The Cambridge IGCSE Program at SRIS

You may download the presentation of our IGCSE Seminar as PDF: IGCSE-Induction-Presentation-2021-05-22

Cambridge Upper Secondary (IGCSE)

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, attracting over 800000 subject entries every year from 150 countries, ending in a Cambridge IGCSE certificate.

Cambridge Upper Secondary builds on the foundations of Cambridge Lower Secondary, although learners do not need to complete that stage before this one.

Balanced Curriculum

Cambridge IGCSE provide broad and balanced study across a wide range of subjects, using learner-centred and enquiry-based approaches to learning. Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible curriculum, with a choice of over 70 subjects in any combination.

Internationally Recognized Qualification

Learners take internationally recognized Cambridge IGCSE qualifications at the end of Cambridge Upper Secondary. Assessment takes place at the end of the course and includes written, oral, coursework and practical assessment.

Past Exam Paper Training

One of the most valuable resources is Cambridge’s archive of past exam papers. Our teachers at SRIS use excerpts of these papers during the whole class as worksheets. Towards the end of the 2 year syllabus our preparation focuses heavily on past paper training.

Mock Exams

Dealing with the stress during exam situations is difficult for students. Therefore we train out students with mock exams to get used to Cambridge tests conditions. SRIS students work on real Cambridge past exam papers in an exam envoirment. The resulting grades gives them and our teachers a clear perspective on which aspects the student has to work on to perform well in the real Cambridge exams.

Cambridge International prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age 5 to 19. Schools can shape the curriculum around how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them. It helps students discover new abilities and a wider world, and gives them the skills they need for life, so they can achieve at school, university and work.

Cambridge IGCSE™ – A guide for parents


IGCSE diplomas qualify for university

IGCSE qualifies students to immediately start foundation year at most universities. At least 5 IGCSE certificates are needed. Universities prefer a balanced curriculum and honor an ICE diploma.


Cambridge ICE Diploma

Cambridge ICE is a group award certifying that a student received 7 IGCSE diplomas in a balanced combination. To receive the ICE diploma at least 5 of the 7 subjects need to be passed with a grade C or better.

SRIS Students develop …


confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others.


responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others


reflective and developing their ability to learn


innovative and equipped for new and future challenges


engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.

Your child’s needs as a learner are at the heart of our approach to education. Our Cambridge Pathway gives your child a love of learning that will stay with them through school, university and beyond.

Cambridge IGCSE™ – A guide for parents

With the Cambridge Pathway, your child is joining a global community of learners from more than 10 000 schools in over 160 countries. By developing a global outlook in Cambridge learners, we aim to equip them for success in the fast-changing modern world.

Cambridge IGCSE™ – A guide for parents

Cambridge IGCSE in a nutshell

Leading universities and employers worldwide accept Cambridge IGCSE as evidence of academic ability.

Leading universities and employers worldwide accept Cambridge IGCSE as evidence of academic ability.

Assessment by Cambridge

Cambridge Assessment takes place at the end of the course and includes written, oral, coursework and practical assessment.

Each course one grade

Cambridge IGCSE is evaluated by each subject taken. The grade reflects the abilities and knowledge of the student in this subject.

Course selection matters

While Cambridge students are free in what Cambridge exams they sign up for, universities look for balanced curriculums, containing languages, sciences, humanities and other subjects.

Wherever in the world our students want to go, we help them get there with Cambridge IGCSE.

Cambridge (CAIE) created Cambridge IGCSE more than 30 years ago. Today, it’s the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. Not only is it truly international – it gives students more options than any other international qualification. That means more subjects to choose from, more ways to learn and more ways to succeed.

CAIE aligns the standards of Cambridge IGCSE with the GCSE qualification taken in England.

Cambridge IGCSE

Benefits for your child

Cambridge IGCSE helps students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in subject content and intellectual enquiry. Cambridge IGCSE has been designed for students worldwide, including those whose first language is not English.

This means that Cambridge IGCSE is a great foundation for further study, including Cambridge International AS & A Level, Cambridge Pre-U and other post-16 routes.

Opening up opportunities worldwide
What universities require
How Cambridge IGCSE compares to GCSE

IGCSE Course Combinations at SRIS

for the school year 2021/2022.

Cambridge groups subjects in five categories.

To qualify for an ICE diploma [n] number of subjects have to be selected from each of these groups:

    • Group I: Languages [2]
    • Group II: Social Sciences [1]
    • Group III: Sciences [2]
    • Group IV: Mathematics [1]
    • Group V: Professional [1]

Group I: Languages [2]

English (0510)
German (0525)

Group II: Social Sciences [1]

Geography (0460)
Global Perspectives (0543)

Group III: Sciences [2]

Biology (0610)
Chemistry (0620)
Physics (0625)

Group IV: Mathematics [1]

Mathematics (0580)

Students aiming for a career in the sciences or medicine should consider taking all three sciences:

Since only two sciences count against the ICE requirements, these students have essentially two choices: Handle the load of an 8th IGCSE subject or prioritize the value of three science subjects in the college application over the value of the ICE diploma.

Group V: Professional [1]

Travel and Tourism (0417)
Physical Education (0413)
Global Perspectives (0543)

GOS: Local and Core Subjects

While these subjects are not relevant for any IGCSE or the ICE diploma, they are mandatory by ministry requirement and relevant for the GOS attestat taken in 9th and 11th grade.

Kyrgyz Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Kyrgyz History
Physical Education (Core)

IGCSE Grading

How does the Cambridge Assessment work?

Assessment takes place at the end of the course and offers students a range of ways to demonstrate their learning, including written, oral, coursework and practical assessments. There are also options to suit learners of different abilities. The grades awarded at Cambridge IGCSE are A*–G, with
A* being the highest.

One grade for each subject
A* = highest ability
C = minimum needed for university or AS/A Levels
G = minimum passing performance
ICE award for 7 subjects

Cambridge Global Perspectives (0543)

Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives provides opportunities for enquiry into, and reflection on, key global issues from different perspectives: personal, local/national and global.
Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives encourages awareness of global problems and offers a range of opportunities to explore solutions through cooperation and collaboration. The course is not about getting everybody to think identically; rather it is a matter of opening minds to the complexity of the world and of human thought, and encouraging empathy for the diversity of human experience and feeling.

Cambridge Geography (0460)

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Geography gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Geography.

The aims of the Cambridge Geography syllabus are to enable students to:

  • an understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale
  • an awareness of the characteristics, distribution and processes affecting contrasting physical and human environments
  • an understanding of the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environment
  • an awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints presented by different environments
  • an appreciation of and concern for the environment
  • an appreciation of the earth including its people, places, landscapes, natural processes and phenomena.

The syllabus is divided into three themes:

  1. Population and settlement
  2. The natural environment
  3. Economic development.

The themes are designed to develop an understanding of natural and human environments.