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IGCSE Programme

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Programme - an evolving, globally relevant educational opportunity.


The IGCSE Programme is administered by the University Of Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE). The IGCSE Programme is recognized world-wide; with over 9000 schools in 160 countries offering the Cambridge qualifications. The IGCSE has always emphasized adding value within a national context whilst also contributing to internationalism. The focus is on safeguarding distinctive cultural identity through specific language and literature syllabi, 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.


IGCSE Key Features of the Programme


  • 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.




  • Confident in working with information and ideas - their own and those of others
  • Responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • Reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • Innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • Engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference




  • Subject content
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations
  • Intellectual enquiry
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • Influencing outcomes
  • Cultural awareness.



For more details about the IGCSE programme, visit: www.cambridgeinternational.org


The IGCSE Curriculum in DAIS


The IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) Programme at DAIS, one of the leading IGCSE schools in Mumbai, is administered by CAIE (Cambridge Assessment International Education). In the two-year IGCSE programme at DAIS, Classes IX and X students study a range of subjects that are exciting and challenging. It helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem-solving. The holistic and experiential nature of learning balances knowledge, understanding and skills, and ensures that students are well-prepared for the IB Diploma and other pre-university programmes.




In Class VIII, which is a preparatory year, students study academic subjects that prepare them for the IGCSE programme, ranging from First Language English, Second Languages like Hindi , French and Spanish , Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics, along with optional subjects like Drama, Art and Computer Studies. It is complemented by the Macquarie University-designed, inter-disciplinary 'Big History' project offered in Class VIII, to develop critical thinking and research skills. Students will be required to study Marathi as a compulsory Third Language.


The following are the subject Choices for Classes IX and X.


Group 1 (Compulsory) Group 2 (Compulsory) Group 3 (Any one) Group 4 (Mathematics) Group 5 (Creative, Technical & Vocational)
First Language English World Literature
Global Perspectives
Physics Chemistry
and Biology
(all 3)
or Co-ordinated Sciences
International Mathematics Art & Design
Business Studies
Computer Science
Physical Education(optional)
A Foreign Language (French or Spanish) or a Second Language (Hindi) Geography and/or History Additional Mathematics (optional)


Students in Classes IX and X will normally select between 10 subjects. They will all study First Language English and French, Spanish or Hindi from Group 1; World Literature and Global Perspectives (compulsory subjects) from Group 2 and International Mathematics from Group 4. If they choose Split Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) from Group 3, they will choose a subject each from Group 2 (History or Geography) and 5. They may choose 2 Sciences so that they are able to opt for both History and Geography. While, normally, students will take 10 subjects in the IGCSE, in exceptional circumstances they will take 9 subjects. Additional Mathematics taught outside the school hours may be allowed as a 11th subject.


In addition, students must also choose from a range of sporting and non-sporting activities. Such co-curricular experiences help them to develop a well-rounded personality.


The IGCSE Assessment


The IGSCE Assessment DAIS


Assessment techniques are based on Criterion referencing and go beyond just knowledge recall. It emphasizes


  • Accessibility to candidates of widely differing abilities.
  • Student's ability to use and apply knowledge appropriately,
  • Handling information and using it to solve problems.
  • Acquiring experimental and investigative skills.


What is Criterion referencing?


  • a student works to reach his/her highest standard,
  • a student is awarded a Grade based on the quality of his/her work irrespective of what others may have done,
  • getting top grades is within the reach of many - in theory of all.

Assessment techniques are used appropriate to the various subjects, such as oral and listening tests, practical's, project work, performance and course work as well as conventional written exams


Developing the whole personality


Through a stimulating classroom environment and high levels of student engagement, the programme empowers students to build on their own learning styles. In doing so, the curriculum actively supports discussion-based learning and hands-on activities, and embeds innovative approaches to learning across all subjects. In addition, the co-curricular activities and service initiatives are integral to student life, nurturing self-aware individuals who are responsible towards themselves and the community. DAIS recognizes that education synthesizes academic, emotional, social, personal and intellectual aspects of student's personalities through activities in class and outside and recognizes the integral role these play in understanding the social, natural and environmental world the students live in. The students engage in experiential learning beyond the Class room through school service activities, overseas exchange programs (like ISTA), subject specific educational trips for Model United Nations (MUN) and Round Square (RS). These encourage students to experience and appreciate other cultural contexts and broaden their world view. Range of activities ensure both physical and intellectual stimulations - ranging from SLA and Ski Camps to robotics and Science Fairs. The aim is to build a self-aware as well as responsible individual who later strides the world with empathy, confidence as well as responsibility towards self and the larger community.


Non Sporting Co Curricular Sporting Co Curricular
Art Animation


Woodwork Basketball
Pottery Football
Theatre Table Tennis
Perspective (School Newsletter) Volleyball
Insignia (School Magazine) Chess
Cookery Jazz Dancing
Model United Nations Rugby
Science Club Taekwondo
Foreign Language Clubs  
Tuesdays- 3-4 PM Fridays- 3-4 PM

Student Well Being


The teacher student ratio as well as the active participation of Student Care Department goes a long way in ensuring that the delivery of the curriculum is supported by an understanding of the distinctive learning styles of each student. The student is at the heart of everything we do and we embrace the individuality of every learner by providing a nurturing and supportive learning environment.


Social and emotional learning of students as well as growth of a positive personality is the focus of the PSHE (Physical Social Health Education). PSHE classes are held on a weekly basis addressing issues of health and wellbeing, relationships and understanding of the wide world. Individual counseling services can be accessed by students requiring one on one emotional and social support.


The Student Care Department includes a Learning Support Team with well qualified professionals to guide and maximize the performance of students with special needs. This Team actively communicates with CAIE to grant concessions in examination condition to students with special needs thus ensuring the learner is not disadvantaged.


Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint Class VIII


The tests are held in Term II of Grade 8 and are marked by Cambridge to provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools detailed information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive. They are available in English, Mathematics and Science, and give valuable feedback on learner's strengths and weaknesses to facilitate smooth transition of students to Class 9 and 10.


College Counseling and Cialfo, PSAT and PACT


Sessions held in Grades 9 and 10 with College Counselling Department go a long way in building awareness of courses and universities to help students plan their future academic careers in an informed manner. The school provides training on CIALFO, which is a platform that students and parents use to ease the process of universities research and applications. PSAT and PACT Exams can be opted for in the first term of Grade 10 which help students to gauge their skills for standardized tests. The IGCSE students can access College Counseling of the School for consultation regarding choice of subjects in the IB or any other High School Program that they will opt for.


The School time is as under

Classes VIII to X
(on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
8.15 am to 3:00 pm
Classes VIII to X
(on Tuesdays and Fridays)
8:15 am to 4:00 pm