International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a 2 year course at the end of which students sit examinations set by Cambridge International Exams, a division of the University of Cambridge.
Information about Cambridge International Examinations and IGCSEs
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. Part of the University of Cambridge, these qualifications are recognised by the world’s leading universities and employers.
The IGCSE programme is the world’s most popular international qualification for students in the 14 - 16 age group. It is widely recognised as evidence of academic ability and gives flexibility to their learning and choice of subjects. Whilst we are not in a position to offer the same breadth, there are some 70 subjects that are currently available to students worldwide.
IGCSE courses are currently taught in over 140 countries, in almost 3,700 schools worldwide, including 1,300 in the UK. Increasingly, large schools in the UK are looking to the IGCSE rather than its non-international counterpart, due to its additional rigour and breath.
The Purpose and Function of IGCSEs
IGCSEs are the world’s most popular international qualifications for 14 to 16-year-olds. They are your gateway to higher education or professional studies in your home country or overseas. They can help you:
- Get a place at college or university abroad
- Find better career opportunities
- Pass the language tests for emigrating or studying in another country. For example, achieving a Grade C in IGCSE English is often enough to satisfy the language requirements for some universities in English-speaking nations
- Develop skills that help you lead a more exciting and successful life