Cambridge IGCSE Curriculum at One World International School in Singapore

Cambridge IGCSE for Secondary School in Singapore

The two-year Cambridge IGCSE programme for Grades 9 and 10 at OWIS aims to help students become learners who acquire the knowledge presented to them while simultaneously developing a deep understanding of the subjects studied. It emphasises the skills-based learning programme that is integral to the learning foundation at OWIS.

This programme is offered at both our campuses – OWIS Nanyang in Jurong and OWIS Digital Campus in Punggol.

IGCSE Curriculum

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education, or IGCSE, is an English-based examination. Students take this exam in order to determine their proficiency in a given subject based on their current grade level.

IGCSE results are recognised in many of the most esteemed universities, which makes this a valuable examination for the students who are enrolled at One World International School. In addition, the Cambridge IGCSE Programme is offered at many other international schools around the world. For our students who transfer from international schools from other countries, this allows for a smooth and easy transition.

Parents and students who are interested in learning more about the Cambridge IGCSE at One World International School, Singapore, are invited to reach out to us. We would be happy to discuss the programme with you further and answer any questions that you might have.

Cambridge IGCSE Program at OWIS

Cambridge IGCSE Subjects

OWIS students will take 7 to 10 IGCSEs during Grade 9 and 10 and will be awarded their IGCSE subject grades from Cambridge after Grade 10.

Compulsory IGCSE Subjects

English - First language

English - First language



Co-ordinated Sciences


Foreign Language

Foreign Language

PE - Core

Optional subjects



Business Studies


Computer Science

Art & Design


Global Perspectives


Additional Maths*

English - Literature

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*Additional Maths option is subject to certain conditions. All subjects are taught through the medium of English, with the exception of Foreign Languages (Mandarin, Spanish and French). Students will have a Physical Education (PE) lesson as part of their weekly time-table for their overall well-being.

Our Cambridge IGCSE students at OWIS will master:

IGCSE-specific subject content that is presented to them by their instructors.

The ability to apply the knowledge that they learn in unique, real-world scenarios.

The ability to make intellectual inquiries.

The ability to be flexible and to adapt when necessary.

The ability to work as a team and communicate in the English language.

Cultural awareness and the importance of working in a multi-cultural environment.

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Why Choose The IGCSE Curriculum

The Cambridge IGCSE Programme is the ideal option for an international school, such as OWIS.

This is because the Cambridge IGCSE is an examination that holds students to internationally recognised standards. This means that a student who studies for the Cambridge IGCSE at One World International School in Singapore will be held to the same standards as one who is enrolled in a school in other countries where this programme is offered.

This consistency allows students to be better prepared for a global economy after graduation, and is one of the main IGCSE benefits. It also provides learners with the confidence that they need and to know that their learning material will be both relevant and valuable to them in the future.

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The Cambridge IGCSE forms a bridge to the IB Diploma Programme

We have opted for the Cambridge IGCSE in Grades 9 and 10 as this course serves as an excellent preparatory ground for the rigorous IB Diploma Programme that we follow in Grades 11 and 12.

Our students in the IGCSE grades hone their research skills, learn about time management and self-discipline, and get prepared for external examinations and assessments in their two-year course. By the time they enter the IB DP grades, they understand the importance of both these aspects of academic life – having a deep understanding of subject matter as well as having the academic rigour to achieve their objectives. 






of IGCSE students achieved A*-A (2023)

Parent & Alumni Testimonials

Janelle R., IBDP Batch of 2021

My teachers were incredibly supportive of me and my classmates when doing IB and some really went out of their way to help us as much as they could, which I appreciated so much.

Adeliya F., IBDP Batch of 2023

At OWIS, I've learnt a lot about communication, and how it's important to be proactive, not reactive. I've also learnt that kindness and empathy are key in leadership and collaborative work.

Christina O.

I like that technology plays enough of a part within my children's studies but does not dominate basic skills towards literacy with reading, writing and presentation. There is very much a balance.

Where our alumni go

Alumni of OWIS’ IB Diploma Programme in Singapore have received placement offers from well-ranked universities around the world for courses of their choice. Take a look at a few examples.


University of Sydney

University of Melbourne

United Kingdom

University of Warwick

University of Edinburgh


National University of Singapore

Waseda University of Tokyo

North America

Milwaukee School of Engineering

University of British Columbia

“At OWIS, they talk about not only the responsibility of your academic work but actually being socially responsible”

Frequently Asked Questions About IGCSE

Yes, students who have been studying some other curricula or syllabus can transfer to the Cambridge IGCSE Programme at Nanyang Campus of One World International School in Singapore. Our teachers will support them through the transition. Please note that the IGCSE is a two-year programme and students are enrolled in the programme at the commencement of Grade 9.

To enrol your child in the Cambridge IGCSE programme, please reach out to our Admissions Team for the eligibility requirements. Our team is dedicated to providing you with all the necessary information and support to ensure a smooth application process.

In the IGCSE programme, students select optional subjects that are aligned with their future academic or professional goals. Further, the programme is academically rigorous and instils the self-discipline and time management that will serve students well in the IB DP grades as well as later in university. The skills and knowledge gained through the Cambridge IGCSE are highly valued and recognised by universities worldwide, making our students well-prepared for the challenges of higher education.

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum is assessed through a combination of coursework and examination, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of students’ knowledge and skills across various capacities. Exams are held globally, allowing our students to be assessed against international standards. 

For more detailed information on assessment methods and criteria, please visit our dedicated blog post on the Cambridge IGCSE programme at OWIS Nanyang: https://owis.org/sg/blog/owis-parent-partnership-series-what-to-expect-in-the-cambridge-igcse-programme/

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