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IGCSE and GCSE: What’s the difference?

IGCSE and GCSE: What’s the difference?

A brief history of the IGCSE

IGCSEs were introduced in 1988 and are internationally recognised qualifications.

In 2010 the then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced that state schools will be able to offer IGCSEs (International GCSEs) from September 2010.  This raised a couple of key questions:

  • ‘what’s the difference between a GCSE and an IGCSE?’ and
  • ‘why has the government given the green light to IGCSE qualifications in state maintained schools?’


IGCSE qualifications are ideal for those wanting to study for national qualifications by distance learning.  Without all the administrative problems that encumber GCSE coursework, IGCSEs offer a practical way forward for those studying at home as assessment is by written exam at test centres world-wide. If you need qualifications to go to college or university, apply for a professional or vocational course, or need say, Maths or English GCSE or IGCSE to apply for a job, then IGCSEs will help you achieve your goal.  At the  Oxford Open Learning Trust we offer wide range of GCSE and IGCSE courses.

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