Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.
For learners, Cambridge IGCSE helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving.
There are over 70 subjects available at Cambridge IGCSE, including 30 languages, and schools can offer them in any combination. Currently in Thames Valley college, the following subjects are being offered; Mathematics, English as a First Language, Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ICT, Geography and French.
Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • Subject content
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations
  • Intellectual enquiry
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • Working and communicating in English
  • Influencing outcomes
  • Cultural awareness.

Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint exam are administered to assess learners at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1 (Junior Secondary School). The exams are available in English, English as a second language, mathematics and science, and give schools and parents valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education. That is the senior secondary level.
The tests are marked in Cambridge and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner’s performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools detailed information about the learner’s ability. 
The Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint feedback reports enable teachers to:

  • Tailor individual learning programmes
  • Monitor group and individual performance
  • Compare the performance of all learners taking tests in that session
  • Manage learning programmes within schools and as learners move between schools.

For both Cambridge Checkpoint and IGCSE, two test series are held each year, in May and October i.e. the May/June and October/November diet.