Humanities

Humanities courses include History, Geography, Economics and global perspectives. All students at IGCSE are will select one humanities course.

All IGCSE Level humanities courses follow the CAIE curricula and are taught for 3 hours per week.

All AS/A Level humanities courses follow the CAIE curricula and are taught for 5 hours per week.

History

IGCSE

The IGCSE history course aims to:

  • Stimulate an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about the past
  • Promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of individuals, people and societies in the past
  • Ensure that learners’ knowledge is rooted in an understanding of the nature and use of historical evidence
  • Promote an understanding of key historical concepts: cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
  • Provide a sound basis for further study and the pursuit of personal interest
  • Encourage international understanding
  • Encourage the development of historical skills, including investigation, analysis, evaluation and communication skills.

AS/A level

Cambridge International AS/A Level History is accepted as proof of academic ability and of historical knowledge for entry to universities.

Candidates gain lifelong skills including:

  • Assessing different interpretations of an argument
  • Formulating their own ideas about a subject
  • Presenting clear and logical arguments
  • Evaluating historical evidence
  • Developing an understanding of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference and continuity and change.

Geography

IGCSE

Cambridge IGCSE Geography candidates develop lifelong skills, including:

  • An understanding of the processes which affect physical and human environments
  • An understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale
  • The ability to use and understand geographical data and information
  • An understanding of how communities around the world are affected and constrained by different environments.

AS/A level

Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics allows learners to explore concepts and theories which can be applied to the way that modern economies work. Learners develop the ability to explain, evaluate and analyse economic issues and arguments. They gain lifelong skills and a solid foundation for further study.

Students will study the following economic concepts:

  • Scarcity and choice
  • The margin and change
  • Equilibrium and efficiency
  • Regulation and equity
  • Progress and development

Economics

IGCSE

Cambridge IGCSE Economics candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

  • An understanding of economic theory, terminology and principles
  • The ability to apply the tools of economic analysis
  • The ability to distinguish between facts and value judgements in economic issues
  • An understanding of, and an ability to use, basic economic numeracy and literacy
  • The ability to take a greater part in decision-making processes in everyday life
  • An understanding of the economies of developed and developing nations
  • An excellent foundation for advanced study in economics.

AS/A level

Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics allows learners to explore concepts and theories which can be applied to the way that modern economies work. Learners develop the ability to explain, evaluate and analyse economic issues and arguments. They gain lifelong skills and a solid foundation for further study.

Students will study the following economic concepts:

  • Scarcity and choice
  • The margin and change
  • Equilibrium and efficiency
  • Regulation and equity
  • Progress and development

Global Perspectives and Research – AS level

Cambridge International AS Level Global Perspectives & Research aims to encourage young people to think about and explore issues of global significance. It follows the CAIE syllabus and is taught for 3 hours per week.

Students explore and make judgements about global issues of relevance and importance to their own lives. It offers learners opportunities to acquire, develop and apply skills in critical thinking, problem solving, research, communication and collaboration.

In short, this course encourages the development within young people of global competency – the ability to define a global problem, reflect and take action.

By studying this course learners will develop research skills that will enable them to obtain information, evaluate its reliability and usefulness and use the evidence gathered to construct their own arguments and lines of reasoning.

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