IGCSE

INTRODUCTION 

Cambridge Assessment is a department of Cambridge University Established over 150 years ago, Cambridge Assessment operates and manages the University’s three exam boards and carries out leading-edge academic and operational research on assessment in education.

 

Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing

Cambridge English Language Assessment

 

Cambridge International Examinations prepares school students for life, helping them to develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.

CIE international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, CIE devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.

Cambridge Secondary 1 (Checkpoint) develops skills and understanding in English, mathematics and science for the first three years of secondary education (VI to VIII). It combines a world-class curriculum, high-quality, integrated assessment and provides excellent preparation for Cambridge Secondary 2 (IGCSE) and other educational programmes.  Checkpoint tests can be used to monitor learners’ readiness for the next stage of education.

Cambridge Secondary 2 is classically for learners aged 14 to 16 years. It offers learners two routes: Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level.

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds with a choice of over 70 subjects in any combination. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

 

Features of IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

The objective of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) is to prepare students for life by enabling them to develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. It finds reverberation with our own Mission Statement at Solitaire Global schools which outlines our venture to promote the all round development of students with the acquisition of principles and skills for life. Adhering to CIE’s approach, we made cognizant efforts to make our students confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged individuals, equipped to face new and future challenges and make a difference to their immediate society and the world at large.
 

Salient features 

• The curriculum prepares for higher-level courses such as the AS and A level, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
• Has worldwide recognition and is equivalent to the Certificate of Secondary Education from Indian education boards.
• The curriculum evolves and brings in local economies and cultures within a global context, hence ensuring that students gain a wider perspective while recognizing and valuing their own environment.
• The curriculum develops a balanced, inquiring mind which makes process of learning fun and interesting.
• Ensures a broad-based education, while encouraging a degree of choice.
In most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities.

CURRICULUM

About CIE Programmes and Qualifications Offered at SGS:

Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint:

Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learners at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. They are assessed in English as a second language, Mathematics and Science, and give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education. The tests are marked in Cambridge and provide us with an external international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report.

Cambridge IGCSE:

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

At BIS, students in Grade 9 and Grade 10 study IGCSE syllabus and they appear for May series examinations in Grade 10. There are various subjects offered to them under different combinations.

SUBJECTS IN IGCSE GRADE IX AND X 

Group 1(Languages                                                                                                                                                                         

First Language English,

Foreign Language – French  

Second Language- Hindi

 Group 2 (Humanities & Social Sciences)

Geography

Group 3 (Sciences)

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Group 4 (Mathematics)

Core & Extended Mathematics

Group 5 (Creative, Technical & Vocational)

Art & Design

Business Studies

ICT

ASSESSMENT

Assessment for Cambridge IGCSE includes written and oral tests. In most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curriculum, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities. Each learner’s performance is benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades. There are clear guidelines which explain the standard of achievement for different grades. Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions at SGS are held once a year in the month of May. However student is assessed periodically throughout the year.

 IGCSE EXAMINATION / ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

CAMBRIDGE CHECKPOINT:

Cambridge Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learning at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. They are available in English, Mathematics and Science, and give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education.

Cambridge Checkpoint in grade VIII provides feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses in English, Mathematics and Science. Learners receive a Statement of Achievement which gives an indication of their academic progress during this education stage.

Scores on the Cambridge Checkpoint scale are from 0.0 (the lowest level of ability) to 6.0 (the highest level of ability).

Students achieving more than 5.0 have an excellent understanding of the curriculum content.

Students achieving between 3.0 and 4.0 have a sound understanding of most of the curriculum content.

Students achieving less than 2.0 have a basic understanding of the curriculum content. They would benefit from more focus on some areas of the curriculum.

CAMBRIDGE IGCSE:

The grading system is as follows:

Extended curriculum:

Percent Grade
90 – 100 A*
80 – 89 A
70 – 79 B
60 – 69 C
50 – 59 D
40 – 49 E
30 – 39 F
20 – 29 G
Below 20 U

Note: Grade boundaries are subjected to change every year according to the grade threshold.

Core Curriculum:

C to G only (A* to B is not awarded)

Cambridge ICE (International Certificate of Education) is a group award for Cambridge IGCSE, and is very popular in the USA and South America.

Cambridge ICE is awarded to the one who passes examinations in at least seven subjects from five different subject groups, including two different languages.