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Cambridge IGCSE is a popular qualification choice for schools worldwide, and is available to UK independent schools.
Existing syllabuses with 9-1 grading options
We will support independent schools in the UK by offering 9-1 graded IGCSEs in our most popular subjects. Please see the table below for updated information on the 9-1 syllabuses. This means that schools will be able to retain A*-G or move to 9-1 grading. 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. None of the 9-1 graded versions of the existing A*-G syllabuses will be regulated by UK regulators. Furthermore, A*-G graded Cambridge IGCSEs will no longer be regulated after the November 2019 exam series.
How will we make sure the grading standards of IGCSEs are the same as those of reformed GCSEs?
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.
New syllabuses with 9-1 grading scale for first teaching from 2015
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.