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IGCSE & A levels

What is it?

IGCSE is a two-year programme, spread over classes IX and X. Final exams are offered every May and November. The assessment is conducted by two UK-based bodies: Edexcel and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). A student who has passed IGCSE is eligible for the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level or A level, which is similar to Plus Two.

Course content

IGCSE offers a wide range of subjects and assessment is not limited to conventional written papers but oral and listening tests as well. Most subjects offer a choice between core curriculum (an overview of the subject, suitable for students expected to achieve grades C to G ) and extended curriculum (a specialisation in that subject).

Fee

It ranges between Rs 40,000 and Rs 60,000 per annum, not including the tuition fee, which may vary from school to school

Pros & Cons

IGCSE is flexible in terms of subject combination, mode of learning and assessment. The syllabus is structured and the course more affordable than other international ones. CIE even gives out marks along with the grades to Indian students.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

What is it?

IB is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Geneva that runs three international education programmes: primary years programme or PYP (3-12 years), middle years programme or MYP (11-16) and the diploma programme or DP (16-19).

Course content

The curriculum for DP consists of six academic groups — two languages, mathematics and at least one subject each from humanities and experimental sciences. Three subjects are studied at the higher level and three at the standard level. Along with this, IB has three core requirements. Students write an extended essay on a topic that interests them. Another subject, theory of knowledge, explores the nature of knowledge across disciplines. The third is creativity, action and service under which students learn a new sport, an art form or any other activity, which can range from rafting to staging theatre productions.

Fee

Compared to IGCSE and national boards, IB is expensive — around Rs 3.5 lakh per annum. Other expenses include cost of books and transportation.

Pros & Cons

The IB programme is more practical and application-based. It has a broader spectrum of subjects that leads to all-round development. IB examinations test students’ knowledge, not their memory and speed. There are no examinations till the MYP (Class X). The focus of the IB pedagogy is on how to learn rather than what to learn.


Advanced Placement Programme (AP)

What is it?

The College Board, a non-profit organisation based in New York, runs the AP programme which offers college-level courses after secondary school.

Course content

Schools in India offer 26 different AP courses. English language and composition had the most number of students taking the corresponding AP exam, followed by microeconomics and Calculus BC.

Fee

The fee per subject is $86 but it can vary a bit according to the centres.

Pros & Cons

The Advanced Placement Program is a school-based academic programme. However, home schooled students and students attending schools that do not offer AP can participate. You should contact AP Services by email (apexams@info.collegeboard.org) no later than March 1 to get the names and telephone numbers of local AP co-ordinators.

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