A- LEVELS

  • A Prestigious Qualification
  • 2 Adventurous Years
  • Curriculum
  • Subjects
  • Assessment and Examination
  • A-Level Faculty

A Prestigious Pre-University Qualification

Thousands of learners worldwide gain places at leading universities every year with International AS & A Levels. The syllabuses develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills.

Learners use Cambridge International AS & A Levels to gain places at leading universities worldwide including the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain.

In countries such as the United States and Canada, good grades in carefully chosen Cambridge International A Level subjects can result in up to one year of university course credit.

2 Adventurous Years

Westminster is one of the best schools in Islamabad for A-levels. At Westminster we prepare students for entry to higher education by offering an extensive range of AS and A level courses.

A two-year course, A-Level is a rigorous programme that encourages high academic standards. An A-Level consists of two parts, AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A2. AS-Level represents the first half of an A-Level course but may also be taken as a free-standing qualification. A Level is typically a two-year course.

Students at A-Level are put through a comprehensive and rigorous schedule of academics, co-curricular activities, internships, teachers’ assistance ships, community and social work programs. The aim surely is to promote a healthy balance between curricular and co-curricular activities and to ensure excellent grades in internal as well as external examination.

The ultimate goal, of course, is to facilitate placement at some of the best universities around the world. To this end, a team of qualified professionals is present on campus to guide students with all aspects of university entrance, which, includes: selection of career path and most suitable universities, application procedures and deadlines, personal statements and references, preparation for entrance tests (e.g. SAT) and interviews.

Curriculum

The syllabuses offered by University of Cambridge prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise 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 as well as familiar situations
    • Handling and evaluating different types of information source
    • Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
    • Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
    • Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
    • Working and communicating in English.

SUBJECTS

We offer a range of A-Level subjects based on syllabus provided by the University of Cambridge. The syllabi develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. Students must choose a minimum of three subjects at GCE A-Level. Typically, students take four subjects in the first year and, depending on AS results, will continue with either three or four of those subjects into their second year. In certain circumstances, students can also choose to add a different AS subject in year two.

Subjects offered at our A-Level programme are:

      •    Accounting
      •    Art & Design
      •    Biology
      •    Business Studies
      •    Chemistry
      •    Computer Science
      •    Economics
      •    English Language
      •    English Literature
      •    Global Perspectives & Research
      •    History
      •    Law
      •    Mathematics
      •    Mathematics Further
      •    Media Studies
      •    Physics
      •    Psychology
      •    Sociology
      •    Thinking Skills
      •    Urdu Literature

ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATION

Students can choose from a range of assessment options to gain AS & A Level qualifications:

      • Take the AS Level only. The syllabus content is half an A Level.
      • Take a ‘staged’ assessment route – take the AS Level in one examination series and complete the final A Level at a subsequent series. AS Level marks can be carried forward to a full A Level twice within a 13 month period.
      • Take all papers of the A Level course in the same examination session, usually at the end of the course.

Cambridge International AS & A Level examinations are held twice a year, in June and November. Results are issued in August and January.

A-Level Faculty

Westminster has established a strong reputation for the quality of teaching and the success of many of our students at A-Level. Our A-Level Teachers are a highly qualified group of professionals with a track record of helping students produce exceptional results.

Reading Programme at Westminster

Cultivating a lifelong love of reading

“The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read”

 Mary McCleod Bethune

We strongly believe that reading is the key for lifelong learning. It fires up a child’s imagination and stimulates creativity. In order to instill the love for reading, we have a unique open library which is a dynamic place where students come to learn and explore. Our reading coordinators inspire students to learn beyond the classroom and help facilitate diverse life skills, curiosity, innovation and critical thinking.

Our teachers employ the appropriate strategies for each grade level and vary instruction to make the reading lessons interesting and enjoyable. These strategies include shared storytelling, role play, simulations, demonstrations, reading aloud, shared reading, independent reading with leveled texts, learning logs and journals, literature response groups, use of charts and organisers, use of dictionary and group research projects. The teachers ensure that the environment is rich in print by making use of word walls, labels and vocabulary lists that are tied to the content being studied in class. Students are provided with plenty of high-interest reading material and are asked questions that promote higher order thinking. The overall aim is to make students enthusiastic about reading stories, poetry, drama and non-fiction and media texts.

Evaluation & Assessments

Our rich and well-developed curriculum challenges the students to consistently exceed standards and expectations. The goal is to inspire each child to think and to learn, and to give life to learning. Assessment and evaluation at Westminster reflect a partnership between families and school in which parents and teachers work hand in hand with children to help them make continuous progress towards their fullest potential academically, socially, culturally, emotionally and physically. To regularly monitor progress, students are assessed frequently through an effective system of monthly, mid-year and end of school year tests and examinations.

“Always Walk through life as if you have some things new to learn.”