The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

IGCSE Programme Brief April 2016
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During the ninth and tenth grade years, the curriculum at VIS is based primarily on two-year courses which meet the externally monitored criteria of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

The IGCSE is a wide international curriculum specifically tailored to international needs, with an assessment system appropriate for students of all abilities.  The programme leads to a certificate which is internationally recognised as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and International GCE ‘O’ level examinations. 

The aims of the IGCSE are:

  • To support modern curriculum development

  • To promote international understanding

  • To encourage good teaching practice

  • To set widely recognised standard

In addition to providing a foundation for our higher level programmes in eleventh and twelfth grades, the IGCSE provides students with the opportunity to measure their academic skills against a similar age group from around the world, and to gain experience in taking external examinations.

The IGCSE is administered by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicates (UCLES) but it is not tied to the British or any other national system.