The IGCSE Examination Boards
Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)
The Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) examination board offers a 2 year IGCSE program. Students who sit for the IGCSE examinations under this exam board will attain the IGCSE Certificate at the end of their 2 years under the IGCSE curriculum.
The Cambridge IGCSE offers over 70 subjects spanning across 5 curriculum areas:
- Group 1: Languages
- Group 2: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Group 3: Sciences
- Group 4: Mathematics
- Group 5: Creative and Professional
The subjects that students can take is largely dependant on the school they have enrolled in, and the school’s internal requirements.
IGCSE students will have to take a minimum of 5 subjects, one from each subject group, and up to 14 subjects. Students who have passed at least 7 IGCSE subjects will be awarded the Cambridge International Certificate in Education (ICE). Of these 7 subjects, two will be from Group 1, and one from each of Groups 2 to 5. The seventh subject can be chosen from any of the five IGCSE curriculum areas.
Most IGCSE schools would require students to take a minimum of 7 IGCSE subjects: two from Group 1, and one from each of Groups 2 to 5. The seventh subject can be chosen from any of the five IGCSE curriculum areas.
The IGCSE assessment structure is made of a mixture of coursework, practical exercises, oral and listening tests, projects and written examinations.
The Cambridge IGCSE programme abides by a tiered examination system. Most subjects are offered in two curriculum: the Core Curriculum and the Extended Curriculum.
- Scope and depth typically within the ability range of most IGCSE students
- Provides IGCSE students with a full overview of the subject
- Grade range runs from a C to G
- Students taking this curriculum cannot score beyond a C
- Pitched to IGCSE students who are more academically able
- Scope includes Core curriculum and Supplements
- Supplements refer to extra topics and additional depth covered in addition to the core curriculum
- Grade range runs from a A* to E
Not all IGCSE subjects will be separated into Core and Extended curriculum. For these subjects, they are only offered at the Extended curriculum level.
The Pearson Edexcel (Edexcel) examination board offers a 2 year IGCSE program. Students who sit for the IGCSE examinations under this exam board will attain the International GCSE Certificate at the end of their 2 years under the IGCSE curriculum.
The Edexcel International GCSE offers a wide range of subjects across various disciplines including Mathematics, Languages, Computer Science and ICT, Business, Science, and Art and Design. The subjects that students can take is largely dependant on what their respective schools offer as well as the school’s internal requirements.
The International GCSE exams are graded on a 9 to 1 scale.
Unlike the Cambridge IGCSE exams, Edexcel’s International GCSE only offer subjects at one level. Therefore, IGCSE students taking the Edexcel’s International GCSEs are subjected to a similar standard regardless of their academic ability in a subject.