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Fields of Study

A Level Subject Groups
Students can select the following subject group with a minimum of three (3) subjects.
Pure Sciences Engineering Business Liberal Arts
Biology 9700
Chemistry 9701
Mathematics 9709
Physics 9702
Chemistry 9701
Computer Science 9608
Mathematics 9709
Physics 9702
Accounting 9706
Business 9609
Economics 9708
Mathematics 9709
History 9389
Law 9084
English Literature 9695
Media Studies 9607   (A2 only)
Psychology 9990
Politics (Edexcel)   (A2 only)
Sociology 9699
Cross-Listed Subjects
Cross-listed subjects may be chosen by all students even if outside their field of study, with prior approval. Availability of subjects is determined by a minimum number of students per subject.  
Art and Design 9479 English Language 9093 Information Technology 9626 Urdu 9686

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From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of biology, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of biology ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology is ideal for learners who want to study biology or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.

Career Paths

  • Medicine                  ● Biochemistry
  • Surgery                     ● Molecular Biology
  • Dentistry                  ● Forensic Sciences
  • Genetics                   ● Veterinary Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of chemistry, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of chemistry ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry is ideal for learners who want to study chemistry or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.

Career Paths

  • Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Research
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Forensics
  • Toxicology
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Cambridge International A Level Mathematics develops a set of transferable skills. These include the skill of working with mathematical information, as well as the ability to think logically and independently, consider accuracy, model situations mathematically, analyse results and reflect on findings. Learners can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and these skills equip them well for progression to higher education or directly into employment. At AS level, teachers can choose from three different routes to Cambridge International AS Level Mathematics: Pure Mathematics only, Pure Mathematics and Mechanics, or Pure Mathematics and Probability & Statistics. At A Level, teachers can also choose from different routes to Cambridge International A Level Mathematics depending on the choice of applied mathematics (Mechanics and/or Probability and Statistics).

Please note: From 2020 Cambridge International A Level Mathematics has two different routes: Pure Mathematics and Probability & Statistics only; or Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Probability & Statistics.

Career Paths:

  • Engineering
  • Statistician
  • Aeronautics
  • Economist
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Business Manager
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics is ideal for learners who want to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.

Career Paths:

  • Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Meteorologist
  • Petroleum Scientist
  • Astronomy
  • Aeronautics
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

The Cambridge International AS and A Level Accounting syllabus enables learners to apply their accounting knowledge and understanding in order to analyse and present information, give reasoned explanations, and make judgements and recommendations. The syllabus covers topics such as the recording of financial information, accounting principles and controls systems, and the preparation of final accounts for a variety of different organisations and businesses.

Learners find out about raising capital by shares and loans, ratio analysis and cost accounting, and also study the preparation of cash flow statements, cash flow analysis, and standard costing and investment appraisal, among many other topics.

Career Paths:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Business Administrator
  • Financial Consultant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Tax Practitioner
  • Stock broker
  • Risk management & portfolio Management Specialist

From Cambridgeinternational.org:

The Business syllabus enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of a 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.

Career Paths:

  • Business Administrator
  •  Financial Consultant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Stockbroker risk management & Portfolio Management Specialist

From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Through the Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics syllabus, learners study how to explain and analyse economic issues and arguments, evaluate economic information, and organise, present and communicate ideas and judgements clearly.

The syllabus covers a range of basic economic ideas, including an introduction to the price system and government intervention, international trade and exchange rates, the measurement of employment and inflation, and the causes and consequences of inflation. Learners also study the price system, the theory of the firm, market failure, macroeconomic theory and policy, and economic growth and development.

Career Paths:

  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Accountant
  • Economic researcher
  • Financial consultant
  • Investment analyst
  • Economic Development consultant
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

The main aim of the Cambridge International AS and A Level Law syllabus is to provide learners with an introduction to the main principles of the law as it is practised in England and Wales.

As a result, learners build their knowledge and understanding of the English legal system and develop a critical awareness of its structure, personnel and operation. The syllabus also focuses on two areas of substantive law (contract and tort) and encourages learners to develop skills of analysis and problem-solving through the application of legal rules.

Career Paths:

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Diplomatic Service (CSS)
  • Politician
  • Journalism
  • International relations
  • Mass Media
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Cambridge International AS and A Level Media Studies offer learners the chance to develop an understanding and appreciation of the place of media in our everyday lives. The syllabus enables learners to take a hands-on approach to the subject.

Through the coursework components – the Foundation Portfolio for AS Level and the Advanced Portfolio for A-Level – they create their own media products from planning through to execution. Learners also consider and analyse examples from existing media, examining production processes and technologies and the effects they achieve.

Career Paths:

  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Mass Media
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Filmmaker
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Cambridge International AS and A Level Psychology learners develop their appreciation of the subject by exploring the ways in which psychology is conducted. As part of their studies, learners also review important research; this provides an insight into the ways in which psychology has been applied, thereby leading to a better understanding of key approaches, research methods and issues and debates.

The syllabus reflects four core areas of psychology, namely biological, cognitive, learning and social; it also relates psychology to abnormality, consumer behaviour, health and organisations.

Career Paths:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Therapist
  • Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Political/Advertising Consultant
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

In a rapidly changing world, Cambridge International AS and A Level Sociology offers learners the opportunity not only to explore the processes that are shaping current trends but also to develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies and their continuities with the past.

The study of sociology stimulates awareness of contemporary social, cultural and political issues, and focuses on the importance of examining these issues in a rigorous, reasoned and analytical way.

Career Paths:

  • Human Resources
  • Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Politician
  • Diplomatic Service (CSS)
  • International Relations

From Cambridgeinternational.org:

The Cambridge International A Level Art and Design syllabus considers expression and communication. Learners gain an understanding of visual perception and aesthetic experience and the ways in which art and design create a language of their own.

Most of the work for this syllabus is practical or studio-based so that learners can develop their abilities of observation and analysis of the visual world, sensitivity, skill, personal expression and imagination. They also learn how to relate their skills to an enhanced knowledge of their own cultures, past and present, as well as an appreciation of practical design problems.

This syllabus replaces Cambridge AS & A Level Art & Design (9704) from 2019 onwards. The last series for Cambridge AS A Level Art & Design (9704) will be November 2019.

Career Paths:

  • Architecture
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Textile design

From Cambridgeinternational.org:

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.

Career Paths:

  • Application analyst
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Database designer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Cambridge International A Level Urdu builds on the language skills gained at Cambridge O Level, Cambridge IGCSE or Cambridge International AS Level, and is the ideal foundation for university-level study, or to improve career prospects.

Learners will gain an understanding of how to use the language in a variety of situations. They will be expected to handle texts and other source materials, extracting information in order to respond to specific tasks. Through their studies, learners can expect to achieve greater fluency, accuracy and confidence in the language.

Career Paths:

  • Diplomatic Service (CSS)
  • Politician
  • Lawyer
  • Medicine (In Pakistan)
  • Professor
  • Writer
  • Journalist

Students will have to study the following areas of content:

  1. UK Politics
  • Including democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems and voting behaviour and the media
  • Including three core political ideas of liberalism, conservatism and socialism
  1. UK Government
  • Including the Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Executive and relationships between the branches including the Supreme Court
  • Including one non-core political idea from nationalism, feminism, multiculturalism, anarchism and ecologism
  1. Students must study one of the following areas in depth:
  • Comparative Politics: USA or
  • Comparative Politics: Global.

Career Paths:

  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Diplomatic Service (CSS)
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • International Relations
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language provides learners with the opportunity to study the 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.

Career Paths:

  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Diplomatic Service (CSS)
  • Writer
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media Manager
  • Press Representative
  • Editor
  • Mass Media
  • International Relations

From Cambridgeinternational.org:

The aim of the Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science syllabus is to encourage learners to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and how computer programs work in a range of contexts.

Learners will study topics including information representation, communication and Internet technologies, hardware, software development, and relational database modelling. As they progress, learners will develop their computational thinking and use problem solving to develop computer-based solutions using algorithms and programming languages. Studying Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science will help learners develop a range of skills such as thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically.

They will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies.

From the 2022 examination series, this syllabus will be replaced by Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science (syllabus code 9618). There will be a cross over year in 2021 when the last series of 9608 ends and the new syllabus 9618 starts.

Career Paths:

  • Software development
  • Software Engineering
  • Freelance Computer Programmer
  • Telecommunication industry
  • Developer and manager of databases in corporations
  • System analyst
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Defence systems
  • Architecture and design
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

Learners following the Cambridge International AS and A Level English Literature syllabus will study a range of texts in the three main forms: prose, poetry and drama. Set texts are offered from a wide range of different periods and cultures.

Learners will develop skills of reading and analysis of texts, and are encouraged to undertake wider reading to aid understanding of the texts studied. They will learn skills of effective and appropriate communication including the ability to discuss the critical context of texts.

Career Paths:

  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Publishing Industry
  • Mass Media
  • Lawyer
  • Social Scientist
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Diplomatic Service (CSS)
  • International Relations
From Cambridgeinternational.org:

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 knowledges 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) for the first examination in 2021.

Career Paths

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Politician
  • Diplomatic Services (CSS)
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Professor

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