IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education ) is now one of the top three of the world’s most popular curricula for high school students, and the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IGCSE examinations are English language-based examinations similar to GCSE and are recognized in the UK as equivalent to the GCSE. It has become widely popular among secondary school students and especially preferred by students from expat families, as it is a well-accepted international level curriculum. Many countries like UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, etc., have many IGCSE schools. Today, even in the United Kingdom, many independent schools have started offering IGCSE and their conventional British GCSEs.
The University of Cambridge first developed IGCSE examinations to offer students of different regions an opportunity to pursue the education of international standards that would help them gain admission to the University of Cambridge and allied Colleges. Later, the examination boards of EDEXCEL and OXFORD AQA also started offering their versions of International GCSEs. Students appear for their IGCSE exam at the end of their Year-11, and some may even in Year-10. Various international schools start the course teaching from Year-9, covering the whole curriculum through Year-9 10 and 11.
The Cambridge-IGCSE and the Pearson Edexcel GCSE are the two major versions of IGCSE examinations chosen by most students worldwide. The critical comparisons or differences between them are as follows:
Why should I choose IGCSE?
• International level and well-recognized qualification
• Easy and exciting curriculum that helps in gaining enough knowledge required
for university studies anywhere in the world.
• Encourages logical and critical thinking in students
• There are so many subjects and languages that one can choose from.
• Many schools around the world are offering IGCSE with a well-structured curriculum
• Resources for the preparation of the examinations are readily available from the
respective websites or other free websites
• Students aspiring towards both STEM and Literature careers are benefitted from this curriculum as the content and curriculum emphasize more profound knowledge of the subject.
Today many schools that offer the IGCSE curriculum will start preparing the students from Year-9 so that by the end of Year-11, students are gradually and confidently ready for their IGCSE examinations. Both Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSE examinations are widely accepted worldwide and offer good academic knowledge and practical skills to the students. Although some students find Cambridge IGCSEs, to be a bit harder than Edexcel IGCSEs, due to the content they need to study, CIE examinations are equally less complicated if one starts their preparation from Year-9.