What is the difference between Cambridge IGCSE and O Levels?

By Madhurie Singh, May 31, 2016

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Features of Cambridge IGCSE

• Cambridge IGCSE is aimed at a wide ability range of students, with a range of grades awarded from A* (highest grade) to G (lowest). There is a core (C to G) and extended (A* to C) curriculum available in some subjects.

• Cambridge IGCSE uses a variety of assessment techniques to test oral and practical skills, initiative and problem-solving and application of skills, knowledge and understanding.

• A coursework option is available in many syllabuses, allowing Centres an element of personal choice and giving teachers the chance to share in the process of assessment.

• Candidates are rewarded for positive achievement (what they know, understand, and can do).

• Cambridge IGCSE prepares for progression to employment, or to further study. It prepares students very well for Cambridge International AS & A Levels.

Features of Cambridge O Level

Cambridge O Level shares some of these features, but the following differences should be noted:

• Cambridge O Level candidates are only awarded grades from A* to E, where A* is the highest achievable grade.

• Cambridge O Level offers fewer coursework options than Cambridge IGCSE.

• Some Cambridge O Level syllabuses were developed to meet specific local needs, such as minority languages.

• The focus of Cambridge O Level languages is on writing and reading skills

• There are more restricted practical test options in Cambridge O Level sciences. (These constraints are advantageous to some teaching Centres where resources are limited, for example no oral examiner is available).

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