Cambridge International Advanced Programme - Key Stage 5

Myanmar International School is an authorised Cambridge testing centre, which offers Cambridge Advanced (AS & A Levels) and AICE Diploma for its high school students.

Cambridge International Advanced (AS & A Levels) Curriculum

The Cambridge Advanced curriculum brings success for learners. The syllabus prepares learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications.

Cambridge International AS & A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • In-depth subject content
  • Independent thinking
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • Handling and evaluating different types of sources of information
  • Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
  • Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
  • Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
  • Working and communicating in English.

Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course, and Cambridge International AS Level is typically one year. Some subjects start as a Cambridge International AS Level in Year 12 and extend to a Cambridge International A Level in Year 13.

Year 12 students at Myanmar International School will take a maximum of four A Level subjects, choosing from:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Art & Design
  • Chinese

Subjects Offered

Cambridge Advanced English Language (AS and A Level 9093)

Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language provides learners with the opportunity to study English language and its use in communication. Students examine the different types of language that are used around them, from formal prose to political speeches, from chatting to friends to 'new', emerging areas of communication such as the language used in social media. Learners are encouraged to respond critically to a wide variety of 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 analyse material, gaining further knowledge and understanding of English language features and issues. Learners will also develop the skills of writing clearly, accurately, creatively and effectively for different purposes and audiences.

Cambridge Advanced Mathematics (AS and A Level 9706)

Studying AS/A level Mathematics helps students develop a logical approach to problem-solving, as well as their mathematical knowledge and skills. For many STEM and economics degree courses, A level Mathematics is an essential prerequisite.

Our curriculum builds from GCSE level mathematics and introduces calculus and its applications and statistics. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how Mathematics can be applied to model situations mathematically using algebra and other representations, to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. It prepares students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of Mathematics.

Physics (AS and A Level 9702)

Physics is at the forefront of our understanding of how the world works and what makes the universe tick, and A level Physics gives students the opportunity to explore the phenomena of the universe and to look at theories that explain what is observed. This subject combines practical skills with theoretical ideas to develop descriptions of the physical universe.

Our Cambridge syllabus enables students to build on their knowledge of the laws of physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from subatomic particles to the entire universe. Our curriculum is rich in practical work, and students develop their analytical skills and learn about a wide range of scientific concepts and current thinking. The syllabus also provides the students with an opportunity to develop attitudes relevant to physics such as; concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity and inquiry.

Chemistry (AS and A Level 9701)

Chemistry is often referred to as the ‘central science’ because it helps to connect other sciences to one another, such as Biology, Physics, Geology, Environmental Science, Medicine and Engineering.

The aim of our curriculum is to expose students to Chemistry as a central science - its importance in developing connections to the physical world and biological beings. Our A-Level syllabus is designed to enable learners to develop essential knowledge and an understanding of the main chemistry concepts, and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations, as well as an understanding of the link between theory and practical application. The topics are made interesting and relevant with an emphasis on real-life chemistry. As learners progress through the course, content is revisited, developing their understanding and confidence.

The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path.

Biology (AS and A Level 9700)

Biology is one of the most fascinating scientific disciplines, providing essential skills for a huge range of careers.

Studying A Level biology gives our students a thorough understanding of the biological principles involved in many areas, such as genetic engineering, critical data analysis, plant structure and biodiversity. This can lead to many exciting career opportunities in the varied fields of medicine, genetics, healthcare, forensics, sports science and environmental science. At MIS, our curriculum blends theoretical and practical understanding with analytical skills. Students develop a deep understanding of the intricacies of the living world and its interaction with other systems, including its impact on us and us on it. Alongside in-depth knowledge of the biological world, the study of Biology allows our learners to develop strong analytical and evaluative skills as they interpret, manipulate, and present data. Students engage in science practices which include scientific questioning, working with scientific explanations and theories, planning and implementing data analysis strategies, and using mathematics appropriately.

Students also get to look at the “bigger picture”, studying how vital biology is to shaping policy on climate change, health, biodiversity, conservation and other scientific, social and cultural issues.

Psychology (AS and A Level 9990)

The Psychology syllabus course enables learners to 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 approaches, research methods and issues and debates. The syllabus reflects four core approaches to the study of psychology, namely biological, cognitive, learning and social. It also addresses clinical psychology, psychology of consumer behaviour, psychology and health, and psychology and organisations. The emphasis is on the development of psychological skills as well as the learning of psychological knowledge.

Cambridge Advanced Business (AS and A Level 9609)

This subject is an excellent choice for students that have an interest in business or believe that the career they may follow will require some degree of business knowledge.

Our curriculum examines how businesses are set up, develop and grow, and enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. This includes the different types of businesses that exist, the objectives a business is likely to set itself, the meaning of profit and the external factors that influence the business, such as the economy or population trends. The course also covers the various influences on decision-making, such as the role of leaders and others, and develops skills to prepare for employment or higher education.

Art & Design (AS and A Level 9479)

Art allows students a great degree of autonomy and self-reliance. This course gives learners the opportunity to follow a programme of study which extends experience and personal response as well as developing imagination and critical and reflective thinking, and our curriculum has been designed to provide engaging and innovative creative learning experiences, where art, craft and design practice is meaningfully integrated with theoretical knowledge and understanding.

At MIS, we allow our students to explore their creativity through a range of styles and techniques. Our teaching staff offer practical advice or ideas to allow students to begin their exploration of art; students then develop an original and personal response to a theme, artist or idea.

Students are also encouraged to contextualise their work in relation to that of existing artists or movements, and through an understanding of real-world contexts in addition to the creative process in industries using art and design. By the end of the curriculum, students will have produced a portfolio of work through the creation of sketchbooks, mounted sheets, maquettes, prototypes, digital presentations, animation, scale models or illustrated written work.

Chinese (AS only 8681 and A Level 9715)

Knowledge of a foreign language is ever more valuable in an increasingly connected world. Many employers look for knowledge of at least one other language across a wide range of jobs.

Through their study of Cambridge IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language, our learners can achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study. With this in mind, our curriculum focuses on developing oral fluency and accuracy in a range of predictable and unpredictable situations, as well as the ability to extract relevant information from a wider range of texts. Learners are able to carry out writing tasks on a wider range of topics in response to a written stimulus and can demonstrate competency in a range of spoken activities.

The topics selected relate to the interests and needs of the learners using Chinese as a Second Language, for example, education, the world of work, current affairs, health and welfare, travel, school affairs, leisure activities, communication and technology, young people, environment, and cultural diversity.

At MIS, we believe that understanding a language not only allows for practical communication, but is also a first step to understanding a people and a culture. Our curriculum also acknowledges the importance of Chinese language culture and provides an environment where students can increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society.