About Us

Cambridge International Centre of Shanghai Normal University was established in December 2005, jointly by Shanghai Normal University and Shanghai U-Link Education Consultants. It is authorized by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) to teach IGCSE & A Level courses & Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and conduct IGCSE and A Level examinations in Shanghai, P. R. China.

It is a community of students from different places in China and teachers from different nations living, studying and working together to ensure our students benefit from both eastern and western teaching methods and styles within each subject area.  

Most students graduate from our Centre to pursue degree courses in the world's leading universities. Whichever chosen career path, we aim for our students to embark on life as emotionally mature and globally aware adults, ready to make a positive difference in their lives. 

Furthermore, our Centre works closely with Shanghai Normal University and shares its high quality teaching staff and facilities to provide the best possible education for our students.

 

Mission

We aim to develop our students into responsible global citizens with excellent moral and ethical values that reflect China and its people. 

We are committed to achieving this by:

Developing their Qualities of:
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Personal integrity
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Knowledge and appreciation of self, society, and the world
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Commitment to life long learning
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Acquisition of skills 

Acquiring their Competencies of:
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Logical reasoning
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Critical evaluation
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Practical application 

Establishing their Confidence to:
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Take on new challenges
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Explore new ideas
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Ask questions
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Discovering and pursueing their interests

 

Developing their Creativity by:
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Enhancing their intellectual curiosity
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Imagining and creating new ideas

Demonstrating and Expressing their:
·          Respect and understanding of different cultures
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Motivation and passion
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Enthusiasm and energy 

Being True Leaders through:
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Independent thinking
·          Effective communication
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Responsible action
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Making informed decisions
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Caring about manner as well as matter

 


Courses

The A Level (The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level) is a comprehensive two year program for 16-18 year old and courses are delivered mainly in English, directed by the CIE Syllabus and use Cambridge approved teaching materials. The program is tailored to the academic skills of our Chinese students and aims to fully prepare them to excel at the university level. Science subjects, especially Mathematics, are emphasized within the program, with all students completing A Level Mathematics in the first year and A Level Further Mathematics in the second year. English is a core subject taken by all students. Optional subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Economics, History, Geography, Art & Design, Computing, Biology; students can choose from these eight to suit their personal interests and future career plans.  

IGCSE (The International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is the world's most popular international qualification for 14–16 year olds. It develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation and progression to AS and A Level study. Courses run across a broad range of subject areas. Within the curriculum there is a balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge. With a choice of Core and Extended papers in most subjects, the courses are suitable for students with different levels of ability. Core courses taken by all IGCSE students are Chinese, English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Students must also take at least three optional courses from Business Studies, History, Geography according to their personal interests and development. 

Cambridge Pre-U is a new UK qualification from University of Cambridge International Examinations that is an alternative to the current A Level qualification, which is considered by some to have become devalued. It is a diploma-type qualification, principally aimed at students aged 16–19, and has recognition for university entrance. The Cambridge Pre-U is not modular like A levels, nor does it have any compulsory principal subjects as the International Baccalaureate does: students have a free choice of three such "Principal Subjects" out of 26. Additional subjects may be taken, though not incorporated into the Diploma. There are also 'short courses', consisting of one year's study, available in the Modern Foreign Languages. However, an "Independent Research Project" and a "Global Perspectives" portfolio must both be completed in addition to the three "Principal Subjects" for the award of the full Pre-U Diploma.