UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program is part of University of Cambridge International Examinations and is taken in 60 subjects in over 124 countries worldwide. it is an internationally recognized qualification for 14 to 16 year olds.
The IGCSE provides a wide curriculum specifically catering to the needs of an international community with an assessment system appropriate for students of all abilities.
It is a two year program leading to a certificate, which is internationally recognized. in order for students to be awarded the IGCSE Certificate, students must take the final examinations that are externally set and graded. The IGCSE is an excellent preparatory course for the rigors of senior school.
Students start the program in Year 9 and take the examinations in either the June session (International Mathematics and Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese) or the November session (English Language, English Literature, Global Perspectives, Information Communication Technology, Accounting, Business, History, Foreign Language French, Coordinated Science, Physical Education, Mathematics, International Mathematics, Music, Art and Design). Students can also take Drama in Year 9 and 10 however it is not usually taken as an examination subject.
The IGCSE is a good preparation for the courses in Year 11 and 12, whether those taken for the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In 2016, two new subjects are being offered at ISS, Environmental Management which is a good precursor subject for Environmental Systems and Societies in Years 11 and 12, and Travel and Tourism. The introduction of these subjects is a direct response to student needs and interests.
Students completing the IGCSE at ISS are also expected to complete the requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Bronze Award.