At TIPS, we aim to give every child the very best start possible in their education through vibrant and engaging teaching. We enable the children to become active learners by offering challenging, broad and balanced programs.

Throughout the school we want our children to enjoy a wide range of academic and co-curricular experiences which bring the curriculum to life and make learning fun. All our facilitators ensure the best possible quality of education for the children in every year group. We help students learn in the ways that are right for them, nurturing a joy for learning and a passion to pursue their interests.

Affiliations

TIPS is the authorized Cambridge School and Examination Center from 2010 onwards.

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)

Recognitions

Council of Boards of School Education in India

Association of Indian Universities

F.A.Q. IGCSE

University of Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of education programmes and qualifications for 5–19 years old. Over 9000 schools in 161 countries around the world offer the Cambridge qualifications. It is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the 800 years old University of Cambridge.
Cambridge programmes and qualifications for 5–19 years old are divided up into four stages: Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge Secondary 2 (IGCSE) and Cambridge Advanced (A level).
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) administered by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14–16 years old. The IGCSE Programme is firmly established and recognized world-wide and is taken in 144 countries and in more than 2600 schools around the world.

Currently, in India we have around 300 schools offering IGCSE course. It is well recognized in India as equivalent to Grade X and used as a preparatory level for A Level, International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) or State HSC. It is also equivalent to the Grade 10 examination of the CBSE and ICSE or the middle year Programme of the IB.

The IGCSE programme is more practical and application-based. It has a broader spectrum of subjects that lead to all-round development. IGCSE examinations test students’ knowledge, not their memory and speed. The focus of the IG pedagogy is on ‘how to learn’ rather than ‘what to learn’.

The purpose of IGCSE is to produce global citizens. The IGCSE curriculum is more challenging, but the challenge is in the quality of assignments, not in the quantity of the assignments.

The IGCSE has always emphasized adding value within a national context whilst also contributing to international level. The development focus is to safeguard distinctive cultural identity through specific language and literature syllabi, for example; or to include study of regional geography or history, whilst also encouraging an international outlook. Thus, the importance of an appropriate mix of global and local contexts is well recognized as an essential dimension of IGCSE.

  • Provides an ideal foundation for higher-level courses such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, A Levels and the North American APT (Advanced Placement Test)
  • Has worldwide recognition and is equivalent to the Certificate of Secondary Education from Indian education boards, General Certificate of Secondary Education, and O Level
  • Offers syllabi which reflect local economies and cultures within a global context, hence ensuring that students gain a wide perspective while recognizing and valuing their own environment
  • Develops key learning, problem-solving and investigative skills by encouraging an active, critical and questioning approach to study

Ensures a broad-based education, while encouraging a degree of choice.

There are now over 310 Cambridge schools in India, and more than 9000 schools in 160 countries make up the Cambridge learning community worldwide
The IGCSE examination is suitable for virtually the whole ability range. It has an 8-point scale of grades:

A*,A, B,C,D,E,F and G.

(Grade A* is awarded for exceptional levels of achievement).

To take account of differing abilities, there is a choice between Core and Extended curriculum papers in most subjects. This allows teachers to decide on the most appropriate level of papers for their students.

The Core curriculum in each subject is within the ability range of a large majority of students. It provides a full overview of the subject and is targeted at students expected to achieve grades C to G. The Extended curriculum, which comprises the Core curriculum and the Supplement, has been designed for the more academically able and leads naturally into higher education or professional training. It is targeted at those expected to achieve grades A to E.

GRADES AVAILABLE
Core Curriculum C D E F G
Extended Curriculum * A B C D E

The overlap of three grades (C, D and E) is designed to accommodate students who perform either better or worse than their teachers expectations. Students who fail to meet the minimum satisfactory standard for either the core curriculum (Grade G) or the Extended curriculum (Grade E) will be marked (U).

No. There will be no mention of Core or Extended selection on the marksheet.
The school in consultation with the parents will decide whether a student will opt for Core or Extended paper.
In IGCSE, over 70 subjects are available, including more than 30 language courses. However the top ten Cambridge IGCSE subjects worldwide are:

  • Mathematics (Without Coursework)
  • English as a Second Language
  • First Language English
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Literature (English)
  • Business Studies
  • Information and Communication Technology
At Witty International, for Grade 9 and 10 we offer the IGCSE curriculum. We offer a combination of subjects catering to the Science and Commerce streams. Each subject is certified separately, offering a variety of routes for learners of different abilities. With a choice of Core and Extended papers in most subjects, the IGCSE is suitable for students with different levels of ability. The IGCSE is an internally based curriculum allowing teaching to be placed in a localized context, making it relevant in different regions. The school follows Oct/ Nov examination and offers the following subjects:

SUBJECTS OFFERED AT TIPS

  • Science Stream: English; Mathematics; French / Hindi; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Economics; Information Technology.
  • Commerce Stream: English; Mathematics; French/Hindi; Combined Sciences; Economics; Information Technology / PE.
TIPS has selected the most popular subjects for IGCSE that meet the eligibility for higher studies in India.
TIPS allows its students to appear for other subjects in their individual capacity. However, coaching for additional subjects will be provided only if there are minimum 7 students opting for the same.
We conduct Checkpoint exams at the end of Grade 8, IGCSE exams at the end of Grade X.
Examinations are held in May /June and October /November each year with results issued in August and February respectively. Students can appear for Cambridge IGCSE through the registered schools (CIE canters).

From the year 2015, in India the Examinations are held in the month of March with results is May.

At TIPS, IGCSE board examinations are held in Oct-Nov and the results are announced online on the 23rd or 24th of January every year, with the print copies of results available in the School by the 2nd week of February. These early results do synchronize with the admissions schedules of the Indian +2 boards (ISC/CBSE/HSC). However, school may consider permitting students to appear for June exam at their own discretion and managements approval.
Students at TIPS start DP program from January onwards so, they continue their study at TIPS itself. For those who wish to join other boards, we, at TIPS, have devised a special finishing school programme for our children from Jan to June. This 3 months programme includes subject specific classes to ensure compatibility with other boards and real life exposure. Thus, every child passing out of TIPS will have a well rounded and well groomed personality to face the challenges of life ahead.
Yes, it is recognized by CBSE, CISCE and state education boards in India as a qualification for entry to class XI or for other higher secondary education courses. It is also recognized as class X qualification, as one of the prerequisites, for admission to undergraduate courses in India. The latest Indian recognition details can be viewed at:

www.cie.org.uk/docs/recognition/india_recognition_samples.pdf

We appreciate that our IGCSE students will continue at TIPS and follow the DP Programme in classes XI and XII.

They can also opt for A level programme in any other International school that offers the same.

IGCSE also qualifies the students for admissions in all the Indian +2 boards (ISC/CBSE/HSC). IGCSE students are eligible for admission to local and national boards through both online and offline.

It is pertinent to note that students who completed IGCSE can pursue IB Diploma programme as the most suitable option. The skill set inculcated in IGCSE are well suited to any International program, IB or A-Levels.

IGCSE helps the students to develop key learning, problem-solving and investigative skills by encouraging an active, critical and questioning approach to study. With a choice of Core and Extended papers in most subjects, the IGCSE is suitable for students with different levels of ability. Hence it is wrong to say that results of IGCSE are stricter than SSC.

However, we agree that the SSC students are granted marks very leniently including internal and sports marks. But all reputed colleges have accepted IGCSE and students are admitted for HSC. Even IGCSE students are allowed to fill online application form for HSC admission.

CIE issues separate mark sheets for IGCSE; one with Grades and the other with marks. So students do not face any difficulty in securing admission in regular Colleges.
No, the best of five policy is not applicable to IGCSE students, as of now. However, a pass in five subjects including English will make the student eligible for HSC admission. However, Association of Indian Universities give equivalency certificate only to candidates having A, B or C in the five major subjects including English.
Yes, IGCSE student can fill the form online through the website as well as directly to the college offline for HSC admission.
Certainly. There will be no hitches. We will take care of the ‘transition’ related issues. If the child is encouraged to have a proper attitude & aptitude he/she can easily switch over from any local Board to IGCSE Board. We also have special tutorial sessions before the commencement of the course for such students.
Kindly browse www.cie.org.uk/countries/india for list of schools providing IGCSE and A level curriculum in India.

F.A.Q A-levels

Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A) Levels are internationally benchmarked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university education. They are part of the

Cambridge Advanced stage which is in alignment with the Indian 11th and 12th grade curriculum.

Cambridge International AS Levels have half the content of the corresponding Cambridge International A Level and may be completed in one year. Schools can offer Cambridge International AS Level as a qualification in its own right or as a stage on the way to Cambridge International A Level. Learners can study Cambridge International AS Level alongside other subjects to increase breadth in the curriculum and build further knowledge and understanding to other subjects they are studying at Cambridge International A Level.

We offer subjects in Science and Commerce streams. The flexibility of subject combinations and its International relevance makes it popular amongst the learners. We offer programmes that encourage high academic standards that prepare the students for competitive examinations. The school follows Oct/ Nov examination.

‘A’ LEVEL SUBJECTS OFFERED AT TIPS

Commerce Stream     :           English; Math; Accounts; Business studies; Economics.

Science Stream  :                      English; Physics; Chemistry; Math/Biology.

Cambridge International AS and A Level syllabuses have been created specifically for an international audience. The content of International AS and A Levels is carefully devised to suit the wide variety of Cambridge schools worldwide and avoid any cultural bias. They are taken in over 125 countries and offer a choice of 60 different subjects. Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications are widely recognised and valued by universities and employers alike. Some US universities give up to a year’s credit as a result. Every year, thousands of Cambridge International A Level students gain places at good universities worldwide – including the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Three fair passes at ‘A’ level allows a student to skip a year in US, UK and Canadian Universities.
Each subject that a Cambridge international student takes at AS and A Level receives a separately certified grade. From 2010, the Cambridge International A Level will be reported on a grade scale from A* grade, awarded for the highest level of achievement, to E, indicating the minimum required performance. There is no A* grading in the certification of Cambridge International AS Levels, which will continue to run from Grade A to Grade E. There is no core paper in AS and A level.
A level prepares the students for university education like graduation. It also qualifies the student to appear for entrance exams for any professional course of his / her choice.

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