IGCSEs are offered by Cambridge, Edexcel and AQA exam boards and you can find more information about them on the web pages linked here.
As part of its shake up of national qualifications in which academic diplomas are to be dropped, the government is to allow IGCSEs to be taught in state schools.
Statistics on the achievements of young people at the end of key stage 4 in England.
We publish a revised version of this data each year and from January 2019 this is included in the ‘Key stage 4 and multi-academy trust performance’ release.
With more and more students achieving A grades, the GCSE exam is widely perceived as getting easier and easier, and lacking an ‘absolute standard’.
GCSEs are offered in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with Scotland offering its own system of qualifications.General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (GCSEs) were introduced in 1986 and replaced the previous GCE ‘O’ Level and CSE systems by merging them together.Coursework became a new feature of assessment, one that teachers rightly regarded with scepticism.Without all the administrative problems that encumber GCSE coursework, IGCSEs offer a practical way forward for those studying at home as assessment is by written exam at test centres world-wide.If you need qualifications to go to college or university, apply for a professional or vocational course, or need, for example, Maths or English GCSE or IGCSE to apply for a job, then IGCSEs will help you achieve your goal.The separate qualifications were criticised for disadvantaging the bottom 42% of O-Level entrants who failed to receive a qualification, and the highest-achieving CSE entrants who had no opportunity to demonstrate their true ability.In its later years, O-Levels were graded on a scale from A to E, with a U (ungraded) grade below that.In February 2009, 16 Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses received accreditation from Ofqual, the government body that regulates qualifications, exams and tests in England.IGCSEs are widely accepted by universities and colleges as part of their entry requirements.In Northern Ireland they start in Year 11 and examinations are sat either at the end of that year or at the end of Year 12, as Northern Irish pupils begin school one year earlier.The GCSE was introduced as a replacement for the former O-Level (GCE Ordinary Level) and CSE (Certificate of Secondary Education) qualifications.