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The International GCSEs and A Levels are the most commonly studied curriculum around the world. They are based on the UK high school education system and are adapted for a global student base.
This pathway is fairly straightforward and starts in Year 11 or earlier with students sitting up to 6 International GCSE subjects. These subjects are structured as first introductions to the specific topic areas that they cover. In certain countries, students begin in Year 10 and sit 8-10 subjects over the course of two years.
In Year 12 students move on to the A Levels that are further broken down into two parts: the AS Level, called “Advanced Subsidiary”, (usually done in Year 12) and A2 Level (typically done in Year 13). Traditionally, students take 4-5 AS Level subjects and then go on to take 3-4 of those subjects at the A2 Level.
We offer four unique online pathways for secondary school qualifications that provide a seamless and continuous learning journey.
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The Pre-International GCSE is a part-time one year online programme for 13-14 year olds that provides a knowledge base for the academically rigorous International GCSEs.
Formative assessments run through every aspect of the programme to prepare students for an internal examination at the end of the course.
The aim of this course is to prepare students for the IGCSE Literature course, and beyond, to AS Literature and Language. Students gain experience with styles of language, language techniques, and grammar. Students practise formal and creative writing as well. Students will also focus on academic analysis of literature texts, and writing literary essays.
This course is ideal for students to get a 'taster' of each of the three disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and to help them choose which subject(s) to do for their International GCSE. The skills learned here are applicable to all subjects and will be carried through right up to the International A Levels. There are no formal exams for this course - only school internals, tests and assignments.
The aim of this course is to prepare students for the IGCSE Math course, and beyond, to AS and A2 Level Math courses. Students will gain experience with the type of subject material they will be taught in later years and become familiar with the concepts and exam styles.
The purpose of this course is to give students an introduction into the world of computer science and coding. At CGA students can pursue an in-depth path into computer studies by combining their International GCSE and A Level courses with summer offerings and extracurricular clubs in the field.
Students usually begin the International GCSE curriculum in Year 10 or 11 by sitting 4-5 subjects. These subjects are structured as first introductions to the specific topic areas that they cover. External exams at the end of the course determine students' grades.
Explore number systems; functions and graphs; geometry and trigonometry; vectors; and statistics and probability.
Engage with texts ranging from British heritage to modern international, such as Romeo and Juliet, and Great Expectations.
Learn about non-fiction texts, poetry and prose, transactional writing as well as imaginative writing.
Dive into the nature and variety of living organisms; reproduction and inheritance; ecology and the environment.
In this course you will study principles of chemistry; inorganic and organic chemistry; and physical chemistry.
Explore forces and motion; waves; energy resources; magnetism and electromagnetism; radioactivity; and astrophysics.
This course features a selection of topics covering a diverse range of significant historical events, periods and geographies.
Gain a sound understanding of economics, and use it appropriately in the context of individual countries and the global economy.
Gain the ability to use knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately in the context of individual countries and the global economy.
The A-Level curriculum is the #1 studied curriculum in the world, and in many countries high grades in A-Levels can result in university course credit. The syllabus prepares students aged 15-17 for university. Edexcel International A Level is typically a two-year course - divided into the AS and A2 levels. Some subjects can be started as an AS Level and extended to A2 Level.
You will dive deeper into Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics as well as Decision Mathematics.
Explore drama texts, poems and poetry movement, a novel, a Shakespearean play, as well as prose.
You will study Context and Identity of Language; Language in Transition; Writing; and Investigating Language.
Learn all about Cells, Development, Biodiversity & Conservation; Microbiology & Immunity; and Respiration & Gene Technology.
You will study Organic Chemistry; Energetics, Halogenoalkanes & Alcohols; and Transition Metals & Organic Nitrogen Chemistry.
Dive into Mechanics; Waves & Electricity; Fields & Particles; and Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations & Cosmology.
This course's approach focuses on depth, breadth and interpretation of events in history giving you a full view.
You will study Markets in Action; Macroeconomic Performance and Policy; Business Behaviour; and Global Economy.
You will study Marketing and People; Managing Business Activities; Business Decisions and Strategy; and Global Business.
Learn all about Social and Cognitive Psychology; learning theories and development; and Clinical psychology.
Explore the Underlying Principles of Law and the English Legal System and The Law in Action.
What is the curriculum that CGA uses?
CGA uses the International GCSE and International Advanced Level (A-Level) curriculum, as well as offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
The International GCSE and International Advanced Level (A-Level) curriculum is provided by Pearson Edexcel. This qualification is internationally recognised and, currently, Pearson Edexcel exams are sat by over 3 million students in 6500 schools in 120 countries. The International Advanced Level qualification is usually a two-year programme. International AS exams count for half of the final International A-Level grade.
AP courses allow high school students to take classes at the US university level. They allow students to study 38 subjects in-depth and prepare them for college level work. Most US universities recognize AP credit as college credit. The AP Program offers several awards for high achievement. Each year, over 2.8 million students take AP exams, with most students taking multiple APs during the course of their high school careers. AP is one of the most recognized curricula for top universities and CGA is looking forward to launching this program.
Can I take Pearson Edexcel subjects while I am a Cambridge/IB/NCEA student?
Yes. Students should talk to a CGA Enrolment Team about University Entry requirements and subject choice.
What is the difference between Edexcel and Cambridge International?
Edexcel and Cambridge International are examination boards. The two are essentially equivalent. Most universities will accept a mixture of both Edexcel and Cambridge results. In the UK, it is highly common that multiple examination boards are often used within a single school in the UK.
Edexcel has additional advantages, including: more examination sitting dates and modular exams where a student can sit a module of the subject rather than the whole subject.
After I graduate from CGA, can I go to university in the US/UK/NZ or any other countries?
Yes, you will be well prepared to apply to enter any university in the world. As always, university entrance is competitive and successful entry will be dependent on not only a successful academic background but a breadth of co-curricular activity, which is encouraged and supported at CGA.
Will CGA students receive transcripts and official High School Graduation?
Students will receive regular and timely CGA Academic Transcripts, which detail grades and likely or expected final examination grades.
Each class will have a combination of examinations, mid-term tests and project-based assessments (individual and group).
In order to officially graduate from High School, a student must meet the NZQA High School Graduation requirements. The requirements usually involve taking at least 3 A-Levels and 5 International GCSE subjects. Specific subjects must be taken from different subject groups and graduation will depend on their full subject completion.
Our Academic Advisors will ensure that students select the right subjects to meet graduation requirements and provide the best opportunities beyond high school.