Most schools abroad do IGCSEs and they are often considered to be harder than GCSEs. However, UCAS recognises GCSEs to be the equivalent to IGCSEs.
I got this from wikipedia: The IGCSE allows teaching to be placed in a localised context, making it relevant in different regions. It is suitable for students whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination progress.
GCSEs are what most students in the UK take as they are the most widely available qualification.
They're officially viewed as the same, but really regarded as harder than a GCSE. Maths IGCSE is particularly popular in the UK, becoming common amongst the top league-table schools, as it has no coursework and an extra module instead – it's viewed as a much more challenging and overall harder course. Science IGCSE is also gradually becoming more common.
This is right. I don't think state schools can take IGCSEs though - I'm not sure why. I think it is something to do with the fact that they receieve funding from the government. I'm not sure where I read this - perhaps on the BBC news websites. IGCSEs are becoming popular with private schools though.
I know people at a local independent school which has just switched over to IGCSE who are annoyed at not being able to get the resources, but one would think there would still be good resources for revision and stuff...
Hi, im in year 10-thailand international school
im doing IGCSE for every single subject and yes there is coursework.
i do it for english, history and art. why wouldnt there be coursework, its just the same.and ur right, it does cost alot, but hey...its international, ofcourse the price would be high. =='
personally, i have tried alot of papers from GCSE and IGCSE and IGCSE is way harder. thats my opinion anyways.
im from hong kong too igcse is actually harder cuz im taking them next yr but my teacher is already asking me to consider the options. gcse is more standard though but they are recognised as exactly the same