Don't miss out on new resources - join the newsletter!
We have the best collection of free IB & MYP resources for students, covering lots of subjects and areas. Make sure you never miss out on the most important resources you need right now with our monthly free resource newsletter!
Let us know how we can help!
We're always ready to answer questions! You can find more useful information using the links below, or send us a message and we'll get back to you.
Fees & Payment →Our Tutors →
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Ready to start your support?
If you're ready to start your tuition, there's no need to wait!

Register with us now and we'll make proposals from our exceptional team of tutors to you over the coming day or so.
Register Now →

Why IGCSE Is a Good Preparation for the IB

Choosing the right subjects can set up a student for life. Make sure your child starts the IB on the right foot by speaking with an EIB Consultant to pick the perfect subjects.

Why IGCSE Is a Good Preparation for the IB

There are many reasons to believe that IGCSE provides the best preparation for the IB. Here’s why.

Everyone knows the IB Diploma is a rigorous course, so having the right preparation is very important for students. Parents and students usually wonder which course is the best preparation for the Diploma Programme – is it the Middle Years Programme, GCSEs or IGCSEs? While all these options will put IB students in the right path, there are many reasons to believe that IGCSE provides the best preparation for the IB. Here’s why:

The range of subjects

There are over 70 subjects offered at IGCSE, giving students a wide range of options to choose from. The IB requires students to choose subjects from different disciplines, meaning that students need a well-balanced education. The IGCSE’s wide subject offer provides students with a much-needed interdisciplinary education to prepare them for the IB.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

In-depth syllabi

IGCSE subjects cover an extensive number of topics in depth, just like the IB. Many of the topics studied at IGCSE level are also studied during IB, meaning that IGCSE students build up a strong foundation which will help them perform better in the IB. But most importantly, IGCSE students become used to the hard work and effort required to study a subject as thoroughly as the IB expects its students to do, which is as necessary as knowing the subject itself.

International curriculum

The aim of the IGCSE curriculum is that it can be taught anywhere in the world. The syllabi have a more international approach than GCSEs. Meanwhile, the IB encourages global citizenship and an international mindset. Therefore, IGCSEs help students to develop their global awareness and thus prepare them for the IB’s ethos.

External assessments

Like in the IB, IGCSE students have to sit formal external assessments at the end of the course. Doing this helps students get used to taking formal assessments; the time pressure, the formalities and so on. This will benefit students when they take the IB, as they are more familiar with the process and will then feel less nervous when exam season comes.

View more resources with these tags
No items found.
Thanks! Check your emails to complete your sign up!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Globally-recognised qualifications

IGCSEs are official qualifications which are recognised worldwide by other schools and universities. IGCSEs can be used as proof of academic achievement, which is useful during the admissions process when applying to a different school for the IB or to university. Other programmes, like the MYP, don’t have such external qualifications, making it harder for students to prove their academic achievement.

Overall, IGCSE provides students with a great preparation for the IB Diploma. However, do not panic if you or your child are doing a different programme, such as MYP or GCSE. Other alternatives also provide a good background, so there is no need to worry.

Featured EIB resources
Thanks! Check your emails to complete your sign up!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.