“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” Albert Einstein, Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
Physics is the study of how and why the world works: from the smallest particles to the edges of the Universe, Physicists are the people with the answers. At IGCSE you will study ideas about matter, motion, thermal physics, light and sound, magnetism, electricity and radiation.
At A Level you’ll look in even more depth at motion, materials science, wave theory, theories of light, electrical and gravitational fields, and particle theory.
That’s why it’s interesting; but why is it useful to you? A qualification in Physics at school will open doors to University careers in Medicine, Engineering and Mathematics – in fact many courses require Physics, and most admire it.
This knowledge could be the foundation to further study, and let you become one of the people driving technological changes. From designing GPS satellites, to building the Burj Khalifa; from mobile phones handsets to the latest military hardware; and from leading Games design to Financial leadership, Physics graduates are always there at the forefront. Your excellent analytical ability and problem solving skills will be proven and you’ll be in demand the world over.
For those students with good English Language skills and strong Mathematics, Physics at IGCSE and A Level opens many doors in your future, and it opens your mind today.
A zest for knowledge and an enquiring mind are great attributes for a purposeful adult life. The ethos of the biology laboratory is to encourage boys and girls to stretch the boundaries of their individual ability. A strong emphasis is placed on discussion, research and the use of resources to stimulate independent thinking. Likewise encouragement is given to foster individual organisation and self discipline in order to facilitate meeting tasks and deadlines.
The academically rigorous course covers a diverse range of topics and provides a stimulating and challenging experience in which practical investigation and modern day contexts play prominent roles. The IGCSE course lays an optimum foundation for further success at A-level and beyond.
Biology is a popular and dynamic subject studied by more than six hundred students each week at Gulf English School. This is a vibrant department consisting of six enthusiastic teachers supported by two excellent technicians.
A significant number of students proceed to study a variety of Biology related degrees at university including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Natural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences and Physiotherapy.
When studying Science at Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to be creative; to question; to investigate; to discuss topical issues that will affect their lives in the future.
Students at Key Stage 3 study general Science using the Cambridge Checkpoint texts which lead into the IGCSE course. Studying Science at this level should be fun with a strong emphasis on practical work and developing a student’s interest in wanting to know more about the world around them. We aim to inspire and nurture student’s interests in the three main areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics through an integrated programme of study and believe we do just that with a team of dedicated and passionate staff.
GES boasts a suite of 12 Science labs which are modern and bright. Students will often study with a single teacher for the whole year. During Year 9 students can select which Sciences they wish to study.the majority of students opt to take 3 separate Sciences at IGCSE.
Chemistry is a science that satiates an inquisitive mind by exploring fascinating questions. Its study involves understanding concepts that explain daily observations of natural phenomenon. It underpins research responsible for major advances from medicine to materials technologies which continue to improve the quality of our life.
Chemistry equips a student with key skills that are central to many disciplines at university and beyond: the ability to understand abstract concepts; think analytically and logically as well as numerical and written skills. A degree in Chemistry can lead to a wide range of career choices from clinical professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, forensic science to pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries as well as cosmetic, food and material sciences. Beyond these obvious choices Chemistry graduates are sought in finance, accounting and business sectors, and one need not stop there.
At GES students in Year 7, 8 and 9 learn about the building blocks of matter- elements and how these combine to make molecules. Students learn about the world around them by a simple understanding of The Particle Theory and its application in the states of matter. Through experiments they learn about the different types of reactions and their relevance in daily life as well as recording data and understanding trends.
Students at IGCSE continue to develop a deeper understanding of the elements and the forces that bind them together into molecules and giant structures. They continue to expand their knowledge base of different types of reactions and learn to write these as chemical equations. Properties of metals and their extraction are learnt in the context of their daily lives to help them relate to the importance of limited resources and recycling. They continue to gain an understanding of the main reactions and processes used in industry as well economic and environmental factors involved, all the while developing key analytical and experimental skills.
Chemistry is a popular subject at A-level which gives students the opportunity to further develop the key scientific skills highlighted above. It is an academic subject that is highly valued by leading universities as entry-level to a wide range of courses.
Environmental management is concerned with education for sustainable development in a world where the security of resources and life-sustaining systems is endangered by human impact. The syllabus draws upon disciplines such as biology, earth science, geography, economics and anthropology.
It starts with the interdependence of the Earth's natural systems and how people use natural resources, and moves on to examine the impact of development on the environment. Issues such as environmental pollution and resource depletion are examined, but the view of them is forward looking, to see how we may change the nature of development towards future sustainability.