The Cambridge curriculum offers routes that learners can follow from the post-primary stage through to university entrance. Cambridge progression with typical age groups is as follows:
- Primary – 5-11 year olds
- Secondary 1 – 11-14 year olds
- Secondary 2 – 14-16 year olds
- Advanced – 16-19 year olds
Cambridge Primary gives schools a curriculum framework to develop English, Mathematics and Science skills, knowledge and understanding in younger learners. It provides guidance for curriculum development, classroom teaching and enabling teachers to assess children’s learning. It is a foundation for secondary education providing high quality teaching and assessment, resources appropriate for teaching in international schools, flexibility for schools to choose the parts that best suit their local situation and use the curriculum to complement other curricula.
Cambridge Secondary 1 provides a seamless progression from Cambridge Primary to develop learners’ skills and confidence in English, Mathematics and Science. It offers a curriculum framework for educational success for learners, typically 11-14 year olds. Cambridge Secondary 1 incorporates internationally benchmarked tests. Schools can use Cambridge Secondary 1 with other curricula, as well as giving teachers the ability to use the materials to suit their own situation. Teachers can continue to follow a local curriculum to meet the statutory requirements of their national system and at the same time, use the progression tests to enhance their teaching and reporting. It also provides excellent preparation for learners embarking on Cambridge Secondary 2: both Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O-Level courses.
Cambridge Secondary 2 is a popular curriculum for 14-16 year olds leading to globally recognized Cambridge IGCSE and O-Level qualifications. It provides excellent preparation for the Cambridge Advanced Stage including Cambridge International AS and A-Levels. It incorporates the best in international education for learners at this level. Cambridge IGCSE encourages learner-centered and inquiry-based approaches to learning. Schools can offer any combination of a wide range of subjects. Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:
- Subject content
- Applying knowledge and understanding to both, familiar and new situations
- Intellectual inquiry
- Flexibility and responsiveness to change
- Working and communicating in English
- Influencing outcomes
- Cultural awareness
Assessment for Cambridge IGCSE includes written and oral tests, coursework and practical assessment. Schools have the option of assessing learners using only external examinations or combining examinations with course work. Course work is set and marked by the teachers and externally moderated by Cambridge.
Cambridge International AS and A-Levels are internationally benchmarked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university education. They are a part of the Cambridge Advanced Stage. These qualifications are widely recognized and valued by universities and employers alike.
Learners can either take the Cambridge International AS Level at the end of one examination session and complete the final Cambridge International A-Levels in a subsequent session, or sit for all papers of the Cambridge International A-Level course in the same examination session at the end of the second year. The benefit of the former option – taking the Cambridge International AS Level examination halfway through the International A-Level course- is that it provides feedback that learners can use to set learning goals for the second half of the course.
Cambridge International AS and A-Level examination sessions occur twice a year – in June and November.