Cambridge IGCSE was created as a GCSE examination for international use and the academic demands (‘standards’) of Cambridge IGCSE are equivalent to those of GCSE. Cambridge IGCSE examinations are tailored for a multi–cultural, multi–lingual audience in a way that UK GCSE examinations are not. They are aligned to the standards of the UK GCSE, and are equivalent on a subject–for–subject, grade–for–grade basis.
UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable to the standard of UK GCSE. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualifications are accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities worldwide. Read the executive summary of the NARIC report.