I.G.C.S.E

What is the I.G.C.S.E?


Hillel Academy is the only school in Jamaica that offers the International  General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), a two year programme,  beginning at Grade 10 (4th form). It is the only Grade 11 external  examination offered at Hillel.

By doing the IGCSE students develop the courage to measure themselves by  international standards, and the IGCSE helps to prepare students for the  demanding nature of the IB programme offered in Grades 12 & 13 (6th form).  The flexibility of choices and levels for students is coupled with the  rigorous standards and trustworthy history of the Cambridge International  Examinations (CIE) board.

Our teachers are trained and qualified at the same levels and standards as  their IGCSE colleagues around the world, and they regularly attend training  workshops, conferences, online training courses, and participate in online  discussion groups for IGSCE instructors.

Students at Hillel Academy are required to study in-depth eight (8) subjects over a two year period, beginning in Grade 10. Few students, at this stage, are able to map out their academic future with any degree of certainty. The curriculum, therefore, is designed to provide breadth of opportunity. It ensures that students have studied at least one subject from each of the six (6) groups required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the Sixth Form.

English Language, English Literature (Group 1) and Mathematics (Group 5) are compulsory.

From the remaining subjects listed below it is also compulsory that students study at least one science, one foreign language and one subject from the humanities. The other subject options are listed in Groups 2, 3, 4, 6a and 6b below.

STUDENTS MUST TAKE GROUP 1 & 5 SUBJECTS AND SHOULD SELECT ONE SUBJECT FROM EACH OF GROUPS 2, 3, 4, 6A AND 6B.

GROUP 1

- English Language
- English Literature

(*BOTH COMPULSORY)

GROUP 2

- Spanish
OR 
- French

OR

-Art & Design

(*choose ONE)

GROUP 3

- History
OR
- Geography
OR
- Business Studies
OR
- Economics

(*choose ONE)

GROUP 4

- Biology
OR
- Chemistry
OR
- Physics 

(*choose ONE)

GROUP 5

- Mathematics
(*COMPULSORY)

GROUP 6a

- ICT
OR 
- Business Studies
OR 
- Chemistry
OR 
- Biology

(*choose ONE)

GROUP 6b

- Spanish
OR
- History
OR
- Physics
OR
-Environmental Management

(*choose ONE)

ADDITIONAL COMPULSORY COMPONENTS

- Assembly
- Careers
- Life & Study Skills
-Physical Education (except in Gr.11)
- Creativity Action Service (60 hours per year)


UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE SUPPORT
  • Training workshops and on-line training courses for teachers
  • Online discussions groups and online lessons for teachers
  • Teacher Support Website with schemes of work
  • Learn CIE and Test Centre: IGCSE Past Papers
  • CIE endorsed textbooks

More information: www.cie.org.uk

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