IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is a two-year program leading to externally set, marked and certificated examinations by Cambridge Assessment International Education. It is a unique UK government endorsed program provided to thousands of schools around the world.
Students are offered curriculum across Years 10 and 11 that includes around 7 IGCSE examination subjects. The list includes core subjects, such as the English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Three or four other subjects might be taken from Global Perspectives, French, Business Studies, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Art and Design, Music, and Drama. The exact availability of subjects in a particular year depends on a number of factors. What is ensured is suitability for our students and learning experience quality.
In England, beginning in 1951, a two-tier examination system was established, originally as GCE at Ordinary Level (O Levels for 16 year olds) and Advanced Level (A Levels for 18 year olds). In 1988, O Levels were replaced in by the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education). At the same time, Cambridge agreed to make special provision for the growing number of international schools that were being established throughout the world in order to cater for children of diplomats and the increasingly mobile workforce of international corporations. This was based on the GCSE and named the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the courses we offer today.