IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) are a relatively recent introduction into the English education system. They are increasingly being adopted by schools for Maths, English and Science as an alternative to the GCSE. They are commonly regarded as being “tougher” and more rigorous than GCSEs, and believed to provide a better path into A Level study.
The IGCSE was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations in 1985. This specification is popular internationally (and at International Schools in the UK), however most schools in England are taking the specifications offered by Edexcel and AQA.
Edexcel have offered their IGCSE since 2009, and AQA have offered their IGCSE since 2011.
Given that these exams have only been offered for a few years, there are not many past papers with which to practice. Therefore, we are able to advise on questions from legacy GCSE (and, where appropriate, A Level) papers in order to practice material from the specifications. Your tutor will be happy to discuss options.
If you have any questions regarding the IGCSE, please speak with your tutor or contact us directly.
IGCSE files available for download from the Examination Board websites, given below: