Watershed College

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Academics

Education is a key enabler for our future generations. Through education, we ensure that our students emerge with the skills and character required for continued progress in life. We have a strong and forward-looking education system at Watershed College, guided by Christian ethos.

The academic curriculum at Watershed College has been designed primarily to prepare students fully for the Cambridge IGCSE and ‘A’ Level examinations. The basic philosophy is to offer a broad range of subjects throughout the six years of study. In the first year, students will be expected to study all subjects offered and from this broad base, they will make choices each year which will narrow the range of subjects studied, according to their individual interests. In addition, subjects relating to Life Skills have been incorporated into the curriculum. Important amongst these subjects are courses related to Christian Education and Career Guidance which are both very important in the 21st century.

Form 1

The following subjects are taught to all form 1 students:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Shona
  • Accounting
  • French
  • Science
  • ICDL
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Instruction

There are six subjects which fall within the Technical Subjects Group:

  • Art
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Music
  • Graphics products
  • Resistant Material
  • Agriculture

These are taken in rotation so that by the end of their form one year, every student will have done all the subjects.

We are also looking at introducing Travel & Tourism, Environmental Management and Food & Nutrition.

At the end of the year each student will be required to choose one from the six Technical subjects for study for the next three years leading to the IGCSE examinations. 

Form 2 

Except for technical subjects, students continue with the same curriculum as for form 1. Mathematics will now be in sets - usually four in the whole form. Students are fitted into these sets according to their ability and performances in the subject in form one. At the end of year, more choices will be made for courses to be studied in Forms three and four.

Form 3 

Download A complete Guide to form 3 subject choices.

English Language will now be in sets, usually four in the whole form. The ‘A’ stream is now divided into an ARTS class (3AA) and a SCIENCE class (3AS). There is a B stream class which studies Combined Science. Only the 3AS class will be registered for all three Science subjects – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students in the other two classes may only choose one science subject, but they will all study Accounting or Business Studies which is not offered to the AS class.

There are a variety of options available to students depending on the class that they belong to. The set-up is as follows: 

3AS

  • English Language
  • Literature/French/History/Travel & Tourism/PE
  • Geography/Religious Studies
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Religious Instruction
  • Guidance & Counselling

3AA

  • English Language
  • Literature/French/Travel & Tourism/PE
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting/Business Studies
  • Geography/Religious Studies
  • ICT
  • History
  • Physical Science/ Biology
  • Religious Instruction
  • Guidance & Counselling

3B

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting/Business Studies
  • Geography/Religious Studies
  • ICT
  • French/History/Travel & Tourism/PE
  • Combined Science
  • Religious Instruction
  • Guidance & Counselling

Some syllabi are available at two different levels, CORE or EXTENDED. An Extended syllabus leads to an ‘A’ Level course in the subject but a Core syllabus does not. History, Geography and all the Technical subjects are available at the Extended Level only. The Science subjects are taught at the Extended level except Combined Science. For English and Mathematics, the students will follow the Extended course until the end of the year before a decision between Core and Extended is made. As in Form two, students will be divided into sets for Mathematics and also for English. 

Form 4
Students continue with the same subjects they studied in Form Three until they write the final examinations. Music students write ABRSM examinations in theory and in practical, in addition to the Cambridge examinations.

‘A’ Level

Enrolment for ‘A’ Level commences once the IGCSE and ‘O’ Level examinations have been written. Prospective students are interviewed at the school. Students normally study three ‘A’ Level subjects of their choice. The subjects are divided into four groups as follows:

1. English Literature, Chemistry, Accounting, Geography

2. History, Mathematics.

3. Physics, Geography, Business, IT

4. Biology, Business, Design & Technology, Art & Design, Divinity

A student may not choose more than one subject from each group. In addition to their chosen subjects all students will attend classes in English General Paper, Careers, Life skills and ICDL.