The IGCSE Programme
At the end of the students’ Form Five year, Maru-a-Pula School offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) administered by Cambridge International Examinations. IGCSE is designed as a two-year curriculum programme leading to a certificate that is internationally recognised as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and the international GCE O-Level examinations.
IGCSE provides a wide and balanced curriculum specifically tailored to international needs. As a prestigious qualification recognised worldwide for its high standards, IGCSE provides a foundation for the North American Advanced Placement Test (AP), the International Baccalaureate (IB) and GCE AS- or A2-Levels.
The A-Level Programme
The globally-recognized Cambridge Advanced Level qualifications have a two-part syllabus: The AS-Level syllabus, covered in a year-long course Part two of the syllabus, or ‘A2’, covered in a second, year-long course.
This flexible approach enables students to choose between three main options:
• Take all A-Level components in the same examination at the end of a two-year course of study
• Take all A-Level in two parts : the AS qualification in the first year, and the A2 in the second
• Take the AS-Level qualification only, at the end of the one-year course
Maru-a-Pula School recognizes that some students wish to pursue a one-year post-IGCSE course of studies. The AS-Level stands alone as a qualification for entry to university. The normal route is to study four subjects at AS-Level and then drop down to three at A2-Level, although some students continue with their fourth subject. Three is usually the minimum number of A2-Levels required for university, with some universities specifying the need for a fourth A-Level subject.
Subject choices depend on the student’s intentions at the tertiary level. The departments currently offering AS-Level / A2-Level studies are: Accounting, English Language, English Literature, Geography, Computing, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Art & Design, History, Economics and Business Studies.