The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a globally recognized qualification. It is administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Cambridge. The IGCSE is a comprehensive two year programme spread over Grade 9 and 10. At OIS, learners take all exams in May, at the end of a two-year course.
The IGCSE curriculum emphasizes the development of essential application based skills such as critical thinking and individual research encouraging a solution based approach. IGCSE emphasizes on preparing the student for sturdy footing in his own national culture while simultaneously growing towards internationalism. This is done by appropriately balancing global and local contexts, and tailor-making it for a more multi-cultural and multi lingual audience. This essential dimension of the IGCSE intending to preserve the cultural identity of the home nation is a much favored aspect among local educational society.
IGCSE offers, through its application based pedagogical practices, a wide range of subjects:
These are grouped into five curriculum areas, as follows:
- Group 1: English
- Group 2: Mathematics
- Group 3: Sciences
- Group 4: Languages
- Group 5: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Group 6: Business, Technical and Vocational
The programme recognizes the achievements of students who pass examinations in at least seven subjects, including two languages, and one subject from each of the other subject groups, a group award –the Cambridge ICE (International Certificate of Examination) of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is awarded to such students.
Subjects offered at Oberoi International School:
|Group 1||English: English Language & Literature, Foreign Language – Hindi, French, Spanish|
|Group 2||Mathematics: Mathematics, Mathematics – Additional, Mathematics (with coursework)|
|Group 3||Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics|
|Group 4||Languages: French, Hindi, Spanish|
|Group 5||Humanities and Social Sciences: History, Geography, Economics, Global Perspectives|
|Group 6||Business, Technical and Vocational: Music, Drama, Art and Design, Information and Communication Technology (ICT)|
The assessment based process goes beyond rote learning and information recall. A student's ability to apply knowledge appropriately by handling information in a manner that resolves challenges is given priority over content memorization which becomes relatively redundant in today's rapidly changing world. The fundamental aspect in all IGCSE syllabi is development skills like analysis, evaluation, creativity, application, etc which helps a student to face the unknown with confidence. The learner knows that he is has the skills and capability to arrive at solutions which help him to transcend and move beyond the hurdles.
Assessment is not limited simply to written examination but includes a verity of testing methods such as oral and listening skills, field work, investigations in lab projects or course work. The IGCSE being a balanced curriculum and a flexible course of study, the assessments are accessible to students with widely differing abilities.
As Junior colleges in India require an applicant to have passed a recognized board exam, instead of a Middle Years Programme offered by the IBO, students prefer the IGCSE so that post grade 10 they can avail the option of seeking admission in Indian universities/colleges.
The programme offers an ideal foundation for ten plus two courses such as IBDP, A levels and North American APT (Advanced Placement Test). The programmme develops a broad based education while encouraging a degree of choice.