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• The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a comprehensive two-year programme, spread over Class 9 and 10, leading to the final examinations taken at the Class 10 level.
• It is a globally recognized qualification, similar to the Class 10 examinations of the SSC, ICSE, CBSE, and British GCSE, International GCE O Level examinations or the Middle Years Programme of the IB.
• It is introduced in our school at Class 8 level, as a preparatory phase.
• All Indian Boards and Universities accept ‗IGCSE 'as equivalent to SSC/ICSE/CBSE'.
• The IGCSE programme has worldwide status and credibility. In India, the course is delivered in over 130 schools with the number rising each year.
• Worldwide, it is delivered in schools in over 210 countries and is recognized by colleges and universities in India and everywhere, more so in the USA, UK and other Commonwealth countries.
• Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is a part of the world-renowned University of Cambridge, U.K. and is among the world's leading providers of International qualifications and assessments.
• They are the oldest and the largest International Exam board, conducting 2.25 million exams a year in 210 countries.
• CIE has been offering IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), A & AS level (Advanced & Advanced Subsidiary respectively) qualifications.
• CIE are also the providers of The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP).
• The structure & content of CIE Syllabus is such that it does not put too much stress on students but yet draws out successfully the best within them.
It is not tough, in fact it is very child friendly and helps students to think rationally and apply their understanding in the real life situations.
Regular study habits, readings and vocabulary exercises helps students to crack the IGCSE examination.
• The need to create Global Citizens with heightened human awareness of responsibility towards the world.
• Technology fosters the idea of a conglomerate yet unified global community leading to the need to modernize the teaching methods and reach peak levels of Student potential. At the work place, Employers are looking for versatile, risk takers, Analytical, out of the box thinkers with high degree of creativity.
• In the world of the MNCs competition (or the world of the fittest), a well-balanced and good communicator can only survive.
• Hence there is a need to revise our teaching and learning methodology.
There are 4 boards in India SSC/CBSE/ICSE/IGCSE. All the board offers the same curriculum with regards to Maths/Science/English. The unique methodology of conceptual delivery makes CIE stand out amongst all the boards.
• The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) is based on the most explicit learning standards that cover subject, personal and — uniquely — International understanding, the CIPP provides teachers and schools with Units of work around which to build a dynamic and exciting thematic curriculum for children.
• Children learn to respect the past and also prepare them for the world in which they are going to live. CIPP focuses on academics and personal development and the development of a global awareness or international-mindedness.
• Learning is active and engaging, and, above all, meaningful to children. The CIPP units of work are focused around themes of real interest to children and contain dynamic, exciting things for them to research and record.
• The curriculum contains specific learning goals for each stage of primary education. Each unit contains activities that focus on international issues. Each unit contains specific activities which require children to think about their study from an international perspective.
The Cambridge portfolio of IGCSE qualifications provides a solid foundation for higher level courses such as GCE AS and A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as excellent preparation for employment.
A wide range of IGCSE subjects is available and these are grouped into five curriculum areas, as follows:
• Group I: Languages
• Group II: Humanities and Social Sciences
• Group III: Sciences
• Group IV: Mathematics
• Group V: Creative, Technical and Vocational
A student who has passed IGCSE is eligible for any 10+2 level qualification like: Local Boards -Class 12 CBSE/ ISC /HSC. Or International pre-university programs like IBDP and AS/ A levels(UK)
• The following is extracted from the notification provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development website – ― As per the AIU (Association of Indian Universities). 5(five) passes at IGCSE in Grade A, B and C and minimum 2 (two) passes at A level examination of the British examining bodies is equivalent to +2 stage qualification which is the minimum eligibility requirement for admission to Bachelor degree programme at Indian Universities.
• Therefore admissions to local colleges is also very much possible.
• Provides an ideal foundation for higher-level courses such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, A Levels and the North American APT (Advanced Placement Test) • Has worldwide recognition and is equivalent to the Certificate of Secondary Education from Indian education boards, General Certificate of Secondary Education, and O Level • Offers syllabi which reflect local economies and cultures within a global context, hence ensuring that students gain a wide perspective while recognizing and valuing their own environment • Develops key learning, problem-solving and investigative skills by encouraging an active, critical and questioning approach to study • Ensures a broad-based education, while encouraging a degree of choice.
Around 60 schools in Mumbai offer Cambridge IGCSE programme.
The IGCSE programme is more practical and application-based. It has a broader spectrum of subjects that lead to all-round development. IGCSE examinations test students' knowledge, not their memory and speed. The focus of the IG pedagogy is on 'how to learn' rather than 'what to learn'. The purpose of IGCSE is to produce global citizens. The IGCSE curriculum is more challenging, but the challenge is in the quality of assignments, not in the quantity of the assignments. The IGCSE has always emphasized adding value within a national context whilst also contributing to international level. The development focus is to safeguard distinctive cultural identity through specific language and literature syllabi, for example; or to include study of regional geography or history, whilst also encouraging an international outlook. Thus, the importance of an appropriate mix of global and local contexts is well recognized as an essential dimension of IGCSE.
The IGCSE examination is suitable for virtually the whole ability range. It has an 8-point scale of grades: A*,A, B,C,D,E,F and G. (Grade A* is awarded for exceptional levels of achievement). To take account of differing abilities, there is a choice between Core and Extended curriculum papers in most subjects. This allows teachers to decide on the most appropriate level of papers for their students. 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 G. The Extended curriculum, which comprises 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 targeted at those expected to achieve grades A to E. GRADES AVAILABLE Core Curriculum C D E F G Extended Curriculum * A B C D E The overlap of three grades (C, D and E) is designed to accommodate students who perform either better or worse than their teachers expectations. Students who fail to meet the minimum satisfactory standard for either the core curriculum (Grade G) or the Extended curriculum (Grade E) will be marked (U).
Cambridge programmes and qualifications for 5–19 years old are divided up into four stages: Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge Secondary 2 (IGCSE) and Cambridge Advanced (A level).
In IGCSE, over 70 subjects are available, including more than 30 language courses. However the top ten Cambridge IGCSE subjects worldwide are:
• Mathematics (Without Coursework)
• English as a Second Language
• First Language English
• Biology
• Physics
• Chemistry
• Geography
• Literature (English)
• Business Studies
• Information and Communication Technology
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