International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

British independent school in Haileybury Astana

IGCSE is the international version of the GCSE examinations taken by all pupils in the UK at the end of Year 11.

Pupils take IGCSEs/GCSEs in a range of subjects offered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), who are part of the University of Cambridge.  They are also the world’s largest provider of international qualifications to school age pupils.  Details of the subjects that we offer can be found in this course guide.  At the end of the two-year course, after successfully passing the exams, pupils are awarded these world-recognised certificates in each  subject, ready for the next stage of their education.

IGCSEs are graded from  A*, which is the highest grade available, followed by grades from A to G. Although getting any of these grades means that a candidate has passed the exam, many universities and employers regard getting a C or better in a subject as important. We would expect our pupils to be capable of getting C grades or better in their exams. Many pupils gain much higher grades than this, with a number gaining A and A* grades across a wide range of subjects.

In Years 10 and 11 everyone takes English (as a First or Second Language; English Literature is also an option), Mathematics, Sciences and a Modern Foreign Language. All pupils are also expected to study Kazakh to help them appreciate the language and culture of the country and prepare them for their future as global citizens

British independent school in Haileybury Astana
Ross Ellison, Head of Key Stage 4

Ross Ellison

Head of Key Stage 4
Mr Ellison has been teaching for over a decade. He has significant experience in academic and pastoral roles in an international school setting. After graduating from the University of Exeter he trained at Suffolk College, which is accredited by the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex. He has been teaching at Haileybury Astana since 2014. Ross is passionate about helping pupils achieve their full potential through the excitement and challenges of the IGCSE programme.

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