The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

Please click HERE to download the IGCSE 2022-2023 Programme Brief

During the ninth and tenth grade years, the curriculum at VIS is based primarily on two-year courses which meet the externally monitored criteria of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

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 instil 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.