What is IGCSE ?

IGCSE or  "International General Certificate of Secondary Education" is offered by the University of Cambridge and is internationally accepted as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and the GCE, O level. In USA, IGCSE is accepted as equivalent to their Senior High School Certificate. In the sub-continent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh), IGCSE is as accepted as equal to SSC or matric.

IGCSE, in comparison to the GCE O level, is a new and stimulating curriculum suitable for the whole ability range. While the GCE is said to be more subject oriented, IGCSE claims to be both subject and student oriented. 

For more information about IGCSE, visit its official site at : International General Certificate of Secondary of Education

This School covers the IGCSE curriculum in 2 years : in grades IX and X.
(65% in IX and 35% in X). 

Most American universities and those running on the American pattern (offering 4 years degree course) admit students directly after IGCSE. However, universities running on the British pattern (offering 3 years degree course) expect another two years of intermediate level education in the form of A-levels or HSSC before accepting students for higher education.

For IGCSE, Scheme of Subjects, click here

IGCSE Scheme of Subjects

In grades IX and X, this school prepares students for the IGCSE examination of the University of Cambridge, UK. The scheme of IGCSE is explained below:

The "International General Certificate of Secondary Education" is offered by the University of Cambridge and is internationally accepted as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and the GCE, O level.

IGCSE, in comparison to the GCE O level, is a new and stimulating curriculum suitable for the whole ability range. While the GCE is said to be more subject oriented, IGCSE claims to be both subject and student oriented.

This School covers the IGCSE curriculum in 2 years : in grades IX and X.
(65% in IX and 35% in X).

IGCSE SUBJECTS : IGCSE covers a broad range of subjects. Of those subjects available under IGCSE and other syllabuses adopted (basically conducted by other examining boards) by the University of Cambridge, this School has made arrangements for the teaching of the following :
 

GROUP

TITLE

SUBJECTS

I

LANGUAGES
Second Language
First Language

Foreign Languages


English
Arabic

French/Urdu/Hindi/Bengali

II

HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

History/Islamic Studies (adopted)

III

SCIENCE

Physics, Chemistry, Biology

IV

MATHEMATICS

 

V

CREATIVE TECHNICAL & VOCATIONAL

Computer Studies

 

Selection of subjects :

A student is expected to make his/her selection of subjects when he/she enters grade IX. While the IGCSE is basically a subject examination system allowing a student the freedom to select any number of subjects irrespective of the grouping, the school for its own administrative and academic reasons can not extend this freedom to its students. It has therefore to offer the subjects under a structured scheme ensuring a balanced curriculum for every student.

This School has prepared a subject scheme after considering the requirements of students belonging to different nationalities. Students are not allowed to drop any subject in grades VIII and IX as this is also not permitted by the Ministry of Education, UAE.

Scale of Grades : At the IGCSE examination, the examinees are assessed on an 8 point grading scale : A* . A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Candidates who perform outstandingly well in a subject are awarded a "starred A" (A*). Grade G is awarded for the minimum satisfactory performance.

(ICE) International Certificate of Education :

The ICE is awarded to candidates who demonstrate their competence across a wide range of subjects and who fulfil the following conditions :

The candidate selects at least 7 subjects under a structured scheme, i.e. 2 subjects from group I and at least one from each of the other groups. (Please refer to the table above).

The 7 or more subjects should be attempted in a single sitting. 

Successful candidates are placed in one of the following categories:  

Distinction : Grade A in five subjects and Grade C or above in two subjects.

Merit : Grade C or above in five subjects and Grade F or above in two subjects

Pass: Grade G or above in seven subjects.