The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a balanced international curriculum conducted by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. The curriculum is suitable for students of all nationalities and all levels of ability. It provides an ideal preparation for higher level courses such as GCE, 'A' level, SAT, ACT and IB.
IGCSE is used by schools in over 100 countries. It is recognized as equivalent to the British 'O' level and as a qualification for matriculation by Universities in many countries. The examination is typically taken at the end of two years, in Grade X.
IGCSE Subject Options:
IGCSE provides a broad study programme by drawing subjects from five areas:
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Creative, Technical and Vocational
A student who takes an examination in a minimum of 5 subjects qualifies for the IGCSE certificate. The ICE Certification (International Certificate of Education) is awarded by the CEI for the recommended combination of subjects in the IGCSE examinations. At Indus, all students are required to prepare for this certification.
ICE is a group award of the IGCSE that requires the study of subjects drawn from five different IGCSE subject groups. A student must take at least seven subjects, including two languages and one subject from each of the other subject groups given below.
Subjects offered under each group at Indus are:
Group 1 : Languages:
- First Language - English or Korean
- Second (or working) Language - English
- Foreign Language - Hindi, French and Spanish
Group 2 : Humanities and Social Sciences:
- Economics, Geography, History and English Literature
Group 3 : Sciences:
- Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Group 4 : Mathematics
Group 5 : Creative, Technical and Vocational:
- Art & Design, Business Studies, Information and Communication Technology as well as Physical Education
The ICE results are published in three levels:
- Distinction – Grade A or above in 5 subjects and grade C or above in 2 subjects
- Merit - Grade C or above in 5 subjects and grade F or above in 2 subjects
- Pass – If none of the above criteria is met
Hence we recommend that students offer nine subjects, to enhance the possibilities of achieving the best results.
More information on the IGCSE can be found at www.cie.org.uk