Cambridge International School In both Secondary 3 and Secondary 4, Markham pupils study for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

What is IGCSE?

IGCSE is the international equivalent of the examinations taken by UK students at the age of 16. Over 500,000 entries are made each year by students from over 140 countries in over 3,700 different schools.  IGCSE examination results are the best way of comparing academic standards across different schools as the criteria for the examinations are the same worldwide. All Markham students are entered for at least 10 IGCSE subjects at the end of Secondary 4. 



What subjects are included?

The Upper School at Markham offers a wide selection of IGCSE courses which include the following:

  • Languages: First Language Spanish; Spanish as a Foreign Language; First or Second Language English; Spanish Literature, English Literature and French
  • Mathematics: International Mathematics and Additional Mathematics
  • Sciences: Double Science; Co-ordinated Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Humanities: World History and Geography
  • The Performing Arts: Art& Design; Music and Drama
  • Technological Studies: Design Technology (Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Systems and Controls and Textiles), Computer Studies and Information Technology; ICT
  • Others include: Business Studies, Food & Nutrition, and Physical Education

Examinations sat


IGCSE 2019 results

All Markham students are entered for at least 10 IGCSE subjects that include English and Spanish, both overwhelmingly at first language level, Literature in both languages, Double Science, International Mathematics, either History or Geography, and two other subjects from the following list: Art & Design, Business Studies, Computer Studies, Design Technology, Drama, Food & Nutrition, French, Music or Physical Education. In addition, some students are also entered for IGCSEs in Additional Mathematics.

In 2019, 148 S4 students sat 1497 IGCSE examinations, an average of over 10 per student. The average point score per student (MPS) was 6.07 and 10 students gained 10 or more A*-A grades.

Cambridge Top in the World Awards

In addition, Juan Diego Balestrini obtained the top marks in the world for his IGCSE Additional Mathematics exam and was awarded a certificate for Outstanding Achievement by Cambridge University.