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IGCSE A brief guide


Cambridge International Examinations

IGCSE – A brief Guide

What is IGCSE?

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is a two-year programme leading to externally set, marked and certificated examinations from the University of Cambridge. It is a unique UK government endorsed programme provided to thousands of schools around the world.

Many students are offered a curriculum across Years 10 and 11 (Grades 9 and 10) that usually includes up to, but not limited to, 9 IGCSE examination subjects. These include the core subjects of English Language, Mathematics and Science (either as a double award subject or a combination of single subjects from Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Three or four other subjects might be taken from Geography, History, German, Spanish, English Literature, Business Studies, Economics, Computer Science, and Additional Mathematics. GK Consultants provides outstanding academic support in all these subjects although exactly what is available in any particular year depends upon several factors. What is ensured is suitability for our students and the key curriculum factors of breadth and balance.

Other examination boards also offer IGCSEs. GK Consultants offers academic support for subjects that are designed and assessed by these other examination boards, such as Edexcel.

GK Consultants tutors know how to provide targeted curriculum support in their specialist subjects and also offer examination techniques and strategies for each IGCSE examination paper.

IGCSE Structure

IGCSEs are two-year courses designed for 14 to 16 year olds. IGCSEs are known for developing vital educational knowledge, understanding and skills. They are established qualifications that keep pace with educational developments and trends and so are an ideal foundation for higher level courses such as AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A (Advanced) Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Recognised throughout the world, by academic institutes and employers, they are a mark of quality and evidence of real ability.

Students typically sit seven to nine subjects in one session at the end of Year 11. Schools can offer any combination of subjects with each subject being certificated separately. Over 70 subjects are available, offering something for all learners of different abilities, interests and backgrounds.

IGCSE is taken in over 100 countries by an annual candidate entry of more than 250,000. Grade C in IGCSE English (either First Language or Additional Language) satisfies the English proficiency requirements of many universities in the UK and other English-speaking countries.

They are taken as single subjects or occasionally as double subjects, for example Coordinated Science (requiring twice the work and having double the value).

So, what next?

GK Consultants provides all the necessary IGCSE support for students of all abilities and backgrounds in Bangkok. Whether you need some last-minute coaching for your IGCSE examinations, one-to-one or Small Group curriculum support throughout the course, or if you need comprehensive teaching in a Homeschooling environment then we can offer you a programme tailored to your specific needs.

Please call us today to set up a free consultation with the Director so that he may design an academic programme that will lead to your success!

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