What is HIGCSE?
|HIGCSE grade 1||What a student with IGCSE grade A in that subject could be expected to achieve after a further year’s study|
|HIGCSE grade 2||IGCSE grade B + one year|
|HIGCSE grade 3||IGCSE grade C + one year|
|HIGCSE grade 4|
IGCSE grade E + one year
This equivalence has been accepted by the relevant authorities in South Africa, and it is now possible for students with a combination of IGCSE/HIGCSE grades to satisfy South African university entrance requirements.
HIGCSE does not really have a relationship with A Level because it is an extension of IGCSE – it is the conclusion of schooling for countries with what we would regard as a 17+ university entrance level. However, insofar as it represents a further year’s study after IGCSE, it can be seen as approximately half way between our 16+ and 18+ qualifications – roughly the same standard as AS.
HIGCSE has been withdrawn. The last examination session was in 2010.