Why choose Cambridge IGCSEs/O Levels?


Do you want qualifications that can open doors around the world?

IGCSEs are the world’s most popular international qualifications for 14 to 16-year-olds. They are your gateway to higher education or professional studies in your home country or overseas. Cambridge O Level is an internationally recognised qualification equivalent to Cambridge IGCSE and the UK GCSE.

They can help you:

  • get a place at college or university at home or abroad
  • find better career opportunities
  • pass the language tests for emigrating or studying in another country*
  • develop skills that help you lead a more exciting and successful life 

The British Council helps more than two million people take international exams every year. We can offer you support and guidance – from choosing subjects to exam registration. 

*For example, achieving a Grade C in IGCSE English is often enough to satisfy the language requirements for some universities in English-speaking nations.

Find out how to register for Cambridge IGCSEs and O Levels. 

What to expect

The British Council makes the whole exam process more straightforward. After all, we help two million people take international exams every year. Here are some things you should know about IGCSEs and O Levels.

The course

IGCSEs and O Levels usually take two years to complete. Assessment ranges from written to oral tests, as well as practical exams and coursework.

Choosing subjects

You can choose from more than 70 different subjects – from maths to English.

Ability range

The IGCSE core curriculum is suitable for students who expect to achieve grades C to G.  An extended curriculum offers more challenging content for students aiming for grades A* to C.

O Level grades are benchmarked using six internationally recognised grades, from A* to E, which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement.


We can help you access high-quality exam preparation materials, including the British Council’s GCSEPod, as well as examination board study guides, past papers, online apps and other resources. 

Get study tips and advice.

Grades and marking

Your results are assessed using internationally-recognised A* to G grades (A* to E for O Level). The exam papers are all marked centrally in the UK.

What next?

An IGCSE/O Level can be your first step toward further education, such as A- and AS-levels or even university placements.

Find out more about A-levels.


For the full list of available subjects, please see the relevant page on the Cambridge International Exams website:

Please note, the following subjects are not available to British Council Private candidates:


  • Agriculture (0600)  
  • Art and Design  (0600)   
  • Child Development (0637)   
  • Design & Technology (0445)
  • Drama (0411)
  • First Language English (0522)  
  • Food & Nutrition (0648) 
  • Global Perspectives (0457) 
  • India Studies (0447)
  • Mathematics -with coursework (0581)
  • Music (0410)
  • Physical Education (0413)
  • Twenty-First Century Science (0608)
  • World Literature (0408)   

O Level

  • Agriculture (5038)
  • CDT: Design and Communication (7048)
  • Design and Technology (6043)   
  • Fashion and Fabrics (6050)       
  • Food & Nutrition(6065)

How to register

The British Council can help you with every step of the registration process. We will handle all of the paperwork, make sure you complete the right forms – and let you know about any deadlines or registration fees.

Find out how to register for IGCSEs/O Levels.