Cambridge IGCSE & A Levels

As a private, international school in Cape Town, we offer British-style education, specifically the IGCSE curriculum and international A levels.


Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. The standards of Cambridge IGCSE are equivalent to the GCSE qualification in the UK.  

ISCT prepares students for IGCSE over 18 months, starting in the beginning of Year 10 (January) and ending in June of Year 11. Students typically choose 8 subjects (of which English Language, Mathematics and a Second or Foreign Language are compulsory).


Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) represents the first half of the full A Level course. It gives students the opportunity to study a broader range of subjects without committing to doing a full A level. Students can choose to complete an AS Level examination, then stop studying that particular subject. Or they can then complete the remaining course of study in order to gain the full A Level qualification. 

Our AS Level programme begins in late July of each year and runs for 18 months. This is then followed by the one year (optional) A Level. Many of our students complete AS Level and then enter a South African University, while those who wish to study overseas most often stay on to complete the full A Level.


With Cambridge International Advanced Levels (A Levels), we switch from the classroom teaching method in AS to a tutor-led, self-study system. This involves on average three contact hours per subject per week, while the student follows a well-constructed curriculum in each subject with regular compulsory assignments and assessments.

IGCSE subject options for 2021

In 2021, students choose their five other subjects from these timetabled groups, choosing one subject from each group:

  • Group 1: Chemistry or Art
  • Group 2: History or Business Studies
  • Group 3: Physics or Drama
  • Group 4: Biology or Computing
  • Group 5: Geography or Literature

IGCSE subject options for 2022 onwards

The subject options groups will be either:


GROUP 1      Chem/ Drama/Music           Chemistry/Art

GROUP 2  Physics/Art            Physics/History/Music

GROUP 3  CompSci/Geog            Biology/Comp Sci

GROUP 4  Biology/Literature          Drama/Geography

GROUP 5  History/Business           Business/Literature

During year 9, Term 3 of PSHE is dedicated to the subject choice process. This includes careers research, an online PACE assessment, job shadow and class, and first-hand information from senior students.

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