The Cambridge Pre-U is a British school leaving qualification from Cambridge International Examinations. It is an alternative to ‘A’ levels or the International Baccalaureate and is thought to shape students learning to suit their strengths with 25 principal subjects to choose from.
This diploma style qualification is aimed at pupils 16 to 19 years old and is recognised for university entrance, although it is best to check that the university you are interested in will definitely accept the Pre-U qualification.
There are 9 grades in the scale for Pre-U – Distinction1 reports achievement above A* at ‘A’ Level. It is only suitable for students who would achieve a pass grade at ‘A’ Level.
It promotes independent and self-directed learning in preparation for undergraduate study. Exams are taken at the end of the academic year so there are no modular exams. Already well recognised in Britain, the Cambridge Pre-U is growing in recognition worldwide.
Students can take Cambridge Pre-U syllabuses separately and receive a grade for each one. Or they can take the full Cambridge Pre-U Diploma. To achieve the Diploma, students must take at least three Cambridge Pre-U subjects (or a combination of Cambridge Pre-U subjects and up to two A Levels) plus Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research – an extended project qualification.
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