Cambridge Course Offerings

CHS Cambridge Course Progression 

Below are the diploma groupings for AICE level courses offered at Colonial HS. PreAICE courses are not listed but are offered in the 9th and 10th grade

​Group A: Mathematics and Science

AICE Math I - AS Level
Grade Levels: 10-12 
Prerequisite: Pre-AICE Math II, III, and Pre AICE Additional Math 
The purpose of this course is to enable students to: develop an understanding of mathematical principles and an appreciation of mathematics as a logical and coherent subject; acquire a range of mathematical skills. The content themes and topics should include, but not be limited to:Algebra, Quadratics, Functions, Logarithmic & Exponential Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Circular Measures, Trigonometry, Vectors, Series, Differentiation, and Integration.  Cambridge International AS and A Level Mathematics builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (Pre AICE I, II, and III) level.

AICE Biology - AS Level
Grade Levels: 11-12 
Prerequisite: PreAICE Biology, 
Cambridge International AS Biology provides a coherent and stimulating introduction to the science of life.

AICE Marine Science - AS Level
Grade Levels: 11-12 
Prerequisite: PreAICE Biology, PreAICE Chemistry
Cambridge International AS and A Level Marine Science provides a coherent and stimulating introduction to the science of the marine environment. The AS part of the course concentrates on the scientific study of the sea and its ecosystems, while the A Level part concentrates on human activities that depend on the sea and have an impact on it. 

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of ideas to new contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge, and the course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. 

Group B: Languages

AICE English Language - AS Level
Grade Levels: 11
Prerequisite: PreAICE English Language, PreAICE English Literature

Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language gives learners the opportunity to study English language and its use in contemporary communication. It aims to encourage a critical response to texts in a range of forms, styles and contexts, and to promote skills of communication, reading, research and analysis. 

Through their study, learners will develop an ability to read and analyze material, gaining further knowledge and understanding of English language features and issues, and writing clearly, accurately, creatively and effectively for different purposes and audiences.

Group C: Arts and Humanities 

AICE US History - AS Level
Grade Levels: 11-12
Prerequisite: AP Human Geography, AP World History 

International AS and A Level History is a flexible and wide-ranging syllabus covering modern history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The emphasis is again on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Learners develop an understanding of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and use historical evidence as part of their studies. At AS learners can select from topics on European, American or International history

AICE Psychology - AS Level 
Grade Levels: 11-12 
Cambridge International AS and A Level Psychology learners develop their appreciation of the subject by exploring the ways in which psychology is conducted. As part of their studies, learners also review important research; this provides an insight into the ways in which psychology has been applied, thereby leading to a better understanding of key themes and issues. 

AICE Art and Design - AS Level (not currently offered)
Grade Levels: 10-12
Prerequisite: Pre AICE Art and Design
The Cambridge International A Level Art and Design syllabus considers expression and communication. Learners gain an understanding of visual perception and aesthetic experience, and the ways in which art and design creates a language of its own. 

Most of the work for this syllabus is practical or studio based, so that learners can develop their abilities of observation and analysis of the visual world, sensitivity, skill, personal expression and imagination. They also learn how to relate their skills to an enhanced knowledge of their own cultures, past and present, as well as an appreciation of practical design problems.

Group D: Interdisciplinary and Skills and Based Subjects

AICE General Paper - AS Level 
The Cambridge International AS Level General Paper encourages learners to develop a maturity of critical thought and argument, and a mastery of expression in the English language. These are all skills of great use for university level study.

The syllabus draws on topics from across the school curriculum, and learners are able to draw upon knowledge and understanding gained from study of other subjects

Additional Diploma Requirement 

AICE Global Perspectives - AS Level
Grade Levels: 11-12
Prerequisite: On-Track for Diploma, one of last requirements to be met

Cambridge International AS & A Level Global Perspectives and Research prepares learners for positive engagement with our rapidly changing world.
Learners broaden their outlook through the critical analysis of - and reflection on - issues of global significance. The Cambridge International AS & A Level Global Perspectives and Research syllabus is based on skills rather than on specific content. Learners develop research, thinking, reasoning and communication skills by following an approach to analyzing and evaluating arguments and perspectives called the Critical Path. Collaborative skills are enhanced through participation in a team project. The skills gained through study of Cambridge International AS & A Level Global Perspectives and Research enable students to meet the demands of twenty-first century learning and to make a successful transition to study in higher education.

updated as of 9/2016

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