IGCSE Board FAQs | Meenakshi World School

What is IGCSE?

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education is one of the most recognized qualifications around the world. The IGCSE programme is more practical and application based. It has a broader spectrum of subjects that lead to all-round development. IGCSE examinations test student’s knowledge, not their memory and speed. IGCSE helps the students to develop key learning, problem-solving and investigative skills by encouraging an active, critical and questioning approach to study. With a choice of core and extended papers in most subjects, the IGCSE is suitable for students with different levels of ability.

How IGCSE of Cambridge University is different from CBSE and ICSE?

Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible course of study that gives candidates the freedom to choose subjects that are right for them, whilst providing them with a broad knowledge base and lifelong skills. CBSE is widely available in schools in India. It is favoured by those who constantly relocate within India and seek a standardized curriculum. It is favoured by those who want to go into the traditional routes of education. IGCSE has an international curriculum for grade 9 and grade 10. It is the precursor to the AS and A level in International Schools for grade 11 and 12.

1) It provides a larger choice of subjects as compared to CBSE or ICSE Boards.

2) The assessments include written and oral exams both as compared to written only by CBSE.

3) The curriculum is application oriented in IGCSE while in CBSE it is more of learning and rote-learning.

4) IGCSE is ideal for students whose parents tend to relocate globally or students who plan to pursue under graduation abroad.

What are the advantages of IGCSE?

It has larger choice of subjects. Assessments focus on written and oral skills. It prepares the learners with analytical and application based understanding. It provides the freedom to choose from a variety of subjects and even different combinations. It is an internationally accepted and well-validated curriculum all around the world.

What is the Cambridge Primary Programme?

Cambridge primary is an education programme for young learners that combine the global curriculum. Cambridge Primary Programme is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning with an International curriculum model that provides an overall development of the learners. It follows a child-centered philosophy that promotes creative thinking and lifelong learning. It lays the foundation for secondary education.

Primary programme aids identification of the student’s strengths and weaknesses and can be used to support learning and development. The Primary Programme progresses students seamlessly into middle years curriculum such as Cambridge Upper Secondary and IGCSE.

What is Cambridge Assessment International Education or Cambridge International?

Cambridge International is the world’s largest provider of international education programme and qualifications for 5 to 19 years old.

5 – 11 yrs. Cambridge Primary( Grade I – VI )

11 – 14 yrs. Cambridge Lower Secondary ( Grade VII- VIII )

14 – 16 yrs. Cambridge Upper Secondary (IGCSE) - (Grade IX -X)

16-18 yrs. Cambridge Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced level ( Grade XI – XII )

What does CI have to Offer?

CI offers a broad range of internationally recognized qualifications, both academic and vocational, which is designed to develop successful students worldwide.

CI offers educators an extensive programme of training events and services, providing professional development and support including online training, face-to-face training, e-learning and training via video conferencing.