Cambridge IGCSE – the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds – and Cambridge O Level, which has been designed especially for an international audience. Both provide excellent preparation for Cambridge Advanced and for progression to other educational systems.


The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English. It develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • subject content
  • applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • intellectual enquiry
  • flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • working and communicating in English
  • influencing outcomes
  • cultural awareness.

Note: not all subjects are available in the zone.

University Recognition

Many universities worldwide require a combination of Cambridge International A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements. For example, leading US and Canadian universities require Cambridge International AS & A Levels, but some US and Canadian colleges and universities will accept learners with five Cambridge IGCSEs
at grade C or above.

UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable to the standard of UK GCSE. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualifications are accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities around the world.

It is essential that your students can communicate effectively in English and are able to do so in an academic environment. Cambridge IGCSE English language qualifications are recognised by a good number of UK universities as evidence of English language competency for university study. It is advisable to check the English language requirements of each university students are interested in applying to, before making any applications.