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International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

[Cambridge, Edexcel]


IGCSE is based on the British curriculum (GCSE). It is a two-year programme of study which students follow in Year 10 and 11. IGCSE contains examination and optional or compulsory coursework components, depending on which school you are studying in. Students normally take between nine and eleven subjects. Two exam boards, Cambridge Assessment International Education & Edexcel, offer IGCSE examinations at the same level of difficulty. International schools choose which specification to follow in each subject.

Edexcel IGCSE candidates today will be awarded a grade from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest) whereas Cambridge IGCSE candidates will still be awarded a grade on a scale from A* through to E.

IGCSE students are expected to learn new things and revise thoroughly the learnt content in a wide array of subjects throughout the two years of IGCSE programme. Students who may not have the habit to revise independently are likely to suffer from study pressure before the exam.

What can our tutors do?

Many schools in Hong Kong require students to study all three science subjects which can be challenging to students coming from other school systems. Our tutors’ science backgrounds ensure that students can understand the essential concepts, memorise and practise the key content effectively in each science subject. Knowing that it might be students’ first public exams, our tutors also help the students plan their revision and teach them how to manage their time to alleviate their study pressure.

What can our tutors do?

Should a third or fourth form (Year 10 or Year 11) student do IGCSE?

Should a third or fourth form student do IGCSE?

If you are now undertaking the HKDSE curriculum, IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) or IB Preparatory Year, sitting the IGCSE exam can be advantageous to you because the certificate is also internationally recognised by many secondary schools, universities and employers worldwide, and serves as an international passport to progression and success. A good result would definitely earn you a place in a top school.

Many good schools such as Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School (PLKCKYS) and Yew Chung International School (YCIS) would use Cambridge IGCSE to prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme. Students who have done well on the IGCSE exam tend to have a good understanding of some foundational concepts to develop in the IB Diploma. IGCSE provides young students with a valuable chance to know how to revise independently or review varied contents before the IGCSE, meaning that they will be more prepared for their next public exams that will determine their future.

Outstanding Results

Outstanding Results



Student from Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School (PLKCKY)

Achieved 4A* and 4A in IGCSE. In particular, he obtained Grade A* in both Cambridge IGCSE mathematics and additional mathematics taught by Mr. Snoopy, and Grade A* in Cambridge IGCSE physics taught by Mr. Davis.


After the IGCSE,  he continues studying in PLKCKY and still chooses Mr. Snoopy and Mr. Davis for his IB HL Mathematics and IB HL Physics respectively.


Studying in the United Kingdom

Renee, who is now a Year 12 student undertaking the GCE programme in the UK, obtained 9A* and 3A in her GCSE/IGCSE in Year 2019-2020. 


In Year 10, she sat only Edexcel GCSE mathematics and Chinese exams, in both of which she achieved Grade 9 (above an A*). She has been learning mathematics from Mr. Davis since the beginning of Year 9, and had attended Mr. Davis’s Physics and Additional Mathematics classes for a year before her final IGCSE exam. During Year 11, she got predicted Grade 9 (above an A*) in Edexcel IGCSE Physics and predicted Grade A (highest grade) in OCR (FSMQ) Additional Mathematics.

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This is particularly important during the pandemic and all sudden changes because her persistent good performance in school helped her attain such predicted grades and such excellent results in IGCSE.


Studied at Fettes College in Edinburgh

Obtained 10A* in her GCSE/IGCSE and is now undertaking the IB Diploma Programme in the United Kingdom.


Two months before her IGCSE, she started taking Mr. Davis’s physics classes and Mr. Bob’s chemistry classes in order to secure her Grade 9

(above an A*) in both subjects.

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