My transition to Cambridge: Laoise McCarthy, Year 13

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My transition to Cambridge: Laoise McCarthy, Year 13

"I like that we are learning how to study, finding the ways that work best for us all throughout the year. I think it’s preparing us well for to cope with the stresses of university."

- Head prefect, Laoise McCarthy

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There’s a misconception that Cambridge International only suits the brightest learners. But at ACG Tauranga, we believe there’s nothing more satisfying for young people than rising to a challenge. We talk to our students about their transition from the NZ curriculum to Cambridge.

“The main difference between the two curricula is the amount of content you cover during the year – NCEA doesn’t cover as much. Cambridge is a lot more in depth so that initial switch can be quite a shock, but once you learn how to balance the workload, it becomes easier.

The thing I enjoy most about Cambridge is the narrowing down of subjects. As you only take a few subjects in Years 12 and 13, it allows you to focus on what you enjoy and put all of your effort into those. I also like that we are learning how to study, finding the ways that work best for us all throughout the year. I think it’s preparing us well for to cope with the stresses of university.”

To find out more about the Cambridge curriculum, join us at our Open Day