Building a Cambridge curriculum

There are many ways to implement the Cambridge curriculum. Some schools base their whole curriculum on Cambridge programmes and qualifications, while others combine Cambridge with other national and international programmes.

A guide for school leaders

If you are new to Cambridge, read our guide – Implementing the Curriculum with Cambridge. We developed it to help school leaders design, implement and evaluate the use of Cambridge programmes in their curricula. It draws on research-based best practice and our experiences with schools. 

Inside the guide: 

  • Curriculum planning 
  • Developing the Cambridge learner attributes 
  • Designing a curriculum 
  • Leadership, curriculum, evaluation and building school capacity 
  • Working with us 

Cambridge with other curricula

Our programmes and qualifications are compatible with other curricula, so you are free to build a unique curriculum that suits your school’s values. In some parts of the world, schools implement Cambridge programmes alongside their national curriculum to give learners the benefits of a bilingual education. We support schools that want to adopt this approach – read more about our work in bilingual education.

Our programmes are designed for an international audience, but teaching can be placed in a localised context – making the course content relevant for learners.

Adding breadth and depth

We offer a wide choice of subjects – for example, more than 70 subjects at Cambridge IGCSE and 55 subjects at Cambridge International AS and A Level. Learners can choose to specialise in a particular subject area, or broaden their learning across a wide subject range.

You can also add breadth to your curriculum by offering our cross-curricular Cambridge Global Perspectives courses. This subject is available at Cambridge Secondary 2 and Cambridge Advanced stage. It develops independent thinking and research skills by asking learners to explore a range of global issues.