In Forms 4 and 5 (Years 10 and 11) the students undertake courses that will culminate in external examinations at the end of Form 5. However, the Collegiate has a tradition of students sitting external examinations early, often with considerable success.
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Students sit the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations set by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in 9 subjects – 6 of which are compulsory and the other 3 are chosen from option blocks.
CIE offers international versions of the British General Certificate of Secondary Education qualifications (GCSE), which are recognised in universities and colleges around the world, and are used as important indicators of a student’s abilities when he or she applies for a place at university at the beginning of the second year of the 6th Form.
Most subjects have a 100% pass rate at this level. The majority of students take examinations in 10 subjects, with their results comparing very favourably with their counterparts in other schools.
Cambridge IGCSE assessment takes place at the end of the course and can include written, oral, coursework and practical assessment. This broadens opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, particularly when their first language is not English. In many subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making Cambridge IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities.
Grades are benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades, A* to G, which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement for each grade.
Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions occur twice a year, in June and November. Results are issued in August and January.