The self assurance and easy manner that many expat teenagers quickly develop is an asset that serves them well in many situations they will meet in the years to come. A key question for many families relocating overseas with teenagers at crucial points in their secondary education is whether there will be a price to pay through the educational qualification their children gain. Can students deal with the upheaval that moving countries and schools inevitably causes and still succeed in the formal academic sphere? Can we all have our cake and eat it? As international educators, this is a crucial question for us. The answer is unequivocally yes, and perhaps the best way to incarcerate is with the International General Certificate of Secondary Education.
Cambridge Secondary 2 is typically for learners aged 14 to 16 years. It is built on the foundations of Cambridge Secondary 1, although it is not essential to have completed that stage before beginning Cambridge Secondary 2.
Cambridge Secondary 2 includes Cambridge IGCSE – the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 years which has been designed especially for an international achiever. It provides excellent preparation for Cambridge Advanced and for progression to other educational systems. Syllabus support us by using learner-centered and enquiry-based approach to learning. It describes the knowledge, understanding and skills learners will develop and explain how these are to be assessed.
With 70 subjects and more than30 languages available in any combination, the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English. It develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:
- subject content
- applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
- intellectual enquiry
- flexibility and responsiveness to change
- working and communicating in English
- influencing outcomes
- cultural awareness.
Schools worldwide have been and continue to be – involved in the development of Cambridge IGCSE, so we are confident it represents the best possible international education for 14 to 16 year olds. The syllabuses are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. They have been created specifically for an international student body with content to suit a wide variety of schools and avoid cultural bias.
Cross-curricular perspectives are a valuable part of learning. Making connections between subjects, skills and other dimensions creates coherence for learners, and increases
motivation and engagement for teachers and students alike.
Cambridge IGCSE subjects
Regularly updated and extended, Cambridge IGCSE provides you with a wide range of well-resourced and supported courses.
Cambridge IGCSE English
Syllabi are available for learners whose first language is English and for those with good
English skills, but who are not native speakers. The syllabi develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing, for study and employment.
- English – First Language
- English – Second Language
- English – Literature
- World Literature1
An essential subject for all learners, Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics syllabi encourage the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study.
- Mathematics – Additional
- Mathematics (with coursework)
- Cambridge International Mathematics
Students learn how Science is studied and practiced, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.
- Environmental Management
- Physical Science
- Science – Combined
- Science – Co-ordinate (Double award)
Cambridge offers a wide range of language syllabuses, including First, Second and Foreign Language options. Learners are encouraged to enjoy and appreciate the variety of language, and to understand and respond appropriately to what they read and hear.
- Spanish Literature
Cambridge Humanities & Social Sciences
The study of Cambridge IGCSE humanities and social science subjects enables learners to gain a deeper insight into the different communities and cultures that exist around the world.
- Bangladesh Studies
- Development Studies
- Global Perspectives
- India Studies
- Pakistan Studies
- Religious Studies
Cambridge Business, Technical and Vocational
These Cambridge IGCSE subjects introduce learners to the theory and concepts that underpin the subjects as well as providing a good opportunity to engage with the subject practically. The syllabi provide both; a solid foundation for further study at Cambridge International A Level, and an ideal preparation for the world of work and other studies.
- Art and Design
- Business Studies
- Child Development
- Computer Science
- Design and Technology
- Food and Nutrition
- Information and Communication
- Physical Education
- Travel and Tourism
Assessment takes place at the end of the course and gives you options to suit your learners, including written, oral, coursework and practical assessment. This broadens opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, particularly when their first language is not English.
With a tiered structure in many subjects for different ability levels, learners of all abilities are assessed positively and bright individuals have the chance to excel. The grades awarded at Cambridge IGCSE are A*–G, with A* being the highest.
IGCSE help students to develop thinking and analytical skills which will go a long way to assist them in advance studies.
Cambridge Advanced is provided to learners aged 16 to 19 years who need support for advanced study to prepare for university and higher education. It is built on the strong foundations of the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage, although it is not mandatory for learners to have completed that stage.