The International General Certificate of Secondary Education, or IGCSE as it is known, is one of the most recognized secondary-level qualifications in the world.  It is administered by the prestigious institution, the University of Cambridge in England.

Our school has offered this qualification for over 25 years, since its inception.  Designed as a two-year program, the IGCSE offers students a challenging, world-class curriculum throughout grades 9 and 10.  The courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills, including recall of knowledge, problem solving, initiative, team work and investigative skills.  It thereby provides an excellent foundation for higher level programs, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB), which our students follow in grades 11 and 12.

A wide range of IGCSE courses are currently offered at BLIS and these are grouped into five curriculum areas, namely Languages, Humanities/Social Sciences, Sciences, Mathematics and the Performing/Visual Arts.  The intent of the program is to offer students a broad educational experience.  Students are thus required to choose courses from among all of the five curriculum areas.

IGCSE Subjects-First Language English, English Literature, First Language Turkish (Turkish students only), International Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Global Perspectives (International students only), History (International students only), ICT, Foreign Language Spanish, German or French.

Non-IGCSE Subjects-Turkish History, Turkish Literature, Turkish Geography, Ethics (Turkish students only). Turkish Language (International students only). Physical Education.

Options-All students will also choose one subject from the following Arts Options: Drama (IGCSE exam required), Art & Design (IGCSE exam offered), Music.

In many respects, the IGCSE stands at an important crossroads in our school’s curriculum, as both a foundation for later courses of study and as a vital link from the learning and development that takes place in the Middle School years. At BLIS, students and their families can thus rest assured that the early stages of High School provide a very sound educational springboard into the future.