Developed by Cambridge International Examination (CIE) in 1988, IGCSE is a very popular English language curriculum. Over 10,000 schools in 160 countries are teaching the IGCSE syllabus. It is the most popular international qualification offering them more than 70 subjects. The focus of the IGCSE curriculum is to offer a wide range of options to learners with different types of abilities, including students whose first language is not English.
The IGCSE curriculum allows the students to take a minimum of 5 and maximum of 14 subjects. The IGCSE ‘core’ curriculum consists of a First Language, Second Language, Mathematics, and one or more subjects in the area of science. English, Mathematics, and the Sciences are the IGCSE Core subjects. A student can also choose to study other subjects ranging from Social Sciences to Arts & Technology. For the schools also the IGCSE curriculum proves to be very flexible and it comes with excellent resources and training. Out of these 70 subjects offered by IGCSE, 30 are languages and the schools can choose to offer them in any combination.
IGCSE Curriculum Focus Areas
The IGCSE approach to teaching is to introduce the students to a variety of subjects and encourage them to make connections between them. IGCSE focuses on developing the student’s understanding, skill, and knowledge in the following areas:
- Subject content
- The application of knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations
- Intellectual enquiry
- The flexibility and responsiveness to change
- Working and communicating in English
- Influencing outcomes
- Cultural awareness*
- The IGCSE syllabus is designed keeping an international outlook in mind. However, it tries to retain a local relevance for each region. The IGCSE syllabus is developed for an international student body and steers clear of any kind of cultural bias.