University of Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5–19 year olds. Our qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.
We are part of the Cambridge Assessment Group, a not-for-profit organisation and a department of the University of Cambridge. We share in their mission of providing excellence in education.
Our mission is to deliver world-class international education through the provision of curricula, assessment and services. We are committed to extending access to the benefits of high-quality education around the globe. Our programmes and qualifications develop successful learners and support the economic performance of countries where we work at national level.
Our programmes and qualifications
Our international education programmes and qualifications lead seamlessly from primary through secondary and pre-university years. We provide globally recognised qualifications including Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International AS and A Level and Cambridge Pre-U, which open doors for learners worldwide.
We also offer Cambridge Professional Development qualifications for teachers and trainers.
Where we work
More than 9000 schools offer Cambridge programmes and qualifications. We operate in 160 countries across 6 regions: Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Southern Africa. We have Cambridge representatives in every region.
Working with governments around the world
We have worked in partnership with ministries of education, qualifications authorities and examination and assessment boards around the world for over 150 years.
In some countries, such as Singapore, Cambridge examinations are the state qualification for students in secondary school. In other parts of the world, such as Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland, we have worked with governments to reform education systems and helped to localise examinations by training officials, teachers, markers and examiners in curriculum development and assessment.
We also develop bespoke curriculum and assessments for countries at a national level. We are currently engaged in major projects in Bahrain and Egypt, among others.
H i s t o r y
University of Cambridge International Examinations is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group, a not-for-profit organisation and a department of the University of Cambridge.
Cambridge Assessment was formed in 1858 (as the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate) by the University of Cambridge. It comprises three exam boards as well as the largest educational research capability of its kind:
- University of Cambridge International Examinations
- University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL): provider of the world’s leading range of certificates for learners and teachers of English
- Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR): a leading UK awarding body, providing a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities
University of Cambridge International Examinations, Cambridge ESOL, and OCR were formally established in 1998 when the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate created a new structure. Cambridge Assessment is the brand name of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.