Cambridge Ur. Secondary (IGCSE)

The Cambridge Upper Secondary (IGCSE) is a two-year course of study comprising Grades 9 and 10 for students aged 14 to 16 years. This 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, the 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.

Subjects Offered

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.

Group I

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)

French (0520)

Spanish (0530)*

Group II

Economics (0455)

English Literature (0475)

Environmental Management (0680)*

Group III

Physics (0625)

Biology (0610)

Chemistry (0620)

Environmental Management (0680)*

Group IV

Cambridge International Mathematics (0607)

Mathematics without coursework (0580)

Group V

Business Studies (0450)

Information and Communication Technology (0417)

Art & Design (0400)

*Minimum five subjects must be taken. English and Mathematics are compulsory.
*Offered at CPS Global School, Thirumazhisai Only

International Certificate of Education

The Cambridge International Certificate of Education (ICE) is a group award designed for schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. It allows students to demonstrate competence across a wide range of subjects and skills.

Students who wish to apply for the Cambridge ICE:

  • Select minimum of 7 subjects from the above 5 Subject Groups
  • English [EFL or ESL] and one more language from Group I is a must
  • Minimum one subject should be opted from each Group from II to V
  • Seventh subject can be taken from any of the 5 Subject Groups

The ICE may be awarded at one of the three levels - Distinction, Merit and Pass based on the grades scored by the student.

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)