OSA Cambridge SciencesFebruary 3, 2022 2023-03-08 13:49
OSA Cambridge Sciences
The Applied Sciences curriculum is strongly based on technology and laboratory practice, aiming to develop the knowledge, skills and ability required to pursue the development of scientific and technological research.
The OSA Cambridge Sciences Liceo features the teaching of computer science and a large amount of hours dedicated to the study of natural sciences and physics.
The methodologies used allow students to approach contemporary issues critically and con-sciously, developing a sense of responsibility and organisational and teamwork skills.
The Applied Sciences curriculum is also an IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) program. The school was approved as a Cambridge School in February 2019.
OUR SCHOOL IS PART OF THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF CAMBRIDGE SCHOOLS:
The school is part of the Network of Cambridge Schools that includes all of the Italian schools offering an IGCSE program. The Network aims to support Cambridge International Schools and, in particular, to share teaching activities, training initiatives, ideas and materials.
Every year the Network organises various activities, the most important of which are the summer camp, the annual national conference, the regional meetings for macro-areas and the meetings with British associates.
By joining the Cambridge Schools Network, our school has become a part of a network that supports and reinforces the IGCSE pathway. This makes constant exchange and fruitful cooperation with our colleagues from other schools possible.
The other activities offered by the Network can be viewed at the following link: https://www.scuolecambridge.it/
The approval process consists of 3 steps.. First of all, an Expression of Interest Form is sent, followed by a formal Application Form containing all of the necessary information. Finally, the school receives an approval visit by two Cambridge representatives, specifically the Senior Manager for Italy & Southeastern Europe and the Schools Relationship Manager for Italy. To date, the approval process has been successfully completed.
WHY CHOOSE THE IGCSE PATHWAY:
The IGCSE pathway helps to improve the approach to General English as well as that to the specific language. With this curriculum, students are taught a British approach in studying (in many cases, quite different from the Italian approach) that allows them to access university and the world of employment.
Many Italian universities (Università Cattolica, Università Bocconi di Milano, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Università di Genova, Università di Udine, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, John Cabot University di Roma, Università di Siena, Università di Pisa, Univer-sità degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, among others) as well as universities abroad accept IGCSE graduation, although this may differ depending on the university and based on the exam and the final grade achieved.
In the UK, the IGCSE is considered equivalent to the GCSE examinations taken normally by British students when they are 16 (when mandatory education ends). Cambridge IGCSE certificates confer additional scores in Italian and other international uni-versities that have admission selection procedures in place.
WHAT IGCSE MEANS AND WHAT ARE THE SUBJECTS STUDIED:
IIGCSE is the acronym for International General Certificate of Secondary Education.
Students following an IGCSE pathway are studying subjects partially in Italian and mostly in English, without overlay but rather by implementing a more flexible learning method.
QUALIFICATION OF TEACHERS:
The teachers implementing the Cambridge pathway are all qualified to teach English and/or are holders of Cambridge International Certifications or IELTS that range from level B2 (First) to level C2 (Proficiency). All IGCSE pathway teachers have attended or are attending specif-ic training courses activated specifically for each subject by Cambridge International.
IGCSE SUBJECTS AND HOURS:
- 1st year: Geography, English as second language;
- 2nd year: Geography, Mathematics, English as second language;
- 3rd year: Mathematics, Chemistry, Literature in English;
- 4th year: Chemistry, Literature in English;
- 5th year: Dedicated solely to the Italian curriculum.
Activities and Projects
The activities and projects of the Liceo Scientifico OSA Cambridge does not regard only the specific areas of science, IT and technologies. In fact, linguistic projects and activities are equally important thanks to the boarding school’s becoming a part of the Cambridge Schools Network.