International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is taken at the Class 10 level, similar to the Class 10 examinations of the CBSE and ICSE or the middle years Programme of the IB. IGCSE, formed in 1988, is a comprehensive two-year programme, spread over Class 9 and 10, and leads to the final examinations offered every year in May and November.

IGCSE assessment is conducted by two UK assessment bodies: Edexcel (also known as London Examinations) and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

There are five Subject Groups in IGCSE with several subjects to choose from, in each group:

  • Group 1: Languages (First Language, Second Language, Foreign Language, etc)
  • Group 2: Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography, English Literature, History, etc)
  • Group 3: Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc)
  • Group 4: Mathematics (Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, etc)
  • Group 5: Creative, Technical & Vocational (Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Studies, Music, etc)

For each subject, the certificate merely indicates the grades scored, and not pass or fail.

Five scores of 'C' or higher indicates a student's readiness to pursue +2 level qualifications, like the Class 12 CBSE, IB Diploma, Advanced Placement Diploma (US), etc.

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