What is the cambridge (igcse) curriculum?

The Cambridge Curriculum (IGCSE), short for International General Certificate of Secondary Education, is the international counterpart of the GCSEs. The IGCSEs are held to the same standard as the GCSEs taken in England. The Cambridge IGCSE was created more than 30 years ago and is the most prevalent and common international qualification for students aged 14 to 16. The IGCSEs were first introduced in 1988. Today, Cambridge IGCSEs are recognized and accepted at many universities and employers from around the world.

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Key Focus of the Curriculum

As one of the most accepted international qualifications for students from all over the world, it is important to the IGCSE curriculum that it is specific to each school’s needs. Not only is the school’s IGCSE curriculum developed with the school’s requirements and needs at the forefront, but this curriculum helps students’ educational development for those whose first language isn’t English. There are 70 subjects available at Cambridge IGCSE, including 30 languages; schools have the freedom to offer these subjects in any combination.

An IGCSE education focuses on instilling its students with creative thinking, enquiry, and problem-solving skills. It helps students develop key and resourceful abilities such as the comprehension of each of the subjects that are being taught in school, but also skills applicable to real-world life. The application of understanding, awareness, and knowledge to new and familiar situations, the ability to adapt and respond to change, communicating in English,
Inspiring change and having a strong sense of cultural awareness are some of the important aspects of an IGCSE education. Five elements that are at the heart of a Cambridge Education are international curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, international recognition, and global community.

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Grading System and Assessment

Examinations for the IGCSEs take place twice a year at the end of the course. There are a variety of assessment methods; written, oral, coursework, and practical assessment. Because a truly international, well-rounded education is at the core of an IGCSE education, students whose first language is not English are taken into a lot of consideration which then allows for a truly fair method of assessment. Grades are marked using the ‘A-G’ grading system, which is an internationally recognized grading system.

In June 2017 schools in England, UK began using the ‘9-1’ grading system for GCSEs, which resulted in schools around the world wanting to use that same grading method for their IGCSEs. Therefore, the ‘9-1’ grading system has been made available in acceptable areas.

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Working with HiredinChina for IGCSE Positions

We here at HiredinChina believe in providing teachers with respectable jobs suitable for their skills and needs. We work together with schools and teachers to ensure a beneficial alliance between valuable teachers and excellent schools. HiredinChina aims to provide excellent job roles for driven, motivated, and passionate teachers. If you are the creative and motivated teacher that IGCSE schools are looking for, please view our job board for the opportunities we have to offer.


For more information about Cambridge IGCSE curriculum and teaching resources go to: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-upper-secondary/cambridge-igcse/classroom-support/

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Your FAQs

We’ve put together a Resources Page to answer your most frequent questions. From Saving Money, to Getting Your Z-VISA, we have gone into detail there.

Your school will apply for your VISA for you to work directly for them. We’ll be with you every step of the journey. We’ve created our own VISA Support Page. Remember, the VISA you’re applying for is a Z-VISA.

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