CIE Curriculum

CIE Curriculum_ThumbnailsUniversity of Cambridge International Examinations ( is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 – 19 year olds. Around 10,000 schools in over 160 countries are part of the Cambridge learning community.

The delivery of CIE qualifications through APL’s Personalized Learning design ensures that the student is a self-learner and has the necessary skills to excel in university level courses. As a CIE registered centre we are supported by teachers and resources developed by the CIE to match the highest international standards. The Cambridge programmes are flexible, and allow subject combinations that cut across conventional groupings. For example, a student can take biology, geography and economics, or mathematics, sociology and literature. The marking scheme and the design of the CIE examinations give students ample opportunity to score well in the subjects of their choice.

Subjects Offered at APL

Ages: 5-11 years
Grades: I to V


  1. English
  2. Math
  3. Combined Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology)
  4. Global Studies
  5. Second Language -Tamil / French / Hindi (starting in Grade II)
  6. Art
  7. Music
  8. Computer Science

Ages: 11-14 years
Grades: VI to VIII


  1. English
  2. Math
  3. Combined Science (Physics, Biology, and Chemistry)
  4. Computer Science
  5. Global Studies
  6. Second Language – Tamil /French /Hindi
  7. Art
  8. Music

Ages: 14-16 years
Grades: IX to X

Subjects (Any five, including English)

  1. Biology (610)
  2. Chemistry (0620)
  3. Physics (0625)
  4. Mathematics (0580)
  5. Additional Mathematics (0606)
  6. History (0470)
  7. Geography (0460)
  8. Business Studies (0450)
  9. Information & Communication Technology (0417)
  10. Accountancy (0452)
  11. Economics (0455)
  12. Environmental Management (0680)
  13. English – Literature (0475)
  14. Computer Science (0478)
  15. French (0520)/Hindi (0549)/Tamil (3226)
  16. English as the first language (0500)
  17. Art & Design (0400)
  18. Music (0410)
  19. Food & Nutrition (0684)
  20. Travel & Tourism (0471)

Ages: 16-18 years
Grades: XI to XII

Subjects (Any four, including English)

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics
  4. Mathematics
  5. Business Studies
  6. History
  7. Computer Studies
  8. Psychology
  9. Information & Technology
  10. Accountancy
  11. Sociology
  12. Computing
  13. Economics
  14. Travel and Tourism
  15. English Literature
  16. English Language
  17. Thinking Skills
  18. Art & Design
  19. Music
  20. Food Studies
  21. Physical Education
  22. Further Math
  23. Media Studies
  24. Global Perspectives

Details of courses can be obtained from
Note: We are open to introducing subjects offered in the CIE website provided there are a minimum of 4 students.

CIE and Indian Universities

The IGCSE and the AS/A level qualifications are internationally recognized and accepted all over the world. In India, the Association of Indian Universities accepts the A level examinations as equivalent to the CBSE class XII examination. The University of Madras accepts 5 passes at IGCSE level in grade A, B and C with 2 or 3 ‘A’ level passes as equivalent to +2 stage qualification of an Indian board. The application-based orientation of the CIE examinations prepares a student for high performance in competitive exams for college entrance.  As the University of Madras says “The University welcomes applications from students with these qualifications”.

Cambridge has introduced a new March series from 2015 to include the most widely taken Cambridge IGCSE subjects. A selection of Cambridge International AS Level Syllabuses and Cambridge International A Level syllabuses will be added to the March exam series in 2016. Students who wish to attend junior colleges and universities in India should sit their exams in the March exam series where possible, to ensure they receive their results in time to meet admissions deadlines.

The Council of Boards of Secondary Education (COBSE) recognizes IGCSE students as equivalent to any other Indian board’s secondary qualification.

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognizes the A level certificates for admission to Indian Universities.

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University of Cambridge International Examinations ( is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 – 19 year olds. More than 10,000 schools in over 160 countries are part of the Cambridge learning community.

  1. Will it teach my child what they need to know?

Yes, it will. Beyond teaching life and academic skills through an interdisciplinary approach, the CIE curriculum is designed to train students to enter university successfully. Regardless of where your child wants their studies to take them, the CIE will prepare them to take the next step in their educational journey.

  1. Does the qualification have international value?

It does. It’s recognized all over the world as a curriculum that is “gold standard”. Universities everywhere accept students who have studied the CIE Curriculum.

  1. Will it be a valuable learning experience?

Yes, it will. Let us tell you why:

  • It’s inclusive

The IGCSE caters to different levels of ability with a choice between core and extended papers in many subjects. Your child will be able to choose how deeply they want to study a specific subject, making their education equitable for them and their peers.

  • It’s flexible

CIE allows students to choose subjects and construct courses that fit their own unique learner profiles and meet their individual interests and abilities, while offering them a broad knowledge base and lifelong skills.

  • It promotes continuous learning

To stop learning is to stop growing in today’s fast-paced world. The CIE curriculum helps students make the best of what they know, and more importantly, helps them learn skills that will enable them to become life-long learners. The CIE curriculum doesn’t just prepare students for university or an apprenticeship, or the “next step” in a journey; it prepares them for a meaningful life.

  • It’s individualised

Recognizing the fact that not all that is important in education is testable, CIE offers a wide diversity of options and pathways for learning and assessment, reflecting the need for individualized learning strategies.

  • It’s all about the student

Student-centred learning encourages learners to take responsibility for their own education, by giving them experiences to learn from and by urging them to actively participate in a lesson rather than passively observe. The CIE curriculum teaches students that they are the most important stakeholders in their education, and empowers them to pursue their own academic journeys.

  • It’s about more than just listening

Children have different learning styles and the CIE curriculum understands and nurtures each one by encouraging independent learning and self-reliance using problem solving and enquiry based approaches to teaching and learning instead of rote-learning.

  • It requires teachers to keep learning as well

CIE teachers, due to the personalized nature of the curriculum, develop a deep understanding of what their students need to do to be successful. They plan for the differing needs of students based on previous experiences and learning styles. The CIE supports teachers in developing and extending effective and focused learning modules that motivate the learners to greater standards.