IGCSE (6 - 10)

  • Introduction

The grades 6-8 come under the Cambridge International Lower Secondary program while the years 9 and 10 are the 2-year IGCSE course. It was developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an academic qualification and the international form of the GCSE set of exams taken at the end of year 10 or 11 depending on the school and board. These are based on the British curriculum and are recognised and offered in many countries like India, United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

It focuses more on practical knowledge and develops students’ critical thinking and problem- solving skills.

  • How many years is the program?

It is a 3-year Secondary Education program from grade 6 to 8 followed by a 2-year course known as the IGCSE which consists of grades 9 and 10.

  • What age groups and years is it for

The typical age group of IGCSE students from grade 6 to 10 ranges from 11-16 years

  • Which subjects are offered?

The typical subject groups of an IGCSE student include –

  • Languages (of which English is compulsory in most countries and boards)
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (in a combination or separately)
  • Computer Science or I.T
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Creative and professional

There are up to 70 different subjects offered under the above major groups. Students can select their desired ones and strive to excel at the same.

  • What is the grading system and how are the students assessed?

IGCSE grading scheme ranges from grade 9 – 1 with 9 being the highest score which is equivalent to an A* and 1 being the lowest which is equivalent to a G score.

Teachers use written, oral, coursework and practical assessment in order to determine a student’s progress.

  • Key features and highlights of the curriculum

IGCSE focuses more on practical and application-based learning and develops students’ oral, written communication and problem-solving skills. It is known for its high-level academic standards and competitiveness.
The curriculum is well balanced and flexible as it allows students to choose from over 70 courses allowing them to choose their desired subjects and score better. An important aspect of IGCSE is that it is recognised globally hence it helps students if they want to pursue their higher education or work in a foreign country.

  • How do we help students? (as in how Uplift helps students)

Uplift academy offers result focused, online tuition by teachers who have the relevant experience and expertise in International and Indian curriculums. During these online IGCSE courses, teachers not only explain the concept but also provide an array of practice tests, conduct oral quizzes and provide guidance in solving past papers.

With IGCSE courses online, your child will have the instructor’s undivided attention, and can work at a pace that is appropriate for his or her needs.

Our talented and trained online tutors help troubleshoot the students’ difficulties effortlessly while also focusing on the core IGCSE subjects along with other preferred topics for their final exams.

With their extensive expertise and training, our teachers provide unique and personalized resources, assistance with school homework and extra tasks as well. We recognize that all learners do not learn the same way or have the same strengths, so we use pedagogy which is customised to the child’s strengths and learning style. Our aim is to conduct sessions for online education which are interactive and engaging.

  • Useful links to other websites and blogs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_General_Certificate_of_Secondary_Education

https://www.internationalschoolparent.com/articles/what-is-the-igcse-and-is-it-the-right-choice-for-my-child/

https://www.britishcouncil.or.th/en/exam/igcse/why

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-upper-secondary/cambridge-igcse/subjects/

 

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