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Cambridge IGCSE – One year pathway at Chantemerle

Cambridge IGCSE – A Broad and Balanced Curriculum in English

Is your child bilingual with a B1 level in English? Why not offer them the opportunity to take the internationally recognized International GCSE ? The IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is based on the UK GCSE programme, but is tailored to a more internationally orientated group of students. 

IGCSEs is the most popular international qualification in the world for 14-16 year olds. It is suitable for learners whose first language is not English. It provides both clear evidence of a bilingual education and excellent language skills. Whether your child chooses to continue their studies towards the IB Diploma or A levels, we believe that the IGCSE programme is the ideal springboard for advanced study in English. 

At Chantemerle, the IGCSE programme is offered in 1 or 2 years and covers the following subjects: (for more information)


Three levels are covered by the diploma : English as 1st language designed for learners whose first language is English. English as 2nd language is for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language, English (as an additional language) enables learners to develop practical language skills and build their confidence in communicating in English.

Chemistry or physics

Chemistry covers several topics including atoms and molecules, stoichiometry, chemical energetics, chemical reactions, acids and bases, organic chemistry. Physics covers General and thermal physics, properties of waves, including light and sound, electricity and magnetism, atomic physics. 


This syllabus is designed for students who are learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

Other classes available

In addition, students will have the possibility to have classes in Arts, Computers and Sport.


An essential subject for all learners, Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a strong basis for more advanced study. The syllabus covers numbers and algebra, shape and space, probability and statistics.

Business studies

Business Studies syllabus develops learners’ understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence.

Optional 3rd Language

Students can also choose German or Spanish as a 3rd language.

Why choose the IGCSE One-Year Pathway at Chantemerle ?


You are looking for a fully validated program that allows your child to study abroad and return home with no interruption in his/her studies. Chantemerle is accredited by the Cambridge International Examination Board.


You would like to give the opportunity to your child to discover a new culture and to live an unforgettable experience in a boarding school with a rich programme of sports, artistic and cultural activities.

ENGLISH immersion

Your child plans to study the IB Diploma or the A-Levels qualification and he/she needs to boost his/her confidence in English. Alternatively, you are interested in sending your child for one term of English immersion at Chantemerle without taking the IGCSE exam.

Personalized family environment

Beautiflly located in nature, close to Montreux and Lausanne, Chantemerle offers a nurturing, healthy and safe boarding school environment. 

For more information about the one-year Cambridge IGCSE pathway at Chantemerle, please contact Mrs Katia Stanek-Gora or download the information sheet here.