Middle Years IGCSE
International General Certificate in Secondary Education
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a two-year examination course followed by students in Grades 9 and 10. It provides a curriculum and methods of assessment appropriate for a wide ability range.
Many subjects may be taken at core or extended level and results are reported on a 7-point grade scale from A to G. Core candidates cannot achieve grades A or B. The IGCSE is administered by the Cambridge University Examination Board with the RISS acting as an approved examination centre.
Students must take a minimum of seven subjects to qualify for the International Certificate of Education (ICE). The ICE provides a foundation for further vocational training or for higher level courses such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) RISS, GCE “A” levels and the North American Advanced Placement Test (AP).
English Language or English as a Second Language (ESL), Mathematics and Global Perspectives are mandatory subjects for all students. For students not taking ESL, World Literature is compulsory.
The table below shows the subjects which will be offered for the next examination season.
Languages (2 needed)
First language: Dutch and English
English Second Language
Foreign language: Dutch, French, Spanish
Own Language: self-study
Humanities and Social Science
Geography, Economics, History, Global
Perspectives and World Literature - which
is compulsory with English First Language
Biology, Physics, Chemistry
Cambridge International Mathematics
Creative, Technical and
Art and design, ICT, IGPE
At least one subject should be chosen from each of the groups given below. For the current list of first and second languages offered please contact the IGCSE Team Leader.
All examination subjects are taught in three weekly lessons with the exception of Mathematics (four lessons) and English as a Second Language (5 lessons).
All students attend 2 lessons of Physical Education and 1 Tutorial lesson where they receive personal and social education, study skills and careers information.