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IGCSE stands for “International General Certificate of Secondary Education”. It is equivalent to the GCSE qualification which is taken by pupils in Year 10 – 11 in the UK to prepare them for further pre-university level study, such as A-levels.

The IGCSE is the ‘international’ version of this academic qualification as it’s available in many countries around the world. In the UK, the IGCSE is typically taught at international schools or private schools, rather than at state schools.

IGCSEs are internationally recognised as a highly-respected official high school qualification and act as the gateway to further academic study in the UK and beyond.

IGCSE examinations signal the completion of High School education, and are designed for pupils aged 14+ who want to progress on to A-levels – or other international equivalents – before entering university.

Undergraduate courses at UK universities will specify that applicants need to meet certain requirements at IGCSE level to receive an offer, as well as obtaining the required A-level grades.

IGCSEs are accredited by either Cambridge (Cambridge International Examinations) or Edexcel (Pearson Edexcel) exam boards.


It is mandatory to complete 5 IGSCEs. However, pupils are welcome to choose as many subjects as they wish from the additional subject options:

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