How to choose your subjects at IGCSE level?

Choosing your subjects at IGCSE level is the first major step you take as a learner in deciding your educational future. Choosing the right IGCSE subjects will have subsequent impacts on the A-Level courses available to you, and the Universities that you can apply to. However the choice isn’t always as easy as working your way backwards from your ideal university course (if you’re lucky enough to already know what you want to study!). There are various exam boards, who each offer a huge amount of subjects. Additionally, each school will offer different options, and your own individual preferences might change over time too. It’s very difficult for students and parents alike to know where to start, which is why we put together this guide to help you choose your subjects at IGCSE level.


Think about your education objective

The first place to start when deciding how to choose your subjects at IGCSE level is what you want to be studying at A-Level and University. For most A Levels, you’ll need to have studied the same subject at IGCSE. SImilarly, if you already have an idea of which university course or institution you’d like to attend, then you should check their requirements too. For example, if you want to study medicine, then you’ll almost certainly need to have studied maths, biology, physics and chemistry at IGCSE level.


Focus on your interests and strengths


Thinking about future ambition is important, but equally important is thinking about your current situation. It’s important that you have a passion for the subjects you pick, as you’ll have to commit to studying it for two years.

It’s also helpful to consider whether you have the skills to succeed in your chosen course. It’s important to check the course requirements and make sure that their method of assessment (coursework, exams or practical assessments) matches your skill sets.


Don’t forget the compulsory subjects!


As discussed, depending on your A-Level and University ambitions, there will be subjects you really should strongly consider. But depending on the institution you attend, there might be IGCSE subjects that are actually compulsory. Usually this means both Maths and English will be subjects you’ll have to learn to love. In terms of science, depending on what your school offers and your academic ability, you’ll either have to take double science (a combination of Physics, Chemistry and BIology in one course that delivers two grades), or each subject individually as 3 separate subjects with 3 separate grades.


Try a range of disciplines


In addition to the compulsory subjects, it’s good to choose a range of subjects from different disciplines like humanities, arts, languages and technical subjects. This means that inbetween choosing your subjects at IGCSE and going to University, you have the scope to explore and safely change your mind. At Brave Generation Academy for example we offer Business Studies, Geography, Sociology, and Travel & Tourism as optional courses to give students a diverse range of practical and academic subjects.


Pick the right amount

At an absolute minimum, you’ll need passing grades in at least 5 subjects to move onto A-Level or for most entry level jobs. But keep in mind that most elite institutions are highly competitive and often look at IGCSE results to separate potential students. This means that you should aim for studying (and passing) between 9 – 14 subjects!



Brave Generation Academy


We offer a range of IGCSEs from Pearson Edexcel, AQA and CIE. Our courses are specifically designed to help learners master the knowledge, skills and real life competences they need to self-direct their own learning from IGCSE level and beyond. To learn more, contact us by email or online.

January 6, 2021, Cascais

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