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 trusted and practiced by schools worldwide. The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English. Encouraging learners to engage with a variety of subjects, and make connections between them, is fundamental to our approach. For learners, Cambridge IGCSE helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. It is the perfect springboard to advanced study.

CAMBRIDGE IGCSE SUBJECTS:

The Cambridge IGCSE English syllabus empowers learners to communicate accurately, and effectively and to comprehend and respond appropriately and imaginatively to what they read and experience. Learners will be exposed to different forms of writing to suit a range of purposes and will show that they can grasp the content and argument of given texts, broadening general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively. A wide-ranging vocabulary, use of correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and development of a personal style with an awareness of the audience being addressed will be taught. Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used.

Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to build learners confidence by helping them develop a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships, and places a strong emphasis on solving problems and presenting and interpreting results. Learners gain an understanding of how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts. Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of mathematical knowledge and understanding. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics candidates gain lifelong skills, including the development of their mathematical knowledge, confidence by developing a feel for numbers, and understanding of patterns and relationships, an ability to consider and solve problems and present and interpret results, communication and reason using mathematical concepts, thus earning a solid foundation for further study.

With an emphasis on human biology, the Cambridge IGCSE Level Biology syllabus facilitates learners to comprehend the technological world in which they live, and develop an informed interest in science and scientific expansions. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. They further expand their understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at Cambridge International A Level, skills which are useful in everyday life. As they progress, learners understand how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.

The Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry syllabus enables learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of Chemistry through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at Cambridge International A Level, skills which are useful in everyday life. As they progress, learners understand how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.

The Cambridge IGCSE Physics syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. They learn about the basic principles of Physics through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. Learners also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at Cambridge International A Level, skills which are useful in everyday life. As they progress, learners gain an understanding of how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.

The Cambridge Pre-IGCSE Additional Mathematics syllabus is structured to expand the mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the Cambridge Pre-IGCSE Mathematics course. This subject is intended for high ability learners who have achieved, or are likely to achieve, a high grade in the Cambridge Pre-IGCSE Mathematics progression tests as skills in the context of more advanced techniques would be required. The syllabus has a Pure Mathematics only content which enables learners to acquire a suitable foundation in mathematics for further study in the subject. Knowledge of the content of the Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics syllabus (or an equivalent syllabus) is assumed.

Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language Malay is designed for learners who are learning Malay as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication in Malaysia. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies. The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of Malaysia, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages.

The Information Communication Technology syllabus encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.

The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Learners analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.

Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that learners have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus.

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Examination & Assessment

Cambridge IGCSE assessment takes place at the end of the course and can include written, oral, coursework and practical assessment. This broadens opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, particularly when their first language is not English. In many subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making Cambridge IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities.

Grades are benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades, A* to G, which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement for each grade.  Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions occur twice a year, in June and November. Results are issued in August and January.

Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • Subject Content
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations
  • Intellectual enquiry
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • Working and communicating in English
  • Influencing outcomes
  • Cultural awareness

Cambridge IGCSE curriculum, generally suitable for learners aged 14 to 16, offers a wide range of subjects to help learners improve creativity, thinking skills and problem solving skills. The core subjects which are designed to enhance students’ skills and gain valuable knowledge, particularly build a strong foundation for tertiary education. The versatility of these subjects also create great opportunities for students to explore and make connections between diverse programmes for advanced study.

Assessment: Upon the completion of the learning process, students are required to take the Cambridge IGCSE examination which will help evaluate the skills and knowledge gained. The examinations can be taken twice a year, June and November session, while results will be released in August and January respectively.