International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is one of the most widely recognised education certificates in the world for 14-19 year olds. The Cambridge portfolio of IGCSE qualifications provides a solid foundation for higher level courses such as GCE A and AS Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as excellent preparation for employment.
The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum is known for its rigorous as well as balanced approach to secondary education. It develops in students essential skills including thinking skills, research skills, application of knowledge, problem solving skills and team work. IGCSE offers a wide range of subjects under the heads following heads: Languages, Mathematics, Humanities, Sciences, and Vocational and Technical. It also pays takes cognizance of the varying levels of ability in students and allows them to choose between core and extended syllabi.
Asian International School offers as many as 13 subjects for the IGCSE Examinations. Special emphasis is given to core subjects in order to enjoy wider options at advanced levels of study. Moreover, the 13 subjects are chosen with a view to extend to the students the opportunity to obtain the IGCSE group award known as ICE* certification.
Cambridge ICE is the group award of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). In order to obtain the same, a student is required to study a minimum of seven subjects drawn from the five different IGCSE subject groups including two languages and at least one subject from each of the other subject groups. It affords to a student a broad and balanced curriculum and it recognises the achievements of students who pass examinations.
IGCSE subject choice
At Asian International School, students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects at IGCSE level. In order to benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum, the school follows a systematic approach to subject delivery. Every student at this level is required to take at least two languages from the five language options offered by the school. Other compulsory subjects are Mathematics, Information and Communication Technology and Environmental Management. Optional subjects are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, Accounting and Geography*.
* It is to be noted that all students are required to take all compulsory subjects and three from the optional subjects, since they form part of the curriculum for the AISB Board examinations.
Selection from five curriculum areas:
Candidates hoping to gain the Cambridge ICE group award must enter and sit for at least seven subjects selected from the five IGCSE curriculum areas. The subjects selected must include two (different) languages from Group I (i.e. only one of First Language English and English as a Second Language may count towards Cambridge ICE) and one subject from each of Groups II, III, IV and V. The seventh subject can be taken from any of the five subject groups.
IGCSE courses usually take two years to complete and exams are taken at the end of that period. Examinations are held in June and November each year with results issued in August and February respectively.
*Environmental Management can count as either a Group II or a Group III subject for Cambridge ICE.