general studies syllabus

Topics: General Certificate of Secondary Education, University of Cambridge, School examinations Pages: 17 (3782 words) Published: December 12, 2014
SYLLABUS
Cambridge International AS Level
General Paper

8004
For examination in June and November 2016

Cambridge Advanced

Changes to syllabus for 2016
This syllabus has been updated, but there are no significant changes.

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Contents
1. Introduction .................................................................................................................... 2 1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5

Why choose Cambridge?
Why choose Cambridge International AS and A Level?
Why choose Cambridge International AS Level General Paper?
Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Diploma How can I find out more?

2. Teacher support .............................................................................................................. 6 2.1 Support materials

3. Assessment at a glance ................................................................................................. 7 4. Syllabus aims and assessment objectives...................................................................... 8 4.1 Syllabus aims

4.2 Assessment objectives

5. Description of components ............................................................................................ 9 5.1 Topic areas and question focus
5.2 Level descriptors for essay marking

6. Other information ......................................................................................................... 13

Introduction

1.

Introduction

1.1

Why choose Cambridge?

Recognition
Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for learners aged 5 to 19. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge, trusted for excellence in education. Our qualifications are recognised by the world’s universities and employers.

Cambridge International AS and A Levels are recognised around the world by schools, universities and employers. The qualifications are accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide, though some courses do require specific subjects.

Cambridge International A Levels typically take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives learners the freedom to select subjects that are right for them. Cambridge International AS Levels often represent the first half of an A Level course but may also be taken as a freestanding qualification. The content and difficulty of a Cambridge International AS Level examination is equivalent to the first half of a corresponding Cambridge International A Level. Cambridge AS Levels are accepted in all UK universities and carry half the weighting of an A Level. University course credit and advanced standing is often available for Cambridge International AS and A Levels in countries such as the USA and Canada.

Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/recognition

Excellence in education
Our mission is to deliver world-class international education through the provision of high-quality curricula, assessment and services.
More than 9000 schools are part of our Cambridge learning community. We support teachers in over 160 countries who offer their learners an international education based on our curricula and leading to our qualifications. Every year, thousands of learners use Cambridge qualifications to gain places at universities around the world.

Our syllabuses are reviewed and updated regularly so that they reflect the latest thinking of international experts and practitioners and take...
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