12 October 2007
CIE will introduce a new A* grade to Cambridge International A Levels in 2009. This will be in line with changes to the UK A Level, which will also see a reduction in modules from six to four. The linear structure of the Cambridge International A Level will not be affected by these changes.
Dr Kevin Stannard, CIE Director of International Curriculum Development, said: "An A* grade will make for greater differentiation at the top end of the Cambridge International A Level reporting scale, making it possible to recognise outstanding achievement more fully, and giving universities and employers more to work with. This will enhance still further the proven ability of Cambridge International A Level to prepare students for success in their subsequent studies and careers."
He added: "Cambridge has also decided to retain a two-stage assessment system - AS and A2. This decision was made following widespread consultation with international schools. The two-stage system is both robust and flexible, and has become popular not only with schools but also with admissions tutors at the world's most prestigious universities."
A growing number of schools around the world are choosing Cambridge International A Level as their post-16 qualification. Cambridge International AS and A Level entries have grown 12 per cent in the last year, reaching 296,000 from more than 100 countries worldwide.
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