Cambridge International Curriculum

Preparing for the IGCSE and A Level qualifications

Chantemerle is a registered Cambridge International School and proposes the Cambridge Pathway (international curriculum) from age 11 to age 19. The curriculum is based upon the UK National Curriculum and is taught in English. However, it is adapted for those students whose first language is not English. The pathway is truly international and taught by over 5’000 schools in 150 countries.

In three stages, the Cambridge Pathway offered at Chantemerle leads from lower secondary to pre-university years. Each stage builds on the learners’ development from the previous one, but can also be offered separately. The programme is also well suited for students enrolled at Chantemerle to our study abroad / immersion programme in English. 

Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme

International curriculum in English – Ages 11 to 14

In Lower Secondary, learners get to choose among several subjects including English, mathematics and science, and can opt to take the Cambridge Checkpoint exam. 

The program provides parents with a structured and reliable report on their children’s performance that is valid beyond the school. It also allows the school to ensure that students are adequately prepared for the requirements of upper secondary IGCSE courses. The programme has been designed for students worldwide, including those whose first language is not English. It is designed to help learners develop their English language skills.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Age 11+

With 6 subjects to choose from, including English, Mathematics, and Science, our lower secondary programme provides a clear path for the next stage of education, as well as plenty of opportunities to develop creativity, expression, and personal well-being in a
vanety of ways.

Cambridge Upper Secondary Programme

International curriculum in English – Ages 14 to 16

Cambridge Upper Secondary builds on the foundations of Cambridge Lower Secondary, and prepare for the Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). 

Cambridge Upper Secondary school marks the entry of students into Advanced Secondary education (high school). Learners develop their knowledge and skills in different disciplines while preparing for further education. The programme can be followed in one or two years. 

At the end of the program, students may choose to take the official Cambridge IGCSE that is equivalent to the GCSE qualification in the UK. It marks the completion of the middle school programme and prepare students for the A-level certificate. The IGCSE is the perfect springboard to advanced studies in English (A level or IB diploma).

Cambridge Upper Secondary Age 14+

IGCSE qualification

Five curriculum areas:

  • Languages
  • Humanities and Social
  • Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Professional and

Cambridge Advanced Programme

International curriculum in English – Ages 16+

Cambridge A Level is the final level in the pathway. it is equivalent to the A Level taken by students in Year 12 – 13 in the UK and well accepted by over most universities in the USA, Switzerland and abroad. 

There are no specifications for the choice of subjects. At Chantemerle, we propose subjects that match Swiss university requirements and the choice of the subject has to be discussed on a case by case basis taking into account the student’s objectives. 

Cambridge Advanced Age 16+

A Level qualification

No specific requirements for
the choice of subjects.

Learners can study what they enjoy and are good at, taking into consideration the
university requirements.