Cambridge O Level, part of the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage, is typically for 14-16 year olds. Cambridge O Level is an internationally recognised qualification equivalent to the UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). Cambridge O Level provides learners with excellent preparation for academic progression to Cambridge Advanced including Cambridge A/AS Levels and Cambridge Pre-U.
Cambridge O Levels have been designed especially for an international market and are sensitive to the needs of different countries. These qualifications are designed for learners whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. The curriculum also enables teaching to be placed in a localised context, making it relevant in various regions.
 
Cambridge O Levels are normally taken after completing the two-year course and a variety of methods including written, practical and oral are used to assess learners. Learner performance is benchmarked using five internationally recognised grades (A-E). Grade A is awarded for the highest level of achievement, and grade E indicates minimum satisfactory performance. CIE runs two sessions for Cambridge O Level - May/June and October/November, although some subjects are only available in May/June or October/November.

Cambridge Secondary 2 forms part of the Cambridge International Education offering routes candidates can follow from post-kindergarten stage through to university entrance. Cambridge's provision also includes first-class support for teachers through publications, online resources, training, workshops and professional development.

Cambridge O Level is an internationally recognised qualification equivalent to Cambridge IGCSE and UK GCSE. Cambridge O Level provides learners with excellent preparation for academic progression to Cambridge Advanced as well as other progression routes.

We designed Cambridge O Level for an international audience. It is sensitive to the needs of different countries and for learners whose first language may not be English. This is acknowledged during the assessment process.
In some countries, schools use Cambridge O Level as an international alternative or addition to the local government's examination.

The Cambridge O Level curriculum enables teaching to be placed in a localised context, making it relevant wherever you teach it. You can choose from more than 40 subjects in any combination.

The Cambridge O Level curriculum emphasises broad and balanced study across a wide range of subjects. It develops learners' skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving and is structured so they build practical skills and theoretical knowledge.

Cambridge O Levels develop learner knowledge, understanding and skills in :

  • Subject content

  • Applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations

  • Intellectual enquiry

  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change

  • Working and communicating in English

  • Influencing outcomes

  • Cultural awareness.
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