The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world's most popular international curriculum, designed to encourage high academic standard through a practical approach to teaching and learning.
The IGCSE is administered by the University of Cambridge and its certificate is recognized by worldwide universities, academic institutions and employers. It is also equivalent to the General Certificate of Secondary Education in Egypt (Thanaweya Amma).
This highly distinguished system of education provides a broad study program and covers subjects from a variety of areas: Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Creative, Technical and Vocational Subjects. Most IGCSE subjects offer a choice of Core or Extended papers (in Cambridge), and foundation or higher papers (in Edexcel). This is designed to make IGCSE suitable for students with varying levels of ability.
Relying heavily on practical application of learning, the important principle of this examination is that students are rewarded for positive achievement. They are encouraged to develop their oral and practical skills; employ an investigative approach; use problem-solving methods and benefit from the applications of skills, knowledge and understanding.
The IGCSE offers a wider range of assessment techniques appropriate to different skills and attributes in various subjects. These techniques include oral and listening tests, practical, project work, performance and coursework, as well as conventional written examinations of various kinds.