Maths, physics and science top Cambridge International pops

Following a year like no other, over 6,000 students have received their Cambridge International AS & A Level results throughout New Zealand, with the most popular subjects for students across the country proving to be mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Roger Franklin-Smith

Roger Franklin-Smith, senior country manager at New Zealand at Cambridge International, said: “2020 has been a transformational year and has had a huge impact on teaching and learning across the world. A key priority was ensuring that Cambridge International students across New Zealand stayed safe, but could progress with their education. The hard work of students and their teachers is evident in the results.”

2020 was an extraordinary year for students with schools closed nationally for seven weeks in late March and Auckland students spending a further three weeks learning from home in August. In a recent survey by Cambridge International respondents agreed that perseverance (76%) and critical thinking (59%) are strong attributes that are taught through Cambridge International programmes. These attributes are reflected in the results of the November 2020 series showing the resilience of students when faced with challenging circumstances.

Last year Cambridge International took the decision to hold exams for its global November 2020 series and engaged with education authorities, governments and schools around the world to develop robust guidance to help schools run the November exam series safely and securely.

Altogether more than 470,000 grades were issued, to schools in 139 countries, which was an increase of more than 20% compared to last year. This is partly due to some students moving their entries from the cancelled June 2020 exams series to the November 2020 series.

The results for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Levels results are released to schools on 19 January 2021 at 06.00 UTC/GMT, and the best and brightest of academia in secondary schools around the country will be celebrated at the 2020 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards on Thursday 18 February in Auckland.


Heather Barker Vermeer

Heather has worked as a journalist, writer and editor in England and Aotearoa New Zealand for over 20 years. She fell in love with words when she received a 'Speak & Spell' tech toy for Christmas in 1984.
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