Middle Years

IB - Middle Years Programme (Current Grade 7 & 8 Batch)

Middle Years Programme: Middle Years at Fountainhead comprise of Grade 7 to 10. Currently, the school offers Middle Years Programme (MYP) of International Baccalaureate (IB) in grade 7 and  CIE- IGCSE programme for grade 8 to 10. CIE- IGCSE programme will gradually be phased out and the school will offer Middle Years Programmes (IB-MYP) in Middle Years. Right now, the school is a Candidate school and is eligible to implement Middle Years Programme (MYP) of International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenges and develops the life skills of students from the ages of 11 to 16.

Award of the IB MYP certificate

The IB MYP certificate will be awarded when all conditions have been met in compliance with the General regulations: Middle Years Programme and as described below.

A candidate may register for any number of subjects (including language acquisition, arts, physical and health education, and design), but only six subjects contribute to the award of the certificate. A candidate must also register for the personal project and an interdisciplinary on-screen examination. If a candidate takes more than one subject from the same subject group, the highest grade from all the subjects in that subject group will count towards the certificate. Where a candidate chooses to take multiple subjects from arts, physical and health education or design, the highest single grade from these subject groups will count towards the certificate.

A grade from at least one subject from each of the following six subject groups must contribute to the award of the certificate.

  • Language and literature
  • Language acquisition (or a second language and literature)
  • Individuals and societies
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Arts  OR Physical and Health Education OR Design

The IB will award an IB MYP certificate to each candidate who has:

  • gained a grade total of at least 28 from six subject groups, the interdisciplinary on- screen examination and the personal project combined, out of a possible maximum of 56.
  • gained at least a grade 3 in at least one subject from each subject group
  • gained at least a grade 3 for the personal project
  • gained at least a grade 3 for the interdisciplinary on-screen examination
  • completed the school’s requirements for community service.

Source:

occ.ibo.org. (2017). Handbook of Procedures for the Middle Years Programme: Assessment 2017. [online] Available at: http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=dSpace%2Fen%2Fm_0_mypxx_coh-nc_1609_2_e%2Epdf [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].

http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=dSpace%2Fen%2Fm_0_mypxx_coh-nc_1609_2_e%2Epdf

Easy interpretation of the passing criteria

The minimum requirement to get a grade total of at least 28 from six subject groups, the interdisciplinary on- screen examination and the personal project combined. Other essential requirements to get IB MYP certificate
Gained at least grade 3  in any 4 subjects. Gained at least grade 4  in any 4 subjects. gained at least a grade 3 in at least one subject from each subject group Gained at least a grade 3 for the personal project. Gained at least a grade 3 for the interdisciplinary on-screen examination. Completed the school’s requirements for community service.

Subjects offered at Fountainhead School

Subjects offered at 7 & 8 from each of the eight subject groups and the Core subjects

Subject Groups Subjects offered
Language & Literature English Language & Literature
Language Acquisition Hindi
Individuals & Societies Integrated Humanities (Including History, Geography, Economics & Business Studies)
Sciences Discrete Sciences (Including  Physics, Chemistry & Biology)
Mathematics Mathematics
Design Digital Design (The study of digital design equips students to create computer- generated digital products/solutions to solve a problem and meet a perceived need.
Product Design (The study of Product design equips students to manipulate a variety of materials to create tangible products/solutions to solve a problem and meet a need.
Arts (Visual Art & Performing Art)
Physical and Health Education Physical and Health Education
Core subjects (Compulsory)
Interdisciplinary Learning At least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit at each year of the MYP in order to integrate knowledge and skills from two or more subject groups in an interdisciplinary manner.
Service Students must meet the service requirement of each MYP year.

 

Subjects to be offered at 9 & 10

Subject Groups Subjects offered No. of slots allocated in the Time Table
Compulsory subjects
Language & Literature English Language & Literature 5
Language Acquisition Hindi 3
Individual & Societies Integrated Humanities (Including History, Geography, Economics & Business Studies) 5
Physics
8
Chemistry
Biology
Mathematics Standard Mathematics 6
Additional Subject (Students need to choose minimum one subject from any one group as mentioned below)
Design Digital Design / Product Design 4/3
OR
Arts Visual Arts / Performing Arts 4
OR
Physical and Health Education Physical and Health Education 4
Optional subjects (Student can choose optional subject from this group depending upon their career choice and overall academic performance)
Language & Literature English Literature 3
Individual & Societies Economics Extended 3
Mathematics Mathamatics Extended 3
Design Digital Design Extended (only if you have chosen DD) 3
Core subjects (Compulsory)
Interdisciplinary Learning At least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit at each year of the MYP in order to integrate knowledge and skills from two or more subject groups in an interdisciplinary manner.
Personal Project MYP Year 5 (Grade 10), students must successfully complete the externally moderated personal project to be eligible for IB MYP course results and the IB MYP certificate.
Additional Slots (Compulsory)
PS 4
AS 2
Assembly 1
HRM 1

It is compulsory to choose one subject between Arts / Physical and Health Education / Product Design/ Digital Design to meet MYP requirement.

Subject combinations might change based on the subject selection of the students. The school has the final rights to make required changes.

Along with the above-mentioned subjects, students have to study compulsory core subjects-

  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Personal project
  • Community Project

Any subjects in addition to the six that contribute to the award of the MYP Certificate will also be indicated on the accompanying MYP Course Results document. Because any additional subjects will not contribute to the MYP Certificate, the results document will not indicate the total number of points achieved.

Comparative study of the subjects offered in IGCSE and IB MYP under the similar subject groups

Name of the subject group IGCSE IB MYP
Language & Literature
Language Acquisition

OR 

Individual & Societies

OR

India Studies – 0447

Sciences
Mathematics
Physical & Health Education
Arts

OR 

ICT/Design

OR

Product Design
OR
Digital Design
Core Subjects (Compulsory) None

MYP subject alignment with DP (Diploma Years Programme) subjects

DP subject group Subjects currently offered at DP Alignment with MYP subjects
Group 1
  • English A Language & Literature – HL
  • English A Language & Literature – SL
  • Hindi A -Literature
English Language & LiteratureHindi
Group 2
  • Hindi B – HL
  • Hindi B- SL
Hindi
  • French ab-initio – SL
New subject which can be taken after studying Hindi in MYP
Group 3
  • Business Management – HL
  • Business Management – SL
  • Global Politics – HL
  • Global Politics – SL
Integrated Humanities (Including History, Geography, Economics & Business Studies)
  • Information Technology in Global Society – HL
  • Information Technology in Global Society – SL
Digital Design (Standard) (compulsory for ITGS/CS)Digital Design (Extended) (preferred for ITGS/CS)
  • Economics – HL
  • Economics – SL
Economics (strongly recommended for Economics HL)
  • Psychology – HL
  • Psychology – SL
New subject which can be taken up in DP
Group 4
  • Biology – HL
  • Biology – SL
Biology
  • Physics – HL
  • Physics – SL
Physics
  • Chemistry – HL
  • Chemistry – SL
Chemistry
  • Computer Science – HL
  • Computer Science – SL
Digital Design (Extended)
  • Environmental system and Societies (ESS)
Integrated Sciences (can take ESS or PCB  at SL)
Group 5
  • Mathematics – HL
Extended Mathematics (strongly recommended for Maths HL)
  • Mathematics – SL
  • Mathematical Studies – SL
Standard Mathematics
Group 6
  • Visual Arts – HL
  • Visual Arts – SL
Visual Arts
DP Core subjects
  • Extended essay
Personal Project
  • Creativity, activity & Service
Community project

Bibliography

Source:

  • occ.ibo.org. (2017). Handbook of Procedures for the Middle Years Programme: Assessment 2017. [online] Available at: http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=dSpace%2Fen%2Fm_0_mypxx_coh-nc_1609_2_e%2Epdf [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].
  • occ.ibo.org. (2017). General Regulations: Middle years programme. [online] Available at: http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=myp%2Fm_0_mypxx_reg_1404_4g_e%2Epdf [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].

For more details regarding IB MYP subjects, click on the link below to access the subject briefs

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0By9V6LqFVFnnUzlVWGJKQUIzc0E

CIE IGCSE program (Current Grade 9 & 10 Batches)

Fountainhead has been authorized to run the CIE IGCSE program since 2011. Our first batch of Grade 10 appeared in the IGCSE examinations in May -June of 2014.

Middle Years Programme (Grade 9-10) At Fountainhead, we offer CIEcheck point and CIE- IGCSEprogramme for the middle years. The curriculum encourages vital educational skills,problem-solving and teamwork and is designed to ensure that the students have a smooth transition from middle school to senior years.Curriculum for Grade 7 & 8 for Mathematics and Science follows the CIE Checkpoint textbooks so that our students are ready for the IGCSE. For Languages (English and Hindi) and Social Studies, the school has picked up a range of high-quality text to give the students the best possible exposure and preparation for the IGCSE.

IGCSE Programme: The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) provides a broad-based curriculum for students of age group 14-16 years old. It is a comprehensive two-year programme for Grade 9 & 10. Students appear for the IGCSE examinations conducted by CIE at the end of Grade-10.Cambridge IGCSE encourages a learner-centered and enquiry-based approach to learning. IGCSE is one of the most sought-after and recognized qualifications in the world. It develops and encourages vital educational skills, including oral skills, investigative skills, problem-solving, teamwork, recall of knowledge and initiative.Cambridge qualifications are recognized worldwide and are also equivalent to the Indian boards- Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education. It provides an excellent foundation for their next step in education, including progression to higher level courses such as A and AS Level and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.There are five subject groups in IGCSE with several subjects to choose from in each group. A minimum of 5 subjects is needed for IGCSE.  The International Certificate of Education (ICE) is prestigious and better recognized than the standard IGCSE.

The seven subjects for ICE, must be as follows:

  • Two subjects from the language group
  • One from each of the other four groups

Subjects offered at Fountainhead School are:

Subjects in IGCSE Classes IX and X

(all the IGCSE subject are available at CIE Webite – Click – CIE website here)

Group 1

(Languages)

Group 2

(Humanities & Social Sciences)

Group 3

(Sciences)

Group 4

(Mathematics)

Group 5

(Creative, Technical & Vocational)[Minimum 1 subject from Group 5]

First Language- English (EFL) – 0500 (compulsory)

Global Perspectives – 0457

OR

India Studies – 0447

Coordinated Sciences [Physics, Chemistry and Biology]– 0654 (compulsory)

International Mathematics – 0607 (compulsory)

Computer Science-0478

OR

Information Certification Technology (ICT) – 0417

Hindi as a Second Language – 0549

OR

French Foreign Language(0520)

English Literature – 0486 (optional)

Additional Mathematics– 0606 (Optional)

Art and Design – 0400

Economics (optional) – 0455

 Enterprise – 0454

Most students in classes IX and X will be doing a minimum of 8 credits (7 subjects) and a maximum of 9 or 10 credits (8-9 subjects) depending on their area of interest. This ensures that students are eligible for ICE and in addition are being prepared for the requirements of the IB Diploma Program.

For additional information and the syllabus, log on to www.cie.org.uk and see the FAQs

What is Cambridge ICE?

The Cambridge ICE certificate is a group award designed for schools that want to offer a broad curriculum. Candidates enter and sit for a minimum of seven subjects selected from the five IGCSE curriculum areas: 

  • Group 1 – Languages
  • Group 2 – Humanities
  • Group 3 – Sciences
  • Group 4 – Mathematics
  • Group 5 – Creative and Vocational

Cambridge ICE is awarded to candidates who pass in at least seven Cambridge IGCSE subjects, including two from Group 1 and one from each of Groups 2 to 5. The seventh subject may be chosen from any of the syllabus groups.

Why ICE is Important?

Candidates who qualify for the Cambridge ICE award will be placed in one of three categories:

  • Distinction – Grade A or better in five subjects and grade C or better in two subjects.
  • Merit – Grade C or better in five subjects and grade F or better in two subjects.
  • Pass – Grade G or better in seven subjects.

Another important benefit that Cambridge ICE offers is that candidates can demonstrate competence across a wide range of subjects and skills. Cambridge ICE carries greater currency in its own right in those countries where it is popular.

Full details of the subject groups and procedures for making entries for Cambridge ICE can be found in section 4 of the Cambridge Guide to Making Entries.

Are there any drawbacks for not taking ICE Award?

No, ICE is important for the reasons mentioned above however it does not hold any significant value in the admission process of any other school or university as schools and universities look for percentage scored in a given subject and not the overall performance.

Most Indian universities require marks or percentage scores for undergraduate admissions. In the absence of marks, universities convert grades to Percentage Uniform Marks. Since Percentage Uniform Marks are provided for each subject for students in India, grades to marks conversion is not required. Percentage Uniform Marks can be found on the Statement of Results alongside grades. Schools/universities have not asked for ICE certificate as a requirement for admission.

This will not have any impact on getting AIU equivalence certificate too as AIU recognises passes in 5 Cambridge IGCSE/O Level subjects including English Language as equivalent to Standard 10. You may provide a copy of AIU’s equivalence statement to the admitting school/university.