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Accounting

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:

IEB

Specific content to be taught guided by the CAPS (NSC) Curriculum

Covering areas of Financial and Cost Accounting

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Afrikaans

Afrikaans First Additional Language IEB

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 IEB syllabus (if chosen at the end of Form 1) will give students the opportunity to study intensively for specific components which include formal language and literature.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Art

IEB Visual Arts

Want a job? Take Art. 2.8 million Americans work in the Visual Arts industry. Nearly every product we buy has been developed by a designer or artist. The creative sector will be worth R61 trillion internationally in less than 15 years. More people are employed by Visual Arts than in the Performing Art and sport industries combined.

Want to be a doctor? Take Art.

Top medical schools in the nation have their students studying works of art in order to appreciate that medicine is often more an art than a science. Formal art observation training improves medical students’ visual literacy, mind-eye connection, and diagnostic skills.

Ashton International College subscribes to the IEB education curriculum and is governed by these requirements. It is our desire to make Art as relevant and accessible as possible. To this end we encourage and emphasize the core skill of art and culture over the concept that talent is the only key to success for those wishing to take the subject.

The art program starts with the Form 1 group and develops through to Form 5. It is essentially a five year course structured to evolve over this period of time. In Form 1 the students are reintroduced to the basic elements of art: line, shape, form and colour. Each term is dedicated to an element of art that is explored theoretically as well as through practical projects. From Form 3 onwards, through Visual Culture Studies, a student is expected to learn to relate to and communicate effectively about artworks, both seen and unseen, in a written and / or oral form, using relevant art terminology. IEB Visual Literacy includes being able to write a formal analysis using the Visual Elements and being able to interpret the meaning of artworks and the intonation of the artist.

During Form 4 and 5 the emphasis is on creating an independent art work. The students are required to develop a theme into a conceptualized artwork that presents evidence of independent thinking skills and a sophisticated level of artistic skill. The students are given the freedom to explore in any media and technique they choose and to specialize in these. In order to achieve this level of independence, students are directed to the style and techniques of modern society. Contextual research on selected modern artists is essential for all students. Challenging the status quo of media and techniques used to make art becomes a primary consideration in the making of the students’ own art.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Business Studies

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.

IEB (Grade 9 – 12)

The Business Studies Syllabus enables students to assess and understand the scope of business in the real world. It fields a very broad topic base that gives students a wide spectrum of understanding as it deals with the Business Environment. The Business Role and Business Operations teaches students the knowledge and skills that are required for running a small to medium enterprise.

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.

If students select the IEB route at the end of Grade 8, they follow a syllabus broadly divided into four areas until Matric: Orals, Language and Comprehension, Writing and Literature (including Poetry, Drama and Prose).

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 students who require additional support.

History

The IEB syllabus covers mainly 20th century history with a variety of topics. These range from World War, to Totalitarianism, Rise of Capitalism vs Communism, Civil Protest in the World, the Collapse of Apartheid and Communism and a New World Order. Therefore it is really exciting History and links very closely to Political Science.

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.

Life Science

The purpose of learning Life Science 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. We also study the origin of man.

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.

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.

Assessments:

All papers must include questions that test:

20% of an experimental nature, involving analysis, synthesis and evaluation

50% knowledge based questions

30% application and evaluation

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Mathematics

Form 1

Form 1 is a year in which students are given a good foundation in Mathematics. Algebraic skills are developed and number concepts are consolidated. They develop special concepts and work with shapes in 2 and 3 dimensions. This foundation enables students to follow with the CIE or IEB curriculum from Form 2.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Form 2 - 5

Ashton International College teaches the National South African Mathematics Curriculum and sits the IEB Examinations.

Mathematics helps to develop mental processes that enhance logical and critical thinking, Mathematical problem solving enables us to understand the world around us and to think logically.

The main topics in the curriculum are

  • Functions
  • Number patterns, sequences and series
  • Algebra
  • Differential calculus
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Probability
  • Euclidean Geometry and Measurement
  • Analytic geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Sequences

At the end of Form 5, two three hour examinations are written. Paper 1 covers topics 1 – 6 and Paper 2 covers topics 7 – 10. The papers are equally weighted.

Mathematics is an essential subject for admission to many courses at University.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Mathematics Literacy

Form 4 and 5

We offer the National South African Mathematics Curriculum in Mathematical Literacy and sit the IEB examinations. We do not offer Mathematical Literacy to Form 3 students as we believe many students mature academically in Form 3 and during this year we are able to gain insight into the students who would benefit from the Mathematical Literacy course.

Mathematical Literacy enables students to understand Mathematics found in real life contexts. Mathematical Literacy involves the use of elementary mathematical concepts and skills relevant to making sense of Mathematics found in everyday life. The contest is integrated and based on authentic real life contexts.

Topics covered include:

  • Interpreting answers and calculations
  • Numbers
  • Patterns
  • Finance
  • Measurements
  • Maps, plans
  • Data handling
  • Probability

At the end of Form 5, two three hour exams are written which are equally weighted.

Mathematical Literacy is not accepted for admission to certain courses at university. It does, however, count towards a student’s academic progress and can assist students to obtain a higher rating for courses which do not require Mathematics.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.

Physical Science

Students follow the IEB syllabus for Natural Science in Form 1 and Form 2 where Physical Science is taught and examined as an independent subject.

In Forms 3, 4 and 5, Physical Science – as set out in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) – is offered.

Physical and chemical phenomena are investigated through scientific enquiry; application of scientific models, theories and laws to predict events in the physical environment. It includes the studies of certain knowledge and essential practical skills.

Practical work forms an integral part of the syllabus. The students compile a Continuous Assessment portfolio, which forms part of the final mark in Form 5. This portfolio consists of various tasks, some of which are practical investigations.

Extra lessons are available to students who require additional support.