In Seconde, all pupils in the English Section study for the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Education), which is a slightly modified version of the GCSEs taken by all students at this age level in the UK.
The IGCSE is assessed and awarded by CIE (Cambridge International Examinations), one of the official Examination Boards in England and the international specialist among examining bodies who oversees the OIB (Option Internationale du Baccalauréat).
The IGCSEs demand the same standards of knowledge and skills as British GCSEs but their syllabuses are designed for an international context. Results are expressed in Grades A (A* for outstanding work), B, C, D, E, F, G, or U (unclassified); everyone gets a grade but grades A-C are a “pass” and indicate a standard which would allow the pupil to continue study at a higher level.
At SIS, we see the IGCSE Language and Literature examinations as an essential stage in the preparation for the OIB, as well as an indicator of both a pupil’s academic ability and how effective and comparable our teaching is to benchmarks in Britain and internationally.
High achievement on the IGCSE can be advantageous for applications to universities in the UK and, more generally, to a student’s “international’ CV.
IGCSE for the ‘Cambridge Groups’
In the Seconde Cambridge Group, pupils will prepare for the First Language IGCSE