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Edexcel IGCSE (O Level) Physics May /June 2016 Examination Specification

 

Specification:

The Edexcel IGCSE in Physics qualification consists of two externally assessed papers

Paper   Duration

Paper 1  2 hours

Paper 2  1 hour

 

Physics Paper 1                              Paper Code:

 

Externally assessed and account for 66.7% of the total IGCSE marks

Assessment content:

This paper assesses only the content NOT in bold

 

  • Section 1:    Forces and Motion
  • Section 2:    Electricity
  • Section 3:    Waves
  • Section 4:    Energy resources and energy transfer
  • Section 5:    Solids, liquids and gases
  • Section 6:    Magnetism and electromagnetic
  • Section 7:    Radioactivity and Particles

The total number of marks for this paper is 120.

 

Physics Paper 2                              Paper Code:

 

Externally assessed and account for 66.7% of the total IGCSE marks

 

Assessment content:

This paper assesses ALL content including content in bold.

 

  • Section 1:    Forces and Motion
  • Section 2:    Electricity
  • Section 3:    Waves
  • Section 4:    Energy resources and energy transfer
  • Section 5:    Solids, liquids and gases
  • Section 6:    Magnetism and electromagnetic
  • Section 7:    Radioactivity and Particles

The total number of marks for this paper is 60.

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Edexcel IGCSE (O Level) Chemistry May /June 2016 Examination Specification

 

The Edexcel International GCSE in Chemistry comprises two externally assessed papers   (Form 5)

  • Chemistry Paper 1 This paper is assessed through a 2 hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.  The total number of marks is 120.
  • Chemistry Paper 2 This paper is assessed through a  1 hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.  The total number of marks   is 60.

Here is an overview of the content of both papers:

  1. Principles of Chemistry
  2. Chemistry of the elements
  3. Organic Chemistry
  4. Physical Chemistry
  5. Chemistry in industry
  6. Suggested practicals

 

 

 

 

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Edexcel IGCSE (O Level) English Language

 

(a) Subject choice / option

4EBO   English Language Specification B

 

(b) Subject / Paper Description

A three hour themed paper made of three sections:

 

Section  A –  Comprehension  (two or Three passages on a related subject / topic but may be different in text Audience, Purpose and Narrative Technique).

 

Students read passages for understanding meanings and questions are asked on  identification of ideas, contextual meanings of words and expressions, as well as  comparisms of passages  on features of texts and sub-texts.

 

Care must be shown in answering ‘own word’ questions not to copy directly from the passages.

Practising past papers is of immense help for this section.  Practise spending 40 – 45 minutes in this section.

 

Section  B – Directed writing  (single compulsory writing task).  This section is writing according to   guide lines and requires using materials only from a passage or passages but writing   for a different audience and purpose.  Marks are gained for appropriate language and   style to the audience of the writing task:  a letter, an article, a speech, a dialogue, a leaflet, a diary entry etc.

 

Avoid:

  • Lifting portions of the passage(s) in your directed writing
  • Using personal experience or ideas from your readings not found in the passage(s).
  • Directed writing is a form of summary and no marks are rewarded for additional materials not found in the passage(s).
  • Do not spend more than one hour in this section

 

Section  C – Essay  (An optional section of three questions to answer one).  Spend about an hour in this section.

  • Students are expected to write more lucidly on a topic using their imagination, experience or reading in this 400 word length essay.
  • Avoid using materials or basing your essay on the comprehension passage(s) though   you may use a central idea from the passage(s).
  • Questions may be on :  Narrative Description, Argumentative, Speech, article etc.

 

    • Similarities between  Section B and C

Both essays are similarly assessed on : content of essay, organization (appropriate lay-out, paragraphing, paragraph linkages, etc), use of appropriate expression and style of writing task (use of appropriate detail, clarity and coherence in expressions) and mechanical Accuracy (use and variety of punctuation marks, spellings, verb tense, subject and verb agreement, capitalization etc).

 

 

 

 

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Edexcel IGCSE (O Level) English Literature

 

 

  1. Subject choice / option

4ETO / A  (English Literature Papers 1 nd 2)

 

 

  1. Subject / Paper Description

 

4ETO Option A is made of English Literature papers 1 and 2.

Paper 1  Drama and Prose set for 1hr 45 minutes

 

Section  A : Drama  –    William Shakespeare’s  Romeo and Juliet

 

Section  B : Prose   –     John Steinbeck’s Of Mic and Men

You are to answer one question on one text in each section and advised to spend 50   minutes on each question.

 

 

PAPER  1

Drama  –   Shakespeare’s  Romeo and Juliet

Study Tips

 

(i) Genre  – Romeo and Juliet as a Shakespearean tragedy

(ii) Plot        – Story line of the play  –  look at how the development of the plot reveals     character, conveys themes or ideas and generate response from you as     audience.

 

(iii) Characterisation  :  understanding the roles of central characters as well as minor characters in            the play.

 

(iv) The Themes :  main ideas running through the play :  Love, Hate, Fate, Conflict/Violence etc.

 

 

Prose :  Steinbecks  Of Mice and Men

Study Tips

  1. Understanding the American Context in the 1930s
  2. Understand and follow the plot how it reveals the adventure and aspirations of the two main characters, interaction with other characters etc.
  3. Characterisation –  presentation of different characters
  4. Themes:  friendship, Dream, Loneliness, Social Prejudice etc
  5. Language  – Steinbecks use of informal / collognial English and your understanding of characters, what dialogues reveal about characters etc.

 

 

PAPER  2   (unseen Texts and Poetry Anthology

Paper set for 1hr 30 minutes, divided into two sections.

 

Section  A: Unseen Poetry and Prose

You answer either one question in this section  :  Poetry or Prose extract.  Advised to use 45 minutes in this section.

 

Study Tips

This section test the ability to identify and comment on features of literary appreciation and includes:

 

– theme(s)  –  what the poem or extract means

Form / structure  – stanza form, or absence of a stanza form Rhyme scheme, type and effect

Tone  –   Poetic voice  :  bitter, playful, ironic, etc

Diction :  Language  –   words, repetitions and effect

Imagery  :  visual, Tactile,  olfactory,  auditory and Gustatory any other figurative devices

– Any moral lessons, effect on you etc.

 

 

Section  B: Edexcel Poetry Anthology

You answer one of two questions set on poems in th Anthology.  Advised to use 45    minutes in this section.

 

Study Tips

All the above features in section could be used in addition, Anthology section may ask question which draw comparisms between poems in the Anthology.

 

 

 

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Edexcel IGCSE (O Level) Biology – May /June 2016 Examination Specification

 

The IGCSE Biology  (4BIO) specification comprises two externally assessed papers:

 

1. Biology Paper 1

The paper is assessed through  a   2 – hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

The total number of marks is 120 which accounts for 66.7% of the total qualification.

 

2. Biology Paper 2

The paper is assessed through a  1 – hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.  The  total number of marks is 60 which accounts for 33.3% of the total qualification marks.

 

Content of the syllabus

The qualification content of IGCSE Biology (4BIO) is divided into five sections and students are  expected to get through understanding of them.  The five sections are as follows:

 

1. Section   1:    The nature and variety of living organism

a.     characteristics of living organism.

b.     Variety of living organism

 

2. Section   2: Structures and functions in living organisms

a.     Levels of organization

b.     Cell structure

c.     Biological molecules

d.     Movement of substances into and out of cells

e.     Nutrition

f.     Respiration

g.    Gas exchange

h.    Transport

i.     Excretion

j.     Coordination and response

 

3. Section  3 :   Reproduction and inheritance

a.     Reproduction in flowering plants

b.     Reproduction in humans

c.     Inheritance

 

4. Section  4 : Ecology and the environment

a.     The organism in the environment

b.     Feeding relationship

c.     Cycles within Ecosystems

d.     Human influences on the environment

 

5. Section  5 : Uses of Biological resources

a.     Food production

b.     selective breeding

c.     Genetic modification  (genetic engineering)

d.     Cloning

 

Note:

  • The assessment for this qualification is linear and both papers must be taken in the same series.
  • In the examination, students will be tested on the following areas:
        1. Knowledge and understanding
        2. Application of knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation
        3. Experiment skills, analysis and evaluation of data and methods.

 

 

 

 

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Edexcel IAL  (AS Level) in Chemistry – Specification  (Lower 6)

 

 

(a) Course Structure

 

Unit 1 – The core principles of Chemistry

Unit 2 – Application of core principles of Chemistry

Unit 3 – Chemistry Laboratory Skills  I  Alternative

 

 

(b) Unit 1  Overview

 

  • Content : Formular, equations and amounts of substance, Energetics, Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, alkanes and alkenes.
  • Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Structure Section A :     Objective test questions

of paper : Section B :     Mixture of short – answer and extended answer questions.

  • No. of raw: 80 marks

 

 

(c) Unit 2 Overview

 

  • Content: Shapes of molecules and ions, intermediate bonding and bond polarity, intermolecular forces, redox, groups 2 and 7, kinetics, equilibria alcohols, halogenoalkanes, mechanisms, mass spectra and IR, and Green Chemistry.
  • Duration : 1 hour  30 minutes
  • Structure: Section A :  Objective test questions, Section B : Mixture of short answer

of paper  and extended answer questions section C : contemporary context questions.

  • No. of raw: 80 Marks

 

 

  1. Unit 3 Overview

 

  • Content: Qualitive observations, quantitative measurements and preparations in units 1 and 2.
  • Duration : 1 hour  15 minutes
  • Structure: One section of paper
  • No. of raw: 50 Marks

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Edexcel IAL  (AS Level) in Physics – Specification (Lower 6)

 

 

Specification:

 

The Edexcel IAL / GCE AS in Physics qualification consists of three (3) units

 

Unit  Code  Duration

Unit 1  WCH 01 1½ hrs

Unit 2  WCH 02 1½ hrs

Unit 3  WCH 03 1hr  20 mins

 

 

Unit 1 Physics on the go                             Paper Code:
 

Externally assessed and account for 40% of the total IAL / GCE AS marks.

 

Assessment content and objectives                     Suggested Lab / Experiments

 

Topic 1  –  Introduction

  1. Quantities and Units

 

  1. Guide to Practical Work
 

Topic 2  –  Mechanics Determination of speed and

  1. Rectilinear Motion                         acceleration e.g using light gates

  1. Forces                         Centre of gravity of an irregular rod.
 

Assessment content and objectives                     Suggested Labs or experiment

Use of an air track to investigate factors

affecting acceleration

 

Measurement of g using light gate

Methods

 

5. Work, energy and power                          Estimate power output of electric motor

Topic 3 Materials

 

6. Fluids                         * Graphs for copper wire nylon and rubber.

 

7. Solid materials                      * Investigating copper wire and rubber

 

The total number of marks for this paper is 80.

 

Unit 2.  Physics at work                           Paper Code:

 

Externally assessed and account for 40% of the total IAL / GCE – AS marks

Assessment content and Objectives                     Suggested labs / experiments

 

Topic 4 Waves

 

8. Nature of wave                           Waves machine or computer simulation                     of waves properties.

 

9. Transmission and reflection of waves                     * Demonstration using a loud speakers

 

*  Demonstration using waves on a long

Spring.

 

*  Demonstration with ripple tank.

 

*  Experiment on sonometer

 

*  Measuring the reflective index of solids

and liquids.

 

10. Super position of waves                          Demonstration using a lasser.

 

Assessment content and objectives                     Suggested labs / experiments

 

Topic 5.   Nature of light

 

11. Nature of light                          Demonstration of discharge of zinc plate

by ultra violet light.

 

 

Demonstration using gas – filled tubes.

Topic 6.   D.C electricity

 

12. Charge and current                        Measuring current and voltage in series

And parallel circuits.

 

13. Potential difference, cmf and power                      use ohmmeter to measure total resistance          in circuits.

 

Measuring the efficiency of an electric

Motor.

 

14. Current-potential difference                     Investigate the I – V graphs of filament

relationships                  lamp, diode and thermistor

 

15. Resistance and resistivity                    Measuring the resistivity of metal and                   polythene

 

Assessment content and objectives                     Suggested labs / experiments

 

Using digital voltmeter to investigate output                                of a potential divider

 

16. Electric Circuits                       Measuring the emf and internal resistance                            of a cell e.g a solar cell.

 

*    Use of Ohmmeter and temperature                       sensor.

 

*    Demonstration of slow speed of iron                                movement during current flow.

 

The total number of marks for this paper is 80

 

The total marks for units 3  (experiments) is 40 and it account for 20% of the total marks for AS course.

 

 

 

 

 

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Edexcel IAL  (AS Level) – BIOLOGY

 

 

The IAL  (AS) Specification comprises of three Units:  Unit 1 accounts for 40%, Unit 2 also 40% and Unit 3:  20%.

 

Unit 1 :  Lifestyle,  Transport, Genes and Health

Content Summary   (Unit Code  WBIO1)

 

      • Structure and function of carbohydrates, liquids and proteins, enzyme action.
      • Structure and properties of cell membranes, passive and active transport.
      • Structure and role of DNA and RNA.
      • Replication, protein synthesis
      • Monohybrid inheritance
      • Gene mutations
      • Principles of gene therapy, social and ethical issues.

 

Note: This unit is a written paper and last for 1 hour 30 minutes, consisting of objectives,  structured and short answer questions.

 

 

Unit 2 :     Development, plants and the Environment

Content summary    (Unit Code  WBI02)

Cell structure and ultrastructure of eukaryote and prokaryote cells; cell specification

  • The role of mitosis
  • Genotype and environmental influence
  • Stem cell research and implications
  • Biodiversity, adaptations and natural selection.
  • Principles of taxonomy
  • Plant cell structure
  • Transport of water in plants
  • Uses of plant resources.

 

Note:     Written paper and last for 1 hour 30 minutes; consisting of objective, structured and   short answer questions.

 

Unit 3 : Practical Biology and Research Skills Content Summary

 

Students are expected to develop experimental skills, and a knowledge and understanding of experimental techniques, by carry out a range of practical experiments and investigations while they study Unit 1 and 2.  This Unit will assess students’ knowledge and understanding of experimental procedures and techniques that were developed throughout Units 1 and 2.

 

This paper is written examination lasting for 1 hour and 30 minutes; consisting of objective, structured and short answer questions


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Edexcel IAL  (AS Level) – Mathematics

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There are changes to the Mathematics Specification:

 

  • The core units have been combined to create one unit.  C1 and C2 have combined to create unit called C12.
  • The C12 unit retains the same content and structure as the Edexcel GCE in Mathematics
  • Units to be taken for International Advance subsidiary in Mathematics are:

Compulsory  Unit   –   C12

Optional        Unit   –   M1

 

Unit C12 Core Mathematics 12

Unit Code :   WMA01

Duration   :   2½ hours

 

Unit description  : Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in  (x,y) plane; sequence and series;

Exponentials and logarithms; trigonometry; differentiation, integration.

 

Unit M1 Mechanics  1

Unit code :   WME02

Duration   :  1½ hour

 

Unit description : Mathematical models in Mechanics; Vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a     particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line    or plane, statics of a particle; moments

 

 

 

 

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Edexcel IAL  (AS Level)  Accounting Unit 1  – Specification (Lower 6)

 

 

 

Content Summery

 

Students will be assessed on their knowledge, understanding and skills of Accounting systems and Costing.

 

This unit is divided into Five (5) topics:

  1. Principles of accounting and double entry book keeping.
  2. Control procedures
  3. Final accounts of organization
  4. Introduction to costing and decision making
  5. Evaluating of accounting statements.

 

 

Assessment Information

Examination Length    3 hours

Examination Paper in two sections:

 

Section  A

Contain three questions, of which students will be required to answer two questions.

Each question will be allocated 52 marks.

 

Section  B

Contains four questions of which students will be allocated  32 marks.

 

Total for Paper:  200 marks.

 

 

 

 

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Edexcel IAL  (A Level) – Mathematics

 

Units to be taken for G.C.E Advance Level in Mathematics are : Compulsory unit : Core Mathematics 3

(C3) and Core Mathematics 4 (C4) optional unit :  Statistic I  (S1).

 

Unit C3    : Core Mathematics  3

Unit Code  :  6665

Duration  :  1½hours

 

Unit description  : Algebra and functions, trigonometry; Exponentials and logarithms; differentiation;    numerical methods.

 

Unit  C4: Core Mathematics 4

Unit Code  :   6666

Duration  :  1½hours

 

Unit description : Algebra and functions; Coordinate geometry in the (x , y) plane; sequences and    series; differentiation; integration; vectors

 

Unit S1  : Statistics  1

Unit Code  :   6683

Duration    :   1½hours

 

Unit description: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary    of data; Probability; Correlation and regression; discrete random variables;     discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.

 

 

 

 

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Edexcel IAL  (A Level)  Accounting Unit 2  – Specification  (Upper 6)

 

Specification

 

Students will be assessed on their knowledge, understanding and skills of corporate and Management Accounting.  The unit is divided into Eight (8) topics:

  1. Limited Companies
  2. Investment evaluation
  3. Cash flow statement
  4. Budgeting
  5. standard Costing
  6. Capital budgeting and appraisal
  7. Marginal and absorption

 

Assessment

Examination of 3 hours, consisting of 2 sections to enable an appropriate range and style to be presented.

Questions may require answers to continuous prose.  Students will be required to organize and present relevant information, using specialist accounting vocabulary

 

The total number of marks for this paper is  200.

 

 

 

 

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Edexcel IAL  (A Level) – BIOLOGY

The IAL  (A) Specification comprises of three Units:  Unit 4 accounts for 40%, Unit 5 also 40% and

Unit 6:  20%.

 

Unit 4 :   The Natural Environment and Species Survival.  (Unit Code WBIO4)

Content Summary

  • Photosynthesis, energy transfer within ecosystems
  • Evidence for global warming
  • Evalution through natural selection and specification
  • Nutrient recycling
  • DNA profiling and PCR
  • Structure of bacteria and viruses
  • Infectious disease (eg AIDS and TB) and immunology

 

Note: This paper consists of objectives, structured and short answer questions.  The duration  for this paper  (unit 4) is 1 hour 30 minutes.

 

 

Unit 5 :   Energy, Exercise and Coordination Content Summary  (Unit Code WBIO5)

  • ATP, glycolysis, anaerobic / aerobic respiration
  • Control and functioning of Heart, ventilation and cardiac output.
  • Homeostasis
  • The nervous system
  • Impact of exercise on body and improving performance
  • Hormonal coordination
  • Brain structure and Development
  • Imbalances in brain chemicals
  • Human Genome Project

 

Note: Written examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes; consisting of objective, structured and  short answer questions.

Pre-released reading (Article) will be provided for this assessment.

 

 

Unit 6:   Practical Biology and Investigative Skills (Unit Code WBIO6)

 

Content Summary

Students are expected to develop a wide knowledge and understanding of experimental procedures and techniques throughout the whole of their International Advanced level course.  They are expected to become aware of how there techniques might be used to investigate interesting biological questions.

This unit will assess students knowledge and understanding of experimental procedures and techniques and their ability to plan whole investigations, analyse data and to evaluate their results and experimental methodology.

 

Note: Written examination of 1 hour 30 minutes, consisting of objective, structured and short  answer questions.

 

 

 

 

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Business Studies Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level  (IAS and IA2)

 

Syllabus Specification

 

Unit 1:      BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

 

  • Examination Length :     1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Examination Paper in 2 Sections

 

(i) Section  A  : Supported Multiple Choice questions worth 24 marks

 

(ii) Section B   : Questions based on data worth 56 marks.

 

Note: All questions must be answered.

 

Unit 4:      BUSINESS IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

  • Examination Length :  2 hours
  • Examination Paper in 2 Sections

 

(i) Section  A : Questions based on data worth 40 marks

(ii) Section  B : Questions based on data worth 40 marks.

 

Note: The case studies for Section A and B will not be linked.

 

 

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GCE ENGLISH LITERATURE

Advanced Subsidiary (AS)

 

UNIT    TITLE

 

6ET01   English Literature 1 :    Explorations in Prose and Poetry

 

6ET02   English Literature 2:    Explorations in Drama  –  (Course Work)

 

(6ET01)   UNIT 1  :    EXPLORATIONS IN PROSE