Cambridge O Level is an internationally recognized qualification equivalent to Cambridge IGCSE and the UK GCSE. Cambridge O Level provides learners with excellent preparation for academic progression to Cambridge Advanced as well as other progression routes.

We have designed Cambridge O Levels especially for an international audience. They are sensitive to the needs of different countries and for learners whose first language may not be English – which we acknowledge throughout the examination process. The curriculum also enables teaching to be placed in a localised context, making it relevant wherever you teach it.

In some parts of the world, schools use Cambridge O Level as an international alternative to the local government’s examination.

Our curriculum

You can choose from more than 40 subjects in any combination to provide the building blocks to create your own curriculum.
The Cambridge O Level curriculum emphasizes broad and balanced study across a wide range of subjects. The curriculum develops learners’ skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving and is structured so that they attain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.
Cambridge O Levels develop learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

• subject content
• applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations
• intellectual enquiry
• flexibility and responsiveness to change
• working and communicating in English
• influencing outcomes
• cultural awareness

Cambridge O Level is compatible with other curricula. We update the curriculum regularly to ensure it stays relevant to learners’ needs.

Our Qualifications

University recognition: Many universities worldwide require a combination of Cambridge International A Levels and Cambridge O Levels to meet their entry requirements. Leading US and Canadian universities require Cambridge International AS and A Levels, but some US and Canadian colleges and universities will accept learners with five Cambridge O Levels at grade C or above.

In the UK, Cambridge O Level is accepted as equivalent to the GCSE. Many UK universities look at Cambridge O Level grades, as well as predicted grades for Cambridge International A Level, when making admissions decisions.


Assessment takes place at the end of the course and includes written, practical and oral assessment. This broadens opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, particularly when their first language is not English. The grades awarded at Cambridge O Level are A*–E, with A* being the highest.

Classroom support for teachers and learners

A wide range of support resources for teachers and learners is available for Cambridge O Level. Resources suit a variety of teaching methods in different international contexts. Teachers can access these resources once their school becomes a registered Cambridge school.