What is Cambridge Assessment?

What is Cambridge Assessment International Education



Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. They are part of the University of Cambridge. These international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.

Its mission is to provide educational benefit through provision of international programmes and qualifications for school education and to be the world leader in this field. Together with schools, we develop Cambridge learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged – equipped for success in the modern world.

Cambridge International History

The University of Cambridge formed the ‘Local Examinations Syndicate’, now known as Cambridge Assessment, over 150 years ago. Today more than 8 million candidates a year in 10,000 schools, in over 160 countries take their examinations as part of university preparation.

Cambridge Assessment operates the University’s three exam boards and carries out leading-edge and operational research in assessment in education. It is a not-for-profit organisation.

Cambridge Pathway

The Cambridge Pathway is for students aged 5 to 19. Its wide range of subjects and flexibility gives schools the chance to shape the curriculum so that it is exciting and relevant for their own students.

Cambridge Pathway students have the chance to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to achieve at school, university and beyond.

The four stages lead seamlessly:

  1. Cambridge Primary  (ages 5 to 11*)
  2. Cambridge Lower Secondary  (ages 11 to 14*)
  3. Cambridge Upper Secondary  (ages 14-16*)
  4. Cambridge Advanced  (ages 16-19*)

* Age ranges are for guidance only

Each stage builds on the learners’ development from the previous one, but can also be offered separately.

Five elements lie at the heart of a Cambridge education: international curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, international recognition and global community.

For a downloadable Cambridge Assessment International Education prospectus, please click here.

International recognition

Cambridge qualifications are widely recognised by universities and employers. Cambridge students can be confident that their qualifications will be understood and valued throughout their education and career, in their home country and internationally.

For a list of recognised universities by country, please click here.