In the UK, children study 8 or more IGCSE subjects over two academic years. They take a broad range including English Language and English Literature, Maths, one or more Sciences (or single or double Science), one or more humanities (Geography and/or History) and a language (French, Spanish and German being the most popular). Computer Science is also popular in the digital economy.
We suggest that your child starts with a minimum of four subjects, with English Language and Maths as the first choices. These four subjects may be taken over one year or longer as seems appropriate.
Your child’s choice of subjects should be determined by whether they are going on to A Level and from there to university. If your child plans to take any of the above subjects at A Level, then a good pass at IGCSE will be expected.
To give you an idea of how long your child will need, the approximate study time for each IGCSE subject is 150 hours (180 for English, Maths and the Sciences). To this you should add extra time time for assignment preparation (8-12 assignments per subject).
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