This is another of my exercise in exploring options in homeschooling with fixed curriculum. I thought of exploring as to how to go about homeschooling with IGCSE option.
This led me to CIE/IGCSE India homepage (CIE stands for Cambridge International Examinations) and their contact details page
Here is what I wrote –
To: Rakesh Konjengbam (email@example.com)
Subject: IGCSE for Mumbai
I am not sure whether you are the correct person to address my query, so please forward to appropriate person if that seems to be the case. I am based in Mumbai and have a son who is going to be two this year. Someone suggested that my child could take IGCSE studies as curriculum for independent study at home and give examinations at your centres.
If this information is correct, can you please give me more details as regards to age of joining, curriculum, centres (if available in Mumbai & Pune and other places) and other info as well as contact person details. I have visited your CIE website but info as regards to my above queries could not be found.
And here is the reply –
Our qualifications are grouped as follows:
1. Cambridge Primary (CIPP): 5 – 11 years
2. Cambridge Secondary 1 (Lower Secondary/Checkpoint): 11- 14 years
3. Cambridge Secondary 2 (IGCSE/O level): 14 – 16 years
4. Cambridge Advanced (AS/A level): 16 – 19 years
IGCSE is actually the 10 standard qualification, so to say, you have another 13 years to decide. Further since your son is only 2 years old you wont be able to enrol for the primary qualification yet. Also home schooling would only be recommended for the IGCSE and the AS/A level. Details of our qualifications are available on our website. Also we have got about 250 registered schools across India.
Rakesh Konjengbam (Regional Representative)
University of Cambridge International Examinations
4381/4 Ansari Road Darya Ganj New Delhi – 110 002
I also put up a similar query on the Homeschooling mailing lists I am subscribed to –
Can anyone help with how does one homeschool with IGCSE syllabus. Please explain from beginning as I don’t know anything about it. I am not even sure whether I understand what IGCSE exactly is. Like how to do it in Mumbai ? From what age ? Your experience if you are doing it, etc. I tried to find about the same from their CIE website but there is no specific info as regards to home study and taking up external exams. Any help or discussion would be appreciated.
I got an excellent response from Sandhya who also shared an earlier response from Manas. I am reproducing relevant texts below.
The British Council, Kolkota allows private candidates after the age of 14. Some subjects cannot be taken as a private candidate like subjects which need year long assessing. There is no specific information on homeschooling. But the syllabus for each subject is given (for exams upto 2012 right now) and the student has to prepare accordingly. Sample question papers are also available. We use the net and different reference books. We also borrow books for the British Council Library.
Your can appear for the IGCSE exams as a private candidate. IGCSE is conducted by two boards: Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel. For the exams, you can either go through an IGCSE school (as a private candidate) or take the exams at the British Council in Kolkata (that’s the only CIE exam center in India). The first step is to select the subjects based on interest and coursework requirement. Some subjects have a coursework component that private candidates cannot submit. You need certificates in five subjects in IGCSE (class 10) to be eligible to appear for the GCE A Level (class 12).
Once you’ve decided the subjects and the year for the exams (currently syllabus is available till 2012), you should click on the Resources tab on each subject’s page to see the student resources available. There are books and Websites listed and CIE-endorsed material is indicated. Most IGCSE books are available at Flipkart in India.
For the exams, you have to submit an application form (usually in Jan for the May-June exams). Each subject has a CIE fee of 35.30 pounds and a British Council fee of Rs. 3,000. So, if your child takes five subjects, the total is about Rs. 27,000. The new books cost between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1000. So the overall cost will work out in the range of Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000.
So I guess at this juncture, this much research is more than enough for me. Here are some important links
- CIE/IGCSE India homepage