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.

Subjects

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.
Our learners also develop lifelong skills of scienti c enquiry, con dence 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 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 exibility 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 recognised qualifcations 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 exibility 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.

QUICK FACTS

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

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