International AS Levels

The path to Tertiary Education or the World of Work

Why Study the INTERNATIONAL General Certificate of Education?

The International AS Level is typically for learners aged 16 to 18 years but can be taken at any age. 

International AS Levels are the world’s most popular international qualification for 16 to 18-year-olds. They are recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and is an international passport to further education.

Qualification

External Assessment takes place in twice a year in May / June and October / November in Registered Examination Centers around the World and  may include written, oral, and practical assessment.

Recognition

Leading universities and employers worldwide accept International AS Levels as evidence of academic ability, understanding and critical thinking.

Why choose the Distance Learning Option?

  • Preparation for Cambridge International Examinations
  • Blended Learning without the option of campus support
  • Self-paced learning, complete your course in your own time
  • Private Candidates only
  • For external examination centres only

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International AS ENGLISH LANGUAGE (9093)

Why AS Level English Language? (2021)

AS Level in English Language is accepted worldwide by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding. 

The Aims of the TAO AS Level English Language Course:

The successful completion of the course will provide candidates with lifelong skills including: 

• the ability to write clearly, accurately, creatively and persuasively
• the ability to use appropriate styles and registers for different contexts
• the ability to analyse a variety of complex texts in a variety of forms and styles
• an understanding of language use to inform and persuade.

How are candidates assessed?

  • Paper 1 Passages Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes / Weighting 50%
  • Paper 2 Writing Duration: 2 hours / Weighting 50%

Source: Go to Cambridge International for further information

AS LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE 9695 (First Exam 2021)

Why AS Level Literature in English?

Cambridge International AS & A Level Literature in English will provide learners with the opportunity to gain further knowledge and understanding of international poetry, prose and drama, with candidates studying all genres at both levels. A wide range of inspiring set texts have been carefully selected to offer a depth and breadth of literary study and to encourage lively and stimulating classroom discussion. At AS Level learners will study three set texts and prepare for one unseen text.

The Aims of the TAO AS Level English Language Course:

The successful completion of the course will provide candidates with lifelong skills including: 

  1. enjoy the experience of reading literature 
  2. develop an appreciation of and an informed personal response to literature in English in a range of texts in different forms, and from different periods and cultures 
  3. communicate effectively, accurately and appropriately in written form 
  4. develop the interdependent skills of reading, analysis and communication 
  5. analyse and evaluate the methods writers use in creating meaning and effects 
  6. encourage wider reading and an understanding of how it may contribute to personal development 
  7. build a firm foundation for further study of literature.

How are candidates assessed? 

Paper 1 Paper 3 Drama and Poetry (2 hours 50 marks) 

Candidates answer two questions: one question from Section A: Drama and one question from Section B: Poetry. Externally assessed 50% of the AS Level

Paper 2 Prose and Unseen (2 hours 50 marks )

Candidates answer two questions: one question from Section A: Prose and one question from Section B: Unseen. Externally assessed 50% of the AS Level 25% of the A Level


International AS LEVEL MATHEMATICS (9709)

Why Choose AS Level Mathematics?

AS Level Mathematics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of  mathematical knowledge and understanding. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including:
• a deeper understanding of mathematical principles;
• the further development of mathematical skills including the use of applications of mathematics in the context of everyday situations and in other subjects that they may be studying;
• the ability to analyse problems logically, recognising when and how a situation may be represented mathematically;
• the use of mathematics as a means of communication;
• a solid foundation for further study.

How are candidates assessed?

AS Level candidates take:

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (P1) 1 hour 45 minutes About 10 shorter and longer questions (75 marks weighted at 60% of total)

plus one of the following papers:

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics*

CANNOT BE CARRIED FORWARD

TO A LEVEL 

Paper 4: Mechanics 1  Paper 6: Probability and 
Statistics 1

1 hour 15 minutes
About 7 shorter and longer
questions
50 marks weighted at 40%
of total

1 hour 15 minutes
About 7 shorter and longer
questions
50 marks weighted at 40%
of total

1 hour 15 minutes
About 7 shorter and longer
questions
50 marks weighted at 40%
of total


Source: Go to Cambridge International for further information

Teacher: Jackie Levey

International AS LEVEL BIOLOGY (9700)

Why Choose AS Level Biology?

Biology is relevant to your own life and health, to global food supplies and disease. Biology is one of the most dynamic subjects, from stem cell research to the future of augmented memory. A qualification in biology equips you with skills:  literacy, numeracy, social awareness, and an ability to make connections between natural, social, economic, political and technological fields. Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology is accepted by universities and employers as proof of  knowledge and understanding of Biology.

How are candidates assessed?

Candidates for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification take Papers 1, 2 and 3 in a single exam series.

Paper 1

This paper will consist of 40 multiple choice questions based on the AS syllabus. All questions will be of the direct choice type with four options. Candidates will answer all questions.

Paper 2

This paper will consist of a variable number of structured questions of variable mark value. All the questions will be based on the AS syllabus. Candidates will answer all the questions on the question paper.

Paper 3 – Advanced Practical Skills 1/2

In some examination series, two versions of the Advanced Practical Skills paper will be available, identified as Advanced Practical Skills 1 and Advanced Practical Skills 2. In other series only Advanced Practical Skills 1 will be available.

Source: Go to Cambridge International for more information

International AS LEVEL CHEMISTRY (9701)

Why choose AS Level Chemistry?

Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in chemistry, an in-depth knowledge of chemistry’s most important themes and strong practical skills. AS Level Chemistry helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study.

Our learners also develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology, and communication and teamwork skills.

Key concepts

As a learner, you should refer to these concepts, again and again, to help unify the subject and make sense of it. If mastered, learners can use the concepts to solve problems or to understand unfamiliar subject-related material.

  • Atoms and forces: Matter is built from atoms interacting and bonding through electrostatic forces. The structure of matter affects its physical and chemical properties, and influences how substances react chemically.
  • Experiments and evidence: Chemists use evidence gained from observations and experiments to build models and theories of the structure and reactivity of materials.
  • Patterns in chemical behaviour and reactions: By identifying patterns in chemical behaviour we can predict the properties of substances and how they can be transformed into new substances by chemical reactions. This allows us to design new materials of use to society.
  • Chemical bonds: The understanding of how chemical bonds are made and broken by the movement of electrons allows us to predict patterns of reactivity.
  • Energy changes: The energy changes that take place during chemical reactions can be used to predict both the extent and the rate of such reactions.
How are candidates assessed?

Candidates for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification take Papers 1, 2 and 3 (either Advanced Practical Skills 1 or Advanced Practical Skills 2) in a single examination series.

Paper 1 Multiple Choice 1 hour This paper consists of 40 multiple choice questions, 30 of the direct choice type and 10 of the multiple completion type, all with four options. All questions will be based on the AS Level syllabus content. [40 marks]

Paper 2 Structured Questions 1 hour 15 minutes This paper consists of a variable number of questions of variable mark value. All questions will be based on the AS Level syllabus content. [60 marks] 

Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills 2 hours This paper requires candidates to carry out practical work in timed conditions. Candidates will be expected to collect, record and analyse data so that they can answer questions related to the activity. The paper will consist of two or three experiments drawn from different areas of chemistry. [40 marks]

Source: Go to Cambridge International for more information

International AS LEVEL PHYSICS (9702)

Why AS Level Physics? 

Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in physics, an in-depth knowledge of the most important themes in physics and strong practical skills. AS and A Level Physics helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study. Our learners also develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology, and communication and teamwork skills.

Guided learning hours 

Guided learning hours give an indication of the amount of contact time teachers need to have with learners to deliver a particular course. Our courses are designed around 180 guided learning hours for AS Level. These figures are for guidance only. The number of hours needed to gain the qualification may vary depending on the learners’ ability, or previous experience of the subject. 

Prior learning 

We recommend that learners who are beginning this course should have previously completed a GCSE course, or the equivalent, in Physics.

How are candidates assessed?

Paper 1 Multiple Choice [1 hour 15 minutes 40 marks] 40 multiple-choice questions

Paper 2 Structured [1 hour 15 minutes 60 marks] Structured questions

Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills [2 hours 40 marks] Practical work and structured questions are based on the experimental skills in the Practical assessment section of the syllabus. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content.



Source: Go to Cambridge International for further information

Teacher: Jackie Levey

International AS LEVEL GEOGRAPHY (9696)

Why Choose AS Geography?

AS Levels have a proven reputation for preparing learners well for university, employment and life. AS Level Geography is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of Geography. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

  • an appreciation of the need for understanding, respect and co-operation in conserving the environment and improving the quality of life
  • an awareness of the usefulness of geographical analysis to understand and solve contemporary human and environmental problems
  • develop independent thinking skills and apply knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • make judgements, recommendations and decisions and present reasoned explanations, understand implications and communicate them clearly and logically

How Are Candidates Assessed?

Paper 1 Core Physical Geography 1 hour 30 minutes Section A: Three data response questions (30 marks) Section B: One structured question from a choice of three (30 marks) [60 marks]

Paper 2 Core Human Geography 1 hour 30 minutes Section A: Three data response questions (30 marks) Section B: One structured question from a choice of three (30 marks) [60 marks]

Source: Go to Cambridge International for further information 

International AS LEVEL HISTORY (9489): European Option

Why Choose AS Level History?

 

The syllabus aims to develop:

  • an interest in the past and an appreciation of human endeavour
  • a greater knowledge and understanding of historical periods or themes
  • a greater awareness of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference, and change and continuity
  • an appreciation of the nature and diversity of historical sources available, and the methods used by historians
  • an exploration of a variety of approaches to different aspects of history and different interpretations of particular historical issues
  • the ability to think independently and make informed judgments on issues
  • an empathy with people living in different places and at different times
  • a firm foundation for further study of History.

Topics assessed in 2022 

Paper 1 • The Russian Revolution, 1894–1921 
Paper 2 • France, 1774–1814

International AS LEVEL BUSINESS (9609)

Why Choose to Study AS Level Business?

The study of AS Level Business allows learners to take the first step towards a career in private or public organisations or progress with confidence to a degree in business and management related subjects.

About the syllabus: learners will develop:

• the capacity to analyse characteristics and activities of business organisations and how they respond to the changing demands of their environments
• an understanding of how effective managers and leaders develop successful organisations in terms of customer focus and the products/services they offer
• the opportunity to reflect on how successful business organisations engage in financial and accounting practices to maximise value for stakeholders value
• development of knowledge that relates to strategic planning and decision-making to ensure business survival, change, and sustainable success
• a solid foundation for further study.

How Are Candidates Assessed?

Paper 1 Short answer and essay 1 hour 15 minutes 

Section A: Four short answer questions (20 marks) Section B: One essay from a choice of three questions (20 marks) Based on the AS Level syllabus content [40 marks] 

Paper 2 Data response 1 hour 30 minutes Two data response questions based on AS Level syllabus content [60 marks]

Source: Go to Cambridge International for further information

International AS LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE (9618)

Why choose AS Computer Science? 

AS Level Computer Science is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. This syllabus is designed to give greater flexibility both to teachers and to learners. It is envisaged that learners will use the skills and knowledge of computer science acquired through this course in one of three ways: 

  • to provide a general understanding and perspective of the development of computer technology and systems, which will inform their decisions and support their participation in an increasingly technologically dependent society 
  • to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment in areas that use computer science 
  • to develop their knowledge and understanding of computer science through entry to higher education, where this qualification will provide a useful foundation for further study of computer science or more specialist aspects of computer science

Assessment

Paper 1 Theory Fundamentals: This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions. There is no choice of questions.

  • 75 marks
  • Externally assessed
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50%

Paper 2 Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills: This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions. There is no choice of questions. Topics will include those given in the pre-release material.

  • 75 marks
  • Externally assessed
  • 2 hours
  • 50%

Source: Go to Cambridge International for further information

Teacher: Jackie Levey