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We offer IGCSEs to both local and international students from our central Cambridge

Stephen Perse students benefit from small class sizes, expert teaching, and a varied and balanced curriculum. All subjects are taught at the Senior School and one year IGCSE students wear the same uniform as the Senior School students and have the same enrichment opportunities as the Year 11 Senior School students. 

UK students and IGCSEs

For home students, the IGCSE programme would be ideal if you would like to improve on your GCSE results, by making full use of our very small class sizes and extra help.

International students and IGCSEs

If you are new to studying in the UK, then the IGCSE is perfectly suited. IGCSEs are internationally recognised qualifications, now taken in over 120 countries. They are similar to GCSEs, but they do not include coursework.

Our IGCSE programme

We offer a broad range of subjects at IGCSE. You will usually take between five and seven subjects, depending on your background and future plans. This approach gives you the experience of a range of academic disciplines before choosing which subjects you want to study at A Level or in the IB.

Maths, English and one science subject are compulsory. You can then choose up to three additional subjects to study - we’ll discuss subject choices with you during the admissions process.

Subject options

Compulsory subjects:

  • English*
  • Maths
  • Dual Award Science

Optional subjects:

Students choose three subjects from the list below in order of preference and are guaranteed two of the three subjects.

  • Geography
  • History
  • Art
  • Business

    * Please note that unless otherwise agreed, non-native English speakers will sit an IELTS examination at the end of the academic year.

Our IGCSE programme takes one year to complete, starting in September.


St Barnabas House aims to provide a family atmosphere for our iGCSE one year programme boarders with house staff always on hand and where the Head of Boarding is resident. 

  • All electronic devices are collected by the house staff at the evening welfare check to ensure that students get a good night's sleep.
  • All boarders live in St Barnabas House  in twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms. 
  • St Barnabas House is a mixed house with separate and secure areas. 
  • Students study together overseen by a different member of the teaching staff each evening  (Monday - Thursday 7-9pm) 
  • Friday evening activities are organised by the resident graduate assistants from 7-9pm and these include - board games, quizzes, film night, bowling, trips to the cinema etc.
  • Saturday afternoon ( 2-4pm) is organised sport at the leisure centre in Cambridge. 
  • Weekend trips are arranged by the resident graduate assistants to the Botanic Gardens, Cambridge Museums,  Ely, London etc.
  • The main dining room is on the St Barnabas site so students have easy access to meals.

Entrance requirements

Admission to our IGCSE course will depend on satisfactory school reports and school references, as well as successful performance at an interview with a senior member of staff. If English is your second language, you will need to meet an IELTS of 4.5 or above (or equivalent).

IGCSE curriculum guide