The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

Please click HERE to download the IGCSE 2023-2024 Programme Brief

Students in 10th grade at Verdala International School are enrolled in the two-year International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme. 

The 2023-2024 academic year is the final year the IGCSE will be offered as a Program at VIS, and the June 2024 Summer Exam Series is the final year external IGCSE exams will be offered at our Exam Center. From September 2023 (awaiting authorization), students in 9th Grade at Verdala International School are enrolled in Year 4 of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. 

The IGCSE is a wide international curriculum specifically tailored to international needs, with an assessment system appropriate for students of all abilities.  The programme leads to a certificate which is internationally recognised as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and International GCE ‘O’ level examinations.

The aims of the IGCSE at Verdala are:

  • To support modern curriculum development

  • To promote international understanding

  • To encourage strong approaches teaching & learning practices

  • To set widely recognised standards

  • To instill 21st century thinking skills

In addition to providing a foundation for our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in eleventh and twelfth grades, the IGCSE at Verdala provides students with the opportunity to measure their academic skills against a similar age group from around the world by gaining experience in taking external examinations. More so, our two year programme facilitates service projects in the school and Malta community.

The IGCSE curriculum at Verdala is administered by Pearson Edexcel and Cambridge Assessment International Education examination boards, but it is not tied to the British or any other national system.