Cambridge Secondary 1 provides a seamless progression from Cambridge Primary - or can be used as a standalone curriculum - to develop learners’ skills and confidence in English, English as a Second, Mathematics and Science. It offers a curriculum framework for educational success for learners, typically 11-14 years old, with an optional testing structure.


Cambridge Secondary 1 incorporates internationally benchmarked tests. Tests for Cambridge Checkpoint are standardised, set and marked by us, so provide an international benchmark of student achievement enabling teachers to advise learners and parents of the suitability of different progression routes.

Cambridge Progression Tests and analysis software provide detailed feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses in the core skills of English, Mathematics and Science at the end of each stage. Schools can use this feedback to improve teaching, support learning and report student progress to parents.

Schools can use Cambridge Secondary 1 with other curricula. No part of it is compulsory, so teachers can use the materials to suit their own situation. Teachers can use the progression tests at the end of each stage; or at any point during the year.
Teachers can continue to follow a local curriculum, to meet the statutory requirements of their national system - and at the same time, use the progression tests to enhance their teaching and reporting.

Cambridge Secondary 1 has been developed to link seamlessly with Cambridge Primary and provides standardised tests to allow careful monitoring of progress from primary to lower secondary phases. It also provides excellent preparation for learners embarking on Cambridge Secondary 2; both for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level courses. At the end of the programme, Cambridge Checkpoint assessments are available to provide detailed feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses.

Cambridge offers education from post-kindergarten through to university entrance.