Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Cambridge curriculum, and how does it differ from other curricula?
The Cambridge curriculum is an internationally recognised framework known for its academic rigour and holistic approach. It focuses on developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and independent learning skills. In South Africa, it provides a globally relevant education within a local context.
Are Cambridge curriculum qualifications recognised by SA universities?
The Universities of South Africa (USAf) matriculation board has standardised its acceptance of international qualifications including those issued by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). All South African universities have established their minimum entry requirements for students holding a CAIE qualification and fully accept them. Students from Cambridge who pass the AS or A level exams with a bachelor’s degree can apply to USAf for a matric equivalence, and students who pass the AS level exams with the equivalent of an NSC or diploma can do the same with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Both processes are simple and instant. Many of our Nova Pioneer alumni are already enrolled in South Africa universities and are thriving, this alone dispels this erroneous misconception.(Cambridge A Level qualifications are also recognised and valued by all Ivy League and Ivy Plus universities in the US, all UK universities, as well as those in Australia, Canada, Germany and beyond.)
Why study A-Levels?
There are a few reasons why we encourage parents to strongly consider full A Levels for their children. The first is that it is a well-respected international qualification and students who wish to study abroad will invariably be at an advantage in terms of university acceptance at all the world´s top tertiary institutions. Top South African universities as well have formalized their acceptance criteria for A Level candidates and these students are highly sought after locally as well. Full A Levels also provides another bite at the cherry for students who may not have achieved the university entry requirements in their AS exams. By improving their results in a 13th year, they almost always end up with a very strong university entrance qualification.
What subjects are offered under the Cambridge curriculum at Nova Pioneer?
Nova Pioneer offers a diverse range of subjects in high school, including Maths (Core/ Extended), English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Computer Science, Business Studies, Art and Design, Leadership & Innovation. Notably, our first additional language offerings encompass Zulu, Afrikaans, and Setswana, providing students with more options.
Are there additional language options available beyond Zulu, Afrikaans, and Setswana?
Currently, our language offerings include Zulu, Afrikaans, and Setswana, providing a rich linguistic environment for our students.
Can my child transition seamlessly between Nova Pioneer and other schools within South Africa?
Absolutely. Our curriculum aligns with international standards while staying contextually relevant to South Africa. This ensures a smooth transition between schools, particularly up to Grade 10. It's important to note that, starting from Grade 11, students focus on four subjects. While this aligns seamlessly with the Cambridge system, it may pose a challenge when transitioning to non-Cambridge schools that typically require students to have seven subjects.
How does Nova Pioneer prepare students for higher education in South Africa and internationally?
Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for a globalised world. We offer guidance and support in navigating the university application process through our dedicated Post School Success team, ensuring students are well-equipped for higher education both within South Africa and abroad.