University of Cambridge International Examinations Atlantic Hall

Atlantic Hall is a registered and approved examination centre of the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

CIE is a provider of international qualifications for students between the ages of 14 and 19, offering examinations and qualifications in more than 150 countries. It is an Examination Board under Cambridge Assessment, founded in 1858 as a department of the University of Cambridge.

CIE first developed the Cambridge IGCSE more than 20 years ago for an international student body. Today, CIE offers more than 70 subjects for examination.


The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (abbreviated IGCSE or iGCSE) is an internationally recognised qualification for school students, typically in the 14-16 age group. It is similar to the GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Standard Grade in Scotland or Junior Certificate in the Republic of Ireland. The IGCSE was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations in 1988. The examination board Edexcel offers its own version, the Edexcel IGCSE. The term “IGCSE” is the registered trade mark of the University of Cambridge and is used under license.

The IGCSE is an international alternative to many popular national curricula. It is a qualification based on individual subjects of study, meaning one receives an “IGCSE” qualification for each subject one takes. For this reason, schools worldwide have different expectations for their students as to how many IGCSEs should be taken.

The IGCSE is predominantly exam-based, meaning they are not actual certified “courses”, but rather exams that test knowledge in individual subjects in the same way as Advanced Placement exams and SAT Subject Tests

Full 2-Year Programme of Study

Atlantic Hall offers a two year programme of study (as recommended) leading to students sitting for the IGCSE award.

Students commence the programme in SS1 (September) and complete the programme in SS2 (June), when they write the examination. This allows students to then concentrate for the remaining two terms on their WAEC programme and examinations in June (SS3).

Examination Results

These are usually released in early August and allows for a student to re-sit a particular examination in November if they were to under-achieve in the May/June examination.

Recognition Worldwide – Grading & Awarding

The IGCSE is graded on an 8-point scale from A* to G with a 9th grade “U” signifying “Ungraded”.

GCSE GradeUS GradeEquivalent CGPA
A*A or N/A4.0 or 4.3 Weigthed
UE/F0.0 [IGCSE Ungraded]

The University of Cambridge advises educators that “IGCSE subjects are roughly equivalent to a US ‘honors’ high school curriculum”. Additionally, “Five passes at grade C or higher would indicate a student’s readiness to begin freshman level courses in American universities”.