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Top 5 Reasons Cambridge IGCSE is the Best Choice for Your Child

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As the global economy expands and evolves at an unprecedented rate, it’s vital for students to receive an education that equips them with skills for the future – one that encourages life-long learning and fosters an informed curiosity about the world.

The Futures of Education report by UNESCO stresses the importance of a curriculum that emphasises “ecological, intercultural, and interdisciplinary learning” in empowering “future generations to reimagine their futures and renew their worlds.”

We at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School believe that the IGCSE curriculum is an excellent choice for students looking for a rigorous and relevant secondary school education that imparts the skills they need to be successful beyond school – at university, the workplace and whatever path the student chooses to take.

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Why should you opt for the IGCSE curriculum?

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an internationally recognised program for students aged 14 to 16 years. Cambridge IGCSE courses are designed to build confidence and independent thinking in 21st-century learners, helping them prepare for a wide range of educational pathways.

Here are 5 insights on why IGCSE is the best choice for your child:

Globally recognised qualification

Cambridge IGCSE is highly regarded and valued by leading universities, employers and other educational institutions worldwide. More than 2,200 universities and colleges across the world, including all universities in the UK, over 850 universities in the US and many other countries such as Singapore, Germany, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands accept Cambridge qualifications. This opens up a world of opportunities for curious individuals and career advancement.

Students who achieve IGCSE are considered academically accomplished. The rigorous curricula, which are continually reviewed by international experts and institutions, give students a solid foundation for further education.

Broad and balanced curriculum

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a wide range of courses for learners with varying levels of ability, including those whose first language is not English. By exposing students to a broad range of subjects, the IGCSE curriculum encourages them to explore connections between subjects while developing their skills within each subject area.

It is designed to challenge the learners intellectually and cultivate their creativity while instilling respect for other cultures. The international approach to learning encourages students to develop higher-order thinking skills while preparing them to thrive in an increasingly global environment.

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Performance-based assessment

Assessments are a fundamental aspect of quality education. It should be designed to provide a fair, practical and reliable way to reflect a student’s knowledge and ability.

The IGCSEs have a grading system that ranges from A to G, with A being the highest grade. Students can choose five to fourteen IGCSE subjects, but they must pass five core subjects with a C grade or above to meet the minimum requirements.

The IGCSE assessments include a variety of testing formats including written, oral, coursework and practical assessment. This pattern of assessment is designed to reduce the stress associated with academic performance and allow students to exhibit their learning abilities.

The IGCSE assessments allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject along with the ability to apply it in a real-world context.

Fosters individual development

The IGCSE curriculum offers a new approach to learning. It recognises that different students excel in different areas and uses this to motivate them by offering a variety of subjects to choose from.

By allowing students to focus on their strengths in core subjects or learn and develop themselves in extended ones, the IGCSE curriculum encourages and fosters individual development and growth through a variety of ways to learn.

Imparts valuable skills for future

The IGCSE curriculum follows a hands-on and project inquiry-based learning approach. This enables the students to learn by solving problems while they gain a deeper understanding of the subject.

IGCSE combines a focus on the in-depth study of subjects along with the development of skills for higher education and work. It provides a practical approach to learning that encourages students to think critically, solve problems, engage in independent research, collaborate on projects and present arguments based on evidence.

The active learning approach not only inspires the student to become invested in the process but also promotes the development of valuable transferable skills that lasts a lifetime.

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Cambridge IGCSE at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

Maple Leaf Kingsley International School offers an innovative and integrated approach to learning. The secondary school education at MLKIS equips students with the skills and knowledge they will need in preparation for the IGCSE Cambridge examinations taken in Year 11.

To prepare students for the exam, we cultivate an environment where students are encouraged to be critical and analytical thinking with good values. Our innovative teaching methods such as discussions, pair work, presentations, debates, seminars, dialogues, research work, projects and other hands-on activities provide a rich learning experience that encourages students to reflect, engage and innovate.

Our students at MLKIS benefit from a beautiful environment with 24-hour security. The number of students in each class is scaled down to enhance engagement, allow collaborative learning experiences and improve optimal interaction between teachers and students.

MLKIS is equipped with experienced staff and state-of-the-art facilities that are on par with international standards. Cambridge IGCSE students have access to exclusive facilities such as Science labs, Computer labs, a Wireless network across campus, Dance Studio, Music Room, Cafeteria, Library, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, Culinary arts kitchen, Badminton and Table Tennis court, a Football field and much more!

This ensures that students enjoy the rigorous academic curriculum while maintaining a healthy lifestyle through sports and co-curricular activities.

Intakes to Maple Leaf Kingsley International School for Cambridge take place in September, January and April each year.

All you need to know about Cambridge IGCSE and more!


Fondly known as Kingsley – we are a homegrown international school established in 2011. We have garnered recognition from Malaysians and Expatriate parents through our devotion to moulding the next generation through exceptional and quality British curriculum. Click here to know more about us.