The Cambridge International GCSE (Cambridge IGCSE) can now be accessed by schools in the UK through leading awarding body OCR, in association with sister organisation CIE, the world's largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year olds.
The move provides teachers in the UK with access to an alternative qualification for learners aged 14-16, which they can opt for if they feel it best suits the learning style of their students. Schools interested in taking Cambridge IGCSE can get started by contacting OCR through familiar channels - or by contacting CIE, which develops and grades the qualification.
The Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. Taken by over 300 UK schools already, it is the only IGCSE currently accredited for use by state schools in the UK, following accreditation by Ofqual of 16 of the most popular subjects as Cambridge International Certificates. Nine of these are also available for funding in state-maintained schools under Section 96.
OCR Chief Executive, Greg Watson, said: "Following Ofqual's accreditation of the Cambridge IGCSE for use in UK schools, we're pleased to partner with CIE in making IGCSE available. Teachers know their students best and we believe it's important that they have the right range of qualifications to suit every one of them. IGCSE is a great addition to the wide spectrum of qualifications OCR offers."
CIE Chief Executive, Ann Puntis, said: "With OCR's extra reach, it's easier than ever for schools in the UK to have the same flexibility to choose IGCSE that thousands of schools worldwide enjoy. Our students know they live and learn in an international environment. The Cambridge IGCSE qualification enables them to show they have been assessed internationally as well."
The two awarding bodies OCR and CIE are jointly part of the Cambridge Assessment Group, Europe's largest assessment agency and are taking this step in response to increased levels of interest in the IGCSE qualification and to ensure teachers are provided with a quality and wide-ranging choice of qualifications that they feel will suit them and their learners best.
View the IGCSE page for further information.