Introduction to Cambridge O level Exam 2018

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Cambridge O Level, part of the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage, is typically for 14 − 16 year olds. Cambridge O Level is an internationally recognised qualification equivalent to the UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). Cambridge O Level provides learners with excellent preparation for academic progression to Cambridge Advanced including Cambridge International AS and A Levels and Cambridge Pre-U.

Cambridge O Levels have been designed especially for an international market and are sensitive to the needs of different countries. These qualifications are designed for learners whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. The curriculum also enables teaching to be placed in a localised context, making it relevant in various regions.

The Cambridge O Level curriculum places emphasis on broad and balanced study across a wide range of subjects. The curriculum develops learners'skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving and is structured so that learners attain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. In some parts of the world, schools use Cambridge O Level as an international alternative to the local government's examination. Universities in many countries, including Canada and the USA, will admit learners on the basis of their Cambridge O Level performances alone.

Cambridge O Levels are normally taken after completing the course, and a variety of methods including written, practical and oral are used to assess learners. Candidates can now achieve an A * at O Level, which can be evidenced by looking at the O Level results statistics section of the website. Grade A is awarded for the highest level of achievement, and grade E indicates minimum satisfactory performance. We run two sessions for Cambridge O Level-May/June and October/November, although some subjects are only available in May/June or October/November.

O Level Subjects

Cambridge O Levels are established qualifications within the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage that keep pace with educational developments and trends. They are internationally recognised throughout the world, by academic institutes and employers, as a mark of quality and evidence of real ability.

Cambridge offers a range of teaching support and resource materials for each Cambridge O Level subject. Select the subjects below for details of the support resources available for each syllabus.

  • Agriculture
  • Arabic
  • Art
  • Bangladesh Studies
  • Bengali
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • CDT: Design and Communication
  • Chemistry
  • Commerce
  • Commercial Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • Environmental Management
  • Fashion and Fabrics
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Food and Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Hinduism
  • History (Modern World Affairs)
  • History: World Affairs, 1917 − 1991
  • Human and Social Biology
  • Islamic Religion and Culture
  • Islamiyat
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics-Additional
  • Mathematics D (Calculator Version)
  • Metalwork
  • Nepali
  • Pakistan Studies
  • Physics
  • Principles of Accounts
  • Religious Studies
  • Science-Additional Combined
  • Science-Combined
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Setswana
  • Sinhala
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Swahili
  • Tamil
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Urdu-First Language
  • Urdu-Second Language
  • Woodwork


Cambridge O Level is the national school-leaving examination in several countries, including Singapore, Brunei and Mauritius (where it is taken as a ‘group’ examination-the Cambridge School Certificate). It is also widely taken in anglophone African countries and in Pakistan. Cambridge O Levels are normally taken in seven to nine subjects across the curriculum after 11 years of education. The courses usually require 150 hours of teaching.

Cambridge O Level grading is on a six-point scale (A-E). Universities in many countries, including Canada and the USA, will admit students on the basis of their Cambridge O Level performances alone.

Grade C in Cambridge O Level English Language satisfies the English proficiency requirements of many universities in the UK and other anglophone countries.