spanish-speaking world and many facets of the Hispanic culture.
Audio tapes and CDs are frequently used when introducing new units and topics. These resources provide adequate practice for listening comprehension and self-expression. Students develop a better understanding of more detailed information in formal and informal announcements, conversations and interviews. They are able to play an active part in discussions, present ideas and express opinions clearly, which is a main requirement at IGCSE level.
Field trips to the Dominican Republic are organized around Easter time, usually with Year 9; an experience which allows students the opportunity to appreciate, beyond the classroom, the advantages of being able to speak and understand a foreign language. They realise the importance of such a skill and are able to explore it in a practical way, and develop appreciation and respect for different cultures.
CIE IGCSE Spanish (First Language)
CIE IGCSE Spanish (Foreign Language)
Señor Jimenez Casas, Head of Spanish, has been teaching at the Collegiate since 1997. He was born, raised and educated in Havana, Cuba.