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British system IG

What is IGCSE?

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is one of the most recognised

qualifications around the world. IGCSE courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills,

including recall of knowledge, oral skills, problem solving, initiative, team work and investigative

skills. The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher level courses, such as A and AS

Levels, the Advanced International Certificate of Education, the North American Advanced

Placement programme and the International Baccalaureate. IGCSE caters for different levels of

ability with a choice between core and extended papers in many subjects. The core curriculum is

based on an overview of the subject and is suitable for students expected to achieve grades C to G.

The extended curriculum is more challenging and designed for students who are expected to achieve

grades A* to C. Grades achieved through either route have the same value.

IGCSE offers a flexible course of study that gives candidates the freedom to choose subjects that are

right for them, whilst providing them with a broad knowledge base and lifelong skills. Where is IGCSE

accepted and recognised? IGCSE is a high profile qualification. It has exactly the same value in

admitting students to institutes of further education and employment as the UK equivalent – GCSE.

• IGCSE is comparable with GCE O Level and the UK GCSE

• IGCSE has an excellent reputation amongst international schools worldwide

• IGCSEs are recognised as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to

universities and colleges around the world

• A good grade (i.e. C or above) in IGCSE English as a Second Language is accepted for entry by

almost all universities in the UK and many in the USA, Canada and Australia as evidence of adequate

competence in the English language.

Who can take IGCSE?

IGCSE is designed to be taught as a two year course for students aged 14 to 17 years. In some

countries IGCSE courses last just one year and there are no formal age regulations. In most subjects

there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of

abilities. Students can enter for the level that is most appropriate for them and this need not be the

same across all subjects.

How is IGCSE taught?

At school, students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects at IGCSE level, at the same

time. In order to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, many students take courses from each of

the IGCSE groups (see subjects listed overleaf), particularly if they’re aiming to go on to further

education. This can lead to the award of the International Certificate of Education – an additional

qualification that recognises students who pass exams in seven or more subjects, including two

languages and one subject from each of the other groups. However it is also possible to study a free

choice of IGCSE subjects. The syllabus is set by Cambridge, but the exact way it is taught will depend

on your school or college. The course differs for each subject, but throughout there will be a mix of

assessment methods, including coursework, practical exercises, oral and listening tests, projects and

written examinations. Examination Information IGCSE courses usually take two years to complete

and exams are taken at the end of that period. Examinations are held in June and November each

year with results issued in August and February respectively. Students must enter for IGCSE through

a registered CIE Centre.

Why choose Cambridge?

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education

programmes and qualifications for learners aged 5 to 19. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a

department of the University of Cambridge, trusted for excellence in education. Our qualifications

are recognised by the world’s universities and employers. Cambridge IGCSE® (International General

Certificate of Secondary Education) is internationally recognised by schools, universities and

employers as equivalent in demand to UK GCSEs.

Why choose Cambridge IGCSE?

Cambridge IGCSEs are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. The syllabuses provide

opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to suit a wide variety of

schools, avoid cultural bias and develop essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking and

problem-solving. Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our programmes and

qualifications to enable candidates to become effective learners and to provide a solid foundation

for their continuing educational journey.

Cambridge IGCSEs are considered to be an excellent preparation for Cambridge International AS and

A Levels, the Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Group Award,

Cambridge Pre-U, and other education programmes, such as the US Advanced Placement program

and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.

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