Is Cambridge IGCSE equivalent to the UK GCSE?

Cambridge IGCSE was created as a GCSE examination for international use and the academic demands and standards of Cambridge IGCSE are equivalent to those of the UK GCSE. Cambridge IGCSE exams are tailored for a multi–cultural, multi–lingual audience in a way that UK GCSE exams are not. They are aligned to the standards of the UK GCSE, and are equivalent on a subject–for–subject, grade–for–grade basis. On our website, we have produced a document outlining how we align the standard of Cambridge IGCSE with equivalent qualifications taken in England.

UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, 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 worldwide. Read the executive summary of the UK NARIC report.

The 2019 study by UK NARIC found that the Cambridge IGCSE can be considered of a comparable level to the reformed GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This latest study builds upon findings in 2016 which found Cambridge IGCSE demonstrated overall comparability to UK GCSE standard and Cambridge International AS & A Level to UK A Level standard.

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