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We are now extending the availability of our 9-1 graded Cambridge IGCSEs to all schools in Administration Zone 3 from June 2019. Schools can continue to have their exams graded A*-G if they wish.
We have been consulting regularly with our schools in order to understand their requirements regarding grading systems. The majority of Cambridge International Schools continue to tell us that they prefer A*-G grades and see no reason to change. However, we are beginning to see a demand for 9-1 grading from some of our schools.
Please see the table below for updated information on the 9-1 syllabuses.
The syllabuses will be distinguished from each other by their syllabus codes. Although they are separate qualifications, the syllabus content and the method of assessment will be the same in each syllabus.
Cambridge IGCSEs will continue to have unique features that distinguish them from GCSEs.
In 2014, we developed new 9-1 graded syllabuses for Cambridge IGCSE in First Language English, English Literature and Mathematics as an option for schools in England comparable to the reformed domestic GCSEs. The content and assessment structure of these syllabuses is different to the A*-G graded syllabuses.
These syllabuses are regulated by Ofqual until November 2019. However, we were notified by the Department for Education in December 2015 that these three syllabuses will not be included in school performance tables.
Please note: For 2016/17, the 0522 syllabus will be included in post-16 progress measures and will be included in funding allocations, subject to criteria being met.
Cambridge has always benchmarked its IGCSE to GCSE to ensure comparability of standards. This will continue to be the case. Cambridge IGCSEs have been benchmarked by UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications. NARIC found IGCSE comparable to GCSE standard.
Our qualifications are recognised by leading universities and employers around the world. We will ensure our qualifications used in independent schools in the UK continue to be robust, credible, and set a global standard for international education. They will continue to be maintained by subject experts, be rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research.
Whichever grading scale schools choose to offer, universities have informed us that they are committed to maintaining consistent entry requirements and that students with A*-G graded IGCSEs will not be disadvantaged.
Please note: Neither the 9-1 nor the A*-G versions of the syllabuses will be included in UK performance tables.