Cambridge AS & A-Levels

Cambridge Assessment International Examinations continue to develop students for success in an evolving global setting.

Cambridge Assessment International Examinations is a world-class international education programme that gives students an excellent opportunity to apply to tertiary education institutions worldwide. The highly respected syllabus allows students to develop a deeper understanding of subjects and through refined and interactive teaching techniques, students are given the skills to be able to delve into their chosen subjects at a more sophisticated level.

Cambridge students are encouraged to work independently in their studies and to take initiative in additional research and extra reading for their courses. In doing so, they develop and enrich their knowledge about the subject matter and are exposed to a university approach to their academic work, which is beneficial for their tertiary education.

Both inside and outside of Cambridge classrooms, our students develop and engage an informed curiosity towards the world. And it is here that Cambridge further fosters the growth of independent, confident and responsible young adults through the intensive nature of the syllabus and the peer-to-peer teaching that takes place in the programme.

In the three years since its establishment, the Somerset College Cambridge Programme has achieved outstanding results. These are a testament to the talent and dedication of our students, but also to our exceptional teachers, who enthusiastically inspire and embolden students in their pursuit of their individual goals. Our results have gained both national and international recognition, with our proud students having already achieved some of the highest Cambridge accolades:
“Top in the World” for Mathematics, English and Afrikaans (AS-Level),
“Top in South Africa” for Computer Science and Economics (AS-Level), and
“Top in South Africa” for Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics (A-Level).

Students who become a part of the Cambridge Programme at Somerset College remain fully integrated in the College life. Unlike Cambridge programmes offered by many other schools in South Africa, Somerset College includes its Cambridge students in the day-to-day events and activities offered to the other non-Cambridge students.

Somerset College creates a unique and integrated school culture through opening all school activities and extra-murals to all Cambridge students, including sport, music, theatre, clubs, portfolios, events, leadership positions and awards. Every student is part of the College and offered a holistic educational experience that encourages new talents and student contribution to our thriving campus life.

Sport, however, is not compulsory for Cambridge students. Those who wish to participate and compete in sport may certainly do so, but with the clear understanding that Cambridge academics take precedence.

At Somerset College, the Cambridge Programme is completed in the last two years of high school. In their AS-Level year, students are required to take a minimum of five subjects, while in the A-Level year, a minimum of three subjects is recommended.

Somerset College offers:
English Language and English Literature
Mathematics (Statistics, Mechanics, Further Mathematics, Pure Mathematics)
Art and Design
Computer Science
(Other languages are offered by special arrangement.)

International candidates must have a minimum of six IGCSE credits. They must have achieved an A or B in IGCSE examinations (or equivalent) for the subjects they wish to pursue at AS and A-Level. South African candidates, who have completed their Grade 10, may apply with a minimum of 60% in the subjects being considered at AS-Level.

Our Cambridge Programme is viewed as a challenging international qualification and is highly valued by many leading universities around the world. Both local and international universities recognise that the programme is designed to prepare students for their tertiary studies, and so students are able to apply to study in South Africa and abroad. While the programme does not cover some South African subjects, such as Life Orientation, South African universities are happy to accommodate this and gladly accept the A-Level qualification.

For further information and any admission queries, please contact:
Patricia McNaught Davis at