Do you want qualifications that can open doors around the world?

IGCSEs are the world’s most popular international qualifications for 14 to 16-year-olds.  They are your gateway to higher education or professional studies in your home country or overseas. They can help you:

  • get a place at college or university at home or abroad
  • find better career opportunities
  • pass the language tests for emigrating or studying in another country*
  • develop skills that help you lead a more exciting and successful life 

The British Council helps more than two million people take international exams every year. We can offer you support and guidance – from choosing subjects to exam registration. 

*For example, achieving a Grade C in IGCSE English is often enough to satisfy the language requirements for some universities in English-speaking nations.  

Find out how to register for IGCSEs.

What to expect

The British Council makes the whole exam process more straightforward. After all, we help two million people take international exams every year. Here are some things you should know about IGCSEs.

The course

IGCSEs usually take two years to complete. Assessment ranges from written to oral tests, as well as practical exams and coursework.

Choosing subjects

You can choose from more than 70 different subjects – from maths to English. Available subjects vary depending on your school, country and chosen exam board.

Exam board

In Thailand, exams are offered through Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

Ability range

The IGCSE core curriculum is suitable for students who expect to achieve grades C to G.  An extended curriculum offers more challenging content for students aiming for grades A* to C.

Get study tips and advice on how to prepare

Grades and marking

Your results are assessed using internationally-recognised A* to G grades. The exam papers are all marked centrally in the UK.

When will you get your results?

Results will be posted to you two months after your final exam submission.

Find out more about getting your results

What next?

An IGCSE can be your first step toward further education, such A- and AS-levels or even university placements.


IGCSEs give you the freedom to choose a course of study that is right for you. Your chosen subjects should fit with your career goals or plans for further education. To find out which subjects are available in your country, check the list below:

Syllabus names and codes (in alphabetical order) FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER EXAMINATIONS ONLY

  • Accounting (0452)
  • Additional Mathematics (0606)
  • Biology (0610)
  • Business Studies (0450)
  • Cambridge International Mathematics (0607)
  • Chemistry (0620)
  • Combined Science (0653)
  • Computer Studies (0420)
  • Co-ordinated Sciences - Double Award (0654)
  • Development Studies (0453)
  • Economics (0455)
  • English as a Second Language - Oral Endorsement (0510)
  • Environmental Management (0680)
  • First Language Arabic (0508)
  • First Language English (0500)
  • First Language Korean (0521)
  • First Language Spanish (0502)
  • Geography (0460)
  • History (0470)
  • Literature - English (0486)
  • Mathematics - Without Coursework (0580)
  • Physics (0625)
  • Physical Science (0652)
  • Religious Studies (0490)
  • Sociology (0495)
  • Travel and Tourism (0471)

To help candidates and their parents in choosing subjects, please consult with syllabuses before making entries. 

Syllabuses can be obtained from the Cambridge International Examinations website.

Note: The information listed above is only general information. Please download a full subject list with keys to syllabuses for further information.

How to register

The British Council can help you with every step of the registration process. We will handle all of the paperwork, make sure you complete the right forms – and let you know about any deadlines or registration fees.

See our how to register page to find out more.