Cambridge International AS & A Levels
Cambridge International AS & A Levels is typically for learners aged 16 to 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for university and higher education. Cambridge International A Level (Advanced Level qualification) is a two-year course whereas AS Level is a separate qualification which equates to the first year of the full A Level course. Most universities do not consider AS levels alone adequate for entrance. Thames British School offers a full two-year cycle towards A Level qualifications, giving their students a competitive advantage and fostering the skills they need for the future.
Cambridge International A & AS level curriculum is recognized as a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Every year thousands of students with Cambridge International AS & A Levels gain places at leading universities worldwide. They are valued by top universities around the world including those in the UK, US (including Ivy League universities – top 8 private universities), Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
‘Cambridge International AS & A Levels prepare students well for university because they’ve learnt to go into a subject in considerable depth. There’s that ability to really understand the depth and richness and the detail of a subject. It’s a wonderful preparation for what they are going to face at university.’ US Higher Education Advisory Council
Cambridge International AS & A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:
- In-depth subject content and independent thinking
- Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
- Handling and evaluating different types of information source
- Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
- Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
- Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
- Working and communicating in English
Moreover, following a Cambridge International AS & A Level programme helps students develop abilities which universities value highly, including:
- a deep understanding of their subjects
- higher order thinking skills – analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving
- presenting ordered and coherent arguments
- independent learning and research.
A Level curriculum at Thames British School: Key 5 stage curriculum 2022-2024
A Level curriculum at Thames British School consists of Cambridge-specific and Polish national requirements. Students take three A Level courses in which they sit their final examinations at the end of the two-year cycle. The courses are selected from three subject blocks, including courses such as Mathematics, Geography, Biology, Computer Science, Business and English Literature, giving students an opportunity to specialise in a particular subject area or study a range of subjects, enabling students to pursue various career paths ranging from Business, Economics, IT, Law, Psychology, to Logistics and many more.
Apart from their A Level options, students attend classes based on the Polish Core Curriculum, including Polish, Spanish or German, History, Physics, Chemistry and PE.
Cambridge International A Level courses are assessed primarily through examinations, though some courses also include coursework components. Coursework can encompass a range of activities including experimentation, projects and writing (e.g. essays or reports). Its objectives depend on the subject, but there is usually an emphasis on the student conducting independent research into a topic of their own choice.
At Thames British School students sit examinations at the end of their two-year course and take all papers in their subjects in the same examination session in June and the results are issued in August.
Each subject that a learner takes receives a separate grade. Grades are benchmarked using internationally recognised grades, which have clear guidelines to explain the standards of achievement. The Cambridge International A Level is reported on a grade scale from A* (highest) to E (minimum required performance).
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Note: As an international school we conduct admissions placement all throughout the year. Applications for the academic year 2023-2024 are for children in Nursery (2.5 years old) through to Cambridge A/AS Levels and IB DP (19 years old).