International Curriculum

Challenging and inspiring students worldwide

The Cambridge international curriculum sets a global standard for education, and is recognised by universities and employers worldwide. The curriculum is flexible, challenging and inspiring, culturally sensitive yet international in approach. Cambridge students develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. They also gain the essential skills they need for success at university and in their future careers.

What is an international curriculum?

  • Over 10,000 schools in over 160 countries follow the Cambridge international curriculum
  • The curriculum is international in philosophy and approach, but can be tailored to local contexts
  • Cambridge students study for Cambridge international qualifications which are accepted and recognised around the world
  • Cambridge students moving between Cambridge schools can continue their studies following the same curriculum

Knowledge, understanding and higher order thinking skills

Cambridge programmes combine an emphasis on mastering subjects in depth with the development skills for study and work in the future. We value deep subject knowledge as well as the conceptual understanding that helps students make links between different aspects of a subject. We also encourage students to develop higher order thinking skills – problem solving, critical thinking, independent research, collaboration and presenting arguments. These are transferable skills that will last a lifetime, preparing students for their future lives. They also make learning enjoyable and rewarding.

Learning to learn

According to Cambridge research good learning habits matter. Cambridge students to reflect on their learning so that they are able to build on experience and plan ahead. They will be confident, innovative and resourceful, secure in their knowledge yet open to new ideas and opinions. They will also be responsible – to themselves, and to others. These habits lay the foundations for productive study and employment, and are actively promoted and encouraged by Cambridge syllabuses and qualifications.