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Cambridge CAIE IGCSE Curriculum and Subjects

By SchoolMyKids Counsellor|4 - 5 mins read| July 18, 2023

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education popularly known as IGCSE is the most popular program of the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) (previously CIE) Curriculum. Cambridge IGCSE is for students aged 14 to 16 years. The IGCSE is recognised among leading universities across the world. CAIE has program for students aged between 3 to 19. Find out more about all CAIE Programmes Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1, IGCSE and Cambridge Advanced AS & A level. Read our other article to know about Approved CAIE Schools in India,  List for Cambridge Primary Schools in India, Cambridge Secondary 1 Schools in India, Cambridge IGCSE Schools in India and AS & A level schools in India. Continue to read this article to know more about Diploma Programme (IBDP).

IGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a two-year curriculum programme leading to a Certificate which is internationally recognized. IGCSE is equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and International GCE ‘O’ LEVEL Examinations. Cambridge IGCSE is taken in 145 countries.

More than 70 subjects are available (including more than 30 languages) and students can take them in any combination. The IGCSE syllabuses are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance.

IGCSE subjects are divided in 5 subject groups

GroupSubjects
Group 1 Languages: English Language and LiteratureEnglish – First Language
English – Second Language
English (as an Additional Language)
English as a Second Language
English – Literature
World Literature
Group 1 Languages: LanguagesFirst language

Arabic
Bahasa Indonesia
Chinese
Czech
Dutch
French
German
Japanese
Korean
Malay
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Thai
Turkish

Second language

Afrikaans
Chinese
English (Core)
Hindi
IsiZulu
Kazakh
Urdu

Foreign language

Arabic
Dutch
French
German
Greek
IsiZulu
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Malay
Mandarin
Chinese
Portuguese
Spanish
Spanish – Literature
Group 2 Humanities and Social SciencesEconomics
Geography
Global Perspectives
History
History – American
Islamiyat
Latin
Pakistan Studies
Religious Studies
Sanskrit
Sociology
Group 3 SciencesAgriculture
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Management
Marine Science
Physical Education
Physical Science
Physics
Science – Combined
Science – Co-ordinated
Science – Co-ordinated (Double award)
Group 4 MathematicsMathematics
Mathematics – Additional
Mathematics – International
Group 5 Creative and ProfessionalAccounting
Art & Design
Business Studies
Computer Science
Design & Technology
Drama
Enterprise
Food & Nutrition
Information & Communication Technology
Music
Physical Education
Travel & Tourism

Top 10 Cambridge IGCSE Subjects

Refer to the list below for the top ten Cambridge IGCSE subjects worldwide

  1. Mathematics (Without Coursework)
  2. English as a Second Language
  3. First Language English
  4. Biology
  5. Physics
  6. Chemistry
  7. Business Studies
  8. French / Hindi
  9. Economics
  10. Information and Communication Technology

Know about CIE CAIE Cambridge IGCSE Past Papers, Syllabus, Learner Guides

IGCSE Subject Selection

Students enrolled in the IGCSE curriculum have to take

  1. Two languages, and
  2. one subject from each of the other subject groups: Humanities and Social sciences, Sciences, Mathematics and Business, Creative, Technical & Vocational.
  3. The 7th subject may belong to any group from 2 to 5

Environmental Management can count as either a Group 2 or a Group 3 subject, and Co-ordinated Sciences (Double Award) counts as two subjects.

IGCSE Assessment

Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions occur twice a year, in June and November. Results of IGCSE examination are declared in August and January.

IGCSE Grades are benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades, A* to G, which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement for each grade.

Cambridge IGCSE ICE – International Certificate of Education

Cambridge IGCSE Examination is taken as a qualification towards International Certificate of Education (ICE).

The ICE is awarded to the candidate who passes in at least seven IGCSE subjects including two from Group 1 (Languages) and one from each of Groups 2 (Humanities and social Sciences) to 5 (Creative & vocational). The seventh subject may be chosen from any of the syllabus Groups.

The candidates who qualify for the ICE award are given any one of the three categories

DistinctionGrade A (a) or above in five subjects and Grade C (c) or above in two subjects.
MeritGrade C (c) or above in five subjects and Grade F (f) or above in two subjects.
PassGrade G (g) or above in seven subjects. The requirements for the ICE must normally be satisfied at one and the same examination.
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