Cambridge Certificate

PLC Sydney is a school that is international in both its nature and outlook.

Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) is undertaken by students in 145 countries in 6100 schools around the Globe. PLC Sydney offers the option of Cambridge International courses in Years 9 and 10 to supplement learning, in addition to the NSW Education Standards Authority courses. It also enables students to sit examinations in globally recognised courses.

Cambridge elective courses offered at PLC Sydney include:

  • Computer Science
  • Global Perspectives
  • History
  • Physical Science
  • AS Level General Studies (Year 11 course)

Students start their Cambridge studies in Year 9, with exams for most course taking place near the end of Year 10. 

PLC Sydney also offers an additional course in Philosophy and Theology. The course is run in conjunction with Excelsia College Sydney and Regent College Canada. The course's main objective is to help our students 'make sense' of the world they live in. 


In 2021, the Cambridge international examinations shifted gear and moved to school-assessed grades (SAGs) due to COVID. This meant that students were no longer required to sit the exams. Instead, the teachers were asked to create folios for each student which represented three examples of the students’ best work in each course. Although this added pressure on the teachers to find evidence of the students’ performance, it did mean that  students could be represented by their best pieces. Consequently, our students were rewarded with incredibly good results; a clear reflection of the high standard we value at PLC Sydney.

  • Business Studies (Enterprise) students were entered in this course for the first time and 33% of them achieved an A* or A result.
  • Computer Science: 40% of students achieved an A* or A result.
  • Global Perspectives - a course PLC Sydney has run since the first year it offered the Cambridge courses in 2014, 35% of the students received an A* or an A.
  • History: More than half the students of History achieved an A* or an A (54%) as did students of Mathematics at 57%.
  • Physical Science once again achieved a wonderful result with a huge 74% of the students reaching the top two grades of A* and A.
  • Literature was also offered for the first time this year and yet 69% of the students returned a very impressive A* or A grade.

NB A and A* are equivalent to marks above 90 and 95%.

Well done to all our students! It certainly was a very challenging year for all our students, however, in particular students entered in the Cambridge courses should be very proud of a very impressive set of results.


In 2020,  Jennevine Chen achieved three A Levels  A* A* A in her Cambridge A Level Exams (equivalent of 99.9+) and gained full access to all Oxford University programs. Jennevine is currently studying Computer Science and Philosophy at Oxford.

Cambridge International A Levels: A Levels are highly specialised and students normally take three subjects. They are the ‘gold standard’ of Cambridge, and act as entry qualifications for universities around the world. The A* at A Level is awarded to candidates who achieve a grade A on the A Level overall (80%), and who also achieve at least 90% on the uniform mark scale (UMS) across their A2 units.

2017 was the third year that PLC Sydney has participated in the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)In 2016 we had one Year 10 student who received a Cambridge Outstanding Learner’s Award after being named Top in the World in International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Global Perspectives. This subject offers students the opportunity to think critically about local, national and global issues. Again in 2017, we are very proud to announce that another PLC Sydney student achieved a ‘Top of the World’ award. This award was for first in Cambridge International Physical Sciences Examination, across 11 000 Cambridge schools worldwide. 

The Cambridge IGCSE subjects provide enrichment and engagement in areas not available within the standard curriculum. The Certificate encourages learner-centred and enquiry-based approaches to study.

The College is currently exploring the addition of pre-university Cambridge courses.


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