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Accommodation Homestay
Town / City Torquay
Region South West England
Cost £0.00 per Year
Course length 0 Years
Ages 14 - 16

Developed by the University of Cambridge, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world’s most popular, globally-recognized qualification for students 14-16. EF International Academy offers the IGCSE curriculum for Grades 9-10 at its New York and Vancouver locations, and for Secondary Education at its Torbay campus.

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What is the International GCSE? 

The International GCSE Programme (IGCSE) is offered at EF International Academy in Torbay. GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. The IGCSE is a one or two year programme for students between the ages of 14 and 16, and it is taught in over 125 countries. It is the international equivalent to the UK’s GCSE. It teaches students to be inquisitive and apply their knowledge to new situations. Cultural awareness and English language skills are important parts of the IGCSE curriculum. 

Why take the International GCSE? 
The IGCSE is recognised around the world as a significant academic attainment. The main benefit of the IGCSE is that it prepares students for A-levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The curriculum is designed to encourage creative thinking, intellectual enquiry and problem solving – skills that increase students’ ability to succeed at the next level of their education. 

How is the International GCSE different from the UK GCSE? 
The IGCSE meets the same high academic standards as the GCSE, and it is recognised around the world as equivalent. The main difference is that IGCSEs are specifically designed for International students. They are also more flexible. The curriculum gives schools and teachers the ability to address students’ requirements by offering different subjects – there are 70 to choose from – and focusing attention where it’s needed. Many consider IGCSEs in certain subjects, such as mathematics and science, to be more rigorous.


• Full academic timetable 
• Regular tutorials and academic reports 
• Guaranteed university placement 
• University preparation and counselling with a personal university advisor 
• Visit to universities and specialist colleges 
• Exclusive annual EF higher education fair 
• One IELTS or TOEFL examination fee 
• Twin room in host family stay
• Breakfast and dinner Mon-Fri and all meals at weekends in homestay

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Entry Requirements Academic requirement:
Completion of grade 8 or equivalent.

English requirement:
IELTS 4.5 / TOEFEL 103 CBT / 34 IBT / SLEP 43 or equivalent on the free EF International Academy test. Students who do not meet the requirements will need to take an EF Academic English course or additional language tutoring tuition.

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