Cambridge IGCSE growth races ahead in the UK and internationally


As students around the world receive their results today from the Cambridge IGCSE June 2010 examination session, University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) celebrates the qualification’s growing popularity.

CIE has seen steady growth in the number of schools offering Cambridge IGCSE worldwide – it is available in 127 countries, including the UK, where it is now available to state schools for the first time.

Interest in Cambridge IGCSE in the UK has tripled since the Government funding announcement in June.

INSET registration numbers have also increased. Around 200 teachers from 90 schools have registered for Cambridge IGCSE training events taking place in September.

CIE Chief Executive, Ann Puntis, said: ‘We are delighted with the growing number of schools that are joining the global Cambridge learning community. Cambridge IGCSE candidates sit the same examinations as their peers from countries as diverse as the UK, the USA, India, Spain, Sweden, Argentina and New Zealand. We continue to be impressed by the energy and commitment to excellence in education demonstrated by Cambridge IGCSE teachers and learners around the world.’

Cambridge IGCSE provisional cumulative percentage grade distribution

Attached is the provisional worldwide cumulative percentage grade distribution for the most popular Cambridge IGCSE subjects.

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About Cambridge IGCSE in the UK
– 26 schools registered to offer the qualification in July 2010, 16 from the state sector (62%)
– This is three times the normal registration rate for UK schools – in a typical month, CIE receives around 9 registrations.
– In addition, more than 50 UK schools have contacted CIE for more information about switching to Cambridge IGCSE.

Cambridge IGCSE has been available to independent schools in the UK since 1985. In June 2010, the Government announced that funding would be available for state schools to offer the qualification in the core curriculum subjects of English, mathematics, the sciences and ICT.

Currently more than 350 schools are registered to teach Cambridge IGCSE in the UK. CIE expects to have 500 schools registered within the 12 months.

About University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds.
Cambridge international qualifications are taken in 160 countries and recognised by universities and employers across the world. They include Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A/AS Level qualifications.

For over 150 years, CIE has worked with ministries of education and assessment agencies around the world to deliver excellence in education. CIE is part of the University of Cambridge and is a not-forprofit organisation.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Geraldine Seymour, CIE International Communications Manager, on 01223 553323 or email

Vicky McGuire, Associate Director, Munro and Forster, on 020 7815 3900 or email

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