IGCSE Tution

What is IGCSE?

IGCSE or iGCSE is the abbreviation of International General Certificate of Secondary Education. It is world most popular international certification for end of secondary school (also known as O-Level or fifth form or year 11 in respective countries and schools), before one proceeds to Advanced Level (A-Level or sixth form or year 12&13) or pre-university studies.

IGCSE was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations (in short CIE) in 1988. University of Cambridge has been the UK local examination board since 1858. The term “IGCSE” is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge. Generally, when one mentions IGCSE, it is understood as the Cambridge IGCSE from the CIE board.

The IGCSE curricula is often considered more similar to O-Level rather than the UK national curriculums GCSE. Thus, the basis of the examination is also considered more challenging and rigorous.


IGCSE is currently being offered in private international schools and independent schools in over 120 countries. IGCSE certificate is being recognized by all major universities and colleges. It also satisfies the entry requirement of institutions and universities in many countries. Therefore, students may enter university after finishing IGCSE. Nevertheless, majority of them still prefer to continue to A-Level or International Baccalaureate.

IGCSE is also popular among homeschoolers, and adult students. Though IGCSE is being taken by students typically in the age group 14-16 (or 15-17 depending on primary 1 entry age), it also allows students from alternative education and adult students to sit for the exam and continue personal education advancement.

Some homeschooling educators in the US are choosing IGCSE as oppose to the standard American high school curriculums, because it is said to be a year (or more) advanced than the standard American high school course.


IGCSE offers more than 70 subjects. Students are required to take a minimum of 5 or maximum of 14 subjects. The core subjects are First Language, Second Language, Mathematics and Sciences (Physics, Biology, Chemistry). Students can also choose other subjects ranging from Social Sciences (commonly Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Sociology) to Arts & Technology (commonly Computer Studies, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Art & Design).

Student is awarded with one IGCSE certificate on each subject. If you take 5 subjects, you will be awarded 5 IGCSE certificates. The number of subjects need to be taken is varied from school to school, and also depends upon individual preference.

Cambridge IGCSE subjects

Regularly updated and extended, Cambridge IGCSE provides you with a wide range of well-resourced and supported courses.

The IGCSE is graded from A* to G, with U stated as “Ungraded”. Students are required to obtain minimum grade C for the 5 core subjects in order to proceed to the next advanced level or further education. IGCSE grading overview is as below:

IGCSE Grade US Grade Equivalent GPA
A* A or N/A 4.0 or 4.3 (Weighted)
A A 4.0
B A- 3.7
C B 3.0
D C+ 2.3
E C 2.0
F D+ 1.3
G D 1.0
U E/F 0.0 (IGCSE Ungraded)

Group Award - Cambridge ICE

The Cambridge ICE certificate is a group award designed for schools that want to offer a broad curriculum. Candidates enter and sit for a minimum of seven subjects selected from the five IGCSE curriculum areas:

  • Group 1 – Languages
  • Group 2 – Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Group 3 – Sciences
  • Group 4 – Mathematics
  • Group 5 – Creative, Technical and Vocational

Cambridge ICE is awarded to candidates who pass in at least 7 (seven) Cambridge IGCSE subjects, including two from Group 1 and one from each of Groups 2 to 5. The seventh subject may be chosen from any of the syllabus groups.

Candidates who qualify for the Cambridge ICE award will be placed in one of three categories:
  • Distinction – Grade A or better in five subjects and grade C or better in two subjects.
  • Merit – Grade C or better in five subjects and grade F or better in two subjects.
  • Pass – Grade G or better in seven subjects.


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