Cambridge Assessment International Education
Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge.
Our Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age 5 to 19. Schools can shape the curriculum around how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them. It helps students discover new abilities and a wider world, and gives them the skills they need for life, so they can achieve at school, university and work.
The four stages of the Cambridge Pathway lead seamlessly from primary to secondary and pre-university years. Each stage builds on the learners’ development from the previous one or from other educational systems. Schools can adopt one stage or several stages. Our programmes develop deep knowledge, conceptual understanding and higher-order thinking skills, to prepare students for their future.
We encourage teaching practice that engages students in their own learning, and we support our programmes with high-quality resources. Our view is that assessment should both prove and improve students’ learning, giving them focus, pace and challenge. We organise our assessment in a way that maximises time for teaching and learning.
Our global community – nearly a million students in over 10,000 Cambridge schools in 160 countries – benefits from qualifications that are recognised by employers and universities worldwide, including over 500 universities in the US (including the Ivy League) and all UK universities.
We have been providing international exams for more than 150 years. We are a not-for-profit organisation and the only exam board wholly owned by a world-leading university.
Independent schools in the UK using Cambridge IGCSE are in good company. Beyond the UK, Cambridge IGCSE continues to be the leading international qualification in its class, with almost 750,000 entries in 2017/18, a 7% increase on the previous year. It is used by almost 5000 schools in over 145 countries.
The content of reformed GCSE and Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses have extensive overlap. Cambridge IGCSE will continue to contain features unique to its syllabuses so as to offer meaningful choice to schools and learners.
UK independent schools also have the choice of two post-16 qualification types with Cambridge International – Cambridge International AS and A Levels and Cambridge Pre-U. International AS Levels offer a staged route to Cambridge International A Levels, giving UK schools the choice of a broader curriculum in the first year of sixth form. Cambridge Pre-U, used predominately in the UK, gives students the opportunity to explore their chosen subjects in breadth and depth. Many subjects include a Personal Investigation, which develops the skills needed for undergraduate study.