The IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is a two-year programme of study which students at Renaissance International School typically follow between the ages of 14 and 16. Designed and administered by the Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE), IGCSE has been specifically created for international students, though it is also taught by top national schools in countries such as the UK. The two-year course is taught in over 700 British and international Schools in over 100 countries. The programme leads to a certificate that is internationally recognised. It has been accepted as a preliminary requirement for entry into all UK universities and is recognised by universities and colleges around the world.


Every subject within the IGCSE programme is assessed on an eight-point scale of grades from A* to G. Any student failing to reach a grade G is awarded a grade U (Unclassified). An A* is an exceptional grade, given to approximately the top 7 % of students within each subject.

Method of Assessment

The method of assessment varies from subject to subject. In all subjects, however, a significant percentage of the final grade will be based on the examination results achieved at the end of Year 11. In some subjects there is a coursework component. More information about this can be found in the IGCSE options booklet and on the CIE website.

Subjects Available at Renaissance International School

At Renaissance we offer core subjects that are compulsory – including English, Mathematics, Language A and Coordinated Science. Students normally study between 6 and 9 IGCSE subjects. We also offer a broad range of subjects for students to choose from and encourage students to maintain a balance of subjects by offering choices within languages, humanities and social sciences, mathematics and creative, technical and vocational subjects.

The subjects that we offer include:

For further detail about curriculum content and assessment please see the IGCSE booklet and the CIE website.

Progression to the IB Diploma

For students wishing to join the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Renaissance in Year 12, a minimum requirement of 5 grades between A* and C is expected. These must include Mathematics and English. Students who fail to achieve the necessary standard have the option of taking part in the IB Certificates Programme.



The IB is widely regarded as the best pre-university course anywhere in the world. No other qualification is recognised by so many institutions in different countries; no other programme prepares the student better for tertiary education and the world of work.

The IB Diploma is a comprehensive two-year course. It is designed as a pre-university programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is based on no particular national education system and is a deliberate balance between breadth and specialisation. There is a wide range of courses designed to meet the interests and requirements of different students. The IB includes the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) programme, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Together, these offer the IB student experiences and skills essential for our modern world.

The IB subjects offered at Renaissance are


The IB encourages international-mindedness – that is, an understanding of global issues and a concern for others in our community and the broader world. The IB believes that students must also develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. Through the IB, students develop the skills to live and work in an international context, which is essential for life in the 21st century. It provides a balanced education for the ‘whole’ student and provides an excellent preparation for both university and adult life. This fits well within the Round Square philosophy of IDEALS that Renaissance educates.

The IB Diploma is recognised as the leading qualification to gain entry to the top universities around the world in some 110 countries.

Universities prefer IB students because the IB curriculum develops a balanced variety of skills. IB graduates, with the range of subjects they have studied, have a greater choice of undergraduate programmes. Employers, too, are increasingly looking for flexibility and adaptability, which is something all IB students are able to offer.

The school will send a transcript of results for the last four years (if the student studies less than four years at Renaissance, the transcript will be for the years at our school) to universities and colleges of student’s choice. This can be done through the Common App for the US, UCAS for the UK or targeted universities in other countries. For Year 13 the transcript includes predicted grades. Transcripts and predicted grades are confidential and will not be shared with students and parents.