What is an IGCSE course?

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an internationally recognised qualification provided by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE). 

An IGCSE is designed to be taught as a 2-year course. Exams are taken by pupils in Year 11 (US Grade 10) and are equivalent to the UK GCSE and Cambridge International GCE O Level examinations. 

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 years old. 



What are the benefits of the IGCSEs?

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum provides an excellent foundation for a range of higher-level courses, including the IB Diploma. It is recognised by schools, universities, and institutes around the world. 

Cambridge IGCSE courses are designed to allow pupils to achieve high quality academic and personal skills. They develop pupils’ confidence, responsibility, reflection, innovation, and engagement in acquiring knowledge. The curriculum is flexible, giving pupils the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them. 

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum

The curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including pupils whose first language is not English. 

Pupils preparing for further education follow a broad and balanced curriculum from the following subject areas: 

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

The curriculum develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in: 

  • Subject content 
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations 
  • Intellectual enquiry 
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change 
  • Working and communicating in English 
  • Cultural awareness 
IGCSE assessments

IGCSE Assessment


Most assessments take place at the end of the course with a mix of assessment methods, including practical exercises, oral and listening tests and written examinations. St. George’s pupils are expected to achieve at least a C in all subject areas. 

Examinations are held in school in May and June each year, with results issued in August. Subjects are graded A* through to G, with A* being the highest. 

IGCSE diploma

IGCSE Assessment


Pupils who successfully achieve 5 C Grades at IGCSE are eligible to progress to our IB Diploma Programme. The Diploma Programme requires pupils to select subjects from similar IGCSE subject groups. Therefore, the topics chosen for the IBDP should ideally be related to pupils’ previous studies. Pupils’ IGCSE results for their proposed IB Higher Level (HL) subjects, should be of grade B or above in those areas. 



At St. George’s International School, we prepare our pupils to succeed in life.