Cambridge International

Cambridge International Examinations

St Charles College has been an accredited University of Cambridge International Examination Centre since 2002. For nearly two decades we have been offering the Cambridge Curriculum with exceptional results.

We work closely with Cambridge Assessment, Universities South Africa (USAF) and the South African Qualifications Assurer (SAQA) to ensure that the academic qualifications obtained at St Charles College provide access to tertiary institutions both in South Africa and in at least 160 countries across the globe.

Cambridge High School

Cambridge Excellence in the World Awards

Cambridge High SchoolGreg Hardman - 2016
First in the world for AS Level English Language and Literature
Cambridge High SchoolMark Ortmann - 2014
First in the world for AS Level Mathematics
Cambridge High SchoolSean Anderson - 2012
First in the world for AS Level Mathematics
Cambridge High SchoolShrivar Mohan - 2009
First in the world for AS Level Mathematics

Academic Pathways

Two routes are available:

Boys in the Upper School (High School Grade 11-12) typically select 5 subjects at the AS Level as they enter the Upper School in their Grade 11 year. The list of subjects selected will include English Language and Mathematics to fulfill requirements for entry to South African tertiary institutions. Final examinations are written in November of their Grade 12 year.

Cambridge Qualifications Equivalence for South Africa

Minimum Requirements for University Exemption*

4 AS Level D symbols (50%)
1 IGCSE C symbol


Minimum Requirements for Diploma Pass*

2 AS Level E symbols (40%)
3 IGCSE C symbols (60%)or2 AS Level E symbols (40%)
5 IGCSE E symbols (40%)


* Some subject grouping requirements apply

Choosing an Academic Path

Boys in Grade 11 will enter the Senior Academic phase of the College after having written IGCSE (O Level) examinations in seven subjects at the end of their Grade 10 year.

After careful guidance and consultation, each boy must choose an academic pathway that will culminate in either AS Level examinations or following an accelerated programme to write full A Level examinations.

Whether boys wish to obtain a degree or diploma qualification, the Upper School programme is flexible enough to make sure that we are able to maximise the potential of each boy.

The accelerated programme is offered to academically mature boys who wish to complete 3 A Levels within their Grade 12 year. These boys write examinations in 5 or 6 subjects in June of their final year and go on to write A Levels in three subjects in November.

This programme has proved to be highly successful and our boys have achieved remarkable results.