Cambridge International Advanced Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • In-depth subject content
  • 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.

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 Study A Level English Language?

Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language provides learners with the opportunity to study English language and its use in communication. Learners will be encouraged to respond critically to a wide variety of texts in a range of forms, styles and contexts, and to promote skills of communication, reading, research and analysis.

Through their study, learners will develop an ability to read and analyse material, gaining further knowledge and understanding of English language features and issues. Learners will also develop the skills of writing clearly, accurately, creatively and effectively for different purposes and audiences.


Candidates follow a staged assessment route by taking Papers 1 and 2 (for the Cambridge International AS qualification) in one series, then Papers 3 and 4 (for the Cambridge International A Level qualification) in a later series.

A Level Literature in English

Cambridge International A Level Literature in English COLLS course requires candidates to answer three compulsory papers and one from a choice of optional papers. 

The compulsory papers are: 

Paper 3 Poetry and Prose, Paper 4 Drama, (Covered during the AS course) 

and Paper 5 Shakespeare and other pre-20th Century Texts.  

The optional paper chosen for this COLLS course is: Paper 6 1900 to the Present

In each paper candidates answer two questions, each on a different text. Candidates are required to answer questions from a range of poems, prose and plays, with options from the canon of English Literature and modern texts in English. Close study of all the texts chosen is needed in preparation for a choice of essay and passage-based questions. In Paper 5 only, candidates must answer on at least one passage-based question.

Teacher: Sarah Elphick

A Level Business

Why Cambridge International AS & A Level Business? 

The Business syllabus enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Learners examine the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment. 

From the 2016 examination series, this syllabus will replace Cambridge International AS and A Level Business Studies (9707).

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. 

Key concepts are set out on course 

The key concepts on which this syllabus is built are set out below. These encourage learners to make links between topics and develop a deep overall understanding of the subject. 

A Level Biology

Why Cambridge International AS & 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.

A Level History 9389

Cambridge International AS and A Level History is a flexible and wide-ranging syllabus covering modern history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The syllabus builds upon skills gained at Cambridge IGCSE or Cambridge O Level and develops lifelong skills including understanding issues and themes within a historical period. 

The emphasis is again on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Learners develop an understanding of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and use historical evidence as part of their studies. At AS learners can select from topics on European, American or International history. 

At A Level learners can select from topics on European, American, African, Southeast Asian and International history. Teachers choose which periods to focus on, allowing them to build a course that reflects their learners' interests and staff specialisms, or which is relevant to the local or regional context.

The last examination series for Cambridge AS & A Level History (9389) will be November 2021. This syllabus will be replaced by the updated syllabus, Cambridge International AS & A Level History (9489)

Teacher: Geoff Olivier


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.

Key concepts

The key concepts on which this syllabus is built are set out below. These key concepts can help you think about how to approach each syllabus topic in order to encourage you to make links between
topics and develop a deep overall understanding of the subject. 

1. Space: the implications of spatial distributions and patterns of a range of physical and human geographical phenomena.
2. Scale: the significance of spatial scale in interpreting environments, features and places from local to global, and time scale in interpreting change from the geological past to future scenarios.
3. Place: the importance of physical and human characteristics which create distinctive places with different opportunities and challenges.
4. Environment: how the interactions between people and their environment create the need for  environmental management and sustainability.
5. Interdependence: how the complex nature of interacting physical systems, human systems and processes create links and interdependencies.
6. Diversity: the signifi cance of the similarities and differences between places, environments and people.
7. Change: the importance of change and the dynamic nature of places, environments and systems. Teachers are expected to embed the key concepts through the study of the topics, both in general and  specifically through examples and case studies.

Guided learning hours

Guided learning hours give an indication of the amount of contact time you need to have with the tutor to successfully complete a this course. The course is designed around 180 guided learning hours.

Teacher: Daniel Landi