Why Choose Cambridge?

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is part of the University of Cambridge. We prepare school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.

Our programmes set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, are rooted in academic rigour, and provide a strong platform for progression. Over 10 000 schools in 160 countries work with us to prepare nearly a million learners for their future with an international education from Cambridge.

Cambridge learners

Cambridge programmes and qualifications develop not only subject knowledge but also skills. We encourage Cambridge learners to be:

  • confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.

Recognition

Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. It provides a solid foundation for moving on to higher level studies. Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/recognition

Why Cambridge International Advanced?

Cambridge International AS and A Levels are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. The syllabuses provide opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to suit a wide variety of schools, avoid cultural bias and develop essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking and problem-solving.

Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our qualifications to enable candidates to become effective learners and to provide a solid foundation for their continuing educational journey. Cambridge International AS and A Levels give learners building blocks for an individualised curriculum that develops their knowledge, understanding and skills.

Cambridge International Advanced Accounting encourages learners to explore their subject in depth. The syllabus has been designed, in consultation with teachers and universities, to help learners develop not only subject knowledge, but also a strong understanding of some of the key concepts that are critical to mastering the subject.

Cambridge International AS and A Level curricula are flexible. It is possible to offer almost any combination from a wide range of subjects. Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course, and Cambridge International AS Level is typically one year. Some subjects can be started as a Cambridge International AS Level and extended to a Cambridge International A Level.

Why Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint?

Cambridge Secondary 1 combines a world-class curriculum with high-quality support for teachers and integrated assessment. The curriculum is dedicated to helping schools develop learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. Cambridge Secondary 1 develops skills and understanding in English (including English as a second language), Mathematics and Science for learners typically aged 11–14.

Cambridge Secondary 1 English

For Cambridge Secondary 1 English, the curriculum promotes an enquiry-based approach to learning to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. The curriculum is presented in five content areas or ‘strands’. These are further divided into ‘substrands’. The five strands and substrands are:

Phonics, spelling and vocabulary

Grammar and punctuation

  • Reading
  • Writing

Reading

  • Fiction and poetry
  • Non-fiction

Writing

  • Fiction and poetry
  • Nonfiction

Speaking and listening

Cambridge Secondary 1 Mathematics

For Cambridge Secondary 1 Mathematics, the curriculum is presented in six content areas or ‘strands’. These are further divided into ‘substrands’. The six strands and substrands are:

Number

Integers, powers and roots
Place value, ordering and rounding
Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion
Calculation

Algebra

Expressions, equations and formulae
Sequences, functions and graphs

Geometry

  • Shapes and geometric reasoning
  • Position and movement

Measure

  • Length, mass and capacity
  • Times and rates of change
  • Area, perimeter and volume

Handling data

  • Planning and collecting data
  • Processing and presenting data
  • Interpreting and discussing results
  • Probability

Problem solving

  • Using techniques and skills in solving mathematical problems
  • Using understanding and strategies in solving problems.

The first five content areas are all underpinned by Problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also a key part of the Number content. Together, these two areas form a progressive step preparing students for entry onto IGCSE level courses. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 Mathematics curriculum framework provides a solid foundation on which the later stages of education can be built.

Cambridge Secondary 1 Science

For Cambridge Secondary 1 Science, the curriculum is presented in four content areas or ‘strands’. These are further divided into ‘substrands’. The four strands and substrands are:

Scientific enquiry

  • Ideas and evidence
  • Plan investigative work
  • Obtain and present evidence
  • Consider evidence and approach

Biology

  • Plants
  • Humans as organisms
  • Cells and organisms
  • Living things in their environment
  • Variation and classification

Chemistry

  • States of matter
  • Material properties
  • Material changes
  • The Earth

Physics

  • Forces and motion
  • Energy
  • The Earth and beyond

The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing con dence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated. The Cambridge Secondary 1 Science curriculum framework provides a solid foundation for further stages of education such as Cambridge IGCSE.

Age: 11 to 13
Equivalent Grade: 7/8/9
Start date: January
Recommended Course length: 1-3 years
Hours per week: 30+

Why choose Cambridge IGCSE?

Cambridge IGCSEs are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. The syllabuses provide opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to suit a wide variety of schools, avoid cultural bias and develop essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking and problem-solving.

Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our programmes and qualifications to enable students to become effective learners and to provide a solid foundation for their continuing educational journey.

Through our professional development courses and our support materials for Cambridge IGCSEs, we provide the tools to enable teachers to prepare learners to the best of their ability and work with us in the pursuit of excellence in education.

Cambridge IGCSEs are considered to be an excellent preparation for Cambridge International AS and A Levels, the Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Group Award, Cambridge Pre-U, and other education programmes, such as the US Advanced Placement program and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.
Learn more about Cambridge IGCSEs at www.cie.org.uk/cambridgesecondary2

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Accounting?

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting is accepted by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of the theory and concepts of accounting, and the ways in which accounting is used in a variety of modern economic and business contexts.

Candidates focus on the skills of recording, reporting, presenting and interpreting nancial information; these form an ideal foundation for further study, and for a future career within the profession.

Prior learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Accounting previously.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Accounting are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level Accounting, or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans?

Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans as a Second Language is recognised by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the language. The syllabus is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The qualification reiterates the widespread use of Afrikaans in education and commerce, and also in entertainment, throughout Southern Africa.

Learners will learn how to use Afrikaans effectively in the type of situations, and Afrikaans-speaking environments, they will encounter in their daily lives. The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.

Prior learning

Candidates beginning 0548 Afrikaans as a Second Language are expected to have had prior contact with Afrikaans at school and/or in their community.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable learners to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans as a Second Language are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS Afrikaans Language and Cambridge International A Level Afrikaans, or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Biology?

Cambridge IGCSE Biology is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the biology syllabus enables learners to:

  • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
  • recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
  • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
  • better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
  • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course should have achieved an equivalent level of general education.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C for this qualification are well prepared to follow courses leading to Level 3 AS and A Level GCE Biology, Cambridge Pre-U Biology, IB Certificates in Biology or the Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology.

Assessment at a glance

All candidates must enter for three papers.

Why study Cambridge Business Studies?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies is accepted by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of business concepts and techniques across a range of different types of businesses. Learners will be able to:

  • understand different forms of business organisations, the environments in which businesses operate and business functions such as marketing, operations and nance
  • appreciate the role of people in business success. They will also gain lifelong skills, including:
  • the ability to calculate and interpret business data
  • communication skills needed to support arguments with reasons
  • the ability to analyse business situations and reach decisions or judgements. Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Business.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry?

Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the chemistry syllabus enables learners to:

  • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
  • recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
  • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
  • better understand the in uence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
  • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course should have achieved an equivalent level of general education.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C for this qualification are well prepared to follow courses leading to Level 3 AS and A Level GCE Chemistry, Cambridge Pre-U Chemistry, IB Certi cates in Chemistry or the Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Economics?

Cambridge IGCSE Economics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of economics. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Economics candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

  • an understanding of economic theory, terminology and principles
  • the ability to apply the tools of economic analysis
  • the ability to distinguish between facts and value judgements in economic issues
  • an understanding of, and an ability to use, basic economic numeracy and literacy
  • the ability to take a greater part in decision-making processes in everyday life
  • an understanding of the economies of developed and developing nations
  • an excellent foundation for advanced study in economics.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied economics previously.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Economics are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics, or the equivalent.

Why choose Cambridge IGCSE First Language English?

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose mother tongue is English. The course allows learners to:

  • develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing
  • learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners who are beginning this course should have a level in English equivalent to First Language competence.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSEs are general qualifications that enable learners to progress directly to employment or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C in Cambridge IGCSE First Language English are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language, or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE English Literature?

Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) offers learners the opportunity to read, interpret, evaluate and respond to a range of literature in English. The range includes drama, prose and poetry from the works of Shakespeare to contemporary literature. This course enables learners to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ways in which writers use English to express meaning and achieve effects. Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) will stimulate learners to read for pleasure, to explore wider and universal issues, promoting a better understanding of themselves and the world.
Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of literature in English.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously studied an English curriculum such as that of the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme, the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study within the National Curriculum for England, or equivalent national educational frameworks.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable learners to progress directly to employment, or to proceed to further quali cations in another subject area or at a higher level, requiring more speci c knowledge, understanding and skills.
Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C in Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level English, International Baccalaureate Certificates in English or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management?

Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of issues concerning sustainable development and how the Earth’s resources are used. Students studying this syllabus:

  • draw upon disciplines such as biology, Earth science, geography, economics and anthropology
  • consider the interdependence of the Earth’s natural systems and how people use natural resources
  • examine the impact of development on the environment considering issues such as environmental pollution and resource depletion
  • explore ways in which we may change the nature of future development to make it more sustainable.

Environmental Management is concerned not only with the impact of humankind on the planet but also with the patterns of human behaviour necessary to preserve and manage the environment in a self-sustaining way. Study is linked to the areas of new thinking in environmental management, environmental economics and the quest for alternative technologies. Classroom studies and optional coursework allow candidates to obtain a local as well as a global perspective.
Environmental Management recognises that human behaviour towards the environment is guided by the survival needs, perceptions and values of people. Underlying the syllabus there is a recognition that cultural, social and political attitudes directly in uence the economy of nature. A core principle of the syllabus is that sustainability will only be achieved by changes in the ways in which people think and make decisions. A course in Environmental Management therefore calls upon young people to be participants in the future of their world.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Environmental Management previously.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.
Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS Level Environmental Management, or the equivalent.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE French Foreign Language?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.
The course encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:

  • the ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication
  • insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken
  • a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations
  • techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills
  • a sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior learning

We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a modern foreign languages curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework.

Recognition and Progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE foreign language syllabuses gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level in the same language.
Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Geography?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Successful Cambridge IGCSE Geography candidates develop lifelong skills, including:

  • an understanding of the processes which affect physical and human environments
  • an understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale
  • the ability to use and understand geographical data and information
  • an understanding of how communities around the world are affected and constrained by different environments.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a Geography curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework.

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Geography gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Geography.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE History?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Cambridge IGCSE History offers the opportunity to study world history from the nineteenth century
to the beginning of the twenty- rst century. It encourages learners to raise questions and to develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding in order to provide historical explanations. Learners will explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political, and are given the opportunity to:

  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about and understanding the past
  • explore historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
  • appreciate historical evidence and how to use it
  • gain a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships
  • learn how to present clear, logical arguments.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a history curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework.

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE History gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level History.
Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Information & Computer Technology?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:

  • understanding and using applications
  • using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to solve problems
  • analysing, designing, implementing, testing and evaluating ICT systems, ensuring that they are t for purpose
  • understanding the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses
  • awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments. Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop

the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior Learning

We do not expect learners starting this course to have previously studied ICT

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Information Technology.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Maths?

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE® syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.

Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics learners gain lifelong benefits, including:

  • the development of their mathematical knowledge
  • confidence, by developing a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships
  • an ability to consider and solve problems and present and interpret results
  • skills in communication and reasoning using mathematical concepts
  • a solid foundation for further study.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a mathematics curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework.

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Mathematics.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Physics?

Cambridge IGCSE Physics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the physics syllabus enables learners to:

  • better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
  • recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
  • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
  • better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
  • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.

Prior Learning

Other candidates beginning this course should have achieved an equivalent level of general education.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades A* to C for this qualification are well prepared to follow courses leading to Level 3 AS and A Level GCE Physics, Cambridge Pre-U Physics, IB Certificates in Physics or the Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics.

Why choose Cambridge IGCSE Travel and Tourism?

Cambridge IGCSE Travel and Tourism is designed to help meet the need for skilled and knowledgeable individuals in this rapidly diversifying industry. The intention of the syllabus is to provide a broad introduction to the travel and tourism industry and related ancillary service industries.

The syllabus develops practical skills across a range of working roles, as well as providing a global and local perspective on travel and tourism. Students gain an overview of the industry, and learn about popular destinations, customer care, working procedures, travel and tourism products and services, and marketing and promotion.

Through their studies, students will gain an understanding of the concepts, models and theories used within the industry, and also enhance their skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Travel and Tourism previously.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Travel and Tourism are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level Travel and Tourism, or the equivalent.

Age: 14 to 16
Equivalent Grade: 10/11
Start date: January
Recommended Course length: 2 years
Hours per week: 30+” 

Why Cambridge International Advanced?

Cambridge International AS and A Levels are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. The syllabuses provide opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to suit a wide variety of schools, avoid cultural bias and develop essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking and problem-solving.

Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our qualifications to enable candidates to become effective learners and to provide a solid foundation for their continuing educational journey. Cambridge International AS and A Levels give learners building blocks for an individualised curriculum that develops their knowledge, understanding and skills.

Cambridge International Advanced Accounting encourages learners to explore their subject in depth. The syllabus has been designed, in consultation with teachers and universities, to help learners develop not only subject knowledge, but also a strong understanding of some of the key concepts that are critical to mastering the subject.

Cambridge International AS and A Level curricula are flexible. It is possible to offer almost any combination from a wide range of subjects. Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course, and Cambridge International AS Level is typically one year. Some subjects can be started as a Cambridge International AS Level and extended to a Cambridge 

Why study Cambridge AS and A Levels Accounting?

The study of Cambridge International AS and A Level Accounting allows learners to take the first step towards a career in accountancy and business. With a good understanding of the subject, students can progress to a degree in a related field, or go on to study for the professional qualifications of one of the major accounting bodies.

About the syllabus

Cambridge learners will develop:

  • an understanding of how to plan, budget and manage financial resources
  • an ability to critically apply, analyse and evaluate accounting policies and practices
  • an understanding how to use accounting information to make viable business decisions
  • a solid foundation for further study.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Accounting provides a suitable foundation for the study of Accounting or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Accounting, or as part of a course of general education.

Cambridge International AS Level Accounting constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Accounting and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Accounting at Cambridge International A Level. Depending on local university entrance requirements, the AS Level may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Accounting or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in accounting, or as part of a course of general education.

Why study Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans?

Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans as a Second Language is recognised by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the language. The syllabus is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The quali cation re ects the widespread use of Afrikaans in education and commerce, and also in entertainment, throughout Southern Africa.

Learners will learn how to use Afrikaans effectively in the type of situations, and Afrikaans-speaking environments, they will encounter in their daily lives. The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.

Prior learning

Candidates beginning 0548 Afrikaans as a Second Language are expected to have had prior contact with Afrikaans at school and/or in their community.

Progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable learners to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.
Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Afrikaans as a Second Language are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS Afrikaans Language and Cambridge International A Level Afrikaans, or the equivalent.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology?

Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in biology, an in-depth knowledge of biology’s most important themes and strong practical skills. Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study.

Our learners also develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology, and communication and teamwork skills.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course, or the equivalent, in Biology or in Co-ordinated Science.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Biology provides a suitable foundation for the study of biology or related courses in higher education. It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in biological sciences, or as part of a course of general education.

Cambridge International AS Level Biology constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Biology and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of biology at Cambridge International A Level and then for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in biology or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in biology, or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS & A Level Business Studies?

The study of Cambridge International AS and A Level Business allows learners to take the first step towards a career in private or public organisations or progress with confidence to a degree in business and management related subjects.

About the syllabus

Cambridge learners will develop:

  • the capacity to analyse characteristics and activities of business organisations and how they respond to the changing demands of their environments
  • an understanding of how effective managers and leaders develop successful organisations in terms of customer focus and the products/services they offer
  • the opportunity to reflect on how successful business organisations engage in financial and accounting practices to maximise value for stakeholders value
  • development of knowledge that relates to strategic planning and decision-making to ensure business survival, change, and sustainable success
  • a solid foundation for further study.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied business previously.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Business provides a suitable foundation for the study of Business or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in business or management, or as part of a course of general education.

Cambridge International AS Level Business constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Business and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Business at Cambridge International A Level. Depending on local university entrance requirements, the AS Level may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Business or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in business or management, or as part of a course of general education.

Teachers and learners should take into account that, in some countries, universities advise that some combinations of subjects with similar content should be avoided where possible, for example Economics, Business and Accounting. Learners are advised to contact universities in advance of making decisions about subject combinations that include two or more of these subjects.

Why Study International AS and A Level Chemistry?

Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in chemistry, an in-depth knowledge of chemistry’s most important themes and strong practical skills. Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course, or the equivalent, in Chemistry or in Co-ordinated Science.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Chemistry provides a suitable foundation for the study of chemistry or related courses in higher education. It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in the chemical sciences, or as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS Level Chemistry constitutes the rst half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Chemistry and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Chemistry at Cambridge International A Level and then for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in chemistry
or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in science, or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science?

Cambridge International AS Level and A Level Computer Science are accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability.

This syllabus is designed to give greater flexibility both to teachers and to learners. It is envisaged that learners will use the skills and knowledge of computer science acquired through this course in one of three ways:

  • to provide a general understanding and perspective of the development of computer technology and systems, which will inform their decisions and support their participation in an increasingly technologically dependent society
  • to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment in areas that use computer science
  • to develop their knowledge and understanding of computer science through entry to higher education, where this qualification will provide a useful foundation for further study of computer science or more specialist aspects of computer science.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied computer science or ICT previously.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Computer Science provides a suitable foundation for the study of computer science or related courses in higher education. Equally, it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in computer science or ICT, or as part of a course of general education.

Cambridge International AS Level Computer Science constitutes the rst half of the Cambridge International A Level course in computer science and provides a suitable foundation for the study of computer science
at Cambridge International A Level and then for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Computer Science or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in computer science or ICT, or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics?

The study of Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics allows learners to explore concepts and theories which can be applied to the way that modern economies work.
Cambridge learners develop the ability to explain, evaluate and analyse economic issues and arguments. They gain lifelong skills and a solid foundation for further study.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied economics previously.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Economics provides a suitable foundation for the study of Economics or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS Level Economics constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Economics and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Economics at Cambridge International A Level and thence for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Economics or some other subjects. It is also suitable as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics 9708 syllabus Introduction
Teachers and learners should take into account that, in some countries, universities advise that some combinations of subjects with similar content should be avoided where possible, for example Economics, Business Studies and Accounting. Learners are advised to contact universities in advance of making decisions about subject combinations that include two or more of these subjects.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language & Literature?

Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding.

About the syllabus

Successful English Language learners develop an understanding and enjoyment of a wide variety of different texts, both written and spoken. They gain pleasure and awareness of how language works in different ways, for different purposes and for different audiences. In addition, they gain skills for life, including:

  • the ability to appreciate how different texts are shaped by their language and style
  • skills in creating their own imaginative and persuasive writing for different purposes and audiences
  • skills in researching, selecting and shaping information from different sources
  • the ability to analyse and compare written and spoken texts in close detail.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course in English Language, or Literature in English and should have a level of English equivalent to First Language English at IGCSE.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level English Language provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Language or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education.

Cambridge International A Level Literature in English provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Literature or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education.

Cambridge International AS Level English Language constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in English Language and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Language at Cambridge International A Level and thence for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in English, Humanities or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education.

Cambridge International AS Level Literature in English constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Literature in English and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Literature at Cambridge International A Level and thence for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in English, Humanities or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level English Literature?

Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding.

About the syllabus
Successful English Language learners develop an understanding and enjoyment of a wide variety of different texts, both written and spoken. They gain pleasure and awareness of how language works in different ways, for different purposes and for different audiences. In addition, they gain skills for life, including:

  • the ability to appreciate how different texts are shaped by their language and style
  • skills in creating their own imaginative and persuasive writing for different purposes and audiences
  • skills in researching, selecting and shaping information from different sources
  • the ability to analyse and compare written and spoken texts in close detail.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course in English Language, or Literature in English and should have a level of English equivalent to First Language English at IGCSE.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level English Language provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Language or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International A Level Literature in English provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Literature or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS Level English Language constitutes the rst half of the Cambridge International A Level course in English Language and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Language at Cambridge International A Level and thence for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in English, Humanities or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS Level Literature in English constitutes the rst half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Literature in English and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of English Literature at Cambridge International A Level and thence for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in English, Humanities or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study, or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS Level Environmental Management?

Cambridge International AS Level Environmental Management is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the key issues affecting the environment on a variety of scales. Through their study, candidates gain lifelong skills and awareness including:

  • a knowledge of environmental processes and the impacts of societies on the environment
  • the scienti c principles that underpin issues of sustainability and environmental management
  • the causes of key issues affecting the environment as well as possible ways of managing these
  • the pressures which impact on the environment and potential solutions to these.

The syllabus is designed to encourage learning through suitable case studies, both local and global. The syllabus provides a good foundation for further study of Environmental Science and Management or related subjects in higher education. It is suitable for candidates of various ages, backgrounds and nationalities and contributes towards general education and lifelong learning.
Candidates do not need to have studied environmental science/management before taking this course. The course is designed to attract candidates with a good scientific background along with an awareness of broad environmental matters. A good foundation for the course would be a combination of some, but not necessarily all of the following: biology, geography, general science, physics, chemistry, environmental science and management.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course in Environmental Management or Geography, but a foundation based within the sciences is sufficient. The most important attribute is to possess an interest in the subject matter of environmental science and management, and a concern and/or commitment to issues that arise in managing the Earth’s environment.

Progression

Cambridge International AS Level Environmental Management provides a suitable foundation for further courses in this and related subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Environmental Management, or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography?

Geography occupies a central position in understanding and interpreting issues affecting people, places and environments, and change in both space and time. Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study.

About the syllabus

Cambridge learners will develop:

  • an understanding of the principal processes operating within physical geography and human geography
  • an understanding of the causes and effects of change on natural and human environments
  • an awareness of the usefulness of geographical analysis to understand and solve contemporary human and environmental problems
  • the ability to handle and evaluate different types and sources of information
  • the skills to think logically, and to present an ordered and coherent argument in a variety of ways
  • an excellent foundation for studies beyond Cambridge International A Level in Geography, in further or higher education, and for professional courses.

Prior Learning

We recommend that learners who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course or the equivalent in Geography.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Geography provides a suitable foundation for the study of Geography or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Planning, Environmental Subjects, Development, Tourism, etc., or as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS Level Geography is the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Geography and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Geography at Cambridge International A Level and then for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, the qualification may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Geography or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Planning, Environmental Subjects, Development, Tourism, etc., or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography?

Cambridge International AS/A Level History is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of History. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills including:

 

  • assessing different interpretations of an argument
  • formulating their own ideas about a subject
  • presenting clear and logical arguments
  • evaluating historical evidence
  • developing an understanding of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference and continuity and change.

Cambridge International AS and A Level History is one of the most recognized qualifications around the world. It is accepted as proof of academic ability and of historical knowledge for entry to universities. Every year, thousands of students with Cambridge International AS and A Level History win places at good universities worldwide.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course in History or the equivalent.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level History provides a suitable foundation for the study of History or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Arts, Humanities and Social Science related areas (such as Law), or as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS Level History constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in History and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of History at Cambridge International A Level and for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in History or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Arts, Humanities and Social Science related areas, or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level Information Technology

About the syllabus

In a world where information technology (IT) is constantly changing, individuals increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data.
The impact of IT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who understand these new technologies.
This syllabus encourages learners to become effective and discerning users of IT. It helps them to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. Learners study the structure and use of IT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, learners gain an understanding of IT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also learn about the wider impact of IT on society in general. At A Level, learners also study simple programming for the web relevant to their own use of IT.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge IGCSE course, or the equivalent, in Information and Communication Technology or in Computer Science.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Information Technology provides a suitable foundation for the study of IT or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in IT, or as part of a course of general education. Cambridge International AS Level Information Technology is the first half of Cambridge International A Level Information Technology. Depending on local university entrance requirements, the qualification may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in information technology or some other subjects.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level Maths?

Cambridge International AS and A Level Mathematics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of mathematical knowledge and understanding. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

  • a deeper understanding of mathematical principles
  • the further development of mathematical skills including the use of applications of mathematics in the context of everyday situations and in other subjects that they may be studying
  • the ability to analyse problems logically, recognising when and how a situation may be represented mathematically
  • the use of mathematics as a means of communication
  • a solid foundation for further study.

The syllabus allows Centres flexibility to choose from three different routes to AS Level Mathematics – Pure Mathematics only or Pure Mathematics and Mechanics or Pure Mathematics and Probability & Statistics. Centres can choose from three different routes to Cambridge International A Level Mathematics depending on the choice of Mechanics, or Probability & Statistics, or both, in the broad area of ‘applications’.

Prior Learning

We recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course in Mathematics or the equivalent.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Mathematics provides a suitable foundation for the study of Mathematics or related courses in higher education.
Cambridge International AS Level Mathematics constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International
A Level course in Mathematics and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Mathematics at A Level and thence for related courses in higher education.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics?

Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in physics, an in-depth knowledge of the most important themes in physics and strong practical skills. Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study.
Our learners also develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology, and communication and teamwork skills.

Prior Learning?

We recommend that learners who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE course, or the equivalent, in Physics or Co-ordinated Science.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Physics provides a suitable foundation for the study of physics or related courses in higher education. It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in physics or engineering, or as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS Level Physics constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Physics and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Physics at Cambridge International A Level and then for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in physics or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in physics, or as part of a course of general education.

Why Cambridge International AS and A Level Travel & Tourism?

About the syllabus

Through the study of the syllabus candidates:

  • appreciate the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry
  • learn that the travel and tourism industry is dynamic in nature and how the industry responds to change, e.g. external factors such as changing consumer needs and expectations and developments in information technology
  • recognise the positive and negative impacts the industry may have on people, environments and economies.

Prior Learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied travel and tourism previously.

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Travel and Tourism provides a suitable foundation for the study of Travel and Tourism or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suited for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in travel and tourism, or as part of a course of general education.
Cambridge International AS Level Travel and Tourism constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Travel and Tourism and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Travel and Tourism at Cambridge International A Level. Depending on local university entrance requirements, the AS Level may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Travel and Tourism or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in the travel and tourism industry, or as part of a course of general education.

Age: 17 to 19
Equivalent Grade: 12/13
Start date: January
Recommended Course length: 2 years
Hours per week: 30