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Saturday, November 26th, was a day for NLCS Jeju to be proud. Our Year 12 students received the IGCSE certification. This group of students was particularly special for our school. These young men and women represent the first students who started in Year 7, in 2011, and it is therefore a landmark year, that these students are the first to complete their secondary education all the way through the senior school since NLCS Jeju was founded.
Most students within an English international education follow two year IGCSE courses within Years 10 and 11. These certificates are externally validated, national diploma equivalent qualifications for 17 year olds. In fact, the IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 16 to 17 year olds. Some 10,000 schools in over 160 countries sit 6 million test papers per year.
The IGCSE is for many their first public examination, where their knowledge and expertise is assessed alongside other students worldwide. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and as such could be considered an international passport to progression and success.
For many students, it is the milestone on the step towards IB qualification and beyond. For the first time students have had to produce coursework and develop academic writing, as they start to find their interests and passions, and hopefully their springboard to future success.