Why choose Cambridge IGCSE?

Cambridge IGCSEs are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. The syllabuses provide opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to suit a wide variety of schools, avoid cultural bias and develop essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking and problem-solving.

Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our programmes and qualifications to enable students to become effective learners and to provide a solid foundation for their continuing educational journey.

Through our professional development courses and our support materials for Cambridge IGCSEs, we provide the tools to enable teachers to prepare learners to the best of their ability and work with us in the pursuit of excellence in education.

Cambridge IGCSEs are considered to be an excellent preparation for Cambridge International AS and A Levels, the Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Group Award, Cambridge Pre-U, and other education programmes, such as the US Advanced Placement program and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.
Learn more about Cambridge IGCSEs at www.cie.org.uk/cambridgesecondary2

Subjects

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Accounting?

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting is accepted by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of the theory and concepts of accounting, and the ways in which accounting is used in a variety of modern economic and business contexts.

Candidates focus on the skills of recording, reporting, presenting and interpreting nancial information; these form an ideal foundation for further study, and for a future career within the profession.

Prior learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Accounting previously.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Accounting are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level Accounting, or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans?

Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans as a Second Language is recognised by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the language. The syllabus is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The quali cation re ects the widespread use of Afrikaans in education and commerce, and also in entertainment, throughout Southern Africa.

Learners will learn how to use Afrikaans effectively in the type of situations, and Afrikaans-speaking environments, they will encounter in their daily lives. The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.

Prior learning

Candidates beginning 0548 Afrikaans as a Second Language are expected to have had prior contact with Afrikaans at school and/or in their community.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable learners to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans as a Second Language are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS Afrikaans Language and Cambridge International A Level Afrikaans, or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Biology?

Cambridge IGCSE Biology is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the biology syllabus enables learners to:

    • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
    • recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
    • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
    • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
    • better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
    • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course should have achieved an equivalent level of general education.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C for this qualification are well prepared to follow courses leading to Level 3 AS and A Level GCE Biology, Cambridge Pre-U Biology, IB Certificates in Biology or the Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology.

Assesment at a glance

All candidates must enter for three papers.

Why study Cambridge Business Studies?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies is accepted by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of business concepts and techniques across a range of different types of businesses. Learners will be able to:

  • understand different forms of business organisations, the environments in which businesses operate and business functions such as marketing, operations and nance
  • appreciate the role of people in business success. They will also gain lifelong skills, including:
  • the ability to calculate and interpret business data
  • communication skills needed to support arguments with reasons
  • the ability to analyse business situations and reach decisions or judgements. Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Business.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry?

Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the chemistry syllabus enables learners to:

      • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
      • recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
      • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
      • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
      • better understand the in uence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
      • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.

    Prior Learning

    Candidates beginning this course should have achieved an equivalent level of general education.

    Progression

    Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

    Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C for this qualification are well prepared to follow courses leading to Level 3 AS and A Level GCE Chemistry, Cambridge Pre-U Chemistry, IB Certi cates in Chemistry or the Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Economics?

Cambridge IGCSE Economics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of economics. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Economics candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

  • an understanding of economic theory, terminology and principles
  • the ability to apply the tools of economic analysis
  • the ability to distinguish between facts and value judgements in economic issues
  • an understanding of, and an ability to use, basic economic numeracy and literacy
  • the ability to take a greater part in decision-making processes in everyday life
  • an understanding of the economies of developed and developing nations
  • an excellent foundation for advanced study in economics.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied economics previously.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Economics are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics, or the equivalent.

Why choose Cambridge IGCSE First Language English?

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose mother tongue is English. The course allows learners to:

  • develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing
  • learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

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 First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners who are beginning this course should have a level in English equivalent to First Language competence.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSEs are general qualifications that enable learners to progress directly to employment or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C in Cambridge IGCSE First Language English are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language, or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE English Literature?

Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) offers learners the opportunity to read, interpret, evaluate and respond to a range of literature in English. The range includes drama, prose and poetry from the works of Shakespeare to contemporary literature. This course enables learners to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ways in which writers use English to express meaning and achieve effects. Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) will stimulate learners to read for pleasure, to explore wider and universal issues, promoting a better understanding of themselves and the world.
Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of literature in English.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously studied an English curriculum such as that of the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme, the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study within the National Curriculum for England, or equivalent national educational frameworks.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable learners to progress directly to employment, or to proceed to further quali cations in another subject area or at a higher level, requiring more speci c knowledge, understanding and skills.
Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C in Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level English, International Baccalaureate Certificates in English or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management?

Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of issues concerning sustainable development and how the Earth’s resources are used. Students studying this syllabus:

  • draw upon disciplines such as biology, Earth science, geography, economics and anthropology
  • consider the interdependence of the Earth’s natural systems and how people use natural resources
  • examine the impact of development on the environment considering issues such as environmental pollution and resource depletion
  • explore ways in which we may change the nature of future development to make it more sustainable.

Environmental Management is concerned not only with the impact of humankind on the planet but also with the patterns of human behaviour necessary to preserve and manage the environment in a self-sustaining way. Study is linked to the areas of new thinking in environmental management, environmental economics and the quest for alternative technologies. Classroom studies and optional coursework allow candidates to obtain a local as well as a global perspective.
Environmental Management recognises that human behaviour towards the environment is guided by the survival needs, perceptions and values of people. Underlying the syllabus there is a recognition that cultural, social and political attitudes directly in uence the economy of nature. A core principle of the syllabus is that sustainability will only be achieved by changes in the ways in which people think and make decisions. A course in Environmental Management therefore calls upon young people to be participants in de ning the future of their world.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Environmental Management previously.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certi cates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.
Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS Level Environmental Management, or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE French Foreign Language?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.
The course encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:

  • the ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication
  • insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken
  • a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations
  • techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills
  • a sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior learning

We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a modern foreign languages curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework.

Recognition and Progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE foreign language syllabuses gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level in the same language.
Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Geography?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Successful Cambridge IGCSE Geography candidates develop lifelong skills, including:

  • an understanding of the processes which affect physical and human environments
  • an understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale
  • the ability to use and understand geographical data and information
  • an understanding of how communities around the world are affected and constrained by different environments.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a Geography curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework.

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Geography gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Geography.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE History?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Cambridge IGCSE History offers the opportunity to study world history from the nineteenth century
to the beginning of the twenty- rst century. It encourages learners to raise questions and to develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding in order to provide historical explanations. Learners will explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political, and are given the opportunity to:

  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about and understanding the past
  • explore historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
  • appreciate historical evidence and how to use it
  • gain a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships
  • learn how to present clear, logical arguments.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a history curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework.

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE History gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level History.
Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Information & Computer Technology?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:

  • understanding and using applications
  • using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to solve problems
  • analysing, designing, implementing, testing and evaluating ICT systems, ensuring that they are t for purpose
  • understanding the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses
  • awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop

the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior Learning

We do not expect learners starting this course to have previously studied ICT

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Information Technology.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Maths?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics learners gain lifelong benefits, including:

  • the development of their mathematical knowledge
  • confidence, by developing a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships
  • an ability to consider and solve problems and present and interpret results
  • skills in communication and reasoning using mathematical concepts
  • a solid foundation for further study.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a mathematics curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework.

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Mathematics.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Physics?

Cambridge IGCSE Physics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the physics syllabus enables learners to:

    • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
    • recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
    • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
    • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
    • better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
    • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.

    Prior Learning

    Other candidates beginning this course should have achieved an equivalent level of general education.

    Progression

    Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

    Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C for this qualification are well prepared to follow courses leading to Level 3 AS and A Level GCE Physics, Cambridge Pre-U Physics, IB Certificates in Physics or the Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics.

Why choose Cambridge IGCSE Travel and Tourism?

Cambridge IGCSE Travel and Tourism is designed to help meet the need for skilled and knowledgeable individuals in this rapidly diversifying industry. The intention of the syllabus is to provide a broad introduction to the travel and tourism industry and related ancillary service industries.

The syllabus develops practical skills across a range of working roles, as well as providing a global and local perspective on travel and tourism. Students gain an overview of the industry, and learn about popular destinations, customer care, working procedures, travel and tourism products and services, and marketing and promotion.

Through their studies, students will gain an understanding of the concepts, models and theories used within the industry, and also enhance their skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Travel and Tourism previously.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Travel and Tourism are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level Travel and Tourism, or the equivalent.

QUICK FACTS

Age: 14 to 16
Equivalent Grade: 10/11
Start date: January
Recommended Course length: 2 years
Hours per week: 30+

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

For the 2018 academic year
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