IGCSEs are a two-year programme of study which students follow in Year 10 and 11 of the British curriculum. They all contain examination and coursework components with exams taking place at the end of the second year over a six-week period. Students normally take between nine and eleven subjects. Two exam boards, Cambridge International (CIE) & Edexcel, offer IGCSE examinations at the same level of difficulty. International schools choose which specification to follow in each subject. From July 2018, all IGCSE candidates will be awarded a grade between 9 (highest) and 1 (lowest).
At IGCSE level, students are expected to work diligently throughout the programme as it is unlikely that foundational content which is taught in the first year will be revisited in class before the final examination. This increases pressure on students in Year 10 who may not have had the experience of revising independently or reviewing such varied content in a wide array of subjects. Many schools in Hong Kong require students to study all three sciences which can be challenging for students entering from other school systems.
Our IGCSE tutors help students plan their revision across a broad subject load taking an active role in helping students manage their time (and stress levels) ensuring that key content is understood, memorised, and practised prior to the May/June exam dates.