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Curriculum Overview

Spectrum International School (Spectrum) offers a balanced and integrated curriculum that will meet our students’ diverse learning needs. The curriculum integrates the national curriculum of Kazakhstan and Cambridge International Programmes. 



Cambridge International Programmes

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5–19 year olds. These qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.

Cambridge international education programmes and qualifications lead from primary through secondary and pre-university years. Cambridge international programmes include globally recognised qualifications such as Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International AS/A Levels which open doors for learners worldwide. For more detailed information, please refer to www.cie.org.uk.

Our school is eligible to offer the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Primary
  • Cambridge Secondary 1 (Lower Secondary)
  • Cambridge Secondary 2 (IGCSE)
  • Cambridge Advanced

The programme is intended from Nursery to grade 12. From Grade 1 to Grade 5 the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science follow the Cambridge International Primary Programme enriched with ICT, Fine Art, Music and Physical Education all taught in English. As part of Kazakh National Curriculum, Kazakh language (Reading & Writing) is offered.

From Grade 6 to grade 12, our entire examined curriculum comes from Cambridge. Additionally, Kazakh Language and Literature, History and Geography of Kazakhstan and Russian Language are taught as part of Kazakh National Curriculum. History and Geography of Kazakhstan are both taught in English. 

There are four levels of Cambridge exams:

  • Primary Checkpoint – sat at grade 5 level;
  • Checkpoint – sat at grade 8 level;
  • IGCSE –sat at grade 10 level;
  • A Levels –a two-year course sat at grade 11 (AS) and grade 12 (A2).

Cambridge exams indicated above excluding A Levels are compulsory for Spectrum students. ‘A Level’ exams are optional since they are directly related to the students’ university choices and may not be required for admissions in some of them.