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Accounting

The Accounting Department offers 2 Syllabi, namely Accounting IEB (CAPS) from Form 2 – 5 and Accounting Cambridge IGCSE Form 1 – Form 3 and AS/A Level F4/5.

Each of these syllabi has its own unique contribution to the professional and after-school studying environment.

The Accounting Department is committed to serving students with good quality education through skilled and experienced staff.

Choosing Accounting as a subject will open doors to a stimulating and exciting career, that allows great earning potential and international mobility.

The journey towards becoming Professional / Chartered Accountants start with choosing the right syllabus for you:

CIE (Cambridge)

  • Holistic and international approach to Accounting
  • Covering all areas from Financial to Cost Accounting (For those thinking of studying overseas)
  • Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Afrikaans

Afrikaans First Additional Language Description

The aim of Afrikaans as a First Additional Language is for students to develop not only knowledge and understanding of the language but also skills in creative thinking and problem solving.

The main focus from Form 1 to Form 5 will be on developing the skills of writing, reading and listening. The Afrikaans Department therefore constantly encourages and challenges students to speak Afrikaans at every opportunity and to do extensive additional reading.

In Form 1 we focus on the basic comprehension, language and listening skills. Functional writing and the ability of the student to read and speak in Afrikaans will also be included in the assessment. At the end of the Form 1 year students choose between the CIE and IEB syllabus which they will then follow from Form 2 to Form 5.

The Form 2 and 3 the CIE syllabus focuses on developing the student’s reading, writing and listening skills in order to write their IGCSE examinations. Cambridge IGCSE First Additional Language Afrikaans is designed for students who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The Form 4 and 5 students complete the course on their own. (AS and A Level Afrikaans is self-study).

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Art

Cambridge Art & Design

The Cambridge Art and Design syllabus has been chosen by Ashton International College because we believe it is the most suitable to accommodate young people’s needs. It is based on the best practice of Art education, and is written so that teachers can provide the most substantial foundation possible. It provides a well-structured course that is interesting and up-to-date. It culminates with a qualification that is well-known by colleges and universities and is recognized internationally. Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design is accepted by universities, art colleges and employers as evidence of experience and skill in developing and producing a range of artifacts and designs showing visual knowledge and understanding along with critical awareness.

Art and Design complements literary, mathematical, scientific and factual subjects. It is especially concerned with development of visual perception and aesthetics. The subject encourages visual communication and is a means of expressing ideas and feelings.

Successful Art and Design students gain lifelong skills, including:

  • Confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in two and three dimensional form and composition;
  • The ability to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile forms;
  • How to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions.

The qualification that students receive on achieving a grade in this subject will be fair and will have been gained by ambition, endeavor, determination and application.

Art education is not only interesting and valuable in its own right; it is a key area of the curriculum in helping develop skills and abilities in research, independent learning, assessing problems, communication and using technology and media with skill.

The aim of the syllabus at Ashton International College is to represent the core of what Art education is about. Education, especially Art education, should focus not only on what is learnt, but on how that learning takes place; in a supportive, creative and caring environment that encourages young people to explore ideas, media and techniques and reflect on the environment and the culture in which they live.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Biology

The purpose of learning Biology is to help students develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question the biological world around them, create a further interest and care for the environment and all creatures as well as create an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the use of biological organisms in biotechnology and gene technology.

Students are taught to create a hypothesis which is testable and to design their own experiments to prove or disprove the hypothesis. Students are taught to critically analyse these experiments and try improve them as well as interpret the data collected. By the time students reach A levels, statistical tests such as standard deviation, standard error, t tests and chi squared tests are done on the data collected to see if data is significant or not.

Active participation in regular practical activities include microscopic investigations, dissections of hearts, kidneys and eyeballs, testing effects of different conditions on the activity of enzymes and rates of photosynthesis and respiration, to name but a few, leading students to discover and develop their creative abilities by doing, making and organizing, and interpreting.

  • Paper 1         -           Multiple Choice (Theory)
  • Paper 2/3     -           Paragraph type questions (Theory)
  • Paper 3/6     -           Practical Examination
  • Paper 4         -           A level Theory Examination
  • Paper 5         -           Practical based questions involving synthesis and evaluation of data

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Business Studies

Business at Ashton International College is a very encompassing subject, as it deals with a broad spectrum of topics that is the basis for a career in commerce and business. The Business department fields an extensive practical approach to business studies through the Annual Entrepreneurs’ Day as well as an opportunity to participate in the JSE Liberty Life Investment Challenge.

Cambridge (Grade 9 – 12)

IGCSE (Grade 9 and 10)

The Business Studies syllabus develops students’ understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Students find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence.

CIE AS/A (Grade 11 and 12)

The Business Studies syllabus enables students to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. 

Students examine the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Computer Sciences

IGCSE

Students follow the IGCSE Computer Science syllabus to develop their understanding of the main principles of problem solving using computers. They can apply their understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language. Students also develop a range of technical skills, as well as being able to effectively test and evaluate computing solutions. Computer Science will help students to appreciate current and emerging computing technologies, the benefit of their use and recognize their potential risks, develop an interest in computing and gain confidence in computational thinking.

AS/A Level

The aim of the AS and A level Computer Science syllabus is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and how computer programs work in a range of contexts.

Students will study topics including information representation, communication and internet technologies, hardware, software development, and relational database modeling. As they progress, students will develop their computational thinking and use problem solving to develop computer-based solutions using algorithms and programming languages. AS and A Level Computer Science will help students develop a range of skills such as thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically. They will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

English

The first six months of Form 1 (Grade 8) are spent on a bridging programme, where all language and literature basics are covered to ensure that all students are prepared to move forward with specific syllabuses. Thereafter, the syllabus contains a combination of CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) and IEB (Independent Examinations Board) content.

In Form 2 and Form 3 CIE students are prepared to write their IGCSE (Independent General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations. This course comprises Paper 1: Reading Passages and Paper 2: Direct Writing and Composition. In Forms 4 and 5, students prepare for their Advanced Subsidiary examinations in Paper 2: Composition and Paper 9: Poetry, Prose and Drama.

As Home Language is the only subject all students have to pass, students are obliged to take responsibility for their success. Of equal importance is that students are equipped with greatly enhanced communication skills and that they enjoy acquiring these skills in a relevant and meaningful context.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Geography

Geography is the most visual, varied and vital subject on the planet. Geography is all about the changes in physical and human processes and spatial patterns on Earth that have taken place in an integrated way over time and space. Students will learn how to make sense of a complex world that is being influenced by many different forces, such as local-global connections, environmental deterioration, the movement of people, financial capital and social and political conflict.

Physical Geography includes earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, weather, climate, rivers, floods, coasts, rocks and solids.

Human Geography includes development, urbanization, population, resources, countries, economic activities and people. Students are taught how they interact to change places and landscapes. Geography is also about fieldwork: investigating, collecting information, analyzing the information, drawing conclusions and sharing it. Geography is about being curious and fascinated using Geographical Information Systems, ordnance, survey maps, atlases and globes to investigate different situations. Our mission in Geography is to inspire the students to think a little bit differently.

Extra lessons are available to studentss who require additional support.

History

The CIE syllabus deals with both 19th and 20th century history, hence it covers a wider range. This includes Industrialization, the French Revolution and Napoleon, Rise of Dictators and Totalitarianism, the Fall of the Romanov Empire and the Rise of Communist Russia and the origins and success and failure of the League of Nations.

What makes History an incredible subject is not only the fascinating content but also the important skills required. History encourages lateral thinking as it requires deep analysis of, reasons for and consequences.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support

Life Orientation

Life Orientation focuses on developing knowledge and skills that allow students to make informed choices about their personal well-being, civic responsibilities, career choices, balanced lifestyles and participation in physical activities.

As part of the IEB and Cambridge curriculum and portfolio, students are required to take part in a facilitated work experience task. This exposes students to the corporate environment, enabling them to make decisions regarding their future career choice.

A minimum of four Certificate Tasks are required for the Life Orientation portfolio and these make a direct contribution to the student’s Curriculum Vitae. Ashton International College encourages students to complete a minimum of 16 hours of community service as an outreach activity in their community over a set period of time.

Our aim, as part of this diverse and holistic subject, is to include emotional, physical, spiritual and mental aspects in an environment that focuses and believes in family values.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Mathematics AS & A Levels - IGCSE

IGCSE Mathematics

This course is a 3 year course with students writing the international exams at the end of Form 3.

Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of mathematical knowledge and understanding. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Mathematical students gain lifelong skills, including:

  • The development of their mathematical knowledge;
  • Confidence by developing a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships;
  • An ability to consider and solve problems and present and interpret results;
  • Communication and reason using mathematical concepts;
  • A solid foundation for further study.

The course has two options, Core Mathematics and Extended Mathematics. Students may follow either the Core curriculum or the Extended curriculum which involves both the Core and Supplement. Students aiming for an A* - C symbol should follow the extended Curriculum. The grades available for core are C – G. Students wanting to continue with A level Mathematics must have achieved at least a B symbol in the extended course.

Details of the assessments are given in the table below

Core Curriculum

Grades available: C - G

Extended Curriculum

Grades available: A* - E

Paper 1                                                              1 hour

Short-answer questions.

Candidates should answer each question.

Weighing: 35%

Paper 2                                                           1 ½ hours

Short-answer questions.

Candidates should answer each question.

Weighing 35%

Paper 3                                                               2 hours

Structured questions.

Candidates should answer each question.

Weighing 65%

Paper 4                                                         2 ½ hours

Structured questions.

Candidates should answer each question.

Weighing 65%

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

A AND AS MATHEMATICS

It is not just knowledge and understanding that is developed by this syllabus but the course also develops skills that are of great value to an individual as they go through life. The students should develop an ability to interpret information, analyse and make judgments. These skills are essential for further studies in mathematics and in many aspects of future careers.

The A and AS level courses are taken over two years. The AS course has two units: Pure Mathematics (Paper 1) and Statistics (Paper 6). The A level course consists of 4 units: Pure Mathematics (Paper 1) and Statistics (Paper 6), Pure Mathematics (Paper 3) and Mechanics (Paper 4).

The A and AS level courses will assist students to make the transition from school Mathematics to university level Mathematics. The A level course is demanding and is suited to students with an aptitude for Mathematics who wish to study Mathematics at tertiary level.

Assessments details are given below

AS Level Examinations

Paper 1: Pure mathematics 1 (P1) 

Paper 6: Probability and Statistics 1 (S1) 

1 ½ hour

About 10 shorter and longer questions

75 marks weighted at 60% of total

1 ¼ hours

About 7 shorter and longer questions

50 marks weighted at 40% of total

A Level Examinations

Paper 4: Mechanics 1 (M1)

Paper 6: Probability and Statistics 1 (S1)

1 ¼ hours

About 7 shorter and longer questions

50 marks weighted at 20% of total

1 ¼ hours

About 7 shorter and longer questions

50 marks weighted at 20% of total

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (P1)

Paper 3: Pure Mathematics 3 (P3)

1 ½ hours

About 10 shorter and longer questions

75 marks weighted at 30% of total

1 ½ hours

About 10 shorter and longer questions

75 marks weighted at 30% of total

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

 

Physical Science

Students follow the Cambridge syllabus for IGCSE Physical Science from Form 1 and write an external examination at the end of Form 3. Practical work forms an integral part of the syllabus and the students write an external ‘alternative to practical’ paper in their final examinations.

In Form 4, students have the choice to take Chemistry, Physics or both. These two subjects are offered on the AS – level in Form 4 and 5 and on the A – level in Form 5 (for those students who will benefit). A strong emphasis is placed on practical skills since an external practical examination forms part of the course. Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.