International General Certificate in Secondary Education
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a two-year examination course followed by students in Grades 9 and 10. It provides a curriculum and methods of assessment appropriate for a wide ability range.
Subjects may be taken at core or extended level and results are reported on a 7-point grade scale from A to G. Core candidates cannot achieve grades A or B. The IGCSE is administered by the Cambridge University Syndicate with the RISS acting as an approved examination centre.
Students must take a minimum of eight subjects to qualify for the International Certificate of Education (ICE). The ICE provides a foundation for further vocational training or for higher level courses such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) RISS, GCE “A” levels and the North American Advanced Placement Test (APT).
English Language or English as a Second Langugae (ESL) and Mathematics are mandatory subjects for all students. For students not taking ESL, English Literature becomes compulsory. In addition all students follow the course Global Perspectives.
The table below shows the subjects which will be offered for the next examination season.
At least one subject should be chosen from each of the groups given below. Students may take examinations in their own language in consultation with the school. The current list of first languages offered (i.e. mother tongue languages) is Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish. We are able to respond to student's with other language needs on an individual basis.
All examination subjects are taught in three weekly lessons with the exception of Mathematics (four lessons) and English as a Second Language (5 lessons).
All students attend 2 lessons of Physical Education and 1 Tutorial lesson where they receive personal and social education, study skills and careers information.
|First Language||English, Dutch or own language |
|Foreign Language ||Dutch, French, Spanish, English |
|Humanities and Social Sciences ||Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Global Perspectives|
|Sciences ||Biology, Chemistry, Physics|
|Mathematics ||Mathematics |
|Creative Arts and Technology ||Informaiton and Communication Technology, Art and Design |
Summary of IGCSE grading system