Birralee International School Trondheim is proud to have been approved as a University of Cambridge exam centre. Our students are able to take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations on a voluntary basis at the end of Year 11 (10.klasse).
The IGCSE exams are globally recognised examinations that allow students to demonstrate an attained level of excellence in different subject areas. They are particularly appropriate for international students who will be returning to their home country, Norwegian students who wish to study abroad or students who wish to pursue the IB line of schooling in future education.
For more information about the IGCSE programme at Birralee’s Middle School, please see the Question and Answer section below or contact the Vice Principal. For more information about the qualifications you can visit the University of Cambridge site at http://www.cie.org.uk/
IGCSE Question and Answer Pages
What is an IGCSE Examination?
- IGCSE stands for INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
- An IGCSE is a high profile qualification with an excellent reputation
- It is recognised by universities and institutes of higher education around the world (taken in 150 countries)
- It is equivalent in standard to the British GCSE, which are exams taken by all students in Year 11 (aged 15-16)
Who can take the IGCSE Examinations?
- All of our students can have the chance to take some IGCSE Examinations.
- Our students can decide which subjects they wish to take, if any.
- Students who choose to take IGCSE Examinations will take the exams at the end of Year 11
What are the benefits to taking IGCSE Examinations?
- IGCSE provides a foundation for higher level courses, including the UK’s A and AS Levels and the International Baccalaureate Program — http://www.ibo.org/
- Good IGCSE grades count towards entry to universities and colleges around the world
- IGCSEs are recognised globally as a particular standard of achievement.
- Study and examination at IGCSE provide a broad knowledge base and learning skills that provide excellent preparation for employment
What options are available?
- We advise our students individually on the best options for them. As a starting point, we recommend three subjects.
- We suggest that students choose a variety of subjects, for example, a language, a Social Studies subject and Maths or Science.
What subjects does Birralee offer?
- Additional Maths
- English as a First Language
- English Literature
- Spanish as a Foreign Language
What are IGCSE examinations like?
- The course differs for each subject, but throughout there will be a mix of assessment methods, including coursework, oral and listening tests and written examinations
- All subjects require several written examinations, each normally lasting between 1-2 hours
- Subjects are graded A* through to G – grade A* is awarded for the highest level of achievement and grade G for the lowest.
- A* normally represents a score of over 85%
- C is normally regarded as a passing grade.
Teaching and Exam Preparation
- All students, regardless of their choices will be using IGCSE level textbooks in their classes, and will be used to completing IGCSE level work.
- The IGCSE programme will be taught over 3 years. Students will begin preparation in Year 9, although the most intensive preparation will occur in Year 11.
- All teachers are familiar with the IGCSE syllabuses in their subject areas and are being trained in assessment procedures.
- Students who decide to take the examinations will be required to complete additional exam questions for homework, and attend extra study sessions at certain points in Years 10 and 11.
- Students will need to attend extra Study Sessions as part of their exam preparation.
- The Study Sessions will focus on exam skills and exam preparation, and will be in a ‘workshop’ style, individualised to the needs of the students involved.
It is normal for students in the UK who are studying for GCSEs to attend extra study sessions.