IGCSE Curriculum

English Language

IGCSE English Language (0500) Course Outline

The English Language course enables students to develop skills of analysis, synthesis and drawing of inferences. It promotes personal development and an understanding of themselves and others. It enables the students to communicate accurately, appropriately, confidently and effectively. The course encourages candidates to enjoy and appreciate a variety of language.

Course Content

  • Summary Writing
  • Writer's Effect
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Narrative Writing
  • Letter Writing
  • Argumentative and Discursive Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Newspaper Report
  • Journal Writing
  • Letter Writing
  • Speech

Final assessment

Examination Paper 1

Examination Paper 2

Reading Passages


Directed Writing and Composition


English Literature

IGCSE English Literature (0486) Course Outline

Course Aim

This course aims to develop learners who enjoy the experience of reading literature and can analysis and respond to different texts. It shows the students how writers achieve different effects, and makes them experience literature’s contribution to aesthetic, imaginative and intellectual growth.

Course Content


  • For Heidi With Blue Hair by Fleur Adcock
  • Elergy For My Father's Father by James K Baxter
  • One Art by Elizabeth Bishop
  • Reservist by Boey Ki Cheng
  • Cold In The Earth by Emily Bronte
  • Meeting At Night by Robert Browning
  • Because I Could Not Stop For Death by Emily Dickinson
  • The Trees by Philip Larkin
  • The Trees Are Down by Charlotte Mew
  • Praise Song For My Mother by Grace Nichols
  • Anthem For Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen
  • Attack by Siegfried Sassoon
  • My Parents by Stephen Spender
  • Song: Tears, Idle Tears by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Friend by Hone Tuwhare

A depth prose study:

  • Jane Austen: Mansfield Park


  • A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller
  • An Inspector Calls by JB Priestly

Final assessment

Examination Paper 1

Examination Paper 2

Candidates answer two questions on two texts. One poetry and one prose


Candidates answer two questions. One essay and one passage based question



IGCSE Mathematics (0580) Course Outline

This course aims to develop mathematical knowledge and practical skills that provides confidence to candidates, develop a feel for number, carry out calculations and understand the significance of results. Candidates should be able to apply mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of mathematics in the world around them.

Course Content

Grade 9

  • Reviewing number concepts
  • Making sense of algebra
  • Lines, angles and shapes
  • Collecting, organising and displaying data
  • Fractions
  • Equations and transforming formulae
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • Introduction to probability
  • Sequences and sets
  • Straight lines and quadratic equations
  • Pythagoras theorem and similar shapes
  • Averages and measures of spread
  • Understanding measurement

Grade 10

  • Further solving of equations and inequalities
  • Scale drawings, bearings and trigonometry
  • Scatter disgrams and correlation
  • Managing money
  • Curved Graphs
  • Symmetry and loci
  • Histograms and frequency distribution diagrams
  • More equations, formulae and functions
  • Transformations and matrices
  • Probability using tree diagrams

Final assessment

Examination Paper 1

Examination Paper 2

Short answer questions


Structured questions


Coordinated Science

IGCSE Coordinated Science (0654) Course Outline

A double award, IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences gives candidates the opportunity to study biology, chemistry and physics within a scientifically coherent syllabus. Candidates learn about the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study.

Course Outline


  • Characteristics of Living Organisms
  • Cells
  • Enzymes
  • Nutrition
  • Transportation
  • Respiration
  • Coordination and Response
  • Reproduction
  • Inheritance
  • Energy Flow in Ecosystems
  • Human Influences on the Ecosystem


  • The Particulate Nature of Matter
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Atoms, Elements and Compounds
  • Stoichyiometry
  • Electricity and Chemistry
  • Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Acids, Bases and Salts
  • The Periodic Table
  • Metals
  • Air and Water
  • Sulfur
  • Carbonates
  • Organic Chemistry


  • Motion
  • Matter and Forces
  • Energy, Work and Power
  • Simple Kinetic Molecular Model of Matter
  • Matter and Thermal Properties
  • Transfer of Thermal Energy
  • Waves
  • Light
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Sound
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity
  • Electric Circuits
  • Electromagnetic Effects
  • Radioactivity

Final assessment

Examination Paper 1

Examination Paper 2

Examination Paper 3

Multiple-choice paper consisting of 40 questions


Short –answers and structured questions


Questions will be based on experimental skills



IGCSE Mandarin (0547) Course Outline

This course aims to develop a Students’ ability to communicate effectively and offer an insight into the culture and society. It will help develop transferable skills and form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study. This course also aims to promote enjoyment and positive attitudes towards speakers of different languages.

Course Content

Everyday activities

  • Home life and school
  • Food, health and fitness

Personal and social life

  • Self, family and personal relationships
  • Holidays

The world around us

  • Home town and local area
  • Natural and made environment
  • People, places and customs

The world of work

  • Continuing education
  • Careers and employment

The international world

  • Tourism at home and abroad
  • Life in other countries

Art & Design

Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design (0400) Course Outline

IGCSE Art and Design will appeal to learners who wish to explore practical work through a range of two-and/or three-dimensional processes and include new media and technologies in addition to traditional media and processes. This course encourages personal expression, imagination, senstivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation, an anylitcal ability and practical attitudes. The syllabus has been designed to combine a breadth and depth of study, to accommodate a wide range of abilites and individual resources, and to provide opportunities for learners to explore both practical and critical/contextual work.

Course Content

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Observational studies


IGCSE History (0470) Course Outline

IGCSE History aims to stimulate an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about the past by promoting the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of individuals, people and societies in the past. Students gain an understanding of the nature of historical evidence and critically engage in concepts of cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference. In tandem with this, students develop their investigation, analysis, evaluation and communication skills.

Core content

The 20th Century: International Relations since 1919

  • Peace treaties of 1919
  • League of Nations
  • Collapse of international peace by 1939
  • Cold War
  • USA and communism
  • USSR and Eastern Europe, 1948–1989
  • Events in the Gulf, 1970–2000

Depth study

The First World War, 1914–1918

  • The Schlieffen Plan
  • The Battles of Mons, the Marne and Ypres
  • The main battles of the war, including the Somme and Verdun
  • The war at sea
  • The Gallipoli campaign
  • The impact of war on civilians
  • Events on the Eastern Front and the defeat of Russia
  • The German offensive and the Allied advance
  • Conditions in Germany
  • The armistice

Final assessment

Written Paper 1

Written Paper 2

Written Paper 3

2 Hour Written Exam

Students answer three structured essay questions (two on Core Content and one on Depth Study)


2 Hour Written Exam

Students answer six questions on topic: League of Nations


1 Hour Written Exam

(alternative to coursework)

Students answer one question on Depth Study



IGCSE Geography (0460) Course Outline

The course aims to develop candidates understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale. The course explores the characteristics, distribution and processes effecting contrasting physical and human environments. Candidates will also gain an appreciation of the environment and the earth, including its people, landscapes, natural processes and phenomena.

Course Content

Theme 1 - Population and Settlement

  • Population dynamics
  • Migration
  • Population structure
  • Population density and distribution
  • Settlements and service provision
  • Urban settlements
  • Urbanisation

Theme 2 - The Natural Environment

  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Rivers
  • Coasts
  • Weather
  • Climate and natural vegetation
Theme 3 - Economic Development
  • Development
  • Food production
  • Industry
  • Tourism
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Environmental risks of economic development

Final assessment

Examination Paper 1

Examination Paper 2

Coursework or Coursework Alternative

Geographical Themes 45%

Geographical Skills


Assignment style coursework/exam


Physical Education (PE)

IGCSE Physical Education (0413) Course Outline

The course aims to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. It will also improve their ability to plan, perform, analyse, improve, and evaluate physical activities. Student will develop their knowledge of their own skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities.

Course content

Factors Affecting Performance

  • Skill
  • Motivation and mental preparation
  • Skeleton and joints
  • Muscles and tendons
  • Circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Fitness
  • Physique
  • Drugs
Health, Safety and Training
  • Health
  • Diet
  • Games: Safe Practice
  • Injuries
  • Exercise and Training

Reasons and opportunities for participation in physical activity

  • Leisure and recreation
  • Facilities, participation, excellence
  • Global Events
  • Media
  • Access to Sport

Final Assessment

Examination Paper

Practical Assessment

Candidates answer questions on the 3 units from above.


Candidates choose four practical activities and demonstrate an ability to analyse one of them.



IGCSE Music (0410) Course Outline

In IGCSE Music, students develop their skills and expand their knowledge in practical and theoretical contexts. Students develop a perceptive and critical approach to both western music and music of non-western traditions, enhancing their understanding of music as a both an artistic and a social phenomenon. Through this, they gain a greater appreciation of music and enhance their own artistic awareness.

Course Content

Theory and Skills

  • Notation
    • Melody
    • Rhythm
    • Harmony
    • Ensembles
    • Instruments/Voices
    • Instrumental/Vocal Effects
    • Structure
    • Compositional Devices
    • Texture
    • Style
    • Genre
    Western and World Music

  • Baroque Period
  • Classical Period
  • Romantic Period
  • Twentieth Century
  • African and Arab Music
  • Chinese Music
  • Indian Music
  • Indonesian Music
  • Japanese Music
  • In Depth Studies
  • Western Music Focus: Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 “Italian Symphony”
  • World Music Focus: Latin America

  • Final assessment




    Written exam based on recordings supplied by Cambridge.


    Student Coursework. Two performances, one individual and one ensemble.


    Student Coursework. Two contrasting compositions.


    Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

    IGCSE Information and Communication Technology (0417) Course Outline

    This course aims to develop knowledge of ICT and new and emerging technologies whilst providing candidates the skills to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems. Candidates will also study the impact of current and new technologies on methods of working in the outside world on social, economic, ethical and moral issues.

    Course Content

    • Types and components of computer systems
    • Input and output devices
    • Storage devices and media
    • Networks and the effects of using them
    • The effects of using ICT
    • ICT applications
    • The systems life cycle
    • Safety and security
    • Audience
    • Communication
    • File management
    • Images
    • Layout
    • Styles Proofing
    • Graphs and charts
    • Document production
    • Data manipulation
    • Presentations
    • Data analysis
    • Website authoring

    Final assessment

    Examination Paper 1

    Examination Paper 2

    Examination Paper 3



    Document Production, Data Manipulation and Presentations


    Data Analysis and Website Authoring


    Global Perspectives

    IGCSE Global Perspectives (0457) Course Outline

    This course enables Students to become independent and empowered to take their place in an ever-changing, information-heavy, interconnected world. They will learn the skills to be able to develop an analytical, evaluative grasp of global issues and their causes, consequences and possible courses of action. The course will also explore important issues from personal, local and/or national and global perspectives

    Course Content

    Component 1 Written Examination

    • Demographic change
    • Education for all
    • Employment
    • Fuel and energy
    • Globalisation
    • Law and criminality
    • Migration
    • Transportsystems

    Component 2 Individual Report

    • Belief systems
    • Biodiversity and ecosystem loss
    • Changing communities
    • Digital world
    • Family
    • Humans and other species
    • Sustainable living
    • Trade and aid
    • Sport and recreation
    • Tradition, culture and identity
    • Water, food and agriculture

    Component 3 Team Project

    • Conflict and peace
    • Disease and health
    • Human rights
    • Language and communication
    • Poverty and inequality

    Final assessment

    Examination Paper 1

    Individual Report

    Team Project

    Candidates answer four questions based on a range of sources


    Candidates research one topic area of personal, local and/or national and global significance.


    Candidates devise and develop a collaborative project