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What is the difference between IGCSE and O Level?

Samantha Barber

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Samantha Barber on June 22, 2019

The I indicates an international version of the uk GCSE, designed for students whose first language is not English. The rules and the brand are the same, and is internationally recognized as the equivalent to the uk GCSE. There are differences in the curriculum to allow more localization of the subjects studied. There is usually far less assessed coursework. Edexcel O levels were only being taken by a small number of students in a small number of countries. As a result it was increasingly difficult to keep the support materials up to date and to continue to offer the same range of topics. The last Edexcel O levels will be held in January 2011, since then all Edexcel candidates from all over the world are going to sit for IGCSE. This has enabled Edexcel to concentrate more resources in the development of the IGCSE, expanding the subject range and producing support materials.

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