The Cambridge International General Certificate for Secondary Education is the world’s most popular international curriculum for students aged 14 to 16 years, leading to a globally recognized and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualification. At the end of Year 9, students progress to this 2 year course in Years 10 and 11. Syllabi are regularly reviewed and up-dated to keep pace with developments in educational practice and to meet the needs of today’s students in an ever changing world.
The University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is based in the U.K. and is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for students aged 5 to 18 years in more than 150 countries. In 2013, Cambridge marked 25 years of IGCSE. Each subject offers clear objectives and assessment standards. IGCSE is designed to be accessible to students of a wide range of abilities and learners develop knowledge and understanding as well as skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving.
The Year 10 and 11 curriculum is composed of a core of subjects that every student will take and groups of optional subjects. This core consists of English language, English literature, Mathematics, Global Perspectives and a language other than English e.g. French or Spanish at ISL. Students can choose up to 5 optional subjects from the 12 offered at ISL, ensuring an individualized programme is created for each student based on their interests, skills and strengths.
At the end of the 2 year programme, students are assessed both internally and externally in ways that measure individual performance against stated objectives for each subject. Click on the + icon to view more information.
The ICE Certificate
The Cambridge ICE (International Certificate of Education) is the overall certificate awarded to acknowledge success in a range of IGCSE subjects. It requires the study of subjects drawn from the 5 different subject groups. It recognises achievements of students who pass in at least 7 subjects, including two languages and 1 subject from each of the other 4 subject groups. Grades awarded are Pass, Credit and Distinction.
The five curriculum groups are:
|Group II||Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Group V||Creative, Technical and Vocational|
Subjects offered at ISL
ISL offers the following IGCSE subjects:
|Group I||English Language (1st or 2nd), Spanish and French|
|Group II||Geography, History, English Literature and Economics|
|Group III||Biology, Chemistry and Physics|
|Group IV||Mathematics: Accelerated or Extended or Core|
|Group V||Art and Design, Music, Drama and Computer Science|
|Block 1||Block 2||Block 3||Block 4||Block 5||Block 6||Block 7|
|English 1st Language/Literature||Maths Accelerated||French||Biology||Art and Design||Physics||Chemistry|
|English 2nd Language/Literature||Maths Extended||Spanish||Economics||Music||Biology||History|
|Maths Core||ESOL or Self-study of another language||Geography||Chemistry||IGCSE PE||Computer Science|
Year 10 students are expected to join a ‘Community service program’ where they are involved with various local schools and orphanages around Lusaka for one afternoon each week. This is a compulsory activity for all students and provides real experience of caring and helping the less fortunate and is a good foundation for the IBDP CAS programme.
Year 10 students will also spend one week in a real work situation somewhere in Lusaka. This will sharpen their college application skills and give them a feel for the local labour market.
Key Events in Year 10 and 11
Key dates and events for Year 10 and 11 students during the school year are as follows:
|Mid-March||Year 11 trial exams|
|February||Year 10 work week|
|March||IGCSE information evening|
|Late April - Early June||Year 11 final exams|
|Late April||Year 11 last supper|
|Early June||Year 10 end of year exams|
Moving on from IGCSE
The Cambridge portfolio of IGCSE qualifications provides a solid foundation for advanced courses such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), which is the 2-year, pre-university programme offered at ISL following IGCSE. The IGCSE ICE, to some extent, echoes the philosophy of the IBDP in that it recognises the need for a balanced and broad curriculum.