GCSE and iGCSE course
Both the GCSE and iGCSE course are usually two year courses sat at the end of the National Curriculum Key stage 4. In both cases, children sit these exams usually at the age of 16. However, some more able children sit the exam one year later. Most GCSE exams are sat in June and some resits are taken in November.
GCSE and iGCSE grades
GCSE and iGCSE exam grades are from A* to G – with C being a pass. The foundation target grades are C to G and the higher target grades are A* to C. The maximum grade that can be achieved at foundation level is a C. However, soon this is to change to Grades 1-9. At present,
Their key differences are as follows
Whilst the main difference between the old GCSE and iGCSE
was that the former had course work worth 20% to 100% this
is now no longer true. However, the revised GCSEs do not
have coursework except for a few subjects such as science.
iGCSEs have become increasing popular among some of the
top UK Independent schools and since 2010 UK state schools
have also been able to offer iGCSEs with many subject Heads
of departments preferring iGCSE because of the controlled
element of the “controlled assessment”.