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What is the Difference Between IGCSE and GCSE?

The IGCSE and the GCSE are equivalent qualifications. Both are designed to test the completion of Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) of the English National Curriculum.

In UK schools these exams are taken by students aged 16 at the end of Year 11. But there is no age restriction for candidates studying from home. At Wolsey Hall Oxford we also have younger and older students taking IGCSEs.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education 

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

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Equivalent but Different

The “I” in IGCSE is for “International”. The courses are more relevant to those studying them internationally. So for children being schooled at home, who may be based in any part of the world, they are ideal.

Although equivalent, there are a few differences between IGCSE and GCSE:

The GCSE may be taken only in the UK, whereas there are opportunities to take the IGCSE in nearly every country in the world as well as in the UK.

The GCSE is set only in May/ June of each year. But students may sit for the IGCSE also in October/ November, and in India only, also in March.

How are IGCSEs assessed?

Assessment for the IGCSE is undertaken through written and oral exams at exam centres worldwide. At Wolsey Hall Oxford we make it a priority to help you find an exam centre as near to where you are located as possible. This ensures you can plan for your exam period without added stress.

We offer a broad range of Cambridge IGCSE subjects to study. To find out more about how long courses take and studying for an IGCSE please visit our IGCSE page.

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