Cambridge IGCSE

Provides excellent preparation for students progressing to IGCSE courses

The programme equips students with the skills and knowledge they will require when they reach the next stage of education. It gives students an understanding of the types of subjects that are available at IGCSE. Important choices on which IGCSE subjects they will study in Years 9 & 10 are made in consultation with teachers and parents at the end of Year 8


The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is one of the most recognised qualifications around 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.

IGCSE is designed to be taught as a two year course for students aged 14 to 16 years. Courses start in Year 9 and conclude in Year 10 and differ for each subject, but throughout there will be a mix of assessment methods, including course work, practical exercises, oral and listening tests, projects and written examinations.

IGCSE caters for different levels of ability and in most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula. 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. Grades achieved through either route have the same value.

IGCSE is comparable with GCE O Level and the UK GCSE. The IGCSE has an excellent reputation amongst international schools worldwide and is a high profile qualification. It has exactly the same value in admitting students to institutes of further education and employment as the UK equivalent – GCSE.

At Taman Rama School students are encouraged to study a wide range of IGCSE subjects and follow a broad and balanced curriculum which supports those who continue in the advanced programme in Years 11 & 12. There are compulsory and option subjects. The subject options at Taman Rama School assist students, qualifying for the International Certificate of Education – an additional qualification that recognises students who pass exams in seven or more subjects from the defined subject groups.
The IGCSE examinations are graded from A* through to G. Successful passes (those above grade C) permit further study in the Cambridge Advanced Level programme.