Preparing students so they’re ready for the world

When choosing an international education for your child, one of the most important considerations is the teaching programme and qualifications that it leads to. The team at Cambridge Assessment International Education explains the benefits of choosing the Cambridge Pathway.

Preparing students so they’re ready for the world

Cambridge Assessment International Education

The Great Education & Schools\' Fair leaderboard
 When planning an international education for your child, you will be judging potential schools on a range of criteria, including ethos, vision, location and facilities. But perhaps most important of all is the quality of the teaching programmes used by the school, and the international reputation of the qualifications your child will be taking. 

Cambridge Pathway

Our Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age five to 19, from Cambridge Primary to Cambridge International AS & A Level. Schools can shape the curriculum around how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them. It helps students develop deep subject knowledge, conceptual understanding and higher order thinking skills.At every stage, we also offer Cambridge Global Perspectives®, a unique, transformational programme that helps students develop outstanding skills, including critical thinking, research and collaboration.The four stages of the Cambridge Pathway lead seamlessly from primary to secondary and pre-university years. Each stage builds on the learners’ development from the previous one, but can also be offered separately. We give schools flexibility so they can build a curriculum to match the needs of each student.Cambridge Primary is typically for students aged five to 11 years and is taught in over 1,300 schools worldwide. The programme starts learners on an exciting educational journey, setting out what they should be able to do at each stage of their primary education.Cambridge Lower Secondary, typically for learners aged 11 to 14, starts the educational journey through secondary education and prepares students for Cambridge Upper Secondary. It offers a curriculum that schools can shape around how they want their students to learn and develops young learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.School search and education advice - connect with our in-country expertsCambridge Upper Secondary inspires students to love learning, helping them to discover new abilities and a wider world. With a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them, it has two qualification options for Cambridge learners: Cambridge IGCSE® and Cambridge O Level. Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, although it can be taken by students of other ages.Taught by schools in 146 countries, it offers 70 subjects to choose from, with each course designed to build core knowledge and develop the creative thinking and problem-solving skills so valued by universities and employers.For students aged 16 to 19, Cambridge International AS & A Levels are ideal preparation for university, higher education and the world of work. They develop a deep subject understanding (with 55 courses available) together with independent learning and constructive thinking skills – abilities which, again, are highly valued, particularly by universities worldwide. Cambridge International AS & A Levels are taught in 134 countries, with over 500,000 subject entries per year.

An international education

Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners from 10,000 schools in 160 countries prepare for their future with an education from Cambridge International.Our worldwide network also offers significant practical advantages in the context of international education, where students and families can be highly mobile. For example, if a student transfers to another Cambridge school – anywhere in the world – they can work towards the same Cambridge qualifications, making the transition process straightforward and minimising disruption to educational progress.We also deliver an internationally relevant education – culturally sensitive to the locale in which it is taught, but which also takes an international perspective and which sets a global standard of excellence.

Ready for university

Last but not least, when considering an international education for your child, it is never too early to think about routes from school into higher education, and to assess the real value of the qualifications offered by a school. Cambridge IGCSEs and International AS & A Levels have global recognition and value.Every year, learners use Cambridge International AS & A Levels to gain places at leading universities worldwide including in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Singapore, Egypt, South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany and Spain.All UK universities accept Cambridge International AS & A Levels, and they are formally accepted by over 500 US universities, including all of the ‘Ivy League’ universities. In some places, such as the US and Canada, good grades can equal one full year of university course credit. You can find a database of universities that accept Cambridge qualifications on our website at a recent survey of admissions staff from 130 universities – including UK Russell Group and US Ivy League universities – 98 per cent regarded Cambridge qualifications as excellent preparation for university, helping students to succeed once they had achieved a place. As one US university admissions officer commented, “Cambridge students are strong in critical thinking and writing, have a broad base of intellectual knowledge and are intellectually curious.”If you would like to learn more about how the Cambridge Pathway could benefit your child, and to find your nearest Cambridge school, visit
International Guide Out Now
This article is from the Relocate Global International Guide to Education & Schools which is packed with expert tips and information for those relocating and the professionals supporting them. Access your free digital copy hereFor co-branded or bespoke editions for your employees, contact Fiona Murchie on +44 (0)1892 891334 or email

Now available as an ebook on Amazon! Simply download from Amazon onto your Kindle, mobile phone or tablet to read wherever you are!

For more education and school related news, visit our Education and Schools pages.Access hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online Directory© 2018. This article first appeared in the 2018 edition of the Guide to International Education & Schools published by Relocate Global, Spray Hill, Hastings Road, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8JB. All rights reserved. This publication (or any part thereof) may not be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of Relocate Global. Relocate Global accepts no liability for the accuracy of the contents or any opinions expressed herein.

Related Articles