The A-Level Programme has a worldwide reputation for providing learners with rigorous educational challenges in preparation for study in the world’s leading universities.
In May 2009, the Beijing Municipal Education Committee authorized Beijing National Day School (BNDS) to integrate approved foreign courses into the compulsory national curriculum under the Sino-Foreign Educational Cooperation Program Act. In June of that year, Cambridge International Examinations certified BNDS as an official Cambridge exam center.
Cambridge International AS & A Level is typically for learners aged 15 to 18 years who need advanced study to prepare for university and higher education. Cambridge A levels build on the foundations that students have developed within their Chinese curriculum program.
Thousands of learners worldwide gain places at leading universities every year with Cambridge International AS & A Levels. The AS & A Level syllabi are designed to develop a deep understanding of subjects as well as independent thinking skills.
Cambridge Advanced curricula prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognize 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 or familiar situations.
- Handling and evaluating different types of information source.
- Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments.
- Making judgments, recommendations, and decisions.
- Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly.
- Working and communicating in English.
BNDS offers a wide range of the Cambridge AS & A2 level subjects and can offer them in many combinations. This flexibility allows us to build an individualized curriculum, and learners can choose to specialize in a particular subject area or study a range of subjects.
Welcome message from A-level Programme Director
Welcome to the A-level department here in BNDS, home to approximately 200 students who student Pre-A level, AS and A level subjects from grades 10 to 12. We have 20 different teachers from 8 different nationalities, some of whom have been at the school since 2009.
Here at BNDS A-level department we cater for students that have a wide range of academic and English language abilities, but are all united by one common feature – motivation. Our students are academically motivated and goal-focused which, as a teacher, is wonderful. In some ways, the subject teacher’s job is very simple: to prepare lessons rigorously, to deliver outstanding teaching and facilitate excellent learning, and to provide useful and supportive feedback. In other ways the job is highly challenging as the high expectations mean that our teachers are consistently striving to help the students learn.
Our goal, however, is not only to generate students who are academically successful. Our students will learn the skills that are necessary for success in university and life beyond. The Cambridge International AS and A levels curriculum allows students to dive deep into a narrow range of topics whilst developing skills such as their communication skills as well as their thinking skills. We strive to help students see that their learning is not about an exam only, but that there is much more to be gained than just grades.
We are catering to a wide range of our students’ needs: active and targeted support for students who need assistance; an academic excellence programme to stretch our most able; a house system to foster community among the students; and a new Social and Emotional Learning programme to give students the emotional skills to manage anything that come at them in the future.
I first joined BNDS in 2012 and in 2016 I left for a new environment to grow and learn as an educator. When the opportunity arose to return to BNDS A-level, I was elated to return and I am not the only “BNDS Boomerang” – in the past we have had many staff who have left and returned. This is a testament to the excellence of students, the school and the community that we have here in the International Department in Beijing National Day School.
Qualification and Recognition
Students can choose from a range of assessment options to gain Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications, depending on students’ choices in combining AS & A level subjects.
Learners use Cambridge International AS & A Levels to gain places at leading universities worldwide including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other countries.
UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge International AS & A Level and found it to be comparable to the standard of UK AS & A Level. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications are accepted as grade-for-grade equivalent, grade for grade, to UK AS & A Levels by leading universities worldwide.
Cambridge Advanced curricula prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognize Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications. For more information on the AS and A level qualifications, please visit the Cambridge Assessment International Education website.
BNDS offers a wide range of the Cambridge AS & A2 level subjects and can offer them in many combinations. This flexibility allows us to build an individualized curriculum, and learners can choose to specialize in a particular subject area or study a range of subjects
In Grade 10, students are introduced to an international style curriculum, based upon the IGCSE Additional Mathematics, that runs alongside their Chinese Mathematics studies. In Grade 11, students therefore have the option of studying just Pure Mathematics 1 and Statistics 1, or also studying Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Further Statistics if they are eligible for Further Mathematics. These qualifications are completed in Grade 12 when students undertake Pure Mathematics 3 and Mechanics, with the addition of Further Pure Mathematics 2 and Further Mechanics for Further Mathematics students.
The science department comprises of chemistry, physics and biology. In biology, students do a pre-A level course modelled on the iGCSE curriculum whereas the physics and chemistry students begin studying AS material.
In grade 11 students may choose their subjects. Students will continue studying AS physics and chemistry and begin studying AS biology, culminating in their AS exams in May/June. Finally, in grade 12, students can choose to progress to the A2 courses whereupon they will sit their A2 exams in the May/June exam series.
BNDS’s A-Level English department serves to equip students with skills fundamentally necessary for university study. This is primarily achieved through the required iGCSE First Language English course taken in grades 10-11, as well as support classes. In grade 12, students are required to continue with English-language study, and are able to choose between three different AS-level courses based upon personal interest and suitability for their impending university major.
The humanities department consists of psychology, art and design, business and economics. In grade 10, students can choose to take an introductory pre-A level course in these subjects (up to two) for two periods per week. Then, students take these courses up to AS and A2 level.
Students can also receive various different forms of support through the following programs:
- English support for language
- Academic excellence programs
- The House system
- A Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum
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