iGCSE Natural & Applied Sciences
iGCSE natural and applied sciences are a group of subjects that cover the scientific principles and concepts that underlie the natural world and the ways in which these principles can be applied in practical situations. Students taking these subjects are expected to develop a range of skills and knowledge, including an understanding of scientific concepts and principles, practical skills, and problem-solving abilities.
In terms of scientific concepts and principles, students will learn about the fundamental ideas that govern the natural world, such as matter, energy, and the behavior of living organisms.
They will also be introduced to the scientific method, which is the process scientists use to generate, test, and revise scientific explanations.
Practical skills are an important part of iGCSE natural and applied sciences.
Students will have the opportunity to develop these skills through hands-on activities and experiments, where they will learn how to use scientific equipment, collect and analyze data, and interpret results.
Problem-solving skills are also a key focus of these subjects.
Students will be encouraged to think critically and solve problems using scientific knowledge and evidence. They will learn how to evaluate scientific arguments and consider the limitations of scientific theories.
The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics (Specification A) is part of a suite of International GCSE qualifications offered by Pearson. This qualification is not accredited or regulated by any UK regulatory body. This specification includes the following key features. Structure: the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics (Specification A) is a linear qualification. It consists of two examinations available at Foundation and Higher Tier. Both examinations must be taken in the same series at the end of the course of study. Content: relevant, engaging, up to date and of equivalent standard to Pearson’s regulated GCSE in Mathematics. Assessment: consists of tiers of entry (Foundation and Higher) that allow students to be entered for the appropriate level, with questions designed to be accessible to students of all abilities in that tier and papers that are balanced for topics and difficulty. Approach: a solid basis for students wishing to progress to Edexcel AS and Advanced GCE Level, or equivalent qualifications.
The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics (Specification A) qualification enables students to:
- develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques
- acquire a foundation of mathematical skills for further study in the subject or related areas
- enjoy using and applying mathematical techniques and concepts, and become confident in using mathematics to solve problems
- appreciate the importance of mathematics in society, employment and study.
- Numbers and the number system
- Equations, formulae and identities
- Sequences, functions and graphs
- Geometry and trigonometry
- Vectors and transformation geometry
- Statistics and probability
- Each paper is assessed through a 2-hour examination set and marked by Pearson.
- The total number of marks for each paper is 100.
- Each paper will assess the full range of targeted grades at Foundation Tier (5–1).
- Each paper will have approximately equal marks available for each of the targeted grades.
- There will be approximately 40% of questions targeted at grades 5 and 4, across papers 1F and 1H to aid standardisation and comparability of award between tiers.
- A Foundation Tier formulae sheet (Appendix 4) will be included in the written examinations.
- A calculator may be used in the examinations (please see page 42 for further information).
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