Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally recognised and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. It incorporates the best in international education for learners at this level. It develops in line with changing needs, and is regularly updated and extended. Cambridge IGCSE teachers can draw on excellent resources, training and advice from subject experts.

Cambridge IGCSE encourages learner-centred and enquiry-based approaches to learning. It develops learners' skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, giving learners excellent preparation for the next stage in their education. Schools can build a core curriculum, extend it to suit their learners and introduce cross-curricular perspectives. Clearly defined learning outcomes and content, mean Cambridge IGCSE is compatible with other curricula and is internationally relevant and sensitive to different needs and cultures.

Assessment for Cambridge IGCSE usually takes place at the end of the two-year course and includes written and oral tests, coursework and practical assessment. Schools have 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 CIE.

In most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities. Each learner’s performance is benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades. There are clear guidelines which explain the standard of achievement for different grades.

IGCSE subjects for Years 10/11

Core Subjects: (ALL students will follow these IGCSE courses.)

  • English First Language or English as a Second Language
  • Mathematics 
  • Co-ordinated sciences or Physics/Chemistry/Biology
  • French Foreign language
  • PE

Optional subjects: (Students choose 1 from each line)

  • English Literature / Portuguese / German / Korean / Dutch 
  • History / Design and Technology 
  • Geography / Child Development 
  • Information Communication Technology / Art and Design 


More detailed information about IGCSE courses can be found at: www.cie.org.uk