The Cambridge IGCSE certificate is awarded to students aged 14 to 16. It is developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations, also known as CIE.
The Cambridge IGCSE examinations are conducted in the months of May and October and results are released in August and January respectively.
The Cambridge IGCSE certificate is equivalent to the GCSE examinations in UK and GCE O Levels in Singapore.
As of January 2021, there are over 70 subjects available and schools can offer them in any combination.
Read also: Quick Cambridge IGCSE Subject Guide For Students and Parents
A student will be awarded the ICE (International Certificate of Education) for those who achieve 7 subject passes (from A* to C) across the following groups:
There are 5 groups students have to choose their subjects from and they are Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences, Mathematics and Creative and Professional.
The ICE is awarded in three grades: Distinction, Merit, and Pass. It requires 2 passes in Languages, and one pass in every other group, whilst the seventh subject may be in any group to qualify for an award.
Students are graded on the scale of A* to G, A* being the highest achievable grade and G being the lowest.
Here is the breakdown of the grade range in percentage.
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Find out more about their grading here.
After Cambridge IGCSE
Students often choose to move on to the IB Diploma Programme after completing their Cambridge IGCSE. Though there are still numerous students that move on to the Cambridge AS or A-Levels.
The benefit of IGCSE certification
1 – Allows students to transition to other curriculums smoothly
The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers students a well-rounded education and a sturdy coverage of all the subjects. This helps ensure students who are intending to switch to another curriculum have a smooth transition.
Additionally, even for students who are moving countries, the IGCSE is recognized worldwide, hence no matter where you move, the curriculum will be able to help you transition to any other curriculums.
It is well known that students move onto the IB Diploma Programme after completing their Cambridge IGCSE.
2 – World recognized certificate
The IGCSE certificate is officially accepted by thousands of higher education institutions, employers, and governments globally. This certificate also opens doors to higher education, improves job prospects, and because this qualification is accepted around the world, increases mobility.
3 – Develops essential skills for students to prosper
The curriculum encourages students to develop vital educational skills such as oral skills, investigative skills, problem-solving, teamwork, and initiatives.
4 – Learner-Centric Approach
The curriculum prioritized students’ learning needs and uses teaching and learning practices to optimize the way a student learns. Hence, your growth and development at IGCSE is highly valued and prioritized by the board.
5 – Inquiry-based learning
IGCSE promotes learning through exploration and real-life connections. The course encourages students to investigate real-life issues and develop questions and analysis that helps to further their understanding of the world.