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IGCSE is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-17 year olds; covering year 10 to 12. It brings out the best in students and develops successful learners through a skills-based approach to teaching and assessing.

IGCSE is taken in over 100 countries worldwide and is widely recognised by higher education institutions and employers around the world as evidence of academic ability. It is equivalent to the GCSE in the United Kingdom. In some parts of the world, schools use IGCSE as an international alternative to the local government’s examination.

The School can offer any combination of subjects. Each subject is certificated separately. Within the international curriculum over 70 subjects are available, including more than 30 language courses, offering a variety of routes for learners of different abilities. IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

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  • Applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations

  • Intellectual enquiry

  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change

  • Working and communicating in English

  • Influencing outcomes

  • Cultural awareness

Learners have the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them – they either follow a broad course of study, or specialize in a particular area.

Cambridge/Edexcel International AS and A Level:

The School can offer Cambridge/Edexcel International AS Level as a qualification in its own right or as a stage on the way to the Cambridge/Edexcel International A Level. Learners can study Cambridge/Edexcel International AS Level alongside other subjects to increase breadth in the curriculum and build further knowledge and understanding to other subjects they are studying at Cambridge/Edexcel International A Level.

Choosing between O Level, AS level or A Level depends primarily on the requirements of each college; hence it differs from one college to another and from one university to another.  The school has a list of the required subjects and grades for different colleges that is used for advising students in selecting the appropriate subjects.

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Assessment for Cambridge/Edexcel IGCSE includes written and oral tests, coursework and practical assessment. The school has the option of assessing learners using only external examinations or, in most subjects, combining examinations with coursework. Coursework is set and marked by the teacher and externally moderated by Cambridge or Edexcel.

Each learner’s performance is benchmarked using five internationally recognised grades (A* – D), where A* is awarded for the highest level of achievement and D indicates the minimum required performance. There are clear guidelines which explain the standard of achievement for different grades.  However, there is no A* grading in the certification of Cambridge International AS Level, which so far continue to run from Grade A to Grade U.

Cambridge/Edexcel IGCSE examination sessions occur twice a year.  Cambridge occurs in June and November and Edexcel occurs in June and January. Results are issued in August for June examinations and in January for November examinations and in March for January examinations.

Each subject that a Cambridge/Edexcel international student takes at AS and A Level receives a separately certificated grade.

Cambridge/Edexcel International AS and A Levels use a wide range of assessment processes and techniques to supplement formal written examinations – orals, practical, projects and coursework of differing types are all used in various subjects where they are the most effective and appropriate means of measuring attainment.

Flexibility in assessment:

Learners can choose from a range of assessment options

Assessment options

Option 1

Take the Cambridge International AS Level only. The Cambridge International AS Level syllabus content is half a Cambridge International A Level.

Option 2

Take a ‘staged’ assessment route – take the Cambridge International AS Level in one examination series and complete the final Cambridge International A Level in a subsequent series.

Option 3

Take all papers of the Cambridge International A Level course in the same examination series, usually at the end of the course.

1 Published in the Journal of College Admission (Number 213, Fall 2011)frame-pic_0012_layer-1-copy-11* The staged assessment route (Option 2) is not possible in all subjects. The outcomes awarded for Cambridge International AS Level language syllabuses cannot be carried forward to Cambridge International A Level.

* Students who have completed and cashed-in the Edexcel GCE AS qualifications can transfer their AS credit and complete the A2 units under the new Edexcel International Advanced Levels. However it is not possible to transfer individual units.

* Edexcel’s International GCSEs are linear qualifications, meaning that students take all of the exams at the end of the course.