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What to study in IGCSE Subject to get graduate?

International General Certificate of Secondary Education

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education is an English language based examination similar to GCSE and is recognized in the UK as being equivalent to the GCSE for the purposes of recognizing prior attainment. It was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations. The examination board Edexcel and OxfordAQA also offer its own versions of International GCSE’s. Most Students begin learning the syllabus at the beginning of Year 10 (Grade 9) and take the test at the end of Year 11 (Grade 10). Unlike pre-2017 GCSE, coursework of any kind is not a compulsory component.

The qualifications are based on individual subjects of study, which means that one receives an “IGCSE” qualification for each subject one takes. Typical “core” subjects for IGCSE candidates include a First Language, Second Language, Mathematics and one or more subjects in the Sciences. They can be completely exam-based, like exams that test knowledge in individual subjects in the same way as Advanced Placement exams and SAT Subject Tests. Therefore they offer an alternative to GCSE for many home-schooling educators and in adult education.In the UK there has been controversy over the fairness of private school students taking the exam as an alternative to GCSE. source by https://en.wikipedia.org

Types of International General Certificate of Secondary Education
Cambridge IGCSE
Cambridge IGCSE exams are conducted in the months of February (India only), May and October, and the results are released in May, August and January respectively. The exams are set by CIE, which is part of the Cambridge Assessment that also includes the OCR gcse examination board.

The Cambridge examination board offers an ICE (International Certificate of Education) group qualification for candidates who achieve 7 subject passes A*-C across the following groups:

  • Group I: Languages
  • Group II: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Group III: Sciences
  • Group IV: Mathematics
  • Group V: Creative, Technical and Vocational

The ICE is awarded in three grades: Distinction, Merit and Pass. It requires 2 passes in Languages, and one pass in every other group whilst the seventh subject be in any group to be qualified for an award. In addition, to award top candidates with the uppermost achievement, Cambridge awards “Outstanding Achievement Awards” in the categories of “top in country”, and “top in world” for each subject.

Edexcel International GCSE
Edexcel International GCSE exams are conducted in the months of June and January. The exams are set by Edexcel which also sets GCSE exams in the UK.

OxfordAQA International GCSE
OxfordAQA International GCSE exams are conducted in the May/June and November. The exams are set by Oxford International AQA Examinations which is a joint venture between AQA which sets GCSE exams in the UK and Oxford University Press(OUP).

How many subjects do I have to take for IGCSE ?
IGCSE offers more than 70 subjects. Students are required to take a minimum of 5 or maximum of 14 subjects. The core subjects are English, Mathematics and Sciences.

How many IGCSE subjects are required in UK?
No UK universities specify a number of what you still call O levels (they were replaced here by GCSEs GCSE in the late 1980s); they always require a minimum of 5 subjects at grade C or above, including Maths and English (or equivalent, such as IELTS 6.5), but that is all.

Subjects Lists
A

  • Accounting – 0452
  • Afrikaans – First Language – 0512
  • Afrikaans – Second Language – 0548
  • Agriculture – 0600
  • Arabic – First Language – 0508
  • Arabic – Foreign Language – 0544
  • Art and Design – 0400
  • Art and Design (9-1) (UK only) – 0989 New
  • 0614 Accounting (Botswana)
  • 4345 Accounting (Namibia)
  • 6896 Accounting (Swaziland)
  • 7091 Principles of Accounts (Singapore)
  • 7092 Principles of Accounts (Singapore)
  • 7110 Principles of Accounts

B

  • Bahasa Indonesia – 0538 New
  • Bangladesh Studies – 0449
  • Biology – 0610
  • Biology (9-1) (UK only) – 0970 New
  • Biology (US) – 0438
  • Business Studies – 0450
  • Business Studies (9-1) (UK only) (0986) New

C

  • Chemistry – 0620
  • Chemistry (9-1) (UK only) – 0971 New
  • Chemistry (US) – 0439
  • Child Development – 0637
  • Chinese – First Language – 0509
  • Chinese – Second Language – 0523
  • Chinese (Mandarin) – Foreign Language – 0547
  • Computer Science – 0478
  • Computer Science (9-1) (UK only) – 0984 New
  • Czech – First Language – 0514

D

  • Design and Technology – 0445
  • Design and Technology (9-1) (UK only) – 0979 New
  • Development Studies – 0453
  • Drama – 0411
  • Drama (9-1) (UK only) – 0994 New
  • Dutch – First Language – 0503
  • Dutch – Foreign Language – 0515

E

  • Economics – 0455
  • English – First Language – 0500
  • English – First Language (9-1) (UK only) – 0990 New
  • English – First Language (9–1) (UK only) 0627
  • English – First Language (UK) – 0522
  • English – First Language (US) – 0524
  • English – Literature – 0486
  • English – Literature (9–1) (UK only) – 0477
  • English – Literature (US) – 0427
  • English – Second Language (9-1) (UK only) – 0991 New
  • English as a Second Language (Count-in speaking) – 0511
  • English as a Second Language (Speaking endorsement) (0510)
  • Enterprise – 0454
  • Environmental Management – 0680

F

  • Food and Nutrition – 0648
  • French – First Language – 0501
  • French – Foreign Language – 0520
  • French (9-1) (UK only) 7156 New

G

  • Geography – 0460
  • Geography (9-1) (UK only) – 0976 New
  • German – First Language – 0505
  • German – Foreign Language – 0525
  • German (9-1) (UK only) 7159 New
  • Global Perspectives – 0457
  • Greek – Foreign Language – 0543

H

  • Hindi as a Second Language – 0549
  • History – 0470
  • History – American (US) – 0409
  • History (9-1) (UK only) – 0977 New
  • History (US) – 0416

I

  • India Studies – 0447
  • Indonesian – Foreign Language – 0545
  • Information and Communication Technology – 0417
  • IsiZulu as a Second Language – 0531
  • Islamiyat – 0493 New
  • Italian – (9-1) (UK only) 7164 New
  • Italian – Foreign Language – 0535

J

  • Japanese – First Language – 0507
  • Japanese – Foreign Language – 0519

K

  • Kazakh as a Second Language – 0532
  • Korean (First Language) – 0521

L

  • Latin – 0480

M

  • Malay – Foreign Language – 0546
  • Mathematics – 0580
  • Mathematics – Additional – 0606
  • Mathematics – International – 0607
  • Mathematics (9-1) (UK only) – 0626
  • Mathematics (US) – 0444
  • Music – 0410
  • Music (9-1) (UK only) – 0978 New

P

  • Pakistan Studies – 0448
  • Physical Education – 0413
  • Physical Education (9-1) (UK only) – 0995 New
  • Physical Science – 0652
  • Physics – 0625
  • Physics (9-1) (UK only) – 0972 New
  • Portuguese – First Language – 0504
  • Portuguese – Foreign Language – 0540

R

  • Religious Studies – 0490
  • Russian – First Language – 0516

S

  • Sanskrit – 0499 New
  • Science – Combined – 0653
  • Sciences – Co-ordinated (9-1) (UK only) – 0973 New
  • Sciences – Co-ordinated (Double) – 0654
  • Sociology – 0495
  • Spanish – First Language – 0502
  • Spanish – Foreign Language – 0530
  • Spanish – Literature – 0488
  • Spanish (9-1) (UK only) 7160 New

T

  • Thai – First Language – 0518
  • Travel and Tourism – 0471
  • Turkish – First Language – 0513

U

  • Urdu as a Second Language – 0539 New

W

  • World Literature – 0408
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