Our guides summarise the key features of this new qualification.
Former Cambridge Pre-U student, Jacqui Agate talks about life at university and her future plans.
Universities welcome students with Cambridge Pre-U.
In this issue, find out how Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research is helping Brentwood County High School prepare students for university.
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Cambridge Pre-U is an exciting new post-16 qualification. It prepares students with the skills and knowledge they need to make a success of their subsequent studies at university.
Teachers tell us they want to be able to prepare students for higher education more effectively with exciting syllabuses that are stimulating to teach. Universities tell us they want students who are equipped to benefit from a higher education experience, which calls for an independent and self-directed style of learning.
This is why we have developed Cambridge Pre-U as a coherent curriculum underpinned by a core set of educational principles. It offers genuinely interesting syllabuses which students can study in any combination to gain the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, or on an individual subject basis.
Cambridge Pre-U addresses the needs of teachers, students and universities by:
The linear approach of Cambridge Pre-U (with exams taken at the end of the course) provides for coherence and progression, the chance to reclaim teaching and learning time at the end of the first year, and decide the order, pace and depth of teaching and learning most appropriate for students. Feedback on progress at that point may be provided by optional examinations, marked either by the school or Cambridge.
Cambridge Pre-U syllabuses can be taken separately, and are graded individually. Students may choose to combine them to achieve a full diploma.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
Independent Research Report
There is freedom to choose subject combinations without constraint. To qualify for the Diploma, students study at least three Principal Cambridge Pre-U subjects from a choice of 26. They also complete an Independent Research Report and a Global Perspectives portfolio. Students may take more than three Principal subjects if they wish.
The Cambridge Pre-U Diploma offers opportunities for interdisciplinary study, includes independent research that builds on individual subject specialisms, and is informed by an international perspective.
We have developed Cambridge Pre-U in consultation with teachers and people in higher education. Schools have been consulted on Cambridge Pre-U as a whole, as well as on the individual components.
The process began in October 2006, when we sent detailed subject syllabuses to schools and HE for consultation. Feedback was included in revisions to the draft syllabuses.
We submitted Cambridge Pre-U syllabuses to QCA for accreditation in June 2007 for inclusion in the National Qualifications Framework.
Universities have stated that they will accept applicants with Cambridge Pre-U qualifications.
Cambridge Pre-U is underpinned by a clear set of educational aims:
Cambridge Pre-U is built on a foundation of innovative and exciting subject syllabuses, developed from scratch by teams of practising teachers, working in consultation with representatives from subject associations and lecturers in higher education.
All the syllabuses make their subjects rigorous and challenging, but accessible. They are designed not only for the very top end of the ability range, but for all students who aspire to higher education.
26 Cambridge Pre-U syllabuses submitted to QCA for accreditation and inclusion in the national qualifications framework.
26 accredited Cambridge Pre-U syllabuses available. INSET activities, plus further guidance for schools.
Schools begin teaching.
First Cambridge Pre-U Short Course examinations.
First Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject examinations.
Are you planning to start Cambridge Pre-U? You can now register your interest in teaching Cambridge Pre-U. By registering, you can:
Schools outside the UK who wish to offer Cambridge Pre-U syllabuses need to gain approval ahead of first teaching and should contact us as soon as possible.
If you'd like to ask more questions about Cambridge Pre-U, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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