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International GCSE

International GCSE

Developed by the University of Cambridge, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world’s most popular, globally-recognized qualification for students 14-16. EF Academy offers the IGCSE curriculum for Grades 9-10 at its New York and Vancouver locations, and for Secondary Education at its Torbay campus.

International GCSE in Great Britain

What is the programme?This one- to two year course, for students aged 14 to 16, prepares students for A-levels and the IB Diploma Programme.
Who is it for?Motivated high school students, aged 14 to 16, from around the world.
Academic requirementsCompletion of grade 8 or equivalent.
English requirementsIELTS 4.5 / TOEFEL 103 CBT / 34 IBT / SLEP 43 or equivalent on the free EF Academy test. Students who do not meet the requirements will need to take an EF Academic English course or additional language tutoring tuition.
LocationsTorbay   
Programme lengthOne or two years

What is the International GCSE?
The International GCSE Programme (IGCSE) is offered at EF Academy in Torbay. GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. The IGCSE is a one or two year programme for students between the ages of 14 and 16, and it is taught in over 125 countries. It is the international equivalent to the UK’s GCSE. It teaches students to be inquisitive and apply their knowledge to new situations. Cultural awareness and English language skills are important parts of the IGCSE curriculum.



Why take the International GCSE?
The IGCSE is recognised around the world as a significant academic attainment. The main benefit of the IGCSE is that it prepares students for A-levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The curriculum is designed to encourage creative thinking, intellectual enquiry and problem solving – skills that increase students’ ability to succeed at the next level of their education.

How is the International GCSE different from the UK GCSE?
The IGCSE meets the same high academic standards as the GCSE, and it is recognised around the world as equivalent. The main difference is that IGCSEs are specifically designed for International students. They are also more flexible. The curriculum gives schools and teachers the ability to address students’ requirements by offering different subjects – there are 70 to choose from – and focusing attention where it’s needed. Many consider IGCSEs in certain subjects, such as mathematics and science, to be more rigorous.

Choosing IGCSE subjects
EF Academy works individually with students to help them select subjects that match their interests, skills and university objectives. English, mathematics and science are core subjects, but students also study foreign languages, humanities, information technology and other subjects. Extracurricular activities, such as academic clubs, sports and trips to historical sites, help students develop into well-rounded adults.

Grades and assessments
Students take written and oral examinations at the end of the programme, and the exams are externally graded. In addition, par t of a student’s grade may derive from coursework conducted in school. Students receive grades from A*, the highest, to G. EF Academy works with each student to ensure they do the best they can on examinations and assessments.

What happens after the IGCSE?
After taking I GCSEs, most students go on to pursue A-l evels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students who have mastered IGCSEs bring valuable skills to this next stage of their education. They are highly knowledgeable about a number of academic subjects, and they have learned to be motivated and independent l earners who can perform well on examinations. These skills are valuable at university, and they prepare students to excel in the global community.

Tuition & Course dates

LocationLengthTuition FeesCourse dates
TorbayPer term GBP 7,1502014: January, September
TorbayPer yearGBP 21,4502014: January, September

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