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CAIE is Cambridge Assessment International Examination UK which offers curriculum for CIPP (1st to 5th), CLSP (6th to 8th), IGCSE (9th & 10th), AS & A Level (11th & 12th).
Yes, it recognized by CBSE, ICSE and State Education boards in India as a viable qualification for entry to class XI or for other higher secondary education courses.
A variety of assessment techniques are used, appropriate to the various subjects, such as oral & listening tests, practical and course work which look at overall performance over this two-year period and contribute 30-50% of the final grade in all subjects, in addition to written examinations.
What are the benefits of IGCSE, when compared with other examinations that might be taken in classes IX and X?
- It is an International Examination with world-wide status and credibility.
- It encourages – indeed, demands – the questioning and discovery method of learning, rather than relying on rote learning.
- It provides excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme that Sangamits may follow in classes XI and XII. Students who have taken the IGCSE Programme will be familiar with the styles of learning and the expectations of the IB.
- The course work and practical provide a strong skill development and application orientation.
- The IGCSE provides a foundation for higher level courses, including AS and A Levels and the AICE Diploma
- Good IGCSE grades count towards entry to universities and colleges around the world
- IGCSE offers students a flexible course of study that gives them the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them
- Study and examination at IGCSE provide a broad knowledge base and learning skills that provide excellent preparation for employment
Can an IGCSE student at SSE continue his/her studies at another IGCSE authorized school if the need arises?
Yes, as all IGCSE authorized schools across the world follow a common curriculum, IGCSE students, like IB students, enjoy enormous mobility & transferability. However, admission to another school will be subject to the admission policy of that school and the availability of places and subjects on offer.
Curriculum is appropriate and relevant internationally. It includes top–quality teaching and assessment resources. It is appropriate for teaching and learning in local and international schools. It offers flexibility to choose the subject.
- Combine Sciences
- Advance Mathematics
- Art & Craft
- Business Studies
- Information Technology
- Global Prospective
- Adaptable, student friendly curriculum
- Teacher student Ratio – 1 : 15
- The teachers are specially trained by the Cambridge University
- Cambridge Programme –
Provides valuable addition to the provision in school.
Our IGCSE students can follow the AS / A level / IB Diploma Programme in classes XI and XII or can also shift to Indian Boards for Standards XI & XII .
The IGCSE board examinations are held three times in a year November, March and May. The results are announced online in the 2nd week of May, August or in November for which the certificates are issued in February.
Although these timelines do not synchronize with the admission schedules of the Indian +2 boards (ISC/CBSE/HSC), IGCSE students may seek provisional admission to them on the basis of the predicted grades.
Not withstanding the above position, the time-lag between the announcement of IGCSE results and the class XI admission timelines in India acts, to some extent, as a limiting factor with respect to options within the Indian curriculum.
It is also pertinent to note that students who pursue programmes like the IB Diploma, GCE ‘A’ level and so on, after their IGCSE class X, will also have the option to study with universities in India.
IGCSE is a curriculum and examination system which continues to develop and evolve. Syllabuses are regularly reviewed and revised to ensure that they reflect current subject developments and the requirements of schools around the world. When syllabus reviews occur, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) actively seeks the views of teachers to ensure that proposed changes are acceptable and appropriate. This is to make sure that the curriculum remains relevant and focused on schools’ requirements.
The IGCSE curriculum provides a solution to assessment needs at age 14 to 16. It is suitable for virtually the whole ability range. IGCSE is generally taught as a two-year course leading to examination in the year of the student’s sixteenth birthday.
To take account of students’ differing ability levels, in most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curriculum options. This allows teachers to decide the most suitable level of the course and the examination for the students.
The core curriculum is suitable for a large majority of students, particularly those expected to achieve grades D to G.
The extended curriculum is for the more academically able students – those expected to achieve grade A* to C – and provides a route to higher level study in the subject.
The flexibility of the IGCSE curriculum is demonstrated by the fact that students may follow different levels of the curriculum in different subjects.
IGCSE has widespread international credibility as an educational qualification. The recognition is based on:
- Its high profile amongst English-medium international schools around the world
- Its reputation as a rigorous programme that encourages high academic standards
- Its acceptance by universities and colleges around the world – including all British universities – as a reliable record of students’ attainment that can count towards entrance requirements
- Its comparability with the British GCSE and International GCE O Level examinations.
IGCSE English as a Second Language at grade C or above is recognised by almost all British universities – and many in the USA, Canada and Australia – as evidence of adequate competence in the English language for university entrance purposes. So you need not to appear in exams like TOFEL or ILETS, which are otherwise compulsory.
IGCSE courses are accepted for progression directly on to US college degree courses.
The guiding principle of IGCSE is that students are rewarded for positive achievement – what they know, understand and can do – rather than penalised for an accumulation of errors. The curriculum encourages not just the acquisition of knowledge, but also:
- The development of oral and practical skills
- An investigative approach
- The use of initiative to solve problems
- Application of skills, knowledge and understanding
- The ability to understand individual projects and to work as part of a team.
Choice of Options
Some IGCSE syllabuses allow teachers the flexibility to choose content options of particular relevance and interest to their own students. For example, IGCSE History offers a wide range of regional options. In many subjects, coursework also offers the chance to tailor courses to specific local needs.
IGCSE provides experience of vigorous external assessment at the age of 16. This is particularly important for students who will be taking life-influencing examinations at the age 18 as it makes them better prepared for the experience.
Why should we go for IGCSE? (IGCSE – Benefits for Students)
- IGCSE is a high profile qualification with an excellent reputation
- IGCSE provides a foundation for higher level courses, such as GCE A and AS Levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Study and examination as IGCSE provide a broad knowledge base and learning skills that are excellent preparation for employment
- IGCSE is recognised as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world
- IGCSE offers a flexible course of study that gives teachers and candidates the potential to tailor the curriculum appropriately for them
- By studying a broad selection of IGCSE subjects, students can benefit from the additional award of the International Certificate of Education (ICE).