Cambridge Secondary 1

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Cambridge Secondary 1 develops skills and understanding in English, mathematics and science for the first three years of secondary education. It combines a world-class curriculum, high-quality support for teachers and integrated assessment.

Our curriculum frameworks for English also include an 'English as a second language' option.

Key features

A foundation for progression

Cambridge Secondary 1 provides excellent preparation for Cambridge Secondary 2 and other educational programmes. Cambridge Checkpoint tests can be used to monitor learners’ readiness for the next stage of education.

External benchmark

Cambridge Secondary 1 includes two testing options: Cambridge Secondary 1 Progression Tests and Cambridge Checkpoint. These assessments provide an international benchmark of student achievement, helping teachers to identify learners’ strengths and weaknesses and give advice on progression routes.

International curriculum

Appropriate and relevant internationally, Cambridge Secondary 1 has been designed to be culturally sensitive. It includes top-quality teaching and assessment resources appropriate for teaching and learning in local and international schools.


Schools can use Cambridge Secondary 1 with other curricula. No part of the programme is compulsory, so teachers can use the materials to suit their own situation.

Comprehensive support for teachers

Support includes face-to-face and online training, curriculum frameworks, teacher guides, lists of resources and a secure support site.

Information and Communications Technology

Schools can use Cambridge ICT Starters within Cambridge Secondary 1 to introduce learners to the key ICT applications they need to achieve computer literacy. It gives schools a flexible framework to develop ICT skills.