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What is the Difference Between GCSE and iGCSE Qualification?

Both GCSE and iGCSE are available in the UK but with the IGCSE being taught mainly by private schools but what are the key differences?


What is the Difference Between GCSE and iGCSE Qualifications?


What is the Difference Between the GCSE and IGCSE Qualifications?


Many students would like to have more choices for their GCSE, but couldn't find their preferred subject among the available GCSE qualifications such as ICT qualification which is available by many exam boards but as an iGCSE qualifications. Other students especially the ones who is studying through distance-learning prefers to study iGCSE subjects since it doesn't require any practicals of coursework. The list below shows the key differences between the two qualifications.


  1. Both GCSE and iGCSE are available in the UK but with the IGCSE being taught mainly by private schools

  2. British universities and across the world treat the GCSEs and IGCSEs as an exact equivalent in the admission processes 

  3. The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) benchmarks the IGCSE qualification as equivalent to GCSE and both qualifications are represented at UK's Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) the same as Levels 1 and level 2

  4. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK-based organisation whose main role is to operate the application process for British universities consider the IGCSE to be equal in weight to GCSE qualification.

  5. Another main difference between GCSE and IGCSE is that GCSE science subjects require the submission of practicals which are similar to courseworks while IGCSE does not require any practicals but only the formal written exams

  6. The iGCSE is regulated by the awarding organisations such as Pearson-Edexcel and Cambridge CIE while the GCSE is regulated by Ofqual and is mainly taught in the state-funded schools.


Why Not to Try Our iGCSE or GCSE Courses? They're Easier Than Traditional Distance-learning?


OBA School online courses are easier than traditional distance-learning since each lesson comes in a set of videos, auto-graded questions, end of chapter tests and tutors support!


Below are the iGCSE and GCSE courses we offer:

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