Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Cambridge Assessment International Education

Established in 1858, Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications that prepare students with the essential knowledge and skills to prosper in the real-world and at the same time, help them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.

Widely acknowledged as an international passport to progression and success, CAIE’s international qualifications are recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, giving students a broad spectrum of education and career options. As a not-for-profit organisation, CAIE devotes its resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that aspire to unleash its learners’ potential.

Setting the global standard for international education, CAIE’s programmes and qualifications are created by subject experts who are rooted in academic rigour and as such, their educational materials reflect the latest educational research. Well supported by teaching and learning resources, CAIE’s programmes and qualifications also provide a solid platform for learners to progress from one stage to another.

In addition, CAIE aims to provide educational benefits through the provision of international programmes and qualifications for school education, enabling learners to forge ahead as empowering global leaders across different sectors. Together with schools, CAIE seeks to equip and nurture Cambridge learners with positive and sought-after attributes in order to thrive and excel in today’s modern world.

Programme Introduction

Laying a solid foundation for young learners, the Primary school years are a cardinal phase to help them obtain the knowledge and skills they need to excel in this modern society. Designed for International Students based on the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum frameworks, the Cambridge IGCSE course is a constitution of 11 (eleven) different programmes which will be conducted over a span of 2 years (or less, depending on student’s individual pace)

As it is fundamental to guide and support learners through their educational process, this course aims to develop and hone learners’ English, Mathematics. Science and Humanities knowledge and skills a substantial degree through the core academic subjects: 

1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Biology
4. Chemistry
5. Physics
6. Economics
7. World Literature
8. Modern History
9. World History
10. Art History
11. Geography

Students also can choose an optional language subject (Chinese, Hindi, Tamil, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and French).

These subject areas provide learners with a good grounding in different fields of study and subsequently, they will be able to use this pool of knowledge across multiple contexts. Upon completion, learners will be well-equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for progression to the Cambridge International A level.

5 Steps Academy is a registered Cambridge school.

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  • To build a strong academic foundation amongst learners.
  • To prepare learners for progression into the Cambridge International A-Level.

Designed for

  • Candidates who are at least 14 years old.
  • Candidates who wish to acquire a qualification that is internationally recognized

Course Outline

Compulsory Subjects

1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Biology
4. Chemistry
5. Physics
6. Economics
7. World Literature
8. Modern History
9. World History
10. Art History
11. Geography

Optional Language Subjects

  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Tamil
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Japanese

Scope of Study

Cambridge IGCSE syllabus (please see the syllabuses details here)

Delivery Mode

Lectures, tutorials, discussions and interactive lessons

Commencement Date/Intakes


Course Fees

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12 months Institutional Training per year
Maximum allowed period for a student to complete the course is 24 months

Opportunities for Further Education/Career Pathway

This course provides excellent preparations for learners who wish to progress further and finally join the 5 Steps Academy High School. Upon successful completion of High School courses students will be eligible to sit for Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level (AS/A Level), or SAT and AP tests.

Age: at least 14 years old

Academic Level: complete at least Grade 8 or equivalent.

Assessment Methods

Quarterly Tests and Year-End Examinations for all subjects,

Assessment Grading Criteria

Internal: Quarterly Tests, Year-End Examinations and Quarterly Assignments are marked according to 5 Steps Academy’s standard grading criteria
External: The Cambridge IGCSE Test is set by 5 Steps Academy and marked by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). Please log on to for updated information

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 3 months after the final assessment.

Qualification Award

Certificate of Achievement awarded by Cambridge Assessment International Education upon passing the Cambridge IGCSE examinations.

Graduation Requirements

Pass the course examinations for all 11 subjects (assessed and marked internally) and at least 5 Cambridge IGCSE examinations (assessed and marked externally). 

Note 1:International Student must achieve at least 90% attendance rate (ICA Requirement).
Note 2:International Student must not be absent for more than 7 consecutive days without valid reason (ICA Requirement).
Note 3:Students who do not require ICA’s student’s pass must achieve at least 80% attendance rate. Our school only accept medical certificates as proof for absenteeism. Any other documents should only be accepted on a case-by-case basis with full justification and be acceptable by ICA.