Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19-year-olds. Part of the University of Cambridge, these qualifications are recognised by the world’s leading universities and employers.
The IGCSE programme is the world’s most popular international qualification for students in the 14 – 16 age group. It is widely recognised as evidence of academic ability and gives flexibility to a student’s learning and choice of subjects. Most students study between 8 and 10 IGCSE subjects, including one or more languages.
IGCSE courses are currently taught in over 140 countries, in almost 3,700 schools worldwide, including 1,300 in the UK. Increasingly, large schools in the UK are looking to the IGCSE rather than its non-international counterpart, due to its additional rigour and breath.
The purpose and function of IGCSEs:
IGCSEs are a gateway to higher education or professional education in a student’s home country or overseas . They help students:
- Secure a place at college or university abroad.
- Find better career opportunities.
- Pass the language tests for emigrating or studying in another country. For example, achieving a Grade C in IGCSE English is often enough to satisfy the language requirements for some universities in English-speaking nations.
- Develop skills that help students lead a more exciting and successful life.