IGCSE

Pupils entering Form 4 at St. Paul’s study a range of subjects to ensure a broad and balanced academic education. Our programme is based mainly on the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), enhanced by the study of a range of other disciplines.

The IGCSE programme, offered by many international schools, gives solid foundation knowledge while improving pupils’ critical thinking skills. It is also excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate course in the Sixth Form. Some of its features are:

  • 1. An underlying philosophy that rewards pupils for positive achievement – showing what they know, understand and can do – rather than penalising them for an accumulation of errors
  • 2. An examination suitable for virtually the whole ability range.
  • 3. A wide range of assessment techniques appropriate to different skills and attributes in various subjects, including short answer questions, multiple-choice questions, structured questions, coursework, essays and practical tests.
  • 4. Language examinations for both mother tongue and foreign language speakers, referred to as First Language and Foreign Language. All language examination papers are written completely in the target language. Language syllabuses are based on communication and the pupils’ ability to express themselves in both speech and writing.

The IGCSE examinations are taken at the end of Form 5. They are administered by Cambridge International Education (a division of the University of Cambridge local examinations syndicate) and Edexcel International (a division of the Edexcel examination board), both based in the United Kingdom.