28 July 2011
We are seeing the fastest ever rate of growth for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge Pre-U in the UK as schools move away from modular examinations.
UK school examination entries for Cambridge IGCSE are up 106% on last year. This follows the June 2010 decision to fund Cambridge IGCSE subjects in state schools and their subsequent inclusion in league tables and the EBac.
Around 550 UK state and independent schools are teaching Cambridge IGCSE including more than 200 UK state schools that have moved to the qualification.
Cambridge Pre-U is also growing rapidly. 148 schools are teaching Cambridge Pre-U, up from 101 in 2010. Fifty percent more schools entered candidates (90 up from 60 in 2010) in the 2011 examination series.
Chief Executive, Ann Puntis, said: ‘The growth we are seeing is proof that schools are not waiting for Department for Education policy to be fine-tuned before they act. Schools are moving to linear qualifications in record numbers.
‘We understand education and we are very experienced at smoothing the transition to linear programmes. We are talking to more schools that want to start teaching Cambridge Pre-U and Cambridge IGCSE in September. They know we can get them set up very quickly.'
The benefits of linear programmes include: