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1Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................................. 1CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS (CIE) ................................................................. 2COURSES OFFERED AT SENIOR SCHOOL .................................................................................. 6SUBJECT ALLOCATIONS 11 - 13 ................................................................................................... 7HOMEROOM PROGRAMME ........................................................................................................... 7ACADEMIC ADVISORY PROCESS ................................................................................................. 7COMMUNICATION .......................................................................................................................... 9DAILY STRUCTURE ...................................................................................................................... 10SENIOR SCHOOL ACADEMIC PLACEMENT ............................................................................... 11ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING ................................................................................................ 12SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS ............................................................................................................ 14PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES ...................................................................................... 21ACADEMIC PROBATION .............................................................................................................. 21LIBRARY ........................................................................................................................................ 21UNIVERSITY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ....................................................................................... 22GUIDELINES FOR SENIOR STUDENTS ...................................................................................... 27HOMEWORK POLICY STATEMENT ............................................................................................. 29ATTENDANCE POLICY STATEMENT ........................................................................................... 30BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES ................................................................................. 36DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES (SECONDARY)........................................................................... 37GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS ...................................................... 39SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS ................................................................................ 43GLOSSARY OF TERMS ................................................................................................................ 47APPENDIX I: IGCSE FACT SHEET ...................................................................................................APPENDIX II: AS A LEVEL FACT SHEET .........................................................................................Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


INTRODUCTIONThe Senior School curriculum addresses the intellectual, social, physical and emotional needs ofinternational school students whose long-range plans include attending university. In classes, studentswill be challenged to do the very best they can. Enrichment and independent study opportunities willserve to stretch their academic abilities. Experience has shown that the varied curriculum and widerange of activities provide a challenging programme for most ACG and AIS students, who tend to beabove average academically.Students at all Year Levels of the Senior School have specialist teachers in each subject. Gifted andtalented students are identified early and are extended through enrichment and accelerated learningprogrammes in selected subjects.The Senior School (Years 11 – 13) leads to the University of Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A-Levelexaminations.Our programmes provide not only rigour and challenge, but depth, breadth and variety across mostdisciplines. Our academic and co-curricular programmes provide students with enrichingexperiences and opportunities. ACG International School Vietnam is committed to providing a SeniorSchool education of the highest standards, maintained by internationally qualified andknowledgeable teachers. Keeping abreast of change and innovative educational trends maintainsour cutting-edge position.CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS (CIE)CIE provides three general secondary qualifications:• International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)• International Advanced Subsidiary (AS)• International Advanced Level (A Level)Together they constitute a fully integrated set of secondary qualifications. Ranges of assessmentmethods are used with the emphasis strongly on many subjects, either as a compulsory element or asan option. Coursework marks and samples of student work are submitted to Cambridge for externalmoderations and to ensure accuracy and comparability of assessment.IGCSE provides a strong foundation for higher level, pre-university courses of study. AS courses areessentially the first halves or core components of a full A Level course. The second, more advancedcomponent is A2. They allow staged assessment in the A Level programme, that is, the opportunity tobuild up a full A Level in a subject. At the same time they constitute a worthwhile, stand-alonequalification for those who choose not to take a full A Level.Universities around the world recognise AS and A Level as university entry qualifications. Internationalstudents are able to use CIE qualifications to gain entry to many universities throughout the world.The Senior School offers a programme of study in which students may work towards the CambridgeAdvanced International Certificate of Education. First introduced by Cambridge in 1994, Cambridge2Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


3Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) provides a high-quality English-mediumqualification which prepares young people for honours degree programmes. It is a ‘group’ certificatewhich requires the study of subjects drawn from three curriculum areas. Cambridge AICE offersstudents the opportunity to tailor their studies to their individual interests, abilities and future planswithin an international curriculum framework.The Cambridge AICE programme is used by schools around the globe. Many colleges and universitiesare awarding students advanced standing and academic credit for Cambridge AICE examinationspassed.The Cambridge portfolio of advanced qualifications offers a wide range of subject choice to studentspreparing for further study or progression to employment.Selection from three curriculum areasCambridge AICE involves the selection of subjects from three curriculum areas – Mathematics andScience; Languages; Arts and Humanities from a wide range of subjects available at InternationalAdvanced Subsidiary (AS) Level and Advanced (A) Level.An A Level would count as a double-credit qualification and an AS Level as a full (single) credit coursewithin the Cambridge AICE award framework. To be considered for an AICE Diploma, a candidatemust earn the equivalent of six credits by passing a combination of examinations at either the full (1credit) AS Level or double (2 credits) A Level, with at least one course coming from each of the threecurriculum areas. (The equivalent of one full credit can be obtained by combining two half credits inEnglish Language and Literature in English.) The examinations are administered in May/Junesessions each year. A candidate working towards the Cambridge AICE Diploma may use up to threesessions to take the equivalent of six full credit examinations as long as they are taken within a 13-month period.The structure of the AS and A Level courses leading to the AICE Diploma awardThe subject content of each A Level syllabus has been subdivided into two parts: the AS syllabuscontent which is expected to be covered in the first half of the course, and part 2 of the syllabus,commonly referred to as A2. This flexible approach enables students to choose between three mainoptions:• Take all A Level components in the same examination session at the end of the course of study, mostnormally the end of the second year• Follow a staged assessment to A Level by taking the Advanced Subsidiary qualification in oneexamination session, and the final part of assessment in a subsequent session• Take the AS Level only• The structure of the International A Level is such that co-teaching of studentsfollowing both AS and A Level routes is possible.An A Level course is probably the most in-depth and thorough preparation for university, medicalcollege or employment that a school can give its students.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


4Half-credit coursesHalf-credit courses in English Language and Literature in English are also available within the AICEprogramme.Grading and the award of the DiplomaResultsFor AS examinations, candidates are graded on an alphabetical scale, A to E, with grade A indicatinga top level of performance and grade E indicating a minimum passing grade. For A Levelexaminations, candidates are graded on an alphabetical scale, A* to E, with grade A* indicating a toplevel of performance and grade E indicating a minimum passing grade. The results for examinationsare sent to schools, in the form of a Statement of Results, in the middle of August for candidates whohave taken the examinations in June. The results for the November examinations are sent to schoolsin late January. Certificates for successful candidates are normally sent to schools after the end of theresults enquiry period.The AICE Diploma requires the study of subjects drawn from three curriculum areas. These threebroad areas are:• Mathematics and Science (Group 1)• Languages (Group 2)• Arts and Humanities (Group 3)To obtain an AICE Diploma, candidates will be required:• To be entered for it,• To obtain at least six credits, and• To obtain at least one credit in each of the three curriculum groups.Candidates are allowed to accumulate the results to be used over more than one examination session.However:• Results may not be used if they are more than 13 months old. This means, for example, that candidatesfor the AICE Diploma in June 2010 may use results gained in June 2009 and/or November 2009 as well as inJune 2010, but may not use an earlier session.• Multi-session candidates must make their ADIP entry in their final session. To enable us to track suchcandidates, Centres are required to state candidates’ previous session Centre and candidate numbers. Forexample, in the second session, Centres will state the candidate’s first session details; in any third sessionthe candidate’s second session details would be required. If Centres do not provide this information andrequire a change in the way the AICE Diploma result is calculated after results issue, the Centre will need toapply for a Result Enquiry Service 6.Performance that meets the requirements of the group award will receive the Cambridge AICEDiploma. The statement of results will show the grades achieved by the student in each of the subjectstaken in the final session, as well as the overall level of achievement and points earned in the groupaward.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


5Candidates who achieve ADIP in one session will receive an ADIP Statement of Results, a GCECertificate showing the grades achieved in individual subjects (and AICE Half Credit Certificate ifapplicable) and a separate ADIP Certificate.As GCE AS and A Level subjects are used to calculate the AICE Diploma, the AICE Diploma resultswill be issued with the GCE results.Candidates who fail the AICE Diploma will still receive a GCE Certificate reporting their performance inGCE AS and A Level syllabuses (and an AICE Half Credit certificate where applicable).Multi-session candidates, at the end of each session, will receive a GCE or AICE Half CreditStatement of Result and Certificate where applicable and will be certificated for the AICE Diploma atthe end of the final session.The full AICE Diploma is awarded on the basis of a points system, as shown in the table below.Double–Credit Study Full–Credit Study Half–Credit StudyGrade Points Grade Points Grade PointsA* 140 A* n/a A* n/aA 120 A 60 A 30B 100 B 50 B 25C 80 C 40 C 20D 60 D 30 D 15E 40 E 20 E 10Note: The Cambridge AICE Diploma tariff has been calculated to bring it into line with the UKUniversity Admission points score for A Levels and the AS qualification.The full AICE Diploma will be awarded on the basis of the following points system:• An A Level will count as a double credit in the AICE programme.• An AS Level will count as a single credit in the AICE programme.• AICE half-credit courses in English Languages and English Literature are also available. Note: at entrystage each AICE Half Credit is worth half a credit, i.e., candidates cannot use their AICE Half Credit subjectto fulfil the one credit in a group requirement.The following combinations are therefore all valid:A Level(2 credits each)AS Level(1 credit each)AICEHalf-Credit3 0 02 2 02 1 2Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


61 4 01 3 20 6 00 5 2Candidates who meet the requirements of the group award will receive a AICE Diploma at one of threelevels: Pass, Merit or Distinction on the basis of their overall AICE Diploma score, see below.140 points will be awarded for an A* but the maximum number of AICE points will be capped at 360.Cambridge AICE Diploma with Distinction awarded to candidates with a score in the range: 320-360pointsCambridge AICE Diploma with Merit awarded to candidates with a score in the range: 220–315 pointsCambridge AICE Diploma at Pass Level awarded to candidates with a score in the range: 120–215pointsCandidates who do not meet the requirements of the AICE Diploma will receive a GCE Certificatereporting their performance in GCE AS and A Level syllabuses (and an AICE Half Credit Certificatewhere applicable).COURSES OFFERED AT SENIOR SCHOOLA Full Academic Programme will be made up of five courses from the following:IGCSE Subjects AS Level Subjects A Level SubjectsMathematics Mathematics MathematicsEnglish Literature English Language ChemistryEnglish as a Second Language English Literature PhysicsBiology Biology Art and DesignChemistry Chemistry Applied ICTPhysics Physics Business StudiesPhysical Education Business Studies Travel and TourismKoreanTravel and TourismChinese (Mandarin)Art and DesignArt and DesignEconomicsPsychologyApplied ICTGeographySenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


7SUBJECT ALLOCATIONS 11 - 13Subject Period Allocation Time AllocationOption 1 7 5 Hours 15 minutesOption 2 7 5 Hours 15 minutesOption 3 7 5 Hours 15 minutesOption 4 7 5 Hours 15 minutesOption 5 7 5 Hours 15 minutesHOMEROOM PROGRAMMEThe Homeroom Teacher role involves mentoring or coaching a group of students on a one-to-onebasis. The focus is on improving student achievement through:- Encouragement- Assisting with the setting of educational gaols- Assisting students to develop action plans- Referring students to the appropriate people in times of stress- Providing guidance with student programmes- Monitoring progress and providing feedback to parents and Heads of School- Raising expectations- Building a level of trustEach morning students have a 20 minute Homeroom period with their Homeroom Teacher. Hereattendance is checked and monitored, daily announcements are shared and School business isconducted. The purpose of Homeroom periods are to:- Provide each student with a sense of belonging to a group of peers through the development ofhealthy social interactions among the Homeroom group members.- Provide a structure for School activities and Year Level programmes.- Provide an organisational base for students to make meaningful contributions to the School,community and world.ACADEMIC ADVISORY PROCESSThe Role of the Advisory TeamThe Academic Advisory Team is made up of the following members: Head of Secondary, DeputyPrincipal and Three Secondary Staff Representatives.‐ Meet with (assigned) students in Years 7 – 13.‐ To review each student’s academic reports and communicate directly with students / parentsabout academic progress / concerns.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


8‐ Ensure that parents and the Head of Secondary are aware of individual academic plans,concerns and issues.‐ Formally meet with the student and family at least two times throughout the academic year.‐ Be directly involved in the School’s Academic Probation Process.‐ Regularly communicate with students and parents about University / College information andraise awareness of academic pathways. Ensure that up to date information is distributed andpromote university / college rep visits. Ensure that students are aware of academic /international scholarships that may be available.‐ Support students in completing University / College applications, recommendation letters andreferences, VISA application processes, and scholarship applications.‐ Communicate directly with University / College admissions officers as required.‐ Attend monthly meetings with other members of the Advisory Team and Head of Secondary.Academic Advisory ProcessStep 1 – Assigning Academic AdvisorsAssign students to an Academic Advisor (Students are assigned to an Academic Advisor uponenrolment).Step 2 – Academic Planning DocumentStudents will complete the ACGVN Academic Planning Document and this will be reviewed twice ayear in line with the School’s Assessment and Reporting timelines.Step 3 – Subject Preference ReviewSubject Preference Forms will be distributed to students after the completion of the Mid YearReporting Process. Subject Preference Forms will be completed by students (signed by parents) andsubmitted to the Academic Advisor. Meetings may be scheduled with the Academic Advisor or othersubject specialists. Subject Preference Forms are then submitted to the Deputy Principal. Thetimetable is then constructed based on this information.The Deputy Principal will notify Academic Advisors of any subject clashes.The Academic Advisors will then meet with the student again to select alternative subjects based onthe line / block structure of the timetable.Step 4 – Subject Option ChangesStudents who wish to make subject changes at any time of the year should report to their AcademicAdvisor and complete a review of the Academic Planning Document. Students are required tosubmit a Change of Subject form (signed by parents and the Academic Advisor) to the DeputyPrincipal.Step 5 – University / College ApplicationsComplete Year Level ChecklistsSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


9Provide the Academic Advisor with evidence of application submissions.Year Level Academic Advisory ChecklistsWhen students meet with their Academic Advisor, they will be required to provide information about:Year 11‐ Where they (parents) wish to study‐ Broad area of study: Business, Engineering, Medicine.‐ Review University / College admissions tests – SAT, TOEFL, IELTS‐ Register for external admissions tests‐ Complete University / College investigations: register on www.collegeboard.com , register onwww.ucas.org , complete the online Stamford Test, university websites, Study in Australia,Study in New Zealand, Scholarship website etc.Year 12‐ List of Universities / Colleges‐ Evidence of admissions test scores‐ Evidence of admissions requirements for Universities / Colleges listed: Community Servicerequirements, Auditions / Portfolios, Tests, Subject requirements, recommendation letters,personal essays / statements, VISA requirements, financial commitments.Year 13‐ Prepare / Complete Applications‐ Write Personal Statements‐ Letters of Recommendation‐ Payment of Application Fees‐ Academic Transcript Requests‐ Scholarship Application submissions‐ VISA Requirements (possibly working with an agent)COMMUNICATIONA newsletter is sent out every second week via email. Teachers make phone calls home and emailand provide feedback on students’ progress through Parent / Teacher Interviews. Formal writtenreports are issued three times a year. It is important that the School is kept up-to-date with any changeof home/email addresses or phone numbers to ensure reports, invitations, etc reach home. As email isused frequently in communicating information to parents, including newsletters, it is important that theSchool has an up-to-date email address on file for each student. It is also important that up-to-dateparents’ work phone numbers, as well as an alternative emergency contact number, are available foruse in the event of sickness or an emergency. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the Schoolhas accurate details at all times. A Change of Details form is available from the School for parents tocomplete and return to Reception.Avenues for Advice (Secondary Students)Below is a checklist of reasons students / parents might have for seeking advice, or an opinion, ormaking a complaint. In each case, the person whom students / parents should see in the first instanceis given in the first contact column.Advice ChecklistSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


10Enquiries First Contact Further EnquiriesEnquiries about course content in a subject Subject Teacher Academic AdvisorQuestions about marks/assessments given Subject Teacher Deputy PrincipalAdvice about a particular subject Subject Teacher Academic AdvisorAdvice about future subject selection and careerpathwayAcademic AdvisorHomeroom TeacherComplaints about unfair treatment by anotherstudent or member of staffComplaints about marks/assessments given (afterdiscussion first with subject teacher)Homeroom TeacherHomeroom TeacherHead of SchoolDeputy PrincipalComplaints about teachers Head of School Head of SchoolProblems with overloading of work in severalsubjectsHomeroom TeacherAcademic AdvisorPersonal problems Homeroom Teacher Student Support TeamDelivery of absence notes, etc. Homeroom Teacher Student ServicesApproval for appointment at a non-school activityRequests for leaveHead of SchoolHead of SchoolDAILY STRUCTURESenior School From ToLesson 1 8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m.Lesson 2 8:45 a.m. 9:30 a.m.Homeroom 9:30 a.m. 9:50 a.m.Morning Break 9:50 a.m. 10:10 a.m.Lesson 3 10:10 a.m. 10:55 a.m.Lesson 4 10:55 a.m. 11:40 a.m.Lesson 5 11:40 a.m. 12:25 p.m.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


11Lunch Break 12:25 p.m. 1:10 p.m.Lesson 6 1:10 p.m. 1:55 p.m.Lesson 7 1:55 p.m. 2:40 p.m.Lesson 8 or Afternoon Activity 1 2:40 p.m. 3:25 p.m.Afternoon Activity 2 3:25 p.m. 4:10 p.m.SENIOR SCHOOL ACADEMIC PLACEMENTAcademic Placement Testing for Senior School students can take up to 3 hours. This depends on thestudent’s subject preferences. Students who are able to produce full academic records fromrecognised schools (where the language of instruction is English) or an official IELTS or TOEFL scoremay be exempt from certain placement tests. Results from the Oxford Placement Test, a WritingSample, and subject tests will be used to determine student placement. Subject specific tests includeChemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics. Curriculum Coordinators may review all PlacementTest Results and academic records to ensure that students are placed in the most appropriateAcademic Programme.OPT Score Year 12 Writing Sample English Course150+ Band 1 AS Literature in English135 - 149 Band 2 AS English Language120 - 134 Band 3 IGCSE ESLOPT Score Year 11 Writing Sample English Course150+ Band 1 IGCSE English Literature135 - 149 Band 2 IGCSE English Literature120 - 134 Band 3 IGCSE ESLIGCSE ESLIGCSE Literature - D or above = enrty to AS Level - Literature in EnglishIGCSE Language - C or above = entry to AS Level - Literature in EnglishIELTS 7.0 = entry to AS Literature in EnglishIELTS 6.5 = entry to AS English Language or IGCSE English LiteratureIELTS 5.5 = entry to IGCSE English as a Second LanguageYear 12 and 13Students who do not provide an IELTS of 6.5 will be placed in an IGCSE level Englishcourse or an Academic English Course.Year 12 and 13 students who wish to study the following subjects will require an IELTS 6.5. ASBusiness Studies, AS Economics, AS Psychology, AS Applied ICT, AS Art and Design, AS GeographySubject test BenchmarksAS Mathematics – 65% AS Biology – 60%AS Physics – 60% AS Chemistry – 60%Explanation of Oxford Placement Test Scores and Comparative FrameworkOPT Score Language Level Cambridge ESOL Main Suite IELTSBelow 75Beginner80 – 89 False Beginner – minimal userSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


1290 – 104 Basic – extremely limited user105 – 119 Elementary – limited user KET 3.0120 – 134 Lower Intermediate – modest user PET 4.0135 – 149 Upper Intermediate – competent user FCE 5.5150 – 169 Proficient – advanced user CAE 6.5170 – 189 High proficient – very advanced user CPE 7.5190 – 197 Professional command – expert user198 – 200 Functionally bilingualASSESSMENT AND REPORTINGSTATEMENT OF AIMAssessment is a continuous process that has both formal and informal components that can motivatestudents and provide information on their knowledge, strengths and needs and gives faculty, studentsand families, information about attainments and progress.RATIONALE• A variety of assessment practices provide information so that learning can be evaluated andprogrammes of learning can be appropriately developed.• Standardised and non-standardised assessments are used to determine the potential, statusand progress of students.• Assessment benchmarks are based on the school’s curriculum and the standards set by thoseexternal programmes to which the school subscribes.• Families receive written information about their son / daughter’s progress through a regularformal reporting cycle.GUIDELINESAssessment is a continuous process throughout the school year. The process informs facultymembers and enables the planning cycle (assess, plan, teach, assess). It also provides allstakeholders with information about each student’s strengths and needs.EXAMINATION AND REPORTING TIMETABLETerm One:OctoberProgress ReportsTerm Two:DecemberParent / Teacher InterviewsMid-Year Examinations (Internal Examinations for allsubjects)Term Three:JanuaryMarchFormal Written ReportsTeacher / Parent InterviewsSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


13Term Four:April / MayJuneEnd of Year Examinations (Internal and ExternalExaminations for all subjects)Formal Written ReportsCOMMUNICATION WITH PARENTSIn addition to Teacher / Parent communication throughout the year, the School reports to parents in anumber of ways.1. Progress Reports at the end of Term One2. Parent / Teacher Interviews at the end of Term One and Term Three3. Written Reports at the end of Semester One and Semester Two4. Individual appointments / emails / phone-callsParents may convey concerns to teachers via email, phone-call or letter. An after-school appointmentmay be useful to discuss concerns. Teachers must copy emails, letters and log phone-calls andinterviews with the Head of Secondary.PROGRESS REPORTSProgress Reports are sent home to parents and students at the end of Term One. The grade andpercentage for each subject on the report will reflect the work completed by the student throughout theterm.FORMAL WRITTEN REPORTSFormal written reports include written comments by each subject teacher. The formula to calculatesemester grades is derived from assessments completed throughout a semester. Major semesterassessments are weighted more heavily than minor assessments. The semester mark is expressedas a percentage.MID YEAR REPORTSMid Year Reports will include a Semester One grade and percentage as well as a Mid YearExamination grade and percentage.END OF YEAR REPORTSEnd of Year Reports will include a Semester Two grade and percentage as well as an End of YearExamination grade and percentage.Uniform Marks Scale for ACGISVN subjectsLetter PercentageGradeA* 90 - 100A 80 - 89B 70 – 79Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


14C 60 – 69D 50 – 59E 40 – 49F 30 - 39Semester – refers to results calculated based on assessment tasks throughout terms one and two orterms three and four.Examination – refers to the result of the End of Year Examination, which includes the work coveredthroughout the whole year.Mean – refers to the Year Level average result of the End of Year Examination.SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTSIGCSE English Literature (0486)The IGCSE English Literature course encourages students to develop their ability to communicate accurately andeffectively and to understand and respond imaginatively and persuasively to a variety of texts. Through the study ofselected classic and contemporary novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction texts students develop a critical and originalapproach to interpreting and analyzing writing and literature. Independent and individualised reading and writingprogrammes are important elements of this course. Oral expression is also emphasised as students are required toarticulately express their thinking about texts for a variety of audiences using appropriate language. This course preparesstudents for the IGCSE English Literature examination.Entry Requirements for this Course:C Grade or Higher for Year 10 English (Full Academic 1)Available Grades:A*- GThis course prepares students for AS/A Level English Language and LiteratureIGCSE English First Language (0500)Designed for students for whom English is their mother tongue, IGCSE First Language English develops the ability tocommunicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. Students learn how to employ a wide-rangingvocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of theaudience being addressed. Students are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further theirawareness of the ways in which English can be used. IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysisand communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 English (Full Academic 1)Available grades:A* to E for Extended CurriculumC to G for Core CurriculumThis course prepares students forAS / A Level Language and Literature in English (8695)IGCSE English Second Language - Oral Endorsement (0510)The rationale for English as a Second Language is based on the widespread use of English as the medium of instructionand as the language of commerce or entertainment. The subject matter of the examination material will reflect thisinternational perspective. However, it will strive to be ‘culture-fair’ rather than ‘culture-free’, and will use authentic or ‘semiauthentic’material from a range of sources. Candidates will be expected to understand a wider range of social registersand styles than they can produce and to communicate appropriately. The topics selected will relate to the interests andSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


needs of the candidates in using English as a Second Language e.g. education, the world of work, current affairs, healthand welfare, travel, school affairs. The kinds of settings to be used will be the ones that candidates are likely to encountere.g. in dealings with official and semi-official bodies, in studying for academic or occupational purposes, in places of workor in using public services.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 EnglishAvailable grades:A* to E for Extended CurriculumC to G for Core CurriculumAS Level English Language (8693)AS English Language is a course that allows students to develop the skills necessary to produce critical and informedresponses to writing in a range of forms, styles and contexts. Students will demonstrate an ability to read fiction and nonfictiontexts critically and then learn to comment on their effectiveness. By studying a range of texts, students learn moreabout writers' choices of structure and language, and develop their ability to form independent opinions about what theyread. Students also improve their understanding of the English language and how it is used, extending their skills across arange of writing styles, including imaginative, discursive and argumentative.Entry Requirements for this Course:C grade or higher for Year 11 English (0486 or 0510)IELTS 5.5Available grades:A* to GAS Level Language and Literature in English (8695)AS English Language and Literature encourages students to discover a personal appreciation for the art of language andliterature, and to recognize that scholarly pursuits both exercise and free the intellect. In this course, students will read avariety of texts that reveal differing viewpoints and influences. These texts, while coming from seemingly different worlds,demonstrate the universality of the human condition shared all over the globe; we will endeavor to find the commonalitiesand the contrasts between them. Our study of literature will focus on an exploration of how ideas are represented within atext through an in depth analysis of characterization, plot, theme and style. Students will also learn to write for differentpurposes and in a variety of forms, styles and contexts.Entry Requirements for this CourseC grade or higher for Year 11 English (0486)IELTS 5.5 - Minimum Grade 5 (of max 7) MYP Language A EnglishAvailable Grades:A*- GIGCSE Chinese Mandarin (0547)This is an examination designed for students learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. The aim is to develop anability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication. The course is based on the linked languageskills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as students progress through their studies. Thesyllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken, thusencouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages.Entry Requirements for this CourseC grade or higher for Year 10 ChineseAvailable Grades:A*- GIGCSE Korean (First Language) (0521)Designed for students whose mother tongue is Korean, this First Language syllabus develops the ability to communicateclearly, accurately and effectively. Students learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spellingand punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Students are also15Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and in order to develop an appreciation of how writers achievetheir effects. The syllabus also complements other areas of study by encouraging skills of more general application.Entry Requirements for this CourseC grade or higher for Year 10 KoreanAvailable Grades:A*- GIGCSE Mathematics (0580)An essential subject for all students, IGCSE Mathematics is a fully examined course which encourages the development ofmathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to build students'confidence by helping them develop a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships, and places a strong emphasis onsolving problems and presenting and interpreting results. Students also learn how to communicate and reason usingmathematical concepts. There are two options at this level: Extended and Core. Students wishing to continue on to studyAS Mathematics should study the Extended course at this level.Entry Requirements for the Extended Mathematics course:C grade or higher for Year 10 MathematicsAvailable grades:A* to E for Extended CurriculumC to G for Core CurriculumAS and A Level Mathematics (9709)Cambridge International A & AS Level Mathematics is accepted by universities and employers as proof ofmathematical knowledge and understanding. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including:• a deeper understanding of mathematical principles;• the further development of mathematical skills including the use of applications of mathematics in the context of everydaysituations and in other subjects that they may be studying;• the ability to analyse problems logically, recognising when and how a situation may be represented mathematically;• the use of mathematics as a means of communication;• a solid foundation for further study.A and AS Level Mathematics builds on the skills acquired at IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus focuses on PureMathematics and Probability and Statistics.Entry Requirement for this course:B grade or higher for Year 11 Mathematics OR Minimum Grade 5 (of max 7) in MathematicsEnrolled in Year 10 Advanced Maths - IELTS 5.5Available grades: A* to EIGCSE Chemistry (0620)In 1886, John Wesley Hyatt, synthesised the first plastic created in the USA. He was trying to win the $10,000 first prize fora substitute for the fast vanishing ivory used in the manufacture of billiard balls. Today, tens of thousands of syntheticmaterials influence the quality of our lives – most for our benefit although there are unfortunately, many notoriousexceptions. It would be difficult to imagine life without medicines, fuels, plastics, metals, and antiseptics, to name just a fewcommodities vital to our lifestyles. Chemistry is a fundamental branch of science that enables us to understand materialsthat are an essential part of our everyday lives and leisure. Through the study of Chemistry we are able to appreciate andexplain the basic make-up of matter and how substances interact.Careers: the study of Chemistry can lead to careers in a wide variety of fields including medicine, geology, environmentalstudies, engineering, food science, forestry, teaching at secondary or tertiary levels, forensic science, dentistry, agriculturalscience and analytical chemistry. While Chemistry is an academic subject, it is intrinsically based on laboratory work.Theory is complemented by experiments in which you develop practical skills such as the use of modern laboratoryequipment, powers of observation and the ability to communicate results and conclusions.Entry Requirement for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 Science.16Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


17This course prepares students for A / AS ChemistryGrades available: Core: C to G. Extended: A* to GAS and A Level Chemistry (9701)A and AS Level Chemistry builds on the skills acquired at IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the maintheoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of chemistry, and astrong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. Theemphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of chemistry ideas in novel contexts as wellas on the acquisition of knowledge. The course will foster creative thinking and problem-solving skills which aretransferable to any future career path, and A and AS Level Chemistry is ideal for students who want to study chemistry or awide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.Entry Requirement for this course:C grade or higher for IGCSE Chemistry OR Minimum Level 4 (of max 6) in Science criterion C -Minimum Grade 5 (of max 7) in Mathematics - IELTS 5.5IGCSE Physics (0625)The Physics syllabus offers a combination of theoretical and practical studies leading to an understanding of the basicprinciples of Physics. Students will develop scientific abilities and skills relevant to Physics. These will be of use ineveryday life and, if desired, will form the basis for more advanced study. Students will gain awareness of the study andpractice of science and will understand that scientific applications have both beneficial and detrimental effects on theindividual and the environment. The course will prepare students to become confident citizens in a technological world, andto take informed interest in scientific matters. The Physics syllabus will enable students to acquire the knowledge andunderstanding required to become confident citizens in a highly technological world. Students will develop abilities andskills that are useful in everyday life and develop relevant scientific attitudes such as concern of accuracy and precision,objectivity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness. This course seeks to develop an interest in, and care for, the environmentin relation to the environmental impact of Physics and its applications. It promotes an awareness that the study andpractice of Physics are co-operative and cumulative activities, and are subject to social, economic, technological andcultural influences and limitations. Students are further made aware that the implications of Physics may be both beneficialand detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment. The use of IT is promoted as an aid to experimentsand as a tool for the interpretation of experimental and theoretical results.Entry Requirement for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 Science.This course prepares students for A / AS PhysicsGrades available: Core: C to G Extended: A* to GAS and A Level Physics (9702)A and AS Level Physics builds on the skills acquired at IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the maintheoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of physics, and a strongemphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. The emphasisthroughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on theacquisition of knowledge. The course will foster creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to anyfuture career path, and A and AS Level Physics is ideal for students who want to study physics or a wide variety of relatedsubjects at university or to follow a career in science.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for IGCSE Physics OR Minimum Level 4 (of max 6) in Science criterion CMinimum Level 5 (of max 7) in MathematicsIELTS 5.5IGCSE Biology (0610)As well as a focus on biology, and with an emphasis on human biology, the IGCSE Biology syllabus enables students tobetter understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientificdevelopments. Students learn about the basic principles of biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies.Students also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at A Level, which are useful inSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


everyday life. As they progress, students learn how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results ofscientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environmenEntry Requirement for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 Science.This course prepares students for A / AS BiologyGrades available: Core: C to G Extended: A* to GAS and A level Biology (9700)A and AS Level Biology builds on the skills acquired at IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the maintheoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of biology, and a strongemphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. The emphasisthroughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of biology ideas in novel contexts as well as on theacquisition of knowledge. The course will foster creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to anyfuture career path, and A and AS Level Biology is ideal for students who want to study biology or a wide variety of relatedsubjects at university or to follow a career in scienceEntry Requirement for this course:C grade or higher for IGCSE OR Minimum Level 4 (of Max 6) in Science criterion CIELTS 5.5IGCSE Economics (0455)The Economics syllabus will develop an understanding of economic terminology and principles and of basic economictheory. Students will learn about the economics of developed and developing nations and how these interrelate. They willalso learn to handle simple data and undertake economic analysis, evaluate information and discriminate between factsand value judgments in economic issues. A foundation for further study at A Level, the syllabus also encourages a betterunderstanding of the world in which students live, and helps them play an active part in the decision-making process,whether as consumers, producers or citizens of the local, national and international community.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 EconomicsThis course prepares students for A / AS EconomicsAS and A Level Economics (9708)As and A Level Economics builds upon and further develops the knowledge gained through completion of the IGCSEEconomics course. Students will gain a sound foundation of Microeconomics through studying basic economic ideas, theprice system, the theory of the firm and government intervention in the market. The Macroeconomics component of thecourse is designed to further develop students’ understanding of international trade and exchange rates, employment,inflation and growth. Students study the theory and measurement of Macroeconomics together with Macroeconomicpolicies and problems. Students will further their ability to explain and analyse economic issues and arguments, as well asto interpret and evaluate economic information and to organise, present and communicate ideas and judgements clearlyand logically.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for IGCSE Economics OR Minimum Grade 5 (of max 7) MathematicsIELTS 5.5AS and A Level Business Studies (9707)The Business Studies syllabus enables students to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and therole it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technologicalissues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value.Students examine the management and internal workings of organisations and, in particular, the process of decisionmakingin a dynamic external environment. To develop a well rounded view of the business world, students areencouraged to study the business world from the view of a range of stakeholders including customers, managers,creditors, owners, shareholders and employees. Students will further develop their own decision-making and problemsolving skills in a business context, as well as continuing to develop their skills in the quantification and management ofinformation. Throughout the course students will and effective communication.18Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


19Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for IGCSE Business Studies OR B grade or higher for IGCSE EconomicsOR Minimum MYP Grade 4 (of max 7) MathematicsIELTS 5.5IGCSE Geography (0460)Through the IGCSE Geography syllabus, students will develop a 'sense of place' by looking at the world around them on alocal, regional and global scale. Students will examine a range of natural and man-made environments, and learn aboutsome of the processes which affected their development. They will also look at the ways in which people interact with theirenvironment, and the opportunities and challenges an environment can present, thereby gaining a deeper insight into thedifferent communities and cultures that exist around the world.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 GeographyThis course prepares students for A / AS GeographyAS and A Level Geography (9696)Geography occupies a central position in understanding and interpreting social, economic, political and environmentalconditions and change, in both space and time. This syllabus encourages students to think about the specific contributionthat they can make to understanding contemporary issues and also the complexity of natural systems, their linkages andtheir impact upon the human race. Students are also shown that it is equally important to understand the impacts of thehuman race upon the environment and how these impacts can be managed in achieving sustainable development. Thesyllabus is designed to give students an appreciation of the need for understanding, respect and co-operation inconserving the environment and improving the quality of life both at a global scale and within the context of differentcultural settings. Students gain an awareness of the usefulness of geographical analysis to understand and solvecontemporary human and environmental problems, as well as the complexity and variety of natural and humanenvironments. Students will continue to develop their knowledge of analysis and investigation skills, with an emphasis oncollecting, recording, processing, analysing, interpreting and reporting data. Students will also continue to improve theirskills to think logically, and to present an ordered and coherent argument in a variety of ways.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for IGCSE Geography OR IELTS 5.5Minimum Level 6 (of Max 10) Humanities (criteria A and C)Minimum Grade 4 (of max 7) MathematicsIGCSE Art and Design (0400)The IGCSE Art and Design syllabus aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity,conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. Students gain confidence and enthusiasm as theydevelop technical skills in two and three dimensional form and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems invisual and tactile forms. Students also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions. An idealfoundation for further study, IGCSE Art and Design also develops a greater awareness of the role played by the visual artsin society and in history, broadening cultural horizons and individual experience.This course prepares students for:A / AS Art and Design (9704)– Coursework: 2D or 3D; mixed media; students focus on research, development andrealisation in depth.A / AS Art and Design (9704)- Controlled Test: interpretative, design, abstract, photography, etc.EntryRequirements for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 Art and DesignGrades available: A* to GAS and A Level Art and Design (9704)Cambridge International A & AS Level Art and Design is recognised by universities and employers as proof of knowledgeand understanding of art and design principles and practice.Upon successful completion of this course, students gain lifelong skills, including:• communication skills, especially the ability to communicate concepts and feelings;• how to record from direct observation and personal experience;Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


• the ability and confidence to experiment, be innovative, intuitive and imaginative;• the language and technical terms used in art and design;• research and evaluation skills;• an appreciation of practical design problems and how to solve these.The course stimulates interest, enjoyment and personal enrichment as well as introducing artistic exploration, designthinking and career options.Minimum three weeks preparatory time + 15 hour Controlled TestOne project and up to four sheets of supporting work (max size A1).One project plus folder of supporting work (max size A1, max 10 sheets) and a sketchbook.Presentation of the study may take any appropiate format (max 3,500 words, max A1 size).Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for IGCSE Art and Design OR Minimum Grade 5 (of max 7) MYP ArtsIELTS 5.5IGCSE ICT (0417)The Information Communication Technology syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability touse common software applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software,e-mail, web browsers and website design. Students will develop a greater awareness of how applications are used in theworkplace, and consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moralissues. The skills learnt will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum, and will prepare them for futureemployment. Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operatingsystem, and applications packages can be used , providing that students have the opportunity to demonstrate the fullrange of skills in the syllabus.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for Year 10 ICT20AS and A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology (9713)Students following this syllabus will develop, and learn to apply, a broad range of ICT skills, while also gaining anunderstanding of the way ICT is used in the world of work. The syllabus introduces students to the structure and use of ICTsystems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, studentslearn about ICT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also gain an understanding of the widerimpact of ICT on society in general.Entry Requirements for this course:C grade or higher for IGCSE ICTAS and A Level Psychology (9698)A and AS Level Psychology students develop their appreciation of the subject by exploring the ways in which psychology isconducted. As part of their studies, students also review important research; this provides an insight into the ways in whichpsychology has been applied, thereby leading to a better understanding of key themes and issues. The syllabus reflectsthe five core areas of psychology, namely cognitive, social, physiological, developmental and the psychology of individualdifferences; it also relates psychology to education, health, organisations, the environment and abnormality.Entry Requirements for this course:Minimum MYP Grade 4 (of max 7) MathematicsIELTS 5.5AS and A Level Travel and Tourism (9395)A and AS Level Travel and Tourism 9395 is suitable for both Advanced Level candidates and for those seeking a morespecialised study of this subject. This syllabus encourages students to appreciate the scale and importance of the traveland tourism industry in the world and recognise the positive and negative impacts the industry may have on people,environments and economies. Students learn that the travel and tourism industry is dynamic in nature and how the industrySenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


esponds to change: for example, external factors such as changing consumer needs and expectations, developments inICT. The syllabus encourages students to learn practical and technical skills relevant to the industry, enabling them to dealwith a range of complex situations and problems.Entry Requirements for this course:IELTS 5.5MYP Level 6 (of Max 10) Humanities (Criteria A and C)PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT SERVICESTrained educational psychologists are available upon request through the Head of School. They can assess a particularlearning problem or provide professional advice on a range of learning and personal matters. The Head of School is able toassist families to access Mental Health Professionals if there is a need. As this is an outside service, a fee is payable.ACADEMIC PROBATIONIf a student consistently experiences serious academic difficulties coupled with motivation problems, he/she will be placedon Academic Probation. “Serious academic difficulty” means that a student has received several results below 60% . If thishappens, the student’s parents and the School will agree on a specific plan of action for the probation period. This planmay include specialised testing at parental expense, conferences or a learning support programme. At the conclusion ofeach semester, the student, parents, teachers, and Head of Secondary will review the probation plan. A decision based onwhat is best for the student will be made for the following semester. On rare occasions, the decision may result in a requestfor parents to find more appropriate educational services for their son / daughter. This action is taken only when existingresources have been exhausted and the student’s needs demand another school situation. The School seeks to providethe best international school education possible. High academic and behavioural expectations are the cornerstone of sucha programme. Recommendations regarding a particular student’s education are made keeping the best interests of thatstudent in mind.LIBRARYThe Library Committee and Library Administration seek to support, nurture, and inspire all studentsand faculty members. They strive to provide access to information in a variety of formats to meet theeducational and recreational needs of the School community. By exposing students to a resource-richenvironment, the hope is to teach students how to locate and evaluate information independently inpreparation for lifelong learning. Additionally, it is a moral obligation to promote the ethical use ofinformation, ideas, and technology.The Library is a safe, inviting, student-centered space. The goal is to encourage curiosity andenthusiasm for lifelong learning, and, above all, to foster a love of reading.EligibilitySenior students may borrow limited fiction and non-fiction titles.BorrowingStudents should report to the Library Staff counter to ‘check out’ the item(s) they wish to borrow.Students should show their ID Cards and the barcode will be scanned.QuantityStudents can borrow either a non – fiction book (but not a reference book) or a fiction book. Studentscan ‘check out’ one fiction or non – fiction title at a time. Students are able to borrow Class Set titlesonly when subject teachers authorize the borrowing. If a book becomes overdue the student will beemailed reminding them to return the title promptly. If books are not returned a reminder letter and abill will be sent home.21Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


22Loan periodsFiction and Nonfiction titles – Seven (7) days with renewal availableClass Set titles – the subject teacher will specify the loan period.Return PolicyStudents are responsible for returning Library materials on time. If items become overdue, studentswill receive an email reminding them that their books are overdue. If resources are not returned in atimely manner, a letter and a bill will be mailed home. Repeated overdue items will result in aconference with the Head of School.Secondary School Independent Study• Students who wish to remain at School for Independent Study on Monday to Friday (Library, MusicTuition Rooms and Cafeteria) should report to these areas to ‘sign in’.• Students who wish to come to School for Independent Study on Saturday (in the Library only)should report to the Library.• Students are not permitted in any other areas of the School or at any other times unless fullysupervised for a special activity / arrangement.Campus / Library Closing Time• Students are not permitted to use the Library during the morning break time. However, students canuse the Library during the following times:• 7:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.• 12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.• Students undertaking Independent Study may do so from 2:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Monday toFriday (and then return home by private transport).• Students may come to the Library on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.• Students found on campus in unsupervised / non designated areas should be instructed to report tothe Head or Deputy Head of Secondary School (ACG) or the Deputy Principal or Principal ofSecondary School (AIS).Use of the LibraryStudents are welcome to use the library for studying/research purposes during the times that thelibrary will be designated open for services.Information for Students using the LibraryIn the Library we will:• Leave bags, food and drink on the shelves outside• Read books quietly• Do homework or quiet activities• Use computers for School purposes only• Whisper when communicating with others• Work independently and quietly• Respect others by putting things back in the correct place and keeping areas clean and tidy.UNIVERSITY ENTRY REQUIREMENTSMost ACG students proceed on to university or college study overseas. Each university or college has detailed admissionsinformation that can be found on their website.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


23If you are unsure about a course, additional details about university and college options can be obtained by meeting withthe Head of Secondary or Deputy Principal of Secondary.UK UNIVERSITIESEntrance requirements vary according to the subject and the popularity of your chosen course (some institutions are highlyregarded for particular subjects, so finding a place is more difficult). You should get details of the course specific entryrequirements from the institution’s current prospectus or direct from the faculty. An institution would want to know that youhave met both its general requirements and those of the course. Generally, the basic requirements are:- five subject passes (two GCE A-levels and three GCSE at grade C minimum),or- four subject passes (three GCE A-levels and one GCSE at grade C minimum),or- equivalent UK qualifications (such as Scottish Standards and Highers, and vocational A-levels) or equivalent overseasqualifications.You should be able to speak and write English well. You may be asked to provide formal proof of your standard. It is worthchecking this early to make sure you have enough time to take an English language test if required. Most universities andcolleges will accept one of the following:International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band 6 or above. Some universities require a 6.5. Medicinerequires a 7.0. Cambridge Proficiency of English or Cambridge Advanced English grade C Test of English as a ForeignLanguage (TOEFL) score 550 or higher.Further information can be found at: http://www.britishcouncil.org/How do these entry requirements match up with the courses ACG International School Vietnam offers?GCE A-Levels are the same as CIE A Levels which students can take at ACGISVNGCSE is the same as IGCSE (IGCSE has just been adapted to allow for subject material to be based around countriesother than the UK).A-Levels are accredited by CIE, who offer the following information: The General Certificate of Education (AdvancedLevel), or International A Level, is the 'gold standard' of CIE qualifications. It has exactly the same value in admittingstudents to all universities as its UK equivalent. International A Levels are highly specialised and a student will normallytake three subjects, although occasionally exceptional students take four.There are six passing grades (A* - E). Minimum matriculation requirements are at least two pass grades. Universitycourses for which there is not strong demand might accept students with these grades, but typical UK university entrancerequirements are closer to three passes at grade C for academic courses in established universities. Very popular courseswill often require higher grades. For example, medical schools in the UK often require grades of AAB and the highlyselective universities of Cambridge and Oxford ask for at least AAB. Good International A Level grades can be a key toadmission for all the world's major Anglophone universities.Further information can be found at: http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/uppersec/alevel/recognitionNEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIESThere are eight universities in New Zealand, offering a wide range of tertiary education. They are:Auckland University of TechnologyLincoln UniversityMassey UniversityUniversity of AucklandUniversity of CanterburyUniversity of OtagoUniversity of WaikatoVictoria University of WellingtonSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


24ADMISSIONSEnglish language requirementsA minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS is required for admission at the first-year level. An alternative is TOEFL (iBT): minimumscore 79-80. Each university can provide details of its own requirements. Engineering , Medical Studies and Nursingrequire minimum 6.5 in IELTSADMISSIONS: CIE GRADESYou will be qualified for entrance to a New Zealand university if you haveobtained:120 points* on the UCAS Tariff including a minimum grade of “D” in each of at least two subjects equivalent to those in thelist approved for NCEA at AS or A Level; plus a minimum grade of “D” in one further subject either from the approved list orrelated to a domain on the National Qualifications Framework at AS or A LevelPlusa “D” pass or higher in IGCSE MathematicsPlusan “E” pass or higher in AS English.* Should an applicant obtain THREE (3) “D” grades, totalling fewer than 120 UCAS Tariff points, the applicant may includepoints from any one additional subject available from CIE to make up the difference between 90 and 120 points.What is a USCA Tariff Point?At AS level, 60 points are awarded for A, 50 points for B, 40 points for C, 30 points for D and 20 points for E.An A level counts as two subject units, therefore 120 points are awarded for A, 100 points for B, 80 points for C, 60 pointsfor D and 40 points for E.Only subjects equivalent to approved NCEA subjects are used for ranking.Subject Level Subject units Grade TariffpointsRankScoreBiology AS 1 D 30 Nil*Chemistry A 2 B 100 100English AS 1 C 40 40Mathematics A 2 B 0 100Physics AS 1 B 50 50Rank 290Degree Specific Requirements- Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) - Rank score of 200- Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (BE(Hons)) - Rank score of 280 with Mathematics and Physics (full A levels preferred).- Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) - Rank score of 210 with Biology and Chemistry.*AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES- Entry requirementsTo be accepted to study on a student visa in Australia you will need to demonstrate a sufficient level of English languageproficiency, and meet minimum academic requirements.- English language skillsSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


25English language skills are a requirement for receiving an Australian student visa.IELTS is the only test accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for visa purposes.Institutions set their own English language requirements for course entry, and the IELTS score needed for your course maybe different to the score needed to secure your visa. You should check entry requirements with your institution.Academic requirements- Undergraduate – To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course you will need to have an Australia SeniorSecondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also havespecific pre-requisite subjects.- Postgraduate – As well as the satisfactory completion of at least one degree at undergraduate level, your institution maytake research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.- Vocational education and training – Generally there are no other entrance exams for VET institutions. However somecourses may have specific pre-requisite subjects or work experience requirements.- Schools – Entry requirements can vary between schools in Australia, depending on the state or territory you will bestudying in. Academic performance and ability is considered during the selection process.- What if you do not meet the entry requirements? If your English language proficiency score is not high enough, you canenrol in an English language course to prepare you for further study. All Australian universities have English languagecentres on campus, or have links with English language colleges.- If you don’t meet academic requirements, there are a few options to prepare you for further study. Depending on yourprevious studies and the final qualification you want to study, you can enrol in secondary school or Foundation Studies.- The Study Wizard can help you check entry requirements for courses before you apply.http://studyinaustralia.gov.au/Sia/en/WhatToStudy/EntryRequirements.htmUSA UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGESENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS: All English language proficiency tests are aimed at determining a person'slevel of English language skills. There are different tests administered by different authorities, which may test slightlydifferent skills. The main English language proficiency tests for international students are:- PTE Academic: Pearson Test of English Academic- TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language- TOEIC: Test of English for International Communication- IELTS: International English Language Testing System- On-Campus ESL Transition Program TestingThese tests are administered online or at test centres around the world (for instance, IELTS tests are given in 120countries) for students who want to study in an English environment. Language proficiency test scores are used by variouseducational institutions as a measure of a student's skills. Some schools require international students to achieve certainscores on certain tests in order to qualify for admission. In other cases, the language test serves more as a diagnostic, sothe school will know at which level to place the student.Not all schools in the USA accept all the tests: be sure to find out which language proficiency tests are used and acceptedby the institutions you are applying to. Some language proficiency tests are given on certain dates or sittings, so be sure tofind out how and when to take your language test so that you can get your scores to the schools by the appropriatedeadlines.http://www.collegesintheusa.com/http://www.helium.com/items/657043-an-overview-of-admission-requirements-at-us-colleges-and-universitieshttp://www.go-study.com/index.aspxSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


KOREAN UNIVERSITIESThe Korean government has announced that the entry examination system will change in 2011. The introduction of anAdmissions Officer at each university will allow universities to select suitable candidates.Admissions Officers will examine each student’s education profile and the system will be similar to the university entryprocess in the United States.Record of past studies – Examines the education profile of each student (Students wishing to attend universities like KoreaUniversity or YeonSae University will need a high grade point average.)A cover letter – an essay stating the candidate’s readiness for university studies.Study Plan – This includes the purpose of applying, what the applicant wants to study, why the applicant wants to study,and what the applicant wants to be after the graduation.Case StudyA current Year 11 student applying to the College of Medicine at Seoul National University for the 2012 academic year.This student has been studying at ACG for five years and is Korean. He is a candidate to apply to this university as a‘Special Admission’. Submitting the application form around September for the 1 st term. (Students can apply either in 1 stterm for September or 2 nd term around December)Application FormSchool ReportCompleted self-introductory form (likely to be written in Korean)Recommendation letter from the Head of SchoolA Personal Statement promoting the academic achievements and social development including sporting and creativeinvolvement and charity work.Interview (Exam)Prepare for a formal interview.The Admissions Officer will consider students with positive experiences and involvements with local communities as wellas strong academic results.VIETNAMESE UNIVERSITIESStudents need to take entry examinations in three subjects depending on the majors they apply for.For example:Economics/Business/Management: Mathematics – English – Literature or Mathematics – Physics – Chemistry.Biology/Medicine: Mathematics – Chemistry – BiologyHistory/Geography/Literature/Culture: Literature – History – GeographyLaw: Literature – History – Geography or Mathematics – Physics – ChemistryPHILLIPINE UNIVERSITIESA foreign applicant who graduated from a high school abroad and has not enrolled in college may be admitted to thefreshman class if s/he meets the following requirements:- completion of the high school programme in the country where he had his secondary education;26Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


- qualifying in a college-qualifying national or international foreign-administered examination such as the GeneralCertificate of Education (GCE) Examination or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT minimum total score of 1200), 3 IGCSEpasses and 2 A Level passes or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.An example from De La Salle University – Manila- The following are the requirements for freshman applicants:1. Accomplished DLSU-Manila College Admissions Application form.2. A copy of the High School Transcript of Records.3. Two Recommendations either from the Principal, Class Adviser or Guidance Counselor.Applicants who have finished the IBDP program, Grade 12, O and A levels are considered as Freshman applicants andmust pass the DLSU College Entrance Test. Upon recommendation of the College Vice Dean some of the subjects may becredited based on the subject / course equivalence.27GUIDELINES FOR SENIOR STUDENTS – COMPLETION ANDSUBMISSION OF ASSESSMENTSThe Senior School offers the prestigious Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) to students. CIE is one of the world’sleading providers of international qualifications and assessments. The courses are recognised internationally asacademically rigorous and of significant value to employers and places of further education. As a school we are totallycommitted to the CIE qualifications.A student enrolled for these qualifications needs to be fully aware of the level of commitment required and what it means tosuccessfully complete the course. For each of their subjects, students will find:(1) a course outline(2) an assessment schedule(3) the course requirementsFailure to complete the course requirements to a reasonable standard may result in a recommendation being made for thestudent to be placed on Academic Probation.It has been our experience that students who fully commit to their studies at this level generally enjoy success.A. Assessments and Deadlines1. All assessments (assignments, projects, essays, etc) which contribute towards the student’s School Termmark or CIE qualifications must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day specified by the subject teacher.Student work will be marked by the teacher as being ‘Received’ if on time or ‘Late’ if handed in after the deadline.2. Note that the School’s Policy requires deadlines to be met. The due date is the last day for work to behanded in. If the student is absent on the day, the student is still responsible for ensuring the work reaches theSchool on time. If necessary, students will need to send their work by email.3. If students do not meet a deadline, they will still have to complete the work and hand it in for CourseRequirements. Late work will usually result in a ZERO mark being recorded for that piece of work.4. There must be exceptional reasons for late work to be accepted for marks to be allocated. Documentedevidence must be presented to the Deputy Principal to support a request for late work to be considered. Parentswill often be contacted for further information following discussion with subject teachers.5. All subject teachers will outline the due dates for each assignment at the time it is issued.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


28B. Extensions Procedure1. Extensions to deadlines for Assignments for a student may be approved only by the Deputy Principal orHead of Secondary.2. Requests for extensions are made to the subject teacher in writing and must be submitted at least threeschool days before the deadline. Extension requests should be discussed with the subject teacher.3. Should an approval be granted, this will be given to the student in writing.4. Extensions will normally be approved only in special or exceptional circumstances and documentedevidence must be provided to support these requests.5. It should be noted that absence immediately prior to a deadline would not usually constitute a reason forwork to be handed in late unless there are special documented circumstances to support this.6. Special or exceptional circumstances are those of an unexpected and / or traumatic nature and must occurin the period preceding the deadline for the assessment.7. Failure to hand in assessment material by the agreed extension date will result in a zero mark.C. Collaboration / PlagiarismEach piece of work which is assessed for (whether completed under examination or test conditions, or in thestudent’s own time), must be demonstrably their own work.The following shall be grounds for considering that a student may have breached this requirement:1. Plagiarism, which includes the direct copying of textual material (including electronic material) and the useof other people’s data without acknowledgment (and/or permission, where appropriate) and the use of ideas fromothers without adequate attribution.2. Use of personal material produced for the same or a similar assessment by another student (past orpresent), even if acknowledged.3. Fabrication and falsification of data.4. Identical or closely similar pieces of work submitted by two or more students (except where group workis to be submitted in such a form).5. Access to any unauthorised material or equipment during an examination or an assessment done underexamination conditions.6. Communication in any way with another student or unauthorised person during an examination or anassessment under such conditions.Inclusion of Source MaterialsCopies of all information / data sources used for the completion of assessments MUST be attached when the work issubmitted. Students should ensure all sources are appropriately recognised in the form of a bibliography. Thisincludes electronic and printed materials and the expressed views of others.D. Penalties1. If it is proven that a breach of the above guidelines has occurred the Deputy Principal will decide whetherthe student(s) concerned earns zero or a reduced mark. This will be based on the level of collaboration orplagiarism undertaken. In the case of assessments for CIE, the regulations will be followed which usually requiresSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


29a report to be submitted upon which a penalty is issued.2. This decision will be communicated to the student, subject teacher, the Head of Secondary and theparents concerned will be notified.E. Appeals (non-CIE)1. In all cases the student(s) concerned may appeal the decision in writing to the Head of Secondary withinfive school days.2. The Head of Secondary shall investigate the matter and shall decide the outcome. The Head’s decisionshall be final.HOMEWORK POLICY STATEMENTSTATEMENT OF AIM (SECONDARY):Homework is an integral part of the learning experience. Homework reinforces the knowledge and skillacquired throughout the School day and is an important means of keeping families informed abouttheir son / daughter’s progress and the School’s instructional programme. Homework promotes thedevelopment of good study habits and effective time management.HOMEWORK GUIDELINES:1. Homework will reinforce skills and knowledge already learned and therefore can be completedindependently by the student.2. Teachers will modify homework expectations for students who receive English LanguageSupport.3. Homework will be assigned from Monday to Friday. Weekend homework will be set when dailyclassroom assignments have not been completed.4. Homework times are given as ‘approximates’ as students work at different speeds and will findtasks to be of varying difficulty.5. All questions and issues regarding student homework should be discussed directly with thesubject teacher.6. Teachers will use myACG to communicate daily homework tasks and expectations.7. Students are required to complete all homework set. Consequences for not completinghomework tasks will be given by the teacher in-line with the Student Behaviour ManagementPolicy Statement.YEAR LEVEL HOMEWORKThe homework for the Senior School will include all subject areas. An average of 120 minutes pernight is recommended.ABSENTEE HOMEWORK1. Homework assignments will be uploaded to Blackboard courses for student access.2. Modified classroom activities and assignments can be provided where students are absent fromschool due to illness for a period of three days or longer.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


30ATTENDANCE POLICY STATEMENTSTATEMENT OF AIMPunctuality and the development of the responsibility for regular attendance are among the School’sinstructional goals. Daily class attendance is a condition for fulfilling the Year Level requirement andcurricular obligations. Regular attendance contributes to a student’s general academic and schoolprogress.RATIONALE1. Interaction between students, the teachers and their involvement in the total schoolenvironment are critical components of the learning process.2. The learning process is a progressive activity that is supported by regular class attendance.3. When students are absent from a class, the missed learning opportunity can never becompletely recovered.4. Reading set material and performing satisfactorily during assessments, does notcompensate for the loss of insight gained during class lessons and discussions or the loss ofinformation acquired through an explanation.5. Students do not maximise their opportunities for learning when they are absent fromclasses.GUIDELINES1. Permissible absences are those for a personal illness or injury, medical and dentalappointments, death in the immediate family, religious holidays, and other emergencies orunusual circumstances. Family vacations are not considered excused absences.2. A student is allowed a maximum of 20 days absence during the School year.3. If a student registers at the School during the School year, they are allowed to miss amaximum of 2 days per month of attendance.4. When a student is absent, the School office will contact the family of that student to ‘checkon the student’ and inform the family of the need for good attendance.5. When a student has been absent for 15 days, the School office will inform the family byletter of the need for good attendance.6. When a student has been absent for 20 days, the office will inform the family by letter of theneed for good attendance and that their son / daughter is in danger of not moving into thenext Year Level, due to absences. The family will be invited to a meeting with the classroomteacher and Head of School at this point to discuss the attendance data.7. When 20 or more days have been missed a ‘Year Level review meeting’ will take place inearly June to make the Year Level assignment for the student for the new school year.ATTENDANCEStudents are expected to attend School every day, all day long. If a student is absent or late for a validreason, he/she will be excused only by a parent’s phone call or note.EXCUSED ABSENCE OR LATENESSAbsence or lateness will be excused for the following reasons:• Illness. If students are ill, they should not come to School.• Dental or medical appointments. However, these should be made outside of School hours if at allpossible.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


• Family emergencies.• Excused absences may also be granted for religious holidays, educational opportunities or otherreasons agreed upon by the administration and parents, provided parents arrange such absences inadvance with the Head of School through a written request. All work missed must be handed in whenthe student returns to School.ABSENCE PROCEDURESExcused absence procedures for parents:• Parents should notify the School by calling +84 8 3747 1234, about absences or lateness bytelephone before 8:00 a.m. on the day in question. Alternately, parents may send prior writtennotification.• Written excuses for lateness must include the date, time, reason and parent’s signature.• Written excuses for absence must include the date, reason and parent’s signature.• Parents must notify the School if they will both be out of town. An adult should be appointed in casean illness or emergency occurs.• We ask that a student be absent for more than one day before parents request homework. If astudent has been out of School and parents would like to have assignments sent with a friend orsibling, they should make arrangements by contacting the Head of School.LATENESSOne of a student’s major responsibilities as a member of the School community is attending classes.Lateness and unexcused absences from classes are rare occurrences at our School. However, shoulda student choose to be late or to not attend a class or scheduled conference there are definiteconsequences. If students are late because they have been with another teacher, it is theirresponsibility to get a signed note from the teacher.UNEXCUSED ABSENCESUnexcused absences are considered to be a serious violation of School rules.EARLY LEAVE FOR HOLIDAYSWe request that parents plan holidays so students do not miss School. If an early leave is absolutelynecessary, prior notification of one week or more is needed.SCHOOL RECEPTION FOYERThe School Reception Foyer is a busy place and an area for holding business only. The security staffoutside the front door will welcome all visitors to the School and direct them to the ACG and AISReception Desks. Students are not to stand, wait, socialise or meet in this area at any time (beforeSchool, break times, after School). Students may ‘wait’ in the Cafeteria areas or in the ‘Pick Up Zone’at the front of the School building (if waiting for a private vehicle). It needs to be a goal for alladministration staff on campus to keep the Reception Foyer free from students where possible and asquiet as possible. Students visiting to the Reception Desks should have written permission from ateacher at all times.IDENTIFICATION / SECURITY PASSAll Secondary students and parents (whole School) are issued with ID / Security passes on enrolmentand passes are renewed annually.31Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


32- Student ID / Security Passes are used for – general identification, Library book borrowing,photocopying and cafeteria purchasing.- Staff ID / Security Passes are used for – general identification, Library book borrowing,photocopying and cafeteria purchasing.- Parent ID / Security Passes are used for – general identification, Library book borrowing andcafeteria purchasing.- Visitor ID / Security Passes are used for – general identification.• Parents may apply through the School Reception Office for additional passes for drivers, maids andadditional family members.• With an ID / Security Pass the person may enter the School freely.• Anyone without an ID / Security Pass is called a ‘Visitors’ and must enter the School building bygoing through the Security Desk (at the front sliding doors).• Visitors must sign in to obtain a Visitors Pass. Visitors record the date, time, their name and visitingpurpose. All visitors are given a Visitors Pass to wear.• Visitors, who report to Reception for official School business, should wait in the foyer area until anACG Staff member gives instructions to move to another area of the School.• Anyone who forgets to bring their ID / Security Pass must go through all the Visitors processes.• Parents / Adults entering the School with an ID / Security Pass are able to move through to theBlock D Kindergarten, Block F and the Cafeteria areas only.• All other business and all Visitor Pass holders must report to the Reception Desk for directions andannouncements.• A security guard in the School Reception Foyer will monitor that all adults are wearing either an ID /Security Pass or Visitors Pass.• This security guard will also monitor the movement of all adults past the Reception Foyer and guidepeople to the Reception Desk.• All adults and visitors must leave the School through the Security Desk and sign out. Visitor passesare returned to security at this time.• It is expected that all parents leave the classroom areas / buildings by 8:10 a.m. (after the morningdrop off in the Primary School) and return to the School Reception unless on official business withan appointment.• At the end of the day parents should not enter any classrooms unless invited and should not be inthe buildings unless on official business with an appointment.ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL• For morning arrivals only the main gate is used.• Students arriving at the School gate, on buses or in the ‘drop off area’ will then move through theReception Foyer and to the designated supervision / play areas.• Students arriving by motorbike or on foot should stay clear of the main driveway where cars are‘looping through’ (a safety issue) and enter through Gate 2 (on foot).• Students are not to remain at the front of the School at any time.• Students are not to stand or wait in the Reception Foyer at any time (before School, break times,after School).• Block F students are able to place their bag into their locker on arrival at School, and then mustmove directly outdoors.• Primary School students remain outside with their bags until 8:00 a.m.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


33• Secondary Scholl student remain outside with their bags until 7:55 a.m.• The ACG Library is open for Secondary School students at 7:30 a.m.MORNING ‘DROP OFF’ ZONE• There is no car parking on Campus.• For morning arrivals only the main gate is used.• Vehicles are able to move through the ‘drop off area’ in a loop, but there is no standing and noparking on Campus.• Parents and visitors may ‘phone’ drivers to also loop through the ‘drop off area’ at any time for apick up on the main School driveway• Kindergarten and Year 1 students arriving by School bus will be escorted to the Block F building bythe bus host/ess.AFTERNOON ‘PICK UP’ ZONE• There is no car parking on Campus.• For afternoon pick up / School departure, both the main gate and Gate 3 (by the Swimming Pool) isused.• Kindergarten and Block F families are welcome to use Gate 3 (by the Swimming Pool).• Only Kindergarten and Block F students accompanied by a parent / caregiver will be permitted toleave through Gate 3 (by the Swimming Pool).• For afternoon pickups Secondary School students use the main gates only.• Students who use private transportation are required to move to the Secondary School Private PickUp Zone.• Secondary students move to the Secondary School Private Pick Up Zone at the front of the Schoolbuilding. Students should be instructed to keep the entrance (in front of the main sliding doors)clear.• Secondary students should not wait in the Reception Area as this area needs to be kept clear forvisitors / parents at the end of the day.• Students departing by motorbike or on foot should stay clear of the main driveway where cars are‘looping through’ (a safety issue) and leave through Gate 2 (on foot).• Vehicles are able to move through the ‘pick up area’ in a loop but there is no standing and noparking on Campus.• Kindergarten and Year 1 students will be escorted to the School by the bus host/ess.PARKING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS – AFTERNOON• There is no parking on School grounds during the busy morning ‘drop off time’ and afternoon ‘pick uptime’ to ensure maximum student safety.• The campus provides parking for School buses, cars and announced visitors with appointments only.• During the School day only visitors with prearranged meetings who are logged with the Gate SecurityOffice will be permitted to bring a vehicle on Campus.• School buses and students moving to buses on campus must be able to do this safely (a priority) andwithout cars also moving in these areas.Private Transport• Students who use private transportation to go home from School will wait to be collected in the YearLevel / Homeroom with their teacher / co teacher.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


• Students can also be released to parents / caregivers and older siblings in the Secondary School.• If a parent / caregiver does not have an ACG ID Security Pass the student is never released andthe Reception Desk or Head / Deputy Head of Primary is contracted.• Important – Kinder and Primary students are not to be dismissed at any time to walk out of classand School along.• Important – Kinder and Primary students are not to ‘wait’ for parents at any time in the ReceptionFoyer or in the Secondary School Private Pick Up Zone alone.• Students found on campus in unsupervised / non designated areas should be instructed to report tothe Head or Deputy Head of Primary School.• Students who do not follow the Private Pick Up instructions or the behaviour expectation should beinstructed to report to the Head or Deputy Primary School.ACG School Buses• Students who use the Bus Service will be walked by the classroom teacher or co-teacher to the tothe Cafeteria Block B ‘Bus Waiting Area’ at the designated afternoon time.• In this area bus lists are checked and students are then moved by duty teachers to the buses. ACGbuses are located on the driveway behind Block B.• Students will move out the Block B Cafeteria side door and onto the buses.• It is expected that Primary students will remain in these areas until departure. Students who DONOT wait in these areas quietly should be sent to the Head or Deputy Head of the Primary School.• Bus students who arrive late to the bus area will be instructed to report to the Reception.• Bus students do not move through the Reception Foyer at any time.34Afternoon Activities Programme• Kindergarten students do not participate in Afternoon Activities due to the length of the School day.• Kindergarten students who need to wait at School to be accompanied home by an older sibling willattend ‘Stay and Play’ only.• Students are able to register for Afternoon Activities on Monday to Friday that run for two terms.This will then designate the students bus departure time in the afternoon.• Students who attend Afternoon Activities will be walked by the classroom teacher or co-teacher tothe Cafeteria Block C ‘Activity Line Up Area’.• At the completion of Afternoon Activities the Activity teacher walks the students back to theCafeteria Block B ‘Bus Waiting Area’ and the Block E / F playground Private Pick Up ‘holding area’until parents / caregivers / Secondary School siblings arrive.Independent Study• There is no Independent Study time for Primary students. All Primary students remaining onCampus at the end of the day must be registered into an Afternoon Activity.• Kinder and Primary students may only attend Study or Library time if they are fully supervised bytheir parents.• Kinder and Primary students who wish to come to the School Library on Saturday must be fullysupervised by their parents at all times.• Kinder and Primary students are not permitted on campus at any time without a scheduledAfternoon Activity or supervision.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


• Students found on campus in unsupervised / non designated areas should be instructed to report tothe Head or Deputy Head of Primary School.END OF DAY PROCEDURE FOR SECONDARY STUDENTSPrivate Transport (ACG & AIS Students)• For afternoon Private Transport pickups Secondary School students use the main gates only.• Students who use private transportation to travel to and from School are required to move to theSecondary School Private Pick Up Zone at the front of the School building.• Only Kindergarten and Block F students accompanied by a parent / caregiver will be permitted toleave through Gate 3 (by the Swimming Pool).• Staff should instruct students to move to the Secondary School Private Pick Up Zone. At the end ofthe day, we have many visitors to the school and we need to keep the main entrance clear for thesevisitors.• Students should be instructed to keep the entrance (in front of the main sliding doors) clear.• Students should be instructed to avoid sitting near the shop window.• Staff should instruct students to remain seated in this area until their pick up.• Students should not wait in the Reception Area as this area needs to be kept clear for visitors /parents at the end of the day.• Secondary students are able to collect Kindergarten and Primary School siblings (acting as acaregiver) before moving to the Secondary School Private Pick Up Area.• Students departing by motorbike or on foot should stay clear of the main driveway where cars are‘looping through’ (a safety issues) and leave through Gate 2 (on foot).• Vehicles are able to move through the ‘pick up area’ in a loop, but there is no standing and noparking on Campus.ACG School Buses• Students who use the Bus Service are required to report to the Cafeteria Block B ‘Bus Waiting Area’at the designated afternoon time.• In this area bus lists are checked and students are then moved by duty teachers to the buses. ACGbuses are located on the driveway behind Block B.• Students will move out the Block B Cafeteria side door and onto the buses.• It is expected that Secondary students will remain in these areas until departure. Students who DONOT wait in these areas quietly should be sent to the Head or Deputy Head of the SecondarySchool.• Bus students who arrive late to the bus area will be instructed to report to the Reception.• Bus students do not move through the Reception Foyer at any time.Afternoon Activities Programme• Students are able to register for Afternoon Activities on Monday to Friday that run for two terms.This will then designate the students bus departure time in the afternoon.Independent Study• Students who wish to remain at School for Independent Study on Monday to Friday (Library, MusicTuition Rooms and Cafeteria) should report to these areas to ‘sign in’.• Students who wish to come to School for Independent Study on Saturday (in the Library only)should report to the Library.35Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


36• Students are not permitted in any other areas of the School or at any other times unless fullysupervised for a special activity / arrangement.Campus Closing Time• Students undertaking Independent Study may do so until 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.• Student may then report to the Library and stay on campus until 5:45 p.m. Monday to Friday (andthen return home by private transport).• Student may come to the School Library on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.• Students found on campus in unsupervised / non designated areas should be instructed to report tothe Head or Deputy Head of Secondary School (ACG) or the Deputy Principal or Principal ofSecondary School (AIS).BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT GUIDELINESSTATEMENT OF AIMStandards of behaviour that enable teaching and promote learning are required of students. Theendeavour to maintain such standards is collaborative involving students, their families, teachers andadministrators. The principles of safety, respect and responsibility are integral to the standardsrequired of students. The School should be a safe, happy, healthy place for all to work andlearn.Everyone has the right to feel safe and comfortable (free from harassment). This includesstudents, staff and parents.ATTITUDES FOR PROMOTIONAppreciation CommitmentConfidence CooperationCuriosityIntegrityRespectToleranceEmpathyEnthusiasmIndependence CreativityPROMOTING POSITIVE BEHAVIOURThe best way to seek positive student behaviour is to actively encourage it by:1. Modelling appropriate behaviour.2. Using praise and verbal recognition.3. Recognising excellence.4. Holding special afternoon teas for students.5. Involving students in decisions that affect them.POLICY GUIDELINES (COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP)STUDENTSStudents will understand the School-wide and classroom behavioural expectations, procedures, rules(Code of Conduct) and comply with these standards accordingly.Student behaviour will not inhibit teaching and will contribute to effective learning.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


Staff will approach discipline and consequences as part of an ongoing effort to promote and maintainappropriate work habits, learning, and a safe environment for all, and a social/emotional climate whichis inherent in a caring and effective community.STAFFStaff will treat students with respect, fairness and consistency and will be able to teach effectively to allstudents in a learning environment that is purposeful, positive and productive.Staff will provide support and respond to behaviour in an informative and instructive manner. They willassist students to appreciate the matters of appropriate learning and social behaviour, will respondconsistently to appropriate and inappropriate behaviours, will expect restitution from students formisdemeanours and will encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour.FAMILIESFamilies will show an active interest in the School’s efforts to promote and maintain appropriatelearning and social behaviours by encouraging and assisting their son / daughter in following theSchool’s behaviour conventions. Families will assist staff, when required, in dealing with matters ofdiscipline.DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES (SECONDARY)When a student is causing concern with on-going poor behaviour the Head of Secondary will interviewthe student. If the problem persists:Discipline Warnings are issued• An official verbal warning recorded on the student’s record and parents informed• Followed by an official first written warning recorded on the student’s record and. parents informed• Followed by an official final written warning recorded on the student’s recordand parents informedIf poor behaviour continues the student may be placed on a Behaviour Contract.37Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


38SERIOUSDISCIPLINE/WELFARE ISSUEMINOR DISCIPLINE/WELFARE ISSUETeacher Intervention- Abusive language- Threatening behaviour- Offensive weapons- Physical abuse of others- Drugs and alcohol- Damage to School orpersonal property- Plagiarism- Suspicion of Malpractice- Low-level lesson disruption- Homework not done- Lethargic- Late/absent- Off-task- Disorganisation- Non-physical bullyingHEAD OF SCHOOLStudent / Parent interviewStudent / Teacher InterviewACTIONBEHAVIOUR CONTRACTSUSPENSIONEXPULSIONTEACHER INTERVENTION(S)WITH A VARIETY OFCLASSROOM STRATEGIESINTERVIEWDocumentation(Referral completion)TEACHER INTERVENTION(S)UNSUCCESSFULHEAD OF SCHOOLINTERVENTIONDISCIPLINE ISSUEWELFARE CONCERNACADEMICCONCERNHEAD OF SCHOOLStudent / Parent interviewStudent / Teacher InterviewACTIONBEHAVIOUR CONTRACTSUSPENSIONEXPULSIONSenior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTSCAFETERIA INFORMATIONFood services in the School Cafeteria are provided by an experienced and professionalteam.The School Cafeteria is open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The Cafeteriaprovides a daily ‘set meal’ for Kindergarten and Primary students to include; Morning Recess,Lunch and Afternoon Recess. The Cafeteria provides an a-la-cart food system for Secondarystudents and the School staff.• Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.• Morning Recess is served for the Secondary Students at 9:50 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.• Lunch is served for the Secondary Students at 12:25 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.• Afternoon snacks will be sold through until 4:30 p.m. daily.Monthly menus and other information about the services are available through the myACGportal. In addition to lunchtime and morning and afternoon break times, the cafeteria is alsoused for a variety of School events, including regular Parent Teacher Group meetings.Students may also bring their own lunch to the cafeteria, however often they wish.Students in the Secondary School have the option of purchasing snacks and refreshmentsduring the morning and afternoon breaks and purchasing their lunch from the daily menuboard. Students must be responsible for the handling of their lunch and snack money.Students are also encouraged to order their lunch before 10:00 a.m. daily.Secondary School students may also use the Student ID Card as a Debit Card for theCafeteria to purchase items.ACG is aware of individual student's dietary needs, and menus are marked (P) for mealscontaining pork, (B) for meals containing beef and (M) for meals containing mushrooms.Smart CardsCash will always be accepted in the Cafeteria and a ‘Cash Line’ will exist in particular forparents and visitors (also those that lose or forget their cards). The preferred method ofpayment is via the ACG or AIS ID Card debit system. Money can be charged onto your IDcard in the Block C Cafeteria area at any time and then ‘swiped’ for your order at the cashierpoints.ReceiptsReceipts will be issued with all transactions. Where the ID debit card system is used thereceipt will include your ‘card balance’. Receipts will also confirm both the time that your mealneeds to be collected and the location of all pre orders and if they will be delivered to the staffroom. Receipts are very important in the case of your pre order as this is your ‘proof ofpurchase’ for when you come back to collect your meal.Pre OrderingSecondary students and staff who wish to receive their meals without delay are asked to preorder their meals before 10:00 a.m.Meals can be ordered after this time, but a choice of food cannot be promised. At times staffwill also need to wait while food is prepared if not pre ordered.39Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


CountersBlock B• Western Meal Collection• Asian Meal Collection• Student Express Pick Up – Students (Pre Orders – Meals ordered prior 10:00 am)• Special Menu (Including students with food and dietary issues listed on their ACG / AISMedical Form) / VegetarianBlock C• Student Express Pick Up – Staff (Pre Orders – Meals ordered prior 10:00 am)• General Collection (Meals order after 10:00 am or on the spot).• Cash Only• Staff• Card Recharging• Snacks / DrinksStudent MessagesStudents may bring their own lunch to School and can place it for the day on the holdingtables in the Block B Cafeteria area.All meals, trays, plates and cutlery etc. are not to be taken from the Block B and C Cafeteriaareas at any time.Please do not ask for credit or to receive food without payment. There is no credit available tostudents or staff.Students and staff who bring their own meals to School must also provide their own cutlery.Cafeteria StaffThe Cafeteria staff will aim to please and serve all students and staff to the best of their ability.They should be treated with respect at all times.ComplaintsComplaints should not be made to the Cafeteria serving staff as they have little to do with thesystems, organisation and running of the Cafeteria. Complaints, feedback and suggestionscan be made to the ACG Office Manager, Ms Elaine Nguyen, at any time.TRANSPORTParents are responsible for transport arrangements to and from School for students. Pleaseensure that your son / daughter is fully conversant with a back-up plan in the event of normaltransport plans being disrupted. If normal transport arrangements are temporarily changed(i.e. parents / guardians away for a few days), please inform the School, providing details oftemporary arrangements, so that we may best assist your son / daughter in the event of anyproblems arising.The School provides a safe and reliable School Bus service, using modern air-conditionedvehicles, to pick up and drop off school students on designated routes around the city.All vehicles have regular safety and maintenance checks, are operated by a licensed driverand have an assistant on board.SPORTSport and exercise are an essential part of a well balanced education. Our sporting facilitiesinclude an air-conditioned gymnasium, a 25m pool, a tennis court and field. The size andquality of these facilities allow us to host sports events with other International Schools andmulti-school tournaments.40Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


41By participating in a sport for recreation, students build their physical, emotional andintellectual skills. By being a part of a team, students learn sportsmanship, commitment andself-confidence.CAREERSCollege and career guideance is an essential part of the support offered to our seniorstudents at a time when they are able to reflect on the decisions made so far, and are aboutto make important choices for their future.We understand that this can often be an emotional time for both students and parents, andhope to assist students in finding the best post-secondary path for each unique individual.For over 90% of our graduating seniors this will be a direct matriculation to university, but itmay also be a career, a gap year or another plan.If going to college or a university is a student's ultimate goal, when the search begins for the"right" college, it is important to remember that it doesn't necessarily have to be one of themost selective or famous in the country. Challenging oneself is of course encouraged in allaspects of life, but there are also many advantages to going to lesser-known schools. Webelieve that students should choose colleges or universities with programs and features thatbest meet their particular interests, and not be pressured into applying to the most selectiveschools just because they sound impressive.Whether a student decides to go directly to university from secondary school, find a job, ortake a year off, it is our sincere hope that we will be able to make this transition in their life alittle less stressful, and even fun and exciting.MOBILE PHONESIt is acceptable for students to carry a mobile phone. They are to be switched to silent duringlesson time. Students can only use their phone (phone calls and SMS) for emergencysituations. Phones are not to be used at any time to contact other people inside the school(e.g. student to student during the lesson day).SMOKINGVietnamese Law states that no person under the age of 18 shall purchase, use or possesstobacco products. Absolutely no smoking is allowed in the School, in front of the School oranywhere in the near vicinity of the School. Students who fail to comply with these laws mayface expulsion.DANGEROUS ITEMSDangerous items, such as pocket knives, are not allowed and students may face suspension ifcaught with such items.THEFTTheft of any kind will not be tolerated and will lead to immediate expulsion.SUBSTANCE ABUSESubstance abuse, including any form of alcohol or illegal drug is unlawful and will not betolerated. If students are found to be using, or are in possession of such items, parents will becontacted immediately. They may also face suspension, expulsion, or even police referral.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


42Students are also prohibited from administering prescribed or non-prescribed medication toother students.WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOLStudents who need to leave during the School year should inform the School in writing assoon as possible so the School will have time to arrange records and transcripts.CONTACT WITH SCHOOLParents with concerns about their son / daughter should call the School. Parents and teachersmay set up parent-teacher conferences at any time during the School year. Specialconference days are provided, but visits to the School are encouraged at any time.ACCIDENTSIn the event of an accident, inform the nearest teacher who will access first aid help via theSchool Medical Room. If it is a serious accident stay where you are and get another student tofind a staff member.STUDENT ID CARDSStudents will have the opportunity to obtain a School ID Card. Arrangements will be madeearly in the year for their issue. Students should carry this card at all times. It will be requiredfor entry onto campus and students will also be required to show it for identity purposes duringexaminations. If students lose their ID card, they can get another card ordered at the StudentServices Counter.MESSAGESReception staff will interrupt classes to give genuinely urgent messages only. Items such asforgotten lunches, Physical Education uniforms or homework are not regarded as urgent andwill be held at the Student Services Counter. If students discover they have left something athome, they should check at the Student Services Counter to see if it has been delivered.PRINTING AND PHOTOCOPYINGBoth black and white and colour printing and photocopying facilities are available within theSchool. Students will need to use their student ID cards to access these devices. At thebeginning of the year, each student is given credit for printing and photocopying.RECEPTION PHONESIdeally students should not use the Reception phones, except in the case of sickness oremergency. Students should see one of the Heads of School if they have an emergency.Students may carry a mobile phone and use it during break times for appropriate calls and/orto send appropriate text messages. Students are not permitted to use their phone during classtime. If they have a phone out in the classroom or if it rings during class time, it will beconfiscated if the first warning is ignored. Students will not be able to borrow money or obtainchange from the office. In case of an emergency see one of the Heads of School.TEMPORARY CARE-GIVING ARRANGEMENTSIf your son / daughter is going to be cared for temporarily by someone else while you areaway, please inform the School, providing details and contact numbers so we may best assistyour son / daughter in the case of any sickness or emergency, thereby minimising the stressfactor for your son / daughter.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


WATERStudents may have a water bottle in class. It must be a clear plastic bottle with a stop-top.Screw-top glass bottles and cans are not permitted in class during lesson time. Water is theonly liquid to be consumed in class time. There are cooled-water fountains in the Schoolbuildings although leaving class to have drinks from the fountains will not be encouraged.Students should make use of their water bottles. All students will be expected to remain inclass during the last fifteen minutes of any given lesson, unless in the case of an emergency.SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS (SECONDARY)Our students are a well-behaved, responsible group — most of the time. However, we knowthat the lifestyle that most adolescents and their families lead can mean a great deal ofunsupervised time and require a great measure of self-responsibility.TalkTalk with your son / daughter clearly about your values, expectations and family rulesregarding drinking, smoking, drug use and sexual behaviour.Set clear, enforceable limits• Consistently apply appropriate consequences for breaking family rules.• Be sure the consequences are ones you are truly willing to enforce.• Be open to renegotiating your rules as your teen gets older and proves to be responsible andtrustworthy.Have a curfewCompare notes with the parents of your preteen/teen’s friends and set a curfew that is right foryour preteen/teen and your family’s values. We suggest the following for your consideration.Unless there is a special reason to be at School (i.e. concert) or another place, studentsshould be home by the time the late bus arrives and should stay home on School nights. Thelate bus for students departs at 4:00 p.m. Always be waiting to greet your son / daughter whenhe/she arrives home from a late evening. Try to engage them in a conversation andcommunicate your interest. It is also a good time to check their behaviour relative to smokingor drinking. Not to cause undue alarm to parents, but research tells us that the middle schoolyears are often the years of experimenting with smoking and using alcohol or othersubstances.Monitor unsupervised time1. Going out:• When your teen is going out, be sure to know where he/she is going.• If your teen is going to different locales, ask him/her to check with you.• If plans change, ask your teen to call and let you know where he/she will be. Get a phonenumber so you can reach your teen.2. Sleepovers: When your teen is invited to spend the night, call to find out if the parents willbe home and what time the family expects their teen (and yours) to be in the house. If you feelawkward calling, perhaps an offer to send baked goods or to check pick-up time would affordyou another reason to make this necessary call.3. Parties: When your teen is invited to a party, call the host parent and ask what adultsupervision there will be.43Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


4. When you leave town: Do not leave your teen alone or with a housekeeper. This practicepotentially places your son / daughter (and your housekeeper) under tremendous pressure foryour home to become a party place. It is better to arrange for your son / daughter to stay withanother family or for another adult to stay with your teen in your home. During the School year,ACG requires that parents notify the School as to the identity of the person who will be legallyresponsible for the safety and care of their son / daughter if both parents will be out of town.5. Money/Allowances: Having too much money can cause problems for students. It is difficultto determine a specific amount of spending money since it depends on what else theallowance is to cover (i.e. lunches, School transportation, school supplies and weekendentertainment). It is a good idea to work out a budget so that the student has adequate moneyfor snacks, savings and for emergencies. When students do not have adequate allowance,they might resort to obtaining money in less desirable ways.6. Personal Safety: Students are advised to travel in groups, especially in the evening. Thereis safety in numbers.Home or Out-of-Class WorkAt the beginning of the School year, each teacher will provide a written outline that includesspecific guidelines for home assignments, late work, makeup work, etc. The followinginformation provides a general philosophy and procedures regarding home assignments fromteachers.Why?• To reinforce and/or strengthen skills and concepts introduced in class.• To encourage independent learning and responsibility.• To provide guided reading.• To complete research activities.• To work on reports or long-term projects.• To promote additional learning challenges and creative thinking.Who?• Home assignments are the student’s responsibility. Assignments should be designed for thestudent to complete independently with little or no adult assistance. It is expected that studentsneeding additional help or explanation will seek out the teacher.• Parents should provide consistency regarding when and where School work is to be done athome. For more tips on a parent’s role regarding homework, please see the “Helping withHomework” and“Special Notes for Parents” sections of the Handbook.• Teachers should provide sufficient time in class to clarify the assignment, the expectedoutcomes and the due dates.Where?• Students may complete part or all of their assignments at School depending upon theamount of unstructured time available to them and how they choose to use it. Study areas andthe library are open before and after school.• At home, a quiet, well-lit area with appropriate study tools should be provided.How Much Time?It is not feasible to establish rigid time limits for home assignments as too many variablesexist. For example, students vary in their study habits, time usage, ability, time schedules, etc.However, surveys over the years reveal an average of one to one and one-half hours of44Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


homework is typical for most students. Of course, this is an average, and individual studentswill utilise their time in a manner that would cause this amount to change. Students or parentswho feel that the homework amount is too much or too little should speak directly with theteacher or teachers involved.When?• It is reasonable to expect that students will have some work each School evening. As theweekend seems to be the preferred family time, every attempt will be made to minimiseweekend home assignments. Home assignments, other reading or practise type work aregenerally not given during holiday periods.• Home assignments are a major component of the Secondary School and should serve tohelp students develop good study habits that will be applied in college, careers and forindependent lifelong learning.Tests and Major ProjectsMost academic classes have periodic tests and some include major projects. These helpteachers evaluate how much students have learned. We make every effort to limit the numberof tests given on any one day.Helping with HomeworkHome assignments are the students’ responsibility — not the parents’ task. Parents shouldhelp and answer questions when needed, but parents are asked not to do their son /daughter’s work. If a student is not handling his or her responsibilities well, parents are askedto contact their son / daughter’s Home Room Teacher. Parents are a critical factor in astudent’s achievement. Following are some simple suggestions as to how parents can be themost effective support when it’s homework time.Supporting English Language Development• Provide a range of English reading material in your home, including readers, novels,magazines, comics and newspapers.• Ensure your son / daughter reads in English for at least 30 minutes each day.• Encourage your son / daughter to write a diary in English, particularly during familyholidays.• Find English speakers for your son / daughter to speak with on a regular basis.AreaProvide a quiet, well-lit area for the student to do his/her assignment. This area should feelcomfortable and always be available at homework time.ToolsProvide tools for doing home assignments: pencils, pens, paper and a dictionary. A desk ortabletop makes the best place to do homework—not the knees, lap or floor.Adapt Learning StyleObserve the student’s learning style and adapt homework time accordingly, i.e. some studentswould rather have some leisure time directly after a long day at School, so just before or afterdinner would be preferable. Some students would rather complete their homework right afterarriving home from School. Whatever is best for a student is fine, but be consistent.ProofreadHelp proofread work, but errors should be corrected by the student.45Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


CalendarKeep a calendar close by and mark important due dates with the student so that unexpectedor unpleasant home assignment surprises can be avoided.HomeworkIf the student consistently says he/she has no homework, make further inquiries of theteacher. Conversely, if a student has too much homework, contact the teacher involved.Be Positive!Be positive! Show approval! Students need and want caring parents who recognise growthand progress.46Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


47GLOSSARY OF TERMSA Level – A University of Cambridge international advanced level subject qualification.AS Level – A University of Cambridge international advanced subsidiary subject qualification.CIE – Cambridge International Examinations.Core – Students placed in Core classes are provided with a full course of study delivered tomeet the needs and academic abilities of each student. The highest grade achieved throughexternal qualifications is a C gradeEnd of Year Examination – Examinations held at the end of the academic year covering workfrom the whole year.Extended – Students placed in Extended classes are provided with a full course of study. Thehighest grade achieved through external qualifications is an A*.IBDP – International Baccalaureate Diploma ProgrammeICT – Information and Communication Technology.IELTS – International English Language Testing SystemIGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education.Mid Year Examination – Examinations held at the end of Term Two (Semester One) coveringwork from Terms One and Two.myACG – Community portal for teachers, students and parents.OPT – Oxford Placement TestSecondary School – Refers to students in Years 7 – 13.Semester – Refers to two terms. Terms One and Two make up Semester One and TermsThree and Four make up Semester Two.Senior School – Refers to students in Years 11 – 13.Term – The School year consists of four terms.Senior School Curriculum Overview 2011/2012


Cambridge IGCSEWhat is Cambridge IGCSE?The Cambridge InternationalGeneral Certificate of SecondaryEducation (IGCSE) is one of themost recognised qualificationsaround the world. CambridgeIGCSE courses are renownedfor developing vital educationalskills, including recall ofknowledge, oral skills, problemsolving, initiative, team work andinvestigative skills. The resultingqualification provides a foundationfor higher level courses, such asCambridge A and AS Levels, theCambridge Advanced InternationalCertificate of Education, the NorthAmerican Advanced Placementprogramme and the InternationalBaccalaureate.Cambridge IGCSE caters fordifferent levels of ability with achoice between core and extendedpapers in many subjects. The corecurriculum is based on an overviewof the subject and is suitable forstudents expected to achievegrades C to G. The extendedcurriculum is more challenging anddesigned for students who areexpected to achieve grades A* toC. Grades achieved through eitherroute have the same value.Cambridge IGCSE offers aflexible course of study that givescandidates the freedom to choosesubjects that are right for them,whilst providing them with a broadknowledge base and lifelong skills.Where is Cambridge IGCSEaccepted and recognised?Cambridge IGCSE is a high-profilequalification. It has exactly thesame value in admitting students toinstitutes of further education andemployment as the UK equivalent– GCSE.• Cambridge IGCSE is comparablewith GCE O Level and the UKGCSE• Cambridge IGCSE has anexcellent reputation amongstinternational schools worldwide• Cambridge IGCSEs arerecognised as a reliable record ofattainment which counts towardsentry to universities and collegesaround the world• A good grade (i.e. C or above) inCambridge IGCSE English as aSecond Language is accepted forentry by almost all universities inthe UK and many in the USA,Canada and Australia as evidenceof adequate competence in theEnglish languageWho can take CambridgeIGCSE?Cambridge IGCSE is designed tobe taught as a two year course forstudents aged 14 to 16 years. Insome countries Cambridge IGCSEcourses last just one year and thereare no formal age regulations.In most subjects there is a choicebetween core and extendedcurricula, making Cambridge IGCSEsuitable for a wide range of abilities.Students can enter for the level thatis most appropriate for them andthis need not be the same across allsubjects.How is Cambridge IGCSEtaught?At school, students are encouragedto study a wide range of subjectsat Cambridge IGCSE level, at thesame time. In order to follow a broadand balanced curriculum, manystudents take courses from each ofthe Cambridge IGCSE groups (seesubjects listed overleaf), particularlyif they’re aiming to go on to furthereducation. This can lead to the awardof the International Certificate ofEducation – an additional qualificationthat recognises students who passexams in seven or more subjects,including two languages and onesubject from each of the othergroups. However, it is also possibleto study a free choice of CambridgeIGCSE subjects.The syllabus is set by Cambridge, buthow it is taught will depend on theschool or college.The course differs for eachsubject, but there will be a mix ofassessment methods throughout,including coursework, practicalexercises, oral and listening tests,projects and written examinations.Examination informationCambridge IGCSE courses take twoyears to complete and exams aretaken at the end of that period.Examinations are held in June andNovember each year with resultsissued in August and Februaryrespectively.Students must enter for CambridgeIGCSE through a registered CIECentre.


Subjects on offerLanguages – First LanguageAfrikaans JapaneseArabicKoreanChinese PortugueseCzechSesothoDutchSpanishEnglishThaiFrenchTurkishGermanLanguages – Second LanguageAfrikaans HindiEnglishIsiZuluLanguages – Foreign LanguageBusiness, Creative, Technical andVocationalAccountingArt and DesignBusiness StudiesChild DevelopmentComputer StudiesDesign and TechnologyDramaFood and NutritionInformation TechnologyMusicPhysical EducationTravel and ToursimHumanities and Social SciencesBangladesh StudiesDevelopment StudiesEconomicsEnvironmental ManagementGeographyHistoryLatinLiterature (available in English andSpanish)Pakistan StudiesReligious StudiesSociologyArabicDutchFrenchGermanGreekIndonesianJapaneseMalayMandarinChinesePortugueseSpanishMathematicsMathematicsAdditional MathematicsSciencesAgricultureBiologyChemistryCombinedScienceCo-ordinatedSciencesEnvironmentalManagementPhysical SciencePhysicsAbout CIEUniversity of CambridgeInternational Examinations (CIE)is the world’s largest provider ofinternational qualifications for 14-19 year olds. CIE’s broad range ofqualifications are recognised byuniversities, education providersand employers across the globe.Further information*5505521203*


Cambridge A and AS LevelFactsheetWhat are Cambridge A and ASLevels?GCE Advanced (A) Level is one of themost recognised qualifications around theworld. For over 50 years, CambridgeA Levels have been accepted as proof ofacademic ability for entry to universitiesand institutes of higher education. Theyare also important to employers whofrequently demand A Levels as a conditionof job entry.Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level representsthe first half of a full A Level course andgives students the opportunity to studya broader range of subjects withoutcommitting to doing a full A Level.Students can choose to complete an ASLevel examination, then stop studying forthat particular subject. Alternatively, aftergaining an AS Level qualification, studentscan complete the remaining course of studyin order to take the A Level assessment.Cambridge A and AS Levels offer a flexiblecourse of study that gives students thefreedom to select the subjects that areright for them.Where are Cambridge A and ASLevels accepted and recognised?Cambridge International A Level is a ‘goldstandard’ qualification. It has exactly thesame value in admitting students touniversities as the UK equivalent, and isaccepted as an entry qualification byuniversities worldwide.• Good A and AS Level grades are a keyto admission for all the world’s majorEnglish speaking universities and manynon-English speaking universities• Good grades at A Level can result in upto one full year of advanced standingor credit at universities in the USA andCanada• AS Level carries half the weighting ofan A Level and is typically awardedhalf the credit valueThis is a general guide. To find out theexact number of A and AS Levels andgrades required for further study it isadvisable to contact the individualuniversity or institute of higher education.There are some examples below thatshould help for university study in the USA.• Yale University awards credit forgrades A and B• Harvard University requires three ALevel subjects at grades A and B• Boston University grants advancecredit for grades A, B and C• New York University grants advancecredit for grades A, B and CWho can take A and AS Levels?Cambridge AS Level examinations areusually taken at age 17 and Cambridge ALevel examinations at age 18.If students have already taken IGCSEs orO Levels, then they will find many of theskills they have already learnt relevant andbeneficial to A Level study.How are A and AS Levels taught?Cambridge A and AS Levels offer suchflexible programmes that there is a lotof diversity in the way they are taught –typically each AS Level course wouldrequire guided learning time – in class, inthe library or resource centre – of 180 hours.For A Levels the learning requirementwould be 360 hours.The syllabus is set by Cambridge, buthow it is taught will depend on the schoolor college.The course differs for each subject, butthere will be a mix of assessmentmethods, which may include coursework,practical exercises, oral and listeningtests, projects and written examinations.All syllabuses will require students todevelop analytical skills and theirapplication of knowledge in individualstudy. Cambridge A Levels demonstratestudents’ content knowledge in a subjectas well as their ability to present a wellreasonedargument, to understand andapply principles and to acquire deepunderstanding of a body of knowledge.Studying for Cambridge A Levels isacademically challenging, but offersexcellent preparation for study at universityor college.Examination InformationCambridge A Level courses take twoyears to complete with exams taken atthe end. Cambridge AS Level examinationsare taken after a year either as part of theA Level course, or as a qualification intheir own right. Alternatively, the AS Levelqualification can be taken at the end of atwo year course.Examinations are held in June andNovember each year with results issuedin August and February respectively.Students must enter for A and AS Levelsthrough a registered CIE Centre.www.cie.org.uk


Cambridge A and AS LevelFactsheetSubjects on offerLanguagesHumanities and Social SciencesEnglishA LevelA LevelAS LevelA LevelAS LevelArabicChineseFrenchGermanHindiMarathiAS LevelAfrikaans LanguageArabic Language and LiteratureChinese Language and LiteratureFirst Language PortugueseFirst Language SpanishFrench Language and LiteratureGerman Language and LiteratureHindi Language and LiteratureMarathi Language and LiteraturePortuguese Language and LiteratureSpanish Language and LiteratureTamil Language and LiteratureTelugu Language and LiteratureUrdu Language and LiteratureSciencesA LevelBiologyChemistryPhysicsPortugueseSpanishTamilTeluguUrduAS LevelBiologyChemistryEnvironmentalSciencePhysicsDivinityEconomicsGeographyHistoryIslamic StudiesLawPsychologySociologyAccountingBusiness, Creative, Technicaland VocationalA LevelAccountingArt and DesignBusinessStudiesComputingDesign andTechnologyDress andTextilesFood StudiesGeometricaland MechanicalDrawingMathematicsA LevelDivinityEconomicsGeographyHinduismHistoryIslamic StudiesMusicPsychologySociologyGeneral PaperAccountingAS LevelAccountingArt and DesignBusinessStudiesComputingDesign andTechnologyThinking SkillsAS LevelLiterature inEnglishAbout CIEUniversity of Cambridge InternationalExaminations (CIE) is the world’s largestprovider of international qualifications for14–19 year olds. CIE’s broad range ofqualifications are recognised by universities,education providers and employers acrossthe globe.Learn more!EnglishLanguageLanguage andLiteraturein EnglishLiterature inEnglishMathematicsFurtherMathematicsMathematicsHigherMathematicsFSAASLEV CIC 01 06

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