What have pupils at UWECSEA achieved by the end of 10th grade?
They do the foundation diploma.
They do International GCSE. GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. This is the British system. International GCSEs are slightly different from the British version of GCSEs.
People finish their IGCSE exams at the age of 16.
You do English – this includes both language and literature. There are separate qualifications in language and literature. You can do a separate exam in English if you are a non native speaker.
You be taught a foreign languge – French, Spanish or Chinese. Russian is not offered.
You can teach yourself another language if you are a native speaker – for instance Russian.
You do a Social Science. This can be Geography, History, Enterprise (Business) or Global Perspectives.
Co-Ordinated Sciences. This includes three subjects – Biology, Chemistry and Physics but it counts as TWO IGCSEs
You can do Computer Science/
You can do Art or Design.
You usually sit nine subjects.
Students will read Fiction and Non-Fiction. They will have to respond to the text in writing.
There is some directed writing as part of it.
English Literature has people read some novels and poetry. They will be classics as well as from emerging literacies. You will read from the ouevre of different cultures. You may dip into the magnum opus of Shakespeare whatever you consider that to be.
You shall read some drama. There will be texts studied for a few months and then written about in the exam. Then there will be an unseen text in the exam.
These will develop different skills such as critical analysis.
ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
This course focuses on language development. It will also try to prepare pupils for English A at International Baccalaureate level.
You need to read, write, speak and convey information. You will understand and present facts, ideas and opinions. You need to distinguish between formal and informal language.
There will be literary commentary. You will have to be able to explain characterisation. Factual and persuasive writing. Plot analysis is on the curriculum.
SELF STUDIED LANGUAGE.
This is where mother tongue speaker of Russian can teach themselves their language.
This costs an extra $150 a year.
You are taught in English techniques like literary analysis which you then apply to your language. You need to read the literary canon of your language. You shall do prose, fiction, drama and so forth. You need to engage in literary analysis.
There will be essay writing and presentations/
The options are French, Spanish and Chinese.
This is so you can speak the language at home and abroad. You can survive as a tourist.
You learn to speak about the modern world, the environment and health. You learn to discuss current affairs an education.
You will practise the four skills.
You need to have already done these languages to do them at this level. You cannot be a beginner. There is no coursework. These subjects are assessed by written exams at the end of the year.
You learn what the subject is. You look at economic problems. You will be taught why some countries having growing economies and others do not. The major economic theories will be introduced.
You will be taught what free enterprise is and what a planned economy is. You shall learn economic taxonomy such as what capital and interest mean.
The subject is subdivided into Human and Physical Geography.
You learn countries of the world. You look at settlement and tourism..
You will develop competences in map reading and other areas.
You look at population dynamics and agricultural systems. You will examine natural phenomena such as volcanoes.
You will develop skills such as understanding cultures and population distribution. You shall be able to articulate causation and consequence. Communication and information organisation are core competences for this discipline. Research and analysis shall also be honed. You will develop an appreciation for inter-disciplinary study. Social sciences cannot be studied in isolation.
This is about confronting and making sense of the past. The subject is intended to be stimulating.
You will need to study sources and critically evaluate them. You shall analyse their credibility. Pupils will be encouraged to become healthily sceptical without being outright cynical.
You shall look at revolutions. Russian in Revolution; Germany 1919-45 and then the Cold War are the periods studied in 9th grade. Then you study the Arab -Israeli conflict.
You will ameliorate your essay writing virtuosity. This subject will feed into your overall intellectual evolution.
You will enhanced your critical thinking skills. You will become able to compose cogent arguments.
You will learn about ethics and value systems. You will examine the major world religions. This is teaching not preaching. You will engage with cultural stereotypes.
You will look at human rights issues and the environment. You will be taught about disaster response.
You will learn not be believe everything you see on the media. You will be able to tell apart unvarnished truths from things that are spun.
You will learn research and inquiry skills. You will learn to collaborate with peers. You will be able to make oral presentations and participate in formal debate. There will be written argumentation too.
CO -ORDINATED SCIENCE
This comprises Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
You do this at Basic Level or Higher Level.
You study living organisms, cell organisation, gaseous exchange, transport systems, homeostasis, human reproduction and so on
In Chemistry you will be taught classifying elements, materials, oxidation, electrolysis and so forth.
In Physics you will pass over radioactivity, strength in solids, electronics, force, gravity and so on.
You will learn the scientific method. You will have to come up with hypotheses and design experiments. You will need to execute them and draw deductions. You will have to write up your experiment.
You shall do the Cambridge International Maths curriculum.
You will learn number, geometry, algebra and trigonometry.
You will develop competences in technology, modeling and showing working.
yOU WIll learn logging systems, data handling, spread sheets and programming at a basic level. You will learn ethical and social use. You will learn debugging and algorithim creation.
This is about computational thinking. It is not about career preparation.
This is about practical problem solving. There will be binary systems, data output systems, media and security.