What is Cambridge IGCSE?

IGCSE is known as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. It is a very popular international certification for the end of secondary school before students proceed to an advanced level. IGCSE was created by Cambridge International Examination known as Cambridge International Examination (CIE). The IGCSE curriculum is considered similar to O-level than the UK national curriculum GSCE. Therefore, the basis of examination is also really challenging and hard.


IGCSE is well known in many universities worldwide requires a combination of Cambridge International A levels and Cambridge IGCSE for the entry requirements. For instance, US and Canadian universities will accept learners with Five Cambridge IGCSE at grade C or above.

In other countries such as the UK, IGCSE is accepted as similar to the GCSE. IGCSE is also very famous among homeschoolers and adult students. It also let students from alternative education and adult students to sit for the exam and continues personal education in an advance level at any age. IGCSE is said to be more advanced than the standard American high school course.


IGCSE offers more than 70 subjects. Each students are required to take a minumum of a 5 or maximum of 14 subjects. There are compulsary subjects which students have to take such as English, Mathematics and Sciences. There are few subjects that we offer here for extra coaching sesssion. The subjects are:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Accounting
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • First Language English
  • English as Second Language
  • French language
  • 中文 Chinese Language


IGCSE is graded from A to G and U is stated as Ungraded. Every students who takes up IGCSE is required to obtain minimum grade C for the main core subjects in order to pursue to the next higher level or other further education. IGCSE grading is overview is as below:


IGCSE Grading

Difference between IGCSE core and IGCSE extended.

There is a difference between Core and Extended curriculum papers in most of the subjects. This is mainly to allow teachers to decide on the most correct levels of papers for their students.

The core curriculum, which consists of the core curriculum and it has been created for the more academically able and leads naturally into higher education or professional training. It is mainly targeted at those for aim to achieve grades A to E. It describes the extra topics or added the core to produce the extended curriculum. These three grades (C, D, and E ) are created to accommodate students who perform either better or worse than their teachers expect.

Difference between Cambridge IGCSE and O Levels

IGCSE and O level are equivalent qualifications grades, they are different qualifications. IGCSE set internationally known recognized standards while O level syllabus was brought up to meet specific local needs in each country. The grading for IGCSE is  A is the highest grade and G is the lowest grade. O level grades are from A to E. Next, the assessment techniques for IGCSE is tested oral and practice skills meanwhile O level focuses on writing and reading skills on language subjects. The final difference is the coursework options IGCSE is available in many syllabuses and O level fewer coursework options.

Overview – IGCSE tuition centre

ACE Education is mainly known for the IGCSE tuition centre in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Tutors provide personal tuition classes and the lesson plan is usually similar to what students are learning in school. The main focus is the class is either to improve their grades in school, follow up with the lessons in school or prepare in advance.

Here we also provide an intensive revision course (30 hours per subject) and it will be conducted in January for students sitting for May/June examinations, and in July candidates who are sitting will be held on October/November examinations. ACE Education provides revision packs including notes and past papers are included in the package.


Duration: 1/5/2 hours per session

Age group: 15-17 years

Type: regular /group intensive revision.

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Frequently asked questions for IGCSE and O level

What is the required number of subjects?

It is better to check with the university you wish to apply to as each university and its programs have their own set of entry requirements.

Which is better, IGCSE or O level?

IGCSE and O level are similar qualifications. If your plan is flexible, then you can take IGCSE but if your work requires an international environment O level is good as well.

Why do I need to take the board exams?

It’s in order to obtain a formal qualification for your future study or as proof that you have completed your secondary education.

What are the compulsory subjects?

There are no compulsory subjects in both subjects, however, there are still core subjects that you must fulfill to qualify for college or university. We suggest that you have to know the entry requirements of the university or college that you’re going to enroll.

What is Homeschooling?

Homeschooling is a form of education based at home. You can teach your child at home, either full or part-time. Choosing an appropriate curriculum for homeschoolers is extremely important. Parents that choose to homeschool are usually not satisfied with their local school and IGCSE becomes increasingly popular as a home school curriculum due to its high-quality syllabus being recognized worldwide.

IGCSE  exams are available twice a year in the May/June series or in the October/ November series. The exam timetable is being divided into two different administrative zones. Homeschooling is legal in many countries.

Frequently Asked Questions about Homeschooling

Where can I get resources for the primary level?

You can consider checkpoint books are structured and comprehensive course books in English, Maths, and science.

Are all syllabuses available for private candidates?

To check its availability for private candidates it is detailed under the Availability and timetables heading.

Do I need to formally register my child for the IGCSE program?

No, you do not need to formally enroll your child in a school in order to start the IGCSE program. You only need to register that you’re going to sit for the exam.

Benefits of a Cambridge Education

The Cambridge international curriculum sets a global standard for education and is recognized by universities and employers worldwide. Our curriculum is flexible, challenging and inspiring, culturally sensitive yet international in approach. Cambridge students develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. They also gain the essential skills they need for success at university and in their future careers.

Good assessment lies at the heart of a good education. Our assessments are designed to be fair, valid, reliable, and practicable so that every Cambridge exam provides a true picture of a student’s ability, wherever and whenever the exam was taken. This means our assessments have real, lasting value and can be a lifelong passport to further study or employment.

Where do Cambridge qualifications take you?

Success in Cambridge qualifications often gives students admission to the world’s best universities – in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, and beyond. Cambridge qualifications are accepted and valued by universities around the world, including MIT, Harvard, and Cambridge. They are recognized as qualifications that prepare and equip students with the skills they need to succeed both at university and beyond. Universities tell us that they value independent research and critical thinking skills, as well as the deep subject knowledge that our qualifications bring.

What is Cambridge Global Perspective?

Cambridge Global Perspectives is a unique, transformational programme that helps students at every stage of school education develop outstanding transferable skills, including critical thinking, research, and collaboration. This innovative and stimulating skills-based programme places the academic study in a practical, real-world context. It gives students aged 5 to 19 years the opportunity to develop the skills that they need to be successful at school and university as well as in their future careers. The programme taps into the way today’s students enjoy learning, including group work, seminars, projects, and working with other students around the world. The emphasis is on developing students’ ability to think critically about a range of global issues where there is always more than one point of view.

Who is it for?

The programme is for students aged 5 to 19 years, leading seamlessly from Cambridge Primary through to Cambridge Advanced. Each stage builds on the learners’ development, whether from a previous Cambridge stage or from another educational system. Our flexible approach means schools can offer every stage of the Cambridge Global Perspectives programme, or just focus on specific stages. Progression through the different stages enables skills to be developed by revisiting and engaging with concepts at deeper levels and in a different context.