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Lower Secondary Curriculum

(Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum)

This is the first programme of curricula provision from Cambridge targeted at secondary age students. The Secondary 1 curriculum like the Primary curriculum covers the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. It too consists of subject content, planning and resource guides, guidance for curriculum implementation and development, and support for classroom teaching and student learning. Again, as a programme developed with consistent standards that are externally benchmarked across tens of thousands of students, it enables reliable structured reporting to parents about the performance of their children, which has validity beyond the school. It also enables the school to ensure that students are properly prepared for the demands of the IGCSE courses in these subjects.


Cambridge provides two types of tests for use during Secondary 1; at the end of a stage (school year) and at the end of the programme (end of grade 8): Cambridge Secondary Progression Tests and Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint.

Cambridge Secondary 1 has its roots in the National Curriculum for England. Each subject area has a separate curriculum framework presenting the learning objectives for each stage in content areas or strands. This is designed specifically for an international audience. It provides a clear structure for planning each stage as well as a description of the expectations for learners as they progress through Cambridge Secondary 1. The optional testing structure is also aligned with the expectations of the National Curriculum for England.

The English as a Second Language curriculum frameworks and Progression Tests which are available for Grade 6 to 8, are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).