International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a globally recognised international academic qualification for year 10/11 students. It is the international equivalent of the GCSE exam; the standard year 11 qualification in the UK, and recognized in countries such as the UK, USA, Singapore, and Australia.
The IGCSE curriculum is designed to encourage students to think critically and acquire problem-solving skills while broadening their subject knowledge.The format of the IGCSE exams is designed to be more accessible to international learners studying in Singapore; offering a syllabus based on the British model, but with a wider, more global perspective.

The IGCSE provides a strong foundation for higher level courses like GCE A level / IAL. As a school in Singapore offering a comprehensive IGCSE programme, Insworld provides students with the opportunity to select the IGCSE subjects that are right for them, and which will help them as they move forward in their education career.

Why Enrol In The IGCSE Programme In Singapore?

Many parents recognise the importance of the quality of secondary education in establishing the foundations of specialised understanding and the approach to learning which will help shape their futures. The IGCSE is one of the most widely studied and highly rated international exams for students aged 14 to 16. It is accepted as a valid and reliable indicator of academic achievement by institutions of higher learning worldwide. The Insworld IGCSE syllabus is updated frequently so that it remains relevant to the needs of learners in Singapore. It is designed to encourage students to explore ideas and extend their understanding in ways that build and consolidate learning. It is taught by subject specialists who are trained in recognizing the needs of individual learners and adapting lesson content and delivery to meet these needs. Choosing a recognised international curriculum like the IGCSE in Singapore helps widen your child’s academic capabilities, so that they are in a strong position to work towards gaining entry to a leading university.

Why Enrol For The IGCSE Programme At Insworld?

As a private school in Singapore, Insworld provides students with what they need to attain IGCSE qualifications. These can represent a significant stepping-stone on the route to further academic achievement.

Insworld provides students with a unique IGCSE programme to help them prepare to take their IGCSE examinations. The Insworld IGCSE curriculum is flexible. Students can choose the combination of subjects which suits them best. Insworld can also be flexible about enrolment dates and course duration, to ensure that all students make the most of their existing knowledge as well as their academic potential when they study for IGCSE qualifications.

IGCSE is an international qualification that aims to extend the breadth and depth of students’ understanding, enabling them to strengthen their subject knowledge while gaining the evaluative and analytical skills that are essential for higher study and the world of work. The Insworld IGCSE programme in Singapore can also be suitable for students whose English language skills need to be improved, as it is possible to combine this with enhanced English Language support.

Course Duration

6 terms (18 – 22 months)

Class Size

4 – 12 students

Main Intakes

January and July

Other Enrolment Periods

March / April
September / October

Entry Requirements

Recommended Age14-16
English ProficiencyIELTS 4.5 / TOEFL 200 or equivalent
QualificationCompleted Junior Secondary programme or equivalent

Academic Progression

On successful completion of this programme, students obtain internationally recognised qualifications which allow them to progress on to the Insworld A-Level programme, or choose other options such as applying for admission to Singapore polytechnics or state universities in the USA.

IGCSE is an international qualification that includes both breadth and depth in its subject areas, enabling students to broaden their intellectual horizons while sharpening their cognitive thinking and analytical skills. As an international qualification, the IGCSE is suitable even for students who requires more assistance in English for Academic Studies. Our IGCSE programmes also provide students with excellent preparation for A-Level studies – the qualification that will enable them to get into university. Find out more about Insworld’s GCE A-Level / International Advanced Level (IAL) courses here.

What IGCSE Curriculum Does Insworld Follow?

Our IGCSE curriculum offers students the freedom to choose from various subjects in additition to the two compulsory subjects of English Language and Mathematics. Covering a range of subjects offers students a strong foundation in essential knowledge and skills, while allowing them to further their interest in subjects that particularly interest them. The Insworld IGCSE programme is designed to prepare students for IGCSE exams administered by Pearson Edexcel, a fully accredited UK Exam Board and Awarding Body. Pearson Edexcel qualifications are benchmarked against UK academic standards and are recognised internationally as having equal academic rigour to the UK GCSE. Pearson Edexcel IGCSE programmes give students a strong academic foundation in each subject, and helps to develop essential academic skills that will help them in their future endeavours. For more information on Pearson Edexcel IGCSE programmes, please visit the official website for more information.

What will I study for IGCSE at Insworld?

Students normally choose 6 or more subjects when they study an IGCSE programme. The choice of subjects may depend on their future plans or intended fields of study. All subject combinations must include English Language and Mathematics, which are compulsory. When selecting optional subjects, students are recommended to consider their intended course of study at A-Levels or university. For a personalised consultation on subject combinations at Insworld, contact us for detailed information. Other subjects offered at Insworld include:

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