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Cambridge International A Levels in Kathmandu University High School:
What is the difference between A Levels and the +2 course? Science is still science, whichever course is followed, and there is usually some agreement between what contents are studied in the 16-18 age group throughout the world, in a pre-university course. Apart from the content, there is the method of assessment of students, and the balance between theory and experimental work.
The short answer, is that the A level is a course which demands that the student develops scientific reasoning and includes a significant practical element. On the other hand, teachers report that the +2 course is taught and tested in such a way that some students may be able to repeat information without full understanding of what is implied. And, as is well known, the +2 course is very content-heavy, and is therefore very long.
The A level course has some advantages. First of all, the presentation of the syllabus, and the high quality of textbooks, make for clarity in teaching and learning. Secondly, the examinations are assessed in a very professional and scrupulous way. The conduct of the examinations, the security of the scripts before and after the exam, must be ensured according to stringent criteria. The scripts are graded in the United Kingdom, and the results are produced by a team of experienced examiners under the guidance of a chief examiner.
The A levels are organized by Cambridge International Examinations which has over 100 years experience of providing reliable curriculum and assessment services. The range of the work of CIE is huge, not only providing international examinations and a huge range of English tests, but they also work with governments to improve their education systems.
The Cambridge International A levels are also recognized by universities worldwide. Studying A levels is demanding and will prepare the student well for the future university career in any university. Please consult this link to find out more about the A levels in Nepal.
In KUHS we are offering a Science course.
Mathematics General Paper (English)
|Chemistry, Physics, Biology||Chemistry, Physics, Computing|
|For students who wish to study Medicine, or who may decide to study Engineering.||For students who wish to study Engineering or Computing.|
It is possible to take the A level in modular form, as after one year a portion of the course may be examined, and the student then gains a qualification (AS Level = Advanced Supplementary Level). However, in Nepal, it is more common to take the entire A level after two years. There is no compulsory examination in Class 11 for A levels, only an internal examination. The General Paper (a test of English writing and reading skills) is in fact an AS Level. So most students should eventually take four A Levels plus General Studies.
AS and A2
The tradition of the best schools in the world, is that the students in Class AS and A2 are the leaders among students in the school. The healthiest model for education in Class AS and A2 is that students should not only study hard for excellent results, but also should develop their characters morally, socially, and spiritually. To this end, the senior students at KUHS participate in sports, extra-curricular activities, and social service. If the student has a full and active life, he or she is much more likely to be a success academically. In any case, it has been shown again and again, that real success in adult life comes with emotional intelligence. At KUHS we believe that the 16-18 year old age is one at which important steps are taken in developing maturity and balance. Of course, this is a life long pursuit, but the final two years in school are an opportunity to prepare well for the future.
While the student will be occupied going to classes and activities, time for supervised private study should be given during the school day, as well as in the hostels. It is important that students develop organization and excellent study skills, because while at university they will be expected to organize time, study, and leisure in a balanced fashion.