International english course with IGCSE
IGCSE (INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION) is employed by schools in over 100 countries as an academically rigorous assessment of subject knowledge and skills through the medium of English. These schools range in type. They include leading International Schools, those which provide an education fully in the language of English and those, like Galvani, which work in a bilingual environment. By developing contextualised English skills IGCSE fulfils many of the requirements of the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) initiative encouraged and sponsored by the European Commission’s New Framework Strategy for Multilingualism Section II.3 (22 November 2005).
The Liceo Galvani is uniquely placed to offer both an Italian and British-style educational experience at secondary school level. It was the first Italian state school to offer I.G.C.S.E. courses and to be accredited as an official examinations centre by Cambridge International Examinations. Although there are 1300 I.G.C.S.E. accredited schools in over 100 countries, these are in primarily English-speaking areas. It provides a broad study programme across a wide range of subject areas. Within the curriculum there is a balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge. With a choice of Core and Extended papers in most subjects, the Cambridge IGCSE is suitable for students with different levels of ability.
The Cambridge IGCSE is an internally based curriculum, allowing teaching to be placed in a localised context. It is also suitable for students whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. In our school it has been designed to fit in the ‘Liceo Scientifico Brocca: Teaching is carried out by a mother-tongue teacher in the presenceof an Italian teacher, for one hour a week for each subject. Students sit for their seven exams in English (plus FCE) during their five year course as follows:
group 1 (Languages) English / French
group 2 (Humanities and Social Sciences) Geography
group 3 (Sciences): Biology / Physics
group 4 (Mathematics): Maths
group 5 (Creative, Technical and Vocational): Art and Photography
Liceo Galvani achieves a 69.7% pass rate. It is a performance superior to British students in the parallel national examination in the UK.
The IGCSE has been designed for 14–16 year olds. Students who obtain an IGCSE qualification from Cambridge are prepared for further academic success, including progression to A and AS Level study. Cambridge IGCSE is recognised as evidence of ability by academic institutions and employers around the world.
The University of Bologna grants up to five extra credits to holders of I.G.C.S.E. and First Certificate qualifications, depending on the faculties. Worldwide, these certificates are recognized by over 150 universities as well as by major employers. Overall, they represent an impressive addition to a secondary school student’s curriculum vitae.
Università Bocconi in Milan awards credits to Galvani students as well.