Cambridge International

Welcome to the Glenwood Elite Academy where, upon completion of your selected course, you will have a University of Cambridge International qualification

International Programme: Cambridge

We are proud to be an approved selected school to offer this unique opportunity to provide you with up to date, quality education of the highest international standards.

On completion of your selected course you will have a University of Cambridge International qualification. Glenwood students write examinations set and marked by the University of Cambridge International Examinations board in the U.K. and have on-going support throughout the year from the highly experienced and successful GHS Educators / facilitators who have undergone Professional Development Qualification to ensure quality teaching and learning is achieved.

In response to the increasing demand for quality education, we offer this international qualification to students

Foundation Course (Equivalent to grades 7, 8 & 9)

Our Foundation course is designed to give students a firm grounding in the concepts of Mathematics, Combined Science and English University of Cambridge International Checkpoint Diagnostic Tests. All other subject exams are marked locally at GHS. At this level we recommend that you try and take as many subjects as possible in order to ensure a firm base for future study and to establish your strongest subjects for IGCSE level.

Checkpoint will be done in October / November Exam session.

IGCSE Course (Equivalent to grades 10 & 11)

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is offered in over 160 countries worldwide, both in international schools and in institutions catering for local populations. It was introduced in 1988 as a replacement for O Levels in many countries, and is internationally recognized as being equivalent to the GCSE in the United Kingdom. Grading is on an eight-point scale (A*-G). The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) has been designed to equip students with the skills needed or immediate employment. IGCSE is recognized as evidence of ability by academic institutions and employers around the world.

IGCSE provides a broad study programme by drawing subjects from five areas: Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Creative, Technical and Vocational. Within the curriculum there is a balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge. Differing abilities are accounted for with a choice of Core and Extended examinations in some subjects, making IGCSE suitable for all students. The IGCSE curriculum allows teaching to be placed in a localized context, making it relevant in different regions. It is also suitable for students whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. In some countries, IGCSE qualifications will satisfy the entry requirements for university. In others, they are widely used as a preparation for AS Level, International Baccalaureate and US Advanced Placement Programmes.

AS Level Course (Equivalent to grade 12)

The Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) is equivalent to year 12 of South African schooling. Candidates who achieve a pass grade will be placed in one of four categories: A, B, C, D. Grade ‘A’ is awarded to students showing the highest level of achievement and grade for a minimum satisfactory performance.
If you choose the AS level route to attend a South African University you must meet all the requirements in a maximum of TWO exam sessions and meet the subject group requirements in subjects passed at a ‘D’ grade at least.

A Level Course

The completion of the AS Level at an acceptable pass enables the progression to an A Level Qualification. A levels will only be completed on recommendation by the school. These carry academic credits for university and warrant that the appropriate academic standards are met at the AS Level

Assignments

There will be six assignments for each subject that are submitted to GHS for marking. These assignments are linked to the work programme and set by your subject tutor. It is important that you complete these assignments so that you can monitor your progress and that you are able to cope with the type of questions set by University of Cambridge International Examinations in your final qualifying examinations.

Tutorials and Practicals

Tutorials and practical sessions are scheduled for students preparing for examinations. It is strongly recommended that you take advantage of the opportunity to attend the tutorial sessions. We will focus on exam preparation and will enrich the work covered by your course. For example there will be practical laboratory sessions in Science and Biology; map work skills in Geography; group discussions in English Literature.

Subject Choices: Junior

Foundation Course Year 9

Compulsory Subjects

  • English
  • Afrikaans / IsiZulu
  • Mathematics
  • NS (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)

Additional Subjects

  • Geography
  • History
  • EMS
  • Art and Design
  • TECH

Note: Students must take ALL subjects. Students usually choose 2 subjects in addition to the compulsory subjects; an extra subject is recommended if taking the Foundation course over two years.

IGCSE 01 (Core) Course

Languages

  • English 1st Language 1
  • Afrikaans 2nd Language 1

Sciences

  • Biology (Practical) 1
  • Physical Science (Practical) 1
  • Mathematics 1

Note: Core is the basic material for a course. EXTENDED is in depth and is more complex, and teaches some new aspects of the course, that CORE does not teach. When you take the EXTENDED course, you also learn the CORE syllabus. The extended exam tests you on everything in the CORE and EXTENDED syllabus. The main difference is that if you choose to take CORE for one subject, the maximum grade you can get in the IGCSE exams for that subject is a C, because the exam is easier. However, when you take the EXTENDED course, you maximum grade is A*.

Subject Choices: Senior

IGCSE Course (Grade 9 & 10) – 7

Languages

  • English 1st Language
  • Afrikaans 1st Language

Maths

Sciences

  • Physical Science (Practical)
  • Bio Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology

Humanities

  • Geography
  • History

Vocationals

  • Accounting
  • Art and Design (Practical)
  • Business Studies
  • Drama

AS Level Course (Grade 11 – 12)

Languages

  • AS Level English
  • AS Level Afrikaans

Maths

Sciences

  • AS Level Biology (Practical subject)
  • AS Level Physical Science

Humanities

  • AS Level Geography
  • AS Level History

Vocationals

  • AS Level Accounting
  • AS Level Art and Design (Practical subject)
  • AS Level Business Studies
  • AS Drama

Note: Student choose 4 subjects from the correct groups. An extra subject is recommended if taking the IGCSE course over two academic years. Please consult your Student Advisor when choosing subjects and examination sittings.* IGCSE is the highest level.

Note: Students choose subjects from the correct groups. An extra subject is recommended if sitting the AS Level Examinations in two sittings. Please consult your Student Advisor when choosing subjects and examination sittings. For University entrance please see page 1 (HESA req)

Certificate of Complete Exemption

Certificate of complete exemption by virtue of Advanced Supplementary and Advanced Subsidiary Level examinations of the examining bodies:

(1) The Committee of Principals shall issue a certificate of complete exemption to a person who passed –

(a) in at least five different subjects on the Advanced Supplementary Level and Ordinary Level or Advanced Subsidiary and Ordinary Level including one selected from each of Groups I and II and two selected from two of Groups III, IV and V:

Group I: A first language approved by the Committee of Principals;
Group II: A second language approved by the Committee of Principals;
Group III: A third language approved by the Committee of Principals not offered for the purpose of Group I or II, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics;
Group IV: Art, Biology (if not offered under Group III), Chemistry (if not offered under Group III), Economics, Geography, History, Mathematics (if not offered under Group III), Music or Physics (if not offered under Group III);
Group V: Accounting, Business Studies, Design and Technology or Further Mathematics;

(b) In four Advanced Supplementary Level or Advanced Subsidiary Level or a combination of four Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Supplementary Level subjects, of which at least one shall be from Group I or II and at least two shall be selected from two of Groups III, IV or V of subparagraph (a): Provided that any recognised language subject from Group III may be recognised as a Group II subject satisfying the grouping requirements of that group only;

(c) In English as First Language or Second Language at Advanced Supplementary Level or English Language at Advanced Subsidiary or Ordinary Level.

(2) An Advanced Supplementary or Advanced Subsidiary Level subject from Group V of subparagraph (1) (a) may only be recognised for the purpose of subparagraph (1) (b), if the candidate has passed in Mathematics on at least Ordinary Level.

(3) A candidates must have satisfied all the requirements of subparagraphs (1) (a) and (1) (b) at no more than two examination sittings.

(4) Where a subject is not examined in the November examination, the preceding or following June examination sitting, and in the case where the main examination is in June, the previous or subsequent November examination sitting will be regarded as the same examination sitting for the purposes of subparagraph (3).

“Advanced Subsidiary subject” means a subject passed with a symbol A, B, C or D at Advanced Subsidiary Level as prescribed for the examinations of the examining bodies.
A minimum of five subjects passed at Ordinary Level (Grades A-G / 1-8), including English Language and/or the mother tongue, warrants an evaluation of Grade Eleven.

To obtain an evaluation of a Senior Certificate (in its most basic form, i.e. excluding Matriculation Exemption), one of the following subject combinations is required:

1. A total of four different subjects, including three Ordinary Level / IGCSE subjects graded A to C (OR 1 to 6), plus one Advanced Level.

OR

A total of six different subjects, including five Ordinary Level / IGCSE subject graded A to E (or 1 to 8), plus one Advanced Level.

OR

2. A total of five different subjects, including three Ordinary Level / IGCSE subjects graded A to C (OR 1 to 6), plus two passes at one of the following levels: Advanced Supplementary, Higher General Certificate of Secondary Education (graded 1-3), South African Senior Certificate Higher Grade, or recognised equivalent

OR

A total of seven different subjects, including five Ordinary Level / IGCSE subjects graded A to E (or 1 to 8), plus two passes at one of the following levels: Advanced Supplementary, Higher General Certificate of Secondary Education (graded 1-3 – Grade 4 is considered to be the equivalent of IGCSE Grades A-C), South African Senior Certificate Higher Grade, or recognised equivalent.

Each of the above combinations English must include Language, or the mother tongue as a first Language.

This evaluation will primarily be intended for employment purposes, but may be accepted by tertiary institutions, such as technikons and nursing colleges, for purposes of further study according to their own requirements in terms of subjects and grades. Candidates should therefore ascertain the acceptability of such an evaluation to the admitting institution beforehand. University admission for purposes of first degree studies is subject to Matriculation Exemption, which is the sole prerogative of the Matriculation Board and not likely to be considered on the basis of the conditions for upgrading as set out above.

Examination Information

  • Foundation College exams and Cambridge International Checkpoint Assessments will be written in October / November.
  • IGCSE examinations are written in May / June and October/November of each year.
  • All Cambridge exams must be written at an approved Cambridge Examination centre.
  • AS Level students should consult GHS regarding the examination sittings rule university entrance.
  • IGCSE and AS Level Physical Science and Afrikaans examinations are only offered by Cambridge in November session.
  • Examination Venue: Glenwood High School, 1 ZK Matthews Road, Glenwood, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 4001
  • IGCSE and AS Level Art and Music examinations are also completed at GHS.
  • AS Level Physical Science and Biology have a practical exam. This can only be completed at GHS selecting these courses are strongly advised to attend the tutorials and practical sessions before the exams. The choice of paper 5 and paper 6 will be discussed with the students.

 

Exam Entry Deadline Dates

  • For May / June Examinations: 31 January
  • For October / November Examinations: 31 May

Late entries incur financial penalties from Cambridge and may even be refused.

Examination Results

Examination scripts are sent to the United Kingdom to be marked by examiners at Cambridge. Results are sent back to GHS late August for June exams and in January for November exams.

Online Resources

There are lots of useful resources and material to help you prepare for your exams:

  • Past papers
  • Revision tips
  • Study checklists
  • Online competitions and educational games.

CIE constantly review their assessments and introduce new subject areas and qualifications. By working closely with the University of Cambridge, CIE is at the forefront of developments in e-education – using new technology in the delivery and assessment of examinations.

For more information please visit: www.cie.org.uk

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Are the Cambridge qualifications recognised by South African Universities?

Cambridge qualifications are accepted by universities all around the world. Many universities have sent us official statements confirming their entry policies, and you can find examples from some of the most popular destination countries for Cambridge students on the following pages. For full details of all of the official statements, check our recognition database at www.cie.org.uk/recognitionsearch
2. What does ‘exam sitting’ mean?

An ‘exam sitting’ is a date and time set by Cambridge when a particular subject is examined at a Cambridge Centre.
3. What is meant by a ‘carry’ over subject and do I need to re-register?

Any subject that a student is registered for is valid for two academic years. This means that there is the option to ‘carry’ over or continue with that subject after one year of study should a student not have completed the course in one year. Should students wish to ‘carry-over’ any subject’s they would need to re-register in the second year and only pay the annual registration and subject and carry over fees. This will allow a student to continue to submit assignments not completed in the previous year and to receive on-going support from the Distance College. This will also enable a student to submit a Cambridge examination entry. A student who successfully completes a subject within one year and achieves the desired result would not need to ‘carry-over’ that subject to the next year and would proceed to the next level.
4. Must I take a second language?

Students must have completed either Grade 11 or the IGCSE level before proceeding to AS Level. IGCSE’s not only prepare them academically for the AS level, but the IGCSE results accompany most university applications. This determines acceptance for the student’s tertiary studies before the AS level results are available and is therefore most important.
5. Must I do the IGCSE level?

Students must have completed either Grade 11 or the IGCSE level before proceeding to AS Level. IGCSE’s not only prepare them academically for the AS level, but the IGCSE results accompany most university applications. This determines acceptance for the student’s tertiary studies before the AS level results are available and is therefore most important.
6. Are HIGCSE and A Levels the same?

HIGCSE and A Levels are not the same. The HIGCSE course is the equivalent of Grade 12. A levels are the equivalent to Grades 12 and 13 (first year university).
7. Can I study overseas with Cambridge qualifications?

Yes, Cambridge qualifications not only give students direct entrance to universities in Southern Africa, but also internationally. Please contact the University of your choice for their admission requirements.
8. I struggle with examination technique, what should I do?

The past examination packs that students are issued with at registration includes three years of past Cambridge examination papers per subject. By going through these papers students can familiarize themselves with the format, content and time constraints they will face when writing their examinations. These are invaluable to students in improving their examination technique and confidence.
9. What happens to my exam entry should I decide to withdraw from an examination?

Students who withdraw from an examination will not be automatically entered at the next session, but will have to re-apply for a future sitting and pay the necessary examination fees again.
10. Can I change the time or date of a Cambridge examination?

Cambridge examinations have to be written at a set time and date. These cannot be changed.
11. What does AM and PM mean on my Statement of Entry?

AM session starts at 09h30
PM session starts at 13h30
These times are for exams at the Johannesburg/Pretoria campuses.
Exams at alternative venues may start later.
12. How do I know the length of each examination that I’ve entered for?

You can establish how long an examination you have entered for will be by looking at the past papers and relevant syllabus in your pack.
13. Can I contact Cambridge directly?

No. Please do not contact Cambridge directly, as the Cambridge centre where you are registered is there to act on your behalf and to answer your questions. CIE does not liaise directly with students and/or parents.
14. Do I have to do orals and practical examinations at Glenwood High School?

Yes. The Biology and Physical Science practical examination must be completed at school. AS and IGCSE Art examinations are also completed at the school. Oral examinations for English 2nd Language and IGCSE are also completed at the School.