If you’re the parent of a child in middle school, you may have heard about the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, or IGCSE. IGCSE can offer tremendous benefits over their more traditional counterparts, the GCSEs and GCEs. While they might not seem too different at first glance, there are actually plenty of reasons to consider choosing the IGCSE exams over their older siblings. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the biggest advantages of choosing the IGCSE exam over its longer-running counterparts.
What is IGCSE?
One of the most common complaints about International Baccalaureate® (IB) courses is that students take an exam at age 16—at a time when many are still in middle school. That’s why, in 1996, Cambridge launched its own International General Certificate of Secondary Education program. Although it’s similar to IB, with a focus on critical thinking and individual understanding rather than memorization and regurgitation, there are some important differences between these two educational models. Perhaps most notably: The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is typically taken during secondary school—students are typically 15 or 16 years old when they take their exams—while they’re actually in class as opposed to after graduation like with IB.
Although they may not be as well-known or accepted as SAT or GCSE qualifications, international qualifications can be very useful for students. These qualifications are recognised by universities worldwide, so if you want to apply to university in England or anywhere else in Europe for that matter, international qualifications like IGCSEs can be a real advantage.
It’s time to give your child a competitive edge. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a type of certification that allows students to gain a qualification in their secondary education (high school). Students studying for an IGCSE can choose from between two to four courses at different levels in order to achieve their qualification, which are assessed by external examiners—this means they are not assessed by teachers at your child’s school.
Open the door to more opportunities
Students who are interested in studying abroad or possibly working in a foreign country, an international qualification will open many doors. An international qualification is often seen as more valuable than its local equivalent, which means it can be easier to get into a top university with one. All students who gain an International qualification will have experience working with people from different cultures. They will develop a better understanding of their own culture in comparison to others, leading to a more global perspective. Academic studies suggest that students with an international qualification perform as well as their counterparts at traditional schools, but also get into better universities. There are many prestigious universities who prefer to take on students with international qualifications rather than A Levels or GCSEs.
How to register for IGCSE
To get started, you need to choose a country in which you want to register. Each exam board has its own requirements for enrolling and fees for taking tests: Typically these are set by region or country but may vary slightly from year to year—so contact Mr. Mike to learn more about registering for IGCSE and begin your child’s on a holistic education journey for a better future.