International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), General Certificate of Education (GCE) and General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)/A Level are balanced international curricula designed to encourage high academic standards through practical approaches to teaching and learning. The curricula are suitable for students of all nationalities and are ideal preparation for higher education.
Students begin learning the syllabus at the beginning of Grade 9 and take IGCSE/O level examinations at the end of Grade 10.
In Grade 11 students take AS level and lastly A2 level Examinations next year, when they are in Grade 12.
The British council is responsible for administrating these exams and giving licenses to schools to teach the curriculum. The British council deals directly with the school’s administration and in turn, the schools administrations are responsible for the teachers, students and parents.
There are a number of similateries as well as differences between the three boards.
Each board offers a number of subjects and in concept, the method of examination is the same.the differences may be in curricula of certain subjects and examination time.
Some subjects are more popular in one board than others but that depends on many factors such as level of difficulty.
Registration fees are not part of the school fees
Core and Extended Curricula
To take account of different abilities, there is a choice between Core and Extended
papers in some IGCSE subjects
The core curriculum in each subject is within the ability range of a large majority of students. It provides a full overview of the subject and is targeted at students expected to achieve grades C to E. Students are not able to achieve above C for their syllabus grade if they entered for the core curriculum.
The Exended curriculum, made up of the Core curriculum and the supplement, has been designed for the more academically able and leads naturally into higher education or professional training. It is targted at those expected to achieve grades A* to E. The supplement describes the extra topics in depth which must be added to the Core curriculum to produce the Extended curriculm.