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What is IGCSE?

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is one of the most recognised qualifications around the world. IGCSE courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills, including recall of knowledge, oral skills, problem solving, initiative, team work and investigative skills.The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher level courses, such as A and AS Levels, the Advanced International Certificate of Education, the North American Advanced Placement programme and the International Baccalaureate.

IGCSE caters for different levels of ability with a choice between core and extended papers in many subjects.The core curriculum is based on an overview of the subject and is suitable for students expected to achieve grades C to G. The extended curriculum is more challenging and designed for students who are expected to achieve grades A* to C. Grades achieved through either route have the same value.

IGCSE offers a flexible course of study that gives candidates the freedom to choose subjects that are right for them, whilst providing them with a broad knowledge base and lifelong skills.

Where is IGCSE accepted and recognised?

IGCSE is a high profile qualification. It has exactly the same value in admitting students to institutes of further education and employment as the UK equivalent – GCSE.

• IGCSE is comparable with GCE O Level and the UK GCSE

• IGCSE has an excellent reputation amongst international schools worldwide

• IGCSEs are recognised as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world

• A good grade (i.e. C or above) in IGCSE English as a Second Language is accepted for entry by almost all universities in the UK and many in the USA, Canada and Australia as evidence of adequate competence in the English language.

Who can take IGCSE?

IGCSE is designed to be taught as a three or four year course at RCI for students aged 13 to 16 years.

In most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities. Students can enter for the level that is most appropriate for them and this need not be the same across all subjects.

How is IGCSE taught at Roots College International RCI?

At Roots, students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects at IGCSE level, at the same time. In order to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, many students take courses from each of the IGCSE groups (see subjects offered list), particularly if they’re aiming to go on to further education. This can lead to the award of the International Certificate of Education an additional qualification that recognises students who pass exams in seven or more subjects, including two languages and one subject from each of the other groups.

The course differs for each subject, but throughout there will be a mix of assessment methods, including coursework, practical exercises, oral and listening tests, projects and written examinations.

Examination Information

IGCSE courses usually take three or four years to complete and exams are taken at the end of that period. Examinations are held in June and November each year with results issued in August and February respectively. For more detailed information and course information, please conact RCI dedicated IGCSE advisor at