GCSE and IGCSE are qualifications which are at the same level. The IGCSE has been developed to be more relevant to students learning in an ‘international’ or non-UK context. The “I” stands for international. These qualifications have become so popular that a number of independent schools in the UK are now moving away from the GCSE and adopting the IGCSE. However, in terms of entrance into post-secondary and other courses, the qualifications are seen as equivalent.
There are none. You don’t need to be a native English user, as long as your English language skills are sufficient for learning the course
There is no difference in the level or degree of difficulty between the IGCSEs offered by Edexcel and CIE. The differences are only in the way questions are asked and the format of the exams.
The IGCSE is an internationally recognized qualification. You can use it to enroll in IT’S A-level courses both live and video.
This depends. While schools do have a coursework option in some subjects, it is also possible to complete IGCSEs 100% by written examination.
IGCSE exams are offered twice a year. Edexcel in January and in May/June and CIE in November and June.
Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.
Edexcel was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC), the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, and the University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC), one of the major exam boards for GCSEs and A-levels.
Edexcel and CIE are both examples of UK exam boards. They both provide a range of internationally recognized qualifications. The boards are 100% equivalent. It makes no difference which version you take.
he GCE A-level is a linear qualification taken over two years by students at school in the UK. International students can still take it but they should note they will take regional versions and will sit papers at slightly different times. The examinations take place in June. GCE A-levels carry UCAS tariff points.
The International A-level is especially for students studying outside of the UK. It follows a modular structure so you can build the qualification over time. Examinations take place in January, June and October. International A-levels can be used to access university courses.
No. However IGCSEs do provide a good foundation. You may wish to study IGCSE material informally before moving on to GCE/International A-level.
In GCE A-level one examination takes place at the end of the course. There are GCE AS-levels which count as "half" an A-level. University places are awarded on the basis of grades at A-level but AS awards also attract UCAS points and are often counted towards university entrance.
A2 refers to the final stage of International A-levels. Students who have successfully completed AS units in a subject move on to do A2 units, which are of a higher standard. Completing the correct sequence of units at both AS and A2 level means you have finished a full International A-level in a subject. University entrance is at the discretion of the university based on your AS and A2 grades.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is an internationally recognised qualification for students aged 16 to 19. It is based around detailed academic study of a wide range of subjects, including languages, the arts, science, maths, history and geography.
It leads to a single qualification, rather than separate qualifications for individual subjects. However if you don't achieve the full diploma, you'll be awarded a certificate for each subject taken.
1. learn how to learn.
2. ask challenging questions.
3. develop a strong sense of your own identity and culture.
4. develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
The IB Diploma Programme is at level 3 on the UK National QualificationsFramework equivalent to A-levels and BTEC Nationals which also gain you entry to university.
The IB Diploma Programme is made up of a compulsory 'core', plus six separate subjects where you have some choice over what you study.
The compulsory core contains three elements:
As well as the three core elements, you'll also select one subject from each of the following six areas:
Normally, you'll study three of your six optional subjects at a ' higher' level (240 teaching hours per subject), and the other three at a 'standard' level (150 teaching hours). However, you can also opt to take four subjects at the higher level and two at the standard level.
How you are assessed
Most of the assessment is done through exams, marked externally. However, in nearly all subjects, some of the assessment is carried out by your teachers, who mark individual pieces of coursework. – the IAs or Internal Assessments.
The Diploma normally takes two years to complete, with exams taking place in May and November.
You are awarded points for each part of the programme, up to a maximum of 45:
up to seven points for each of the six optional subjects you take
up to three points from your performance in the core elemen
To achieve a full diploma, you must score 24 points or more.