CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

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ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES AT NORTHFIELDS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

At Northfields International School, we purposefully design and deliver curricula to bring forward essential learning experiences for all of our students. We have chosen academic programmes that resonate with our Mission Statement, which outlines our aims to empower our students to reach their full potential by offering learning opportunities that maximise their potential. We endeavour to achieve this by offering challenging and internationally recognised qualifications.

Prep School- Years 5-8

In Years 5-6, Northfields focuses on a programme that closely follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Then in Years 7-8, our students continue to follow an English based curriculum within the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework. This approach gives our students an opportunity to study a broad and balanced range of subjects and develop effective approaches to learning. Regular assessments are carried out during these years, providing teachers and parents with the opportunity to assess and reflect on students’ progress.

The curriculum offered allows our students to follow a range of subjects, from the core subjects of English, French, Maths and Science, to History, Geography, ICT, DT, Drama, Art and Physical Education. We also include a programme that delivers Personal, Social and Health Education.

Middle School- Years 9-11

The Year 9-11 programme allows our students to continue learning within the MYP framework. Year 9 prepares our students to make informed choices of subjects that they may wish to study at IGCSE and above, which may ultimately determine their career path.

 

CAMBRIDGE (CAIE) IGCSE

In Years 10 and 11 students follow the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course of study, one of the world’s most renowned international qualifications for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and is an international passport to progression and success. It was developed over 25 years ago and has been tried and tested by schools worldwide.

An important objective of the Cambridge IGCSE programme is to prepare students for life by enabling them to develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. In adhering to this approach, we have strived to make our students confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged individuals who are equipped to face new challenges and who can make a difference to their immediate society and world at large.

At Northfields, students in Years 10 and 11 study a range of IGCSE subjects, sitting for final examinations at the end of Year 11. All students study English (First Language or ESL) and Literature, French (First Language or Foreign Language), Mathematics, and a selection of 5 course options from the areas of Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Drama, IT, DT or Art.

Northfields students may also elect to complete the requirements for the Cambridge International Certificate of Education (ICE), which emphasises the value of broad and balanced study. To obtain the ICE award, students must pass at least 7 subjects, with at least one subject from each of the following subject groups:

  • Group I: Languages (minimum of 2 different languages)
  • Group II: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Group III: Sciences
  • Group IV: Mathematics
  • Group V: Creative and Professional

For more information on Cambridge IGCSE, click here:
http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/cambridge-igcse/


Sixth Form- Years 12 and 13

In the final two years of school, students currently have the choice to follow one of two academic programmes: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the Cambridge International AS and A Level programme. Beginning in August 2021 and thereafter, all Northfields Year 12 students will enter the IB Diploma Programme at Northfields.

 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (IBDP)

Organised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a very rigorous academic programme which emphasises academic achievement, critical thinking, research skills and community service and community service. It has been operating world-wide for over 50 years (since 1968) and is in place in almost 1500 schools in around 120 countries around the world.

The IBDP is very well regarded in virtually every country across the world. The IB Diploma prepares students for university and encourages them to develop a variety of skills that are essential for functioning in a modern and ever evolving world. Students are encouraged to:

-ask challenging questions
-learn how to learn
-develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
-develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures

In order to be able to pursue the IB Diploma, students are required to follow courses in six subjects, with subject(s) taken from each of the following groups:

  • Group 1: Language A (literature and/or language)
  • Group 2: Language B (language of acquisition) or a second Language A
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: Arts (or another subject from one of the other groups)

All IB Diploma students must choose at least three courses at Higher Level (HL) and the remaining courses at Standard Level (SL). Each of the six subjects is assessed both internally (with external moderation) and externally (by examiners around the world). In addition, the IB Diploma Programme allows students to develop important critical thinking, research and interpersonal skills through the core requirements:  completing the IB Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course; writing a 4,000-word Extended Essay; and working collaboratively with peers though the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Programme.

For more information about the IB Diploma Programme, click here:
http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/

 

CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL AS AND A LEVEL

Thousands of students worldwide gain places at leading universities every year with Cambridge International AS and A Levels. The syllabi develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. More importantly, the syllabi prepare students for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications.

Northfields students may study a combination of up to five AS and A Level subjects within the school’s subject choice table. Students may also elect to complete the requirements for the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), an international curriculum and examinations system that emphasises the value of broad and balanced study. To obtain the AICE diploma, students must complete Global Perspectives and Research (a compulsory AS level course) and choose their remaining subjects from each of the following subject groups:

  • Group 1: Mathematics and Sciences
  • Group 2: Languages
  • Group 3: Arts and Humanities

For more information about International AS and A Levels, click here:
http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-international-as-and-a-levels/