BRITISH CURRICULUM: IGCSE (INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION)
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally recognised and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. It is part of the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage. Zlatarski International School offers the IGCSE programmes and is an Exam Centre for British exams in Bulgaria.
Schools worldwide have helped develop Cambridge IGCSE, which provides excellent preparation for the Cambridge Advanced stage including Cambridge A/AS Levels and Cambridge Pre-U, as well as other progression routes. It incorporates the best in international education for learners at this level. It develops in line with changing needs, and is regularly updated and extended.
Successfully passed IGCSE exams in individual subjects are also an entry level for the programmes INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE and A-LEVEL, which, on the other hand, are a criterion for entry in the top universities in the United Kingdom.
IGCSE exams are taken in various subjects, which students choose in their 9th grade (13-14 years old). The curriculum starts in the beginning of 9th grade and the finals for obtaining the qualification are in the end of their 10th grade (15-16 years old). The results are published in August. Students usually sit the following IGCSE exams: English, Mathematics and Social Science. Successfully assessed IGCSE exams are also in: English Literature, Foreign Language and IT.
Assessment for Cambridge IGCSE usually takes place at the end of the two-year course and includes written and oral tests, coursework and practical assessment. Schools have the option of assessing learners using only external examinations or, in most subjects, combining examinations with coursework. Coursework is set and marked by the teacher and externally moderated by CIE. The coursework may have a different weight in forming the final grade (5-100%).
The mark scheme is from А* to G. To enter the A-Level or the International Baccalaureate A*, A, B or at least C is required.