The IGCSE is widely recognised as evidence of academic ability and gives flexibility to the students’ learning and choice of subjects. It offers students a broad, general education, challenging and rich in knowledge but based on a varied classroom approach. This gives students with a range of learning preferences the opportunity to succeed.
IGCSE LEARNER KNOWLEDGE
The IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in: - Subject content - Applying knowledge and understanding to new and unfamiliar situations - Intellectual enquiry - Flexibility and responsiveness to change - Working and communicating in English - Influencing outcome - Cultural awareness
IGCSE EXAMINATION BOARDS
At LCIS, we use two exam boards that offer a version of the IGCSE qualification:
First taught in 1986 (in line with the introduction of GCSEs in the UK) the Cambridge IGCSE is developed by Cambridge Assessment International Education. Part of the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge IGCSE offers over 70 subjects. Aside from core subjects such as Mathematics, Sciences and English, there are a variety of other subjects touching the humanities, business, and 30 languages.
EDEXCEL INTERNATIONAL GCSE
Created by the University of London, Edexcel was formed as an educational body in 1996. An Edexcel IGCSE certification can be attained across 37 subjects. Their exams are also set across schools in the UK, closely aligning their IGCSE programme with students studying in the UK.
THE IGCSE CURRICULUM
Students may choose to pursue an IGCSE qualification in a wide variety of subjects, with no limits on the number of qualifications they may sit. Normally, a student will study each subject over a two-year period before undertaking examinations and assessments when their proficiency around what they have learned is graded. However, there is no time limit on how long a student needs to study before taking exams.
The way students are graded varies depending on the exam board. Many students are now graded on a 9-1 system, with Level 9 the highest-level achievement, down to the lowest level, Level 1.
At LCIS, we teach the IGCSE alongside a key IB element as part of our unique blended curriculum: Theory of Knowledge (ToK), preparing students for this key area of the core at Diploma level.
There are a number of compulsory subjects, which are studied by all students. Other subjects are optional and each student is able to select the combination that they wish to study.
Compulsory Core subjects include:
- French A or French B
- English Language & English Literature
- Mathematics • Sciences*
- Theory of Knowledge
* At LCIS, students can choose between
• Double Award Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) and
• DT, Computer Science or Academic PE
• Triple Award: Biology, Chemistry & Physics
In addition, students can choose 3 options from the following subjects:
- Academic PE (Physical Education)
- Business Studies
- Design Technology
- EAL (English as an Additional Language)
- Computer Science
- LS (Learning Support)