Pre- IGCSE (Year 7 – 9)

Our Pre-IGCSE level prepares learners aged 12 to 14 based on a flexible framework for developing skills and understanding in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Malay as a Second Language and the recently introduced ICT. It enables teachers to assess students’ learning as they progress by preparing them for the Cambridge IGCSE programme.


Cambridge Pre-IGCSE English empowers learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to expand the skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with comprehension and amusement. Our students will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful, promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Cambridge Pre-IGCSE Mathematics explores six content areas: numbers, algebra, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. The first five content areas are all underpinned by problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also an important part of the number content. Our structure focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships, so that learners apply their mathematical knowledge and develop an integrated comprehension of the subject.

The Cambridge Pre-IGCSE 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. 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 Pre-IGCSE Chemistry syllabus allows learners to 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. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of Chemistry through a mix of theoretical and practical studies.

The Cambridge Pre-IGCSE Physics syllabus facilitates the learning of the basic principles of physics through a mix of theoretical and practical studies so learners may develop an understanding of the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. 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.

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.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience worldwide and regarded as a new ‘literacy’ alongside reading, writing and numeracy. Cambridge ICT Starters introduces learners, typically aged 5 to 14 years, to the key ICT applications they need to achieve computer literacy and to understand the impact of technology on our daily lives. Cambridge ICT Starters gives schools a flexible framework to develop learners’ ICT competence. Modules can be delivered according to the needs of each learning situation and age of the learners – across the curriculum or as a separate course of study.

Learners will develop key ICT skills in a range of applications including word processing, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets, email, internet, presentations, video/animation and web authoring. They also consider wider issues such as internet safety and adapting their work to the audience.

Cambridge ICT Starters has been mapped against national ICT standards in a number of countries so that the skills assessed reflect the competencies demanded internationally. It is assessed in the classroom through a structured scheme of assessment, operating at three levels:

  • Initial steps
  • Next steps
  • On track.

Each level is made up of two stages and certificates are available on successful completion of each stage. Each module of the syllabus contains the Assessment Criteria, which must be met to achieve a Pass or Merit, and an Example Assessment Activity. You are free to design your own assessment activities related to the school curriculum you are delivering.

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The Pre-IGCSE programme employs a testing structure to assess learner performance and report progress to learners and parents. The Cambridge Pre-IGCSE Progression Tests provide valid internal assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Foreign Language Malay and ICT. The tests:

  • Enable learning to be assessed each year
  • Provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for years 7, 8 & 9
  • Enable teachers to give structured feedback to learners and parents
  • Enable teachers to compare strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups
  • Come with clear guidance, standards and mark schemes
  • Are marked by teachers at the school
  • Measures a learner’s performance in relation to the curriculum framework
  • Allows teachers to comment on the performance of learners using a list of sub-topics/skills