The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a two-year course of study comprising Grades 9 and 10 for students aged 14 to 16 years. IGCSE programme caters to the needs of the students with diverse interests and abilities and who are ready to move around the world.
Successful students receive an internationally recognized qualification, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education which is equivalent in standard to the international GCE Ordinary level and British GCSE examination.
The curriculum is suitable for students of all nationalities and all levels of ability. It provides an ideal preparation for higher level courses such as the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), international GCE Advanced level, SAT and APT, International Baccalaureate and for vocational training and employment. IGCSE is a qualification based on examinations in individual subjects of study, with IGCSE qualifications and grades issued for each subject taken, much like Advanced Placement examinations in the United States.
In Cambridge IGCSE, Core curriculum is designed to be accessible for all children. The Extended curriculum is available for students who are highly capable and highly motivated. All students take a balanced programme of subjects to establish the foundation of knowledge and to enable an informed choice of elective subjects in later years.
IGCSE covers a broad range of subjects with Syllabi which are flexible, well structured, engaging & up-to-date; motivating students to learn and to apply their knowledge. This is regularly reviewed to keep track of the student's progress throughout the year.
English as a First Language (Oral endorsement - 0500)
English as a Second Language (Oral Endorsement - 0510)
Hindi as a Second Language (0549)
Tamil GCE O level (3226)
HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
English Literature (0486)
Cambridge International Mathematics (0607)
PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE
Business Studies (0450)
Information and Communication Technology (0417)
*Minimum five subjects must be taken. It is mandatory to take one subject from each group. English and Mathematics are compulsory.
In response to systems of education more accustomed to awards that evaluate students across a group of subjects, Cambridge offers the International Certificate of Education or Cambridge ICE, which – according to CIE – is popular in the United States and South America.
The ICE award aims at offering a broad-based curriculum and is issued to students who pass examinations with A*-C in at least seven Cambridge IGCSE subjects from five different subject groups (humanities and social sciences, science, mathematics, and creative, technical and vocational), including two different languages. The newly introduced English Baccalaureate, by contrast, is awarded to students achieving grades C or better in five subjects, including English and mathematics. The ICE award is awarded in three grades: Distinction, Merit and Pass. Minimum seven subjects must be taken. Minimum two subjects from Group 1 should be opted. Minimum one subject should be taken from each group from 2 to 5. The seventh subject can be taken from Group 1 to 5.
Note: Able students have the option of engaging all 3 Science subjects or additional Humanities subjects. (The minimum enrolment required to offer a subject is five candidates)