Year 10-11 GCSE/IGCSE

Year 10-11 GCSE/IGCSE

Ashwicke Hall School offers students a choice of courses leading to university entry. Students in Years 10 and 11 are prepared for examinations in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), or can opt to study GCSEs instead.

What is IGCSE?
IGCSE stands for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and is a highly regarded qualification across the world.
IGCSE courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills, including recall of knowledge, oral skills, problem solving, initiative, team work and investigative skills. The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher level courses, such as A and AS Levels, the Advanced International Certificate of Education, the North American Advanced Placement programme and the International Baccalaureate.
What level are IGCSEs and GCSEs?
These exams are at Level 2 and are regarded as preparation for A Level exams at Level 3.
Where are IGCSEs accepted and recognized?
IGCSE is a high-profile qualification. It has the same value in admitting students to institutes of further education and employment as the UK equivalent GCSE and GCE ‘O’ Level. 
IGCSE has an excellent reputation amongst international schools worldwide. IGCSEs are recognized as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world.
Are IGSEs accepted for University entrance?
Having good passes in IGCSE examinations certainly enhances a student’s university application. Passes in English First Language and Mathematics IGCSE are mandatory for most university courses in the United Kingdom; passes in additional subjects are desirable. 
What is Cambridge IGCSE?
The Cambridge IGCSE is offered at Ashwicke Hall School and is one of the most recognized qualifications around the world. 
Cambridge IGCSE caters for different levels of ability with a choice between core and extended papers in many subjects. The core curriculum is based on an overview of the subject and is suitable for students expected to achieve grades C to G. The extended curriculum is more challenging and designed for students who are expected to achieve grades A* to C. 
Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible course of study that gives candidates the freedom to choose subjects that are right for them, whilst providing them with a broad knowledge base and lifelong skills.
Who can take IGCSEs?
Cambridge IGCSE is designed to be taught as a two year course for students aged 14 to 16 years.
How is Cambridge IGCSE taught?
Students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects at IGCSE level. In order to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, many students take courses from each of the IGCSE groups, particularly if they're aiming to go on to further education. This can lead to the award of the International Certificate of Education - an additional qualification that recognizes students who pass exams in seven or more subjects. 
The courses differ for each subject, but there will be a mix of assessment methods throughout, including coursework, practical exercises, oral and listening tests, projects and written examinations.
How do IGCSEs differ from GCSEs?
Generally there is little difference between the International GCSE and GCSE but IGCSEs offer more flexibility, allowing for an optional coursework component giving students the power to choose helps to motivate them throughout their studies.
When are IGCSE exams?
We offer IGCSEs in Grade 10 and students can sit the appropriate external examinations either in June at the end of Grade 10 or Grade 11. 
When do IGCSE and GCSE results come out? 
IGCSE results come out slightly earlier than GCSE results in the beginning of August. GCSE results are usually around 15th August.
What International GCSEs or GCSEs can I study at Ashwicke Hall School?
You can study the following subjects:
•             IGCSE Arabic
•             IGCSE Art & Design
•             IGCSE Biology
•             IGCSE Business Studies
•             IGCSE Chemistry
•             IGCSE Computer Science
•             IGCSE Economics
•             IGCSE English 1st Language
•             IGCSE English 2nd Language
•             IGCSE English Literature
•             IGCSE French
•             IGCSE Geography
•             IGCSE German
•             IGCSE Chinese
•             IGCSE History
•             IGCSE Maths
•             IGCSE Music
•             IGCSE Physical Education
•             IGCSE Physics
•             IGCSE Spanish

We recommend that you arrange to visit the school and discuss your options with our staff. Email to arrange an appointment.

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