Choosing subjects in IGCSE

Most students often find themselves caught in a fix when they are mentally unclear of their academic interests or aspirations. This choice is made tougher when a board presents you with a range of subject choices such as the IGCSE. The following blog identifies your concern and highlights the several merits of the diverse curriculum through multiple subject options.

For students between the ages of 14 and 16, the Cambridge IGCSE is a two-year high school programme that is equivalent to classes 9 and 10. IGCSE students may choose from among 70 disciplines offered by Cambridge in any order. Yet, a typical Cambridge school might provide 10 to 20 disciplines, depending on the number of students, the location, and the available funding.

IGCSE subject selection can be difficult for parents and students, especially those who come from a different board. However, the first step is to quickly scan the list of possible subjects on the Cambridge IGCSE website. Choose at least 10 of the most appealing and interesting options for you. Making a list of the topics you enjoy studying is the next stage in determining your strengths and interests. You can then prioritize the subjects that have the best chances of success and reduce your list of alternatives. Set aside time, money, and professional advice to fully comprehend the subjects you are interested in; this understanding could include the learning outcomes, alternatives for higher education, and assistance with achieving personal and professional objectives. Make sure the subjects you select strike a balance between your interests and areas of strength. Avoid overloading yourself by enrolling in too many subjects; Choosing between 6-7 is most recommended. Keep your further education alternatives and potential career paths a little more diverse at this early stage. For instance, combine science with management studies, management studies with art and design, engineering and accounting, engineering and medical sciences, etc. To learn more about the subjects available at your school, to express your interests, and to discuss your preferred subject combinations, meet with your school counselor or advisor with your parents or legal guardian. Choose a combination based on your interests and goals; you may consider making minor tweaks as long as your choice isn't significantly altered.


IBDP is a two-year senior school curriculum for students between the ages of 16 and 18, which corresponds to classes 11 and 12. IBDP offers a variety of disciplines divided into six subject groups. Students enrolled in the diploma programme must select a minimum of one subject from each of groups 1 through 5, as well as either a subject from group 6 or an additional subject from group 3 or 4. Three of these six disciplines are studied at a higher level, while the other three are studied at a regular level. Your key considerations for selecting IBDP subjects should be the three higher level subjects. Your graduate studies will focus on your majors, which are higher level disciplines that are studied in depth. It's recommended to pick at least two HL disciplines that complement one another, such as math and physics, business management and economics, psychology and biology, history and English, design technology and art and design, etc. It will be simpler to choose your higher levels if you are clear about your interests and goals.

You may occasionally need to speak with your colleges or career counselors to learn about any special requirements for a certain programme. After selecting your higher level courses, find three standard level courses that either complement your higher level courses well or that you would like to pursue as minors towards your degree. To better comprehend each person's talents and skills, it would be ideal to have an in depth conversation with family, friends, elders, and high school teachers.

Once you have narrowed down your academic goals and direction, it is imperative that you finalize your topic selection by visiting your IB school and speaking with the counselor and IBDP coordinator. Bear in mind that a window period is offered by some IB schools that allow students to try different combination courses before making the final choice.

Kalai Rajan

Head of School

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