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International General Certificate of Secondary Education

School education plays a vital role in every student’s life. It builds the foundation of a student’s future. Every school curriculum has a crucial board exam that acts as the first milestone in every student’s academic career. It prepares students for higher studies and ultimately his/her career. Hence, access to quality education in schools becomes extremely critical.

Students have to prepare for different board exams based on the board their school follows. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education also called the IGCSE board is one of the boards that schools follow. This educational system was developed by the University of Cambridge and is regarded as an international alternative to the various national boards. The core subjects in this system of education includes a First Language (which mostly is the English Language), a Second Language, Mathematics and one or more Science subjects. Its GCSE exam marks the end of a student’s secondary education and the beginning of higher level of studies. One of the many things that makes this board different from CBSE and ICSE boards is that the learner here receives an IGCSE qualification for each subject that he/she takes.

IGCSE Curriculum

Unlike the national education system, the curriculum of IGCSE allows students to select courses basis their interest and mix them with vocational learning like fine arts, theatre, music, etc. It lays more emphasis on practical learning to enable holistic development of students.

IGCSE Classes

With competition rising, the pressure to do well also increases among students. This has also raised the stress levels among parents and created a need for the availability of proper resources to help students in studying. To perform well in such a scenario, students look for extra resources that can be beneficial for them and parents in trying to make them available.

Though schools provide the necessary education, students still opt for supplementary IGCSE tuitions because of various reasons. High student to teacher ratios at schools make it difficult for teachers to devote individual attention, plus every student’s learning capability and methodology is different. Hence, opting for online or home tuitions is the safest bet. But the challenge does not end there! One is bound to get stuck while choosing the right IGCSE coaching class as a lot of factors have to be looked into before a decision is taken. Finding a good IGCSE tutor that is close to home and also teaches in your budget at your convenience has become a basic need among both students and parents.

GuruQ – India’s best tutoring platform offers hundreds of IGCSE tutors that provide customized IGCSE online classes and IGCSE home tuitions as well. With GuruQ a student gets the flexibility of studying from verified top IGCSE tutors in their budget. Students can choose any tutor based on the tutor’s reviews and ratings. GuruQ’s IGCSE tutors are highly experienced in their respective field and have been empanelled after a stringent evaluation process to ensure quality education for all.

More about IGCSE

IGCSE stands for “International General Certificate of Secondary Education”. It is equivalent to the GCSE qualification which is taken by students in Year 10 – 11 in the UK to prepare them for further pre-university level study, such as A-levels. The IGCSE is the ‘international’ version of this academic qualification as it’s available in many countries around the world. In the UK, the IGCSE is typically taught at international schools or private schools, rather than at state schools.

IGCSEs are internationally recognised as a highly-respected official high school qualification and act as the gateway to further academic study in the UK and beyond.

IGCSE examinations signal the completion of High School education, and are designed for students aged 14+ who want to progress on to A-levels – or other international equivalents – before entering university.

IGCSE Examination Pattern & Marketing Scheme

Every script needs the correct mark so that everybody gets the correct grade

Some exams are marked on paper and some (such as multiple-choice exams) are marked automatically by a computer. But for any exam, every student’s work is marked in the same way.

Cambridge examiners are teachers or experts in their subject, and they are carefully selected and trained. It is vital that they all mark to the same standard so that we can award the right mark to every candidate every time.

After all the marking has been done, we set the grades. We use a mixture of statistical evidence and expert judgement to agree grade boundaries. Exam papers can vary slightly in difficulty, so we take care to set the grade boundaries in the right place so you don’t get a lower grade just because the paper you sat was more difficult than last year’s.

Once the grade boundaries have been agreed, we apply them to your marks to give you a grade.

IGCSE Important Facts & Information

More than 10,000 schools are part of our Cambridge learning community. We operate in 160 countries across 9 regions: North America, Latin America, UK & Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia & Pacific and Pakistan. We have Cambridge representatives in every region.

  • #   Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international education programmers and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds.
  • #   Over 10,000 schools in more than 160 countries offer Cambridge programmers and qualifications.
  • #   Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners prepare for their future with an education from Cambridge International.
  • #   We are part of Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a not-for-profit organisation and part of the world-renowned University of Cambridge.
  • #   The first Cambridge international exams were taken in Trinidad in 1864 by six candidates.
  • #   Cambridge Primary is taught in more than 2000 schools in over 120 countries. There are over 96,000 entries for Cambridge Primary Checkpoint each year.
  • #   Cambridge Lower Secondary is taught in more than 3500 schools in nearly 140 countries. Every year we receive over 120,000 entries for Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint, our tests for 11 to 14 year olds.
  • #   Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is taken in over 140 countries and in more than 4500 schools around the world.
  • #   2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the first Cambridge IGCSE exam.
  • #   There are over 700,000 subject entries for Cambridge IGCSE exams each year.
  • #   We are the world’s biggest provider of O Level qualifications. Cambridge O Level is taught in over 50 countries.
  • #   Cambridge International AS and A Levels are taken in over 130 countries with more than 530, 000 subject entries each year.
  • #   Cambridge qualifications are accepted by over 1900 institutions across 81 countries.
  • #   Entries for Cambridge exams in June 2019 grew by four per cent internationally on June 2018.
  • #   Cambridge examinations are marked by around 10,000 highly skilled examiners.
  • #   We produce around 8 million question papers each year.

30 top schools in India that have introduced the IGCSE curriculum.

Name of Schools State
1. Apeejay International School Sheikh Sarai, Delhi
2. D.A.V Public School Pitampura, Delhi
3. DPS International School Saket, Delhi
4. Maharaja Agarsain Public School Ashok Vihar, Delhi
5. Richmondd Global School Mianwali Nagar, Delhi
6. The Ardee School New Friends Colony,  Delhi
7. The British School Chanakyapuri, Delhi
8. Venkateshwar Global School Rohini, Delhi
9. Alpine Convent School Gurgaon, Haryana
10. Amity Global School Gurgaon, Haryana
11. Aravali International School Faridabad, Haryana
12. G. D. Goenka Global School Hisar, Haryana
13. G. D. Goenka World School Gurgaon, Haryana
14. Excelsior American School Gurgaon, Haryana
15. The Scottish International High School Gurgaon, Haryana
16. The Shri Ram School Gurgaon, Haryana
17. Amity Global School Noida, Uttar Pradesh
18. Aditya Birla World Academy Tardeo, Mumbai
19. Bombay International School Marine Lines, Mumbai
20. Dhirubhai Ambani International School Matunga, Mumbai
21. The Heritage School Anandapura, Kolkata
22. Calcutta International School Anandapura, Kolkata
23. Garden High International School Kasba, Kolkata
24. Bridge International School Hazra Road, Kolkata
25. The Cambridge School Sarani, Kolkata
26. The Lord International School Kiskintha, Chennai
27. HLC International School Karanai, Chennai
28. APL Global School Okkiyam Chennai
29. Candor International School Domulur, Bangalore
30. Ebenezer International School Huskur, Bangalore

IGCSE Board Exam Syllabus

It is important for students to know the board exam syllabus, it is an important study resource. Before the academic session starts, students should have an overview of what they are going to study in their session. By this, students can also keep a track of the contents they have covered and the ones that are left. You can access your syllabus here