‘A’ Level program at Cambridge College prepares students for external examinations conducted by the University of Cambridge leading to the award of Advanced Level General Certificate of Education.
The curriculum content is divided into two namely: Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level.
Traditionally, the Programme is designed to last for two academic sessions: Advanced Subsidiary Level for the first year and Advanced Level for the second. However, Cambridge College gives students two optional course duration:
- Accelerated 1-year A-Level Programme
- Regular 2-year A-Level Programme
The 1-year accelerated duration is not automatic as it is designed for brilliant students who have been tested by their lecturers and found capable of writing and passing the GCE A-Level examination in one academic session.
The regular 2-year A-Level Programme is for students who, after been tested, the lecturers cannot guarantee their success in the GCE A-Level examinations in a one-year duration.
Benefits of A-Levels
Advanced Level Certificate is globally recognized. A graduate of Advanced Level with good results is guaranteed direct admission to year 2 of the Degree Programme in most Universities around the world.
It is a challenging program any serious student will like to enroll for as it will no doubt simplify the student’s undergraduate academic work because most of it would have been taught at an advanced level. In fact, they are taught topics in the Advanced Level that students will sometimes come across at the postgraduate level.
There is a wide gap between secondary school and university education. The university academic environment is distinct from the secondary school environment but most students cannot distinguish between the two. Many students view the university as an extension of secondary school. This is one of the reasons for the increase in the number of drop-outs in our universities today.
The Advanced Level Programme provides a link between the university and secondary education. It is rare to find a student with A-Level experience dropping out of the university. The reason is that the A-Level programme imbibes students with what it takes to cope with university education in terms of attending lectures, library usage, tutorials, learning techniques, time management and so on.
Normally, Advanced Level students are expected to offer three subjects relevant to their proposed course of studies. Although some students choose to offer four Advanced Level subjects so that they can have a wider choice in university admission, the College has no objection to this provided the student can successfully offer the four subjects and perform very well in the examinations. Science students have four groups from which they can choose their A-level subjects, these are:
- Students for Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Basic Medical Science, and Biology Sciences should choose Group A.
- Students for Engineering courses, Computer Science, Physical Science and Industrial Chemistry should choose three subjects from Group B.
- Students for Architecture, Geology, Geography, Regional Planning, Estate Management, and Surveying should choose three subjects from Group C.
- Students for Agriculture, Agric Economics, Agronomy, Agric Extension, and Animal Production should choose three subjects from Group D, including Chemistry.
Art and Social Science students will choose at least three subjects from any of the groups below:
- Students for Economics, Public Administration, Banking and Finance, Accounting, Insurance, Business Administration, Marketing, Industrial Relations, Personnel Management and Geography, should choose three subjects from Group A.
- Students for International Relations, Mass Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Law, English & French, Religious Studies and any other related course should choose three subjects from Group B.
Generally, Advanced Level subject combinations at Cambridge College qualify students for admission into most degree courses around the world. Candidates are free to e-mail or call the College for more information on the three relevant subjects for their proposed course if not listed above.
Within the first two weeks of resumption into the IDFP and ‘A’ Level programmes, an orientation course is carried out for our new students. The programme involves talks, seminars and lectures on:
1. Moral Rectitude
3. Dress Code
4. Use of library & Laboratories
5. Textbooks and Lectures Notes
6. Class Assignment and Continuous Assessment
7. Studying in Preparation for examinations
8. Career Talks, etc.
The importance of the orientation course cannot be overemphasized, as it enables the students who have come from various secondary schools, with diverse backgrounds to have a common approach to the course. It also enables them to attain mental and intellectual maturity within a short time.