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International Curriculum of Secondery Education

TThe IGCSE curricula is often considered more similar to O-level rather than the UK national curriculums GCSE. Thus, the basis of the examination is also considered more challenging and vigorous.
IGCSE is also popular among homeschoolers and adult students. Though IGCSE is being taken by students typically in the age group 14-16 (or 15-17 depending on primary 1 entry age), it also allows students from alternative education and adult students to sit for the exam and continue personal education advancement at any age.

Curriculum Levels

In Lower Secondary level, students in Year 9 follow Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. Year 9 is viewed as the first year of IGCSE preparation and students begin selecting option subjects in preparation for Year 10 and 11 courses.

At Middle Secondary, students study compulsory subjects.Learners choose up to 10 subjects to study for their IGCSEs. Some students may opt to sit for exams in subjects not taught in the normal school timetable.

This is a 2-year course, and it is recognized as the standard assessment of a student’s ability to enter universities’ courses.

Level Ages Duration Compulsory Subjects Elective Subjects
Lower Secondary 13-14 2 Years English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Computing, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Art, Music, Drama, Design and Technology
Middle Secondary 15-16 2 Years English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (at least one out of Biology, Chemistry or Physics) Art and Design, Business, Drama, Design Technology, Computer Science, Food and Nutrition (O level), Geography, Global Perspective, Information and Communication Technology – ICT, History
Advance Ages 17-18 2 Years The categories include (Advanced Maths, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, etc) or art categories (Business Studies, Economics, Accounting, Arts, Music, Sociology

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