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FAQ: Preparatory programs for admission to Cambridge


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FAQ: Preparatory programs for admission to Cambridge


Admission to Cambridge requires careful in-depth academic preparation, high grades, real fascination with the chosen subject, excellent knowledge of English, willingness to defend your right to study at a prestigious university during a personal interview.

In 2008, Cambridge International Examinations launched Cambridge Pre-U programs, a qualification that offers in-depth study of subjects beyond the standard A-Level program. A number of independent, gymnasium, comprehensive schools have replaced A-Levels with Cambridge Pre-U in some subjects. The program has even gained recognition among Ivy League universities (USA).

 

Pre-University Program

Cambridge Pre-U is an educational program for schoolchildren over 16 years old, which offers the knowledge necessary for successful study at the university, forms the skills of self-study in preparation for undergraduate studies.

Cambridge Pre-U is available in 24 core subjects. The study of the main subject is a two-year program with exams at the end; short courses (usually one-year) are available in some subjects.

Cambridge Pre-U was developed with the participation of universities and higher education institutions: the course develops deep subject knowledge, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, independent learning, effective communication.

Schools can enrich their curriculum by offering Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR), which is taught as two consecutive one-year courses: Global Perspectives develops research, thinking skills during the first year, prepares students for an expanded project in the second year (Research Report). Students can earn a Cambridge Pre-U diploma by completing the Cambridge Pre-U GPR with three core Cambridge Pre-U subjects (1-2 can be replaced by A-Level).

Summer pre-university program for admission to Cambridge

The summer pre-university program for admission to Cambridge provides high school students 16-18 years old with the opportunity to prepare for studies at the world's leading universities.

The intellectually stimulating, intensive residency program at Newnham College will explore new disciplines and topics that will expand academic opportunities. Immersed in the daily life of the college, participants live with students from more than 15 countries, undergo an exciting program of conversations, specialized seminars.

In November 2019, it was decided to close the Cambridge Pre-U program. The last exams in all subjects will be held in June 2023 with the possibility of retaking in June 2024. Five subjects with a low level of admission – Latin, classical Greek, psychology, Russian, Italian – were canceled in June 2022 with the possibility of re-delivery in June 2023.

International Pre-Master's Program

The Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice in English – Business Management/Engineering (Cambridge International Pre-Master's) program is a nine-month full-time program for students wishing to prepare for a master's degree at the world's leading English-speaking university. The course aims to develop research methods, English language skills, academic literacy, and an understanding of current and emerging topics in business management or engineering.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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