IGCSE Structure

IGCSEs are two-year courses designed for 14 to 16-year-olds. IGCSEs are known for developing vital educational knowledge, understanding, and skills. They have established qualifications that keep pace with educational developments and trends and so are an ideal foundation for higher level courses such as AS and A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Recognised throughout the world, by academic institutes and employers, they are a mark of quality and evidence of real ability.

Curriculum Aims & Objectives

Curriculum Aims

All students know what they need to achieve to succeed in life
Staff and students have high expectations and strive for excellence
Learning and teaching takes place in a safe and purposeful environment
Students are encouraged to have enquiring minds and seek opportunities to become global citizens
Staff challenge and support students’ paths to success

Curriculum Objectives:

Creative and flexible approaches to learning and teaching
Offering an innovative curriculum developed with the aspirations and interests of the student at the center
Making effective use of new technologies to motivate and inspire students
Nurturing close partnerships with local and international organizations, giving students a wide range of opportunities to experience the world of work
Providing opportunities for students to extend their learning outside of the formal curriculum, including an entitlement to four hours per week of enrichment activities from Year 7.

IB (International Baccalaureate) and IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).

International Baccalaureate offers four educational programmes for children aged 3–19. Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation There are no formal examinations set or marked by the IB. Instead, the IB validates the grades of final-year students in schools that request this service and issues certificates to those students who reach a required standard.


IGCSE is the international variant of the British GCSE qualification for an international student body at a secondary level. It is a qualification based on individual subjects of study, which means that one receives an “IGCSE” qualification for each subject one takes.

What Parents, Students, and Teachers Say

IB is an educational framework and not a curriculum.
IB programmes are a continuum and they aim to guide students towards graduating from the Diploma programme with a certain mastery skill in certain subjects areas.
The government schools in several countries (not Malaysia) that are authorized for the PYP and MYP make the commitment to pay the fees and for the training.
IB requires the leadership of an administrator who understands it. It is not a prescriptive curriculum.


IGCSE prepares students for an examination and has to follow a relatively prescriptive course.
The IGCSE means you’re teaching to a pre-defined, country-specific, very straight-forward exam with a definite content-based goal.
Whilst there is some relevance to GCSE, it is designed to serve students anywhere in the world.
Describing IGCSE as “exam-driven” is a bit unfair.