The International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) is a two year qualification available in all subject areas in Years 10 and 11. Assessment is by terminal examination and the qualification is awarded in the form of grades. Most students take 10 IGCSEs. The IGCSE is recognised throughout the world and is often used as part of initial screening procedures for school or university applications.
The main benefits of taking IGCSEs are that they provide experience of formal examinations (and an exam period similar to that which will be experienced at the end of the IB Diploma) and the development of knowledge and skills directly relevant to the IB Diploma.programme in Years 12 and 13. The two year IGCSE course includes time for end of year exams in June of Year 10 and for practice exams in January of Year 11. IGCSE exams are completed by mid June after which students return to school for IB preparation courses and a week of work experience.