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The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English. Cambridge International helps schools build a curriculum around their specific needs. Starting from a foundation of core subjects, it is easy to add breadth and cross-curricular perspectives. Encouraging learners to engage with a variety of subjects, and make connections between them, is fundamental to our approach. For schools, Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible and stimulating curriculum, supported with excellent resources and training.

For learners, Cambridge IGCSE helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, inquiry, and problem-solving. It is the perfect springboard for advanced study. There are over 70 subjects available at Cambridge IGCSE, including 30 languages, and schools can offer them in any combination.

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Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding, and skills in:

  • Subject content

  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations

  • Intellectual inquiry

  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change

  • Working and communicating in English

  • Influencing outcomes

  • Cultural awareness.

Schools worldwide have been involved in the development of Cambridge IGCSE. The syllabuses are international in outlook but retain a local relevance. They have been created specifically for an international student body and avoid cultural bias.

Steps to Download Cambridge International Syllabus 

Candidates can follow the steps given below to download Cambridge International syllabus from the official website:

Step 1: Visit the website-

Step 2: Click on "Programmes and qualifications" section and select "Subjects" (For Cambridge Upper Secondary IGCSE).

IGCSE Board Syllabus 1Step 3: Now candidates can download the pdf required subject group. IG Board Syllabus 2

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting (0452)

Content overview

1. The fundamentals of accounting

  • This section introduces the subject by explaining the difference between book-keeping and accounting.

  • The role of accounting in providing information and the purposes of measuring business profit and loss are also explored. Basic accounting terms and the accounting equation are introduced.

2. Sources and recording of data

  • The core topic of this section is the double-entry system of book-keeping and how this is applied in the preparation of ledger accounts. The division of the ledger is considered.

  • Business documents and their use as sources of information are also included. Consideration is given to the procedures for processing information in books of prime entry.

3. Verification of accounting records

This section concentrates on the use of trial balances, bank reconciliation statements and control accounts as means of verifying accounting records. The procedures for the correction of errors are also covered.

4. Accounting procedures

  • Within this section, consideration is given to the importance of distinguishing between capital and revenue expenditure and receipts. Non-current assets are further explored in terms of accounting for depreciation and disposal.

  • Procedures to record adjustments for accruals and prepayments, irrecoverable debts, provision of doubtful debts and the recovery of debts written off are included. Inventory valuation and its impact on financial statements are also covered.

5. Preparation of Financial statements

  • The focus of this section is the preparation of financial statements, including year-end adjustments, for different types of businesses (sole traders, partnerships and limited companies).

  • Consideration is also given to the financial statements of clubs and societies and manufacturing businesses. The procedures employed when only incomplete records are available are also covered.

6. Analysis and Interpretation

  • This section introduces the calculation and interpretation of the main accounting ratios. The use of ratios in inter-firm comparison is also included.

  • Consideration is also given to the uses of accounting information by interested parties. The limitations of accounting statements are also explored.

7. Accounting Principles and Policies

  • The main accounting principles are introduced together with how they are applied in accounting records and statements.

  • Consideration is also given to the influence of international accounting standards and the selection of accounting policies

Cambridge IGCSE Biology (9-1) (0970)

Content overview

The Syllabus has been Updated. You are strongly advised to read the whole Syllabus before Planning. The Latest Syllabus is version 2, Published on Feb 2019.

Candidates study the following topics:

1 Characteristics and classification of living organisms

2 The organization of the organism

3 Movement in and out of cells

4 Biological molecules

5 Enzymes

6 Plant nutrition

7 Human nutrition

8 Transport in plants

9 Transport in animals

10 Diseases and immunity

11 Gas exchange in humans

12 Respiration

13 Excretion in humans

14 Coordination and response

15 Drugs

16 Reproduction

17 Inheritance

18 Variation and selection

19 Organisms and their environment

20 Biotechnology and genetic engineering

21 Human influences on ecosystems

Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies (9-1) (0986)

Content overview

1. Understanding business activity

  • This section introduces the underlying ideas and concepts of business and includes the purpose and nature of business activity and how businesses can be classified.

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurs, and why some businesses grow while others remain small are further important issues. How business size can be measured, types of business organization, business objectives, and stakeholder objectives are the concluding topics.

2. People in business

  • The focus is the functional area of human resources and includes the importance and methods of motivating a workforce. How businesses are organized and managed and the methods of recruitment, selection, and training of employees are also considered.

  • Finally, the section covers the importance and methods of effective internal and external communication.

3. Marketing

  • This section includes the role of marketing, the distinctions between niche and mass markets and the techniques of market segmentation. The methods and importance of market research are covered.

  • The central role of the marketing mix, i.e. the four Ps, is made clear. Marketing strategies to influence consumer decisions at home and in new foreign markets are the final topics in this section.

4. Operations management

  • The focus is on the functional area of production and includes the meaning and methods of production and how productivity can be increased. The different costs of production and break-even analysis are covered.
  • The section concludes with the importance and methods of achieving quality in the production process and location decisions of businesses.

5. Financial information and decisions

  • This finance and accounting section covers the need for and sources of business finance, cash-flow forecasting, and working capital.
  • Simple income statements are covered as well as statements of financial position and the analysis of accounts including why and how accounts are used.

6. External influences on business activity

  • This section focuses on different external influences on business activity and how these impact on a business. It includes government influences on economic, environmental and ethical issues and how they impact on the functional areas of businesses.

  • In addition, the international economy including globalization and its effects on businesses and governments, multinational businesses and exchange rates are important issues.

  • Legal constraints are an external influence to be considered but these influences are covered in the relevant functional areas above, as well as in this last section. 

Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry (9-1) 0971

Candidates study the following topics:

1. The particulate nature of matter

2. Experimental techniques

3. Atoms, elements and compounds

4. Stoichiometry

5. Electricity and chemistry

6. Chemical energetics

7. Chemical reactions

8. Acids, bases and salts

9. The Periodic Table

10. Metals

11. Air and water

12. Sulfur

13. Carbonates

14. Organic chemistry 

Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (0500)

Content overview

  • Cambridge IGCSE First Language English offers candidates the opportunity to respond with understanding to a rich array of reading texts during the course as a whole. Candidates will use these texts to inform and inspire their own writing and write in a range of text types for different purposes and audiences.

  • Candidates will develop both their speaking and their listening skills, delivering a presentation, and responding to questions and engaging in conversations.

  • Candidates are encouraged to become appreciative and critical readers, writers, speakers
    and listeners. 

Cambridge IGCSE Geography (0460)

The syllabus is divided into three themes:

Theme 1: Population and settlement

Theme 2: The natural environment

Theme 3: Economic development.

The themes are designed to develop an understanding of natural and human environments 

Cambridge IGCSE History (0470)

All candidates study all the Core Content in either:

Option A

The nineteenth-century: the development of modern nation-states, 1848–1914

The content focuses on the following Key Questions:

• Were the Revolutions of 1848 important?

• How was Italy unified?

• How was Germany unified?

• Why was there a civil war in the United States and what were its results?

• Why, and with what effects, did Europeans expand their overseas empires in the nineteenth century?

• What caused the First World War?


Option B

The twentieth century: international relations since 1919

The content focuses on the following Key Questions:

• Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?

• To what extent was the League of Nations a success?

• Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?

• Who was to blame for the Cold War?

• How effectively did the United States contain the spread of Communism?

• How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?

• Why did events in the Gulf matter, c.1970–2000?

In addition, all candidates must also study at least one of the following Depth Studies:

• The First World War, 1914–18

• Germany, 1918–45

• Russia, 1905–41

• The United States, 1919–41

• China, c.1930–c.1990

• South Africa, c.1940–c.1994

• Israelis and Palestinians since 1945 

Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics (0580)

Content Overview

Candidates may follow either the Core curriculum or the Extended curriculum. Candidates aiming for grades A* to C should follow the Extended curriculum.

All candidates will study the following topics:

1 Number

2 Algebra and graphs

3 Geometry

4 Mensuration

5 Coordinate geometry

6 Trigonometry

7 Matrices and transformations

8 Probability

9 Statistics 

Cambridge IGCSE Physics (0625)

Candidates study the following topics:

1. General physics

2. Thermal physics

3 Properties of waves, including light and sound

4 Electricity and magnetism

5 Atomic physics 

Cambridge IGCSE Physical Education (0413)

Content Overview

  • The syllabus provides candidates with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. It is also designed to foster enjoyment in physical activity.

  • The knowledge gained should enable candidates to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance.

Candidates will study all of the following topics:

1: Anatomy and physiology

2: Health, fitness, and training

3: Skill acquisition and psychology

4: Social, cultural and ethical influences

  • Candidates will also undertake four different physical activities chosen from at least two of the seven categories listed in section 6.2. Physical activities make a significant contribution to syllabus aims and objectives, serving as a source of material to facilitate learning.

Cambridge IGCSE Science - Combined (0653)

Content Overview

  • The syllabus content that follows is divided into three sections: Biology (B1–B12), Chemistry (C1–C12) and Physics (P1–P6). Candidates must study all three sections.

  • Candidates can either follow the Core syllabus only, or they can follow the Extended syllabus which includes both the Core and the Supplement. Candidates aiming for grades A* to C should follow the Extended syllabus.

  • It is important that, throughout this course, teachers should make candidates aware of the relevance of the concepts studied in everyday life, and to the natural and man-made worlds.


B1. Characteristics of living organisms

B2. Cells

B3. Biological molecules

B4. Enzymes

B5. Plant nutrition

B6. Animal nutrition

B7. Transport

B8. Gas exchange and respiration

B9. Coordination and response

B10. Reproduction

B11. Organisms and their environment

B12. Human influences on ecosystems


C1. The particulate nature of matter

C2. Experimental techniques

C3. Atoms, elements and compounds

C4. Stoichiometry

C5. Electricity and chemistry

C6. Energy changes in chemical reactions

C7. Chemical reactions

C8. Acids, bases and salts

C9. The Periodic Table

C10. Metals

C11. Air and water

C12. Organic chemistry


P1. Motion

P2. Work, energy and power

P3. Thermal Physics

P4. Properties of waves, including light and sound

P5. Electrical quantities

P6. Electric circuits. 

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