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AS & AL Level Curriculum Grade 11 (Advanced Subsidiary) & Grade 12 (Advanced Level)

The AS/A Level programme has been offered at NAFL since 2014. We have 5 subject clusters with AS English Language being a compulsory paper that is taught for two years. We take the examination for this paper only in the A Level year, so it earns only one credit. For admission into the Art Programme, students must present a portfolio of their art work and attend an interview with the Art Department faculty.

CLUSTER 1 CLUSTER 2 CLUSTER 3 CLUSTER 4 CLUSTER 5
Physics Chemistry Mathematics Biology Economics
Global Perspectives and Research Business English Literature Computer Science  
Art   Psychology    

Note—
It may not be possible to offer a subject for which there is insufficient demand or
a subject combination that fails to fit into our timetable.

Subjects chosen at the AS (grade11) level are carried forward into the A Level year (grade12). Sometimes, students opt to take forward only three core subjects of their choice, plus English and drop other extra subjects at the end of the AS year. Students are free to drop a subject at the Advanced Level if they fulfil the necessary requirements of their university admissions by way of credits and courses.

THE AS/AL PROGRAMME AT NAFL

Our faculty at NAFL are highly experienced and trained in the CAIE Examinations pattern. They regularly attend the refresher trainings/online sessions conducted by the CAIE each year. The schedule of testing at NAFL is rigorous and in keeping with the course requirements. Students enjoy active learning sessions in groups and intense classroom instruction, well balanced with extracurricular activities. The course demands extra research and reading beyond the curriculum, so students must train themselves for independent, self-driven work at home after a school day! Science practicals are also conducted according to stringent Board prescriptions. The Cambridge academic programme at NAFL runs through two terms each year, from April to October (Term 1) and November to March (Term 2). We take the Board Examinations at NAFL in the March series. Subjects that are not available in the March series are done in May.

Only regular students from the affiliated institutions of CAIE are allowed to appear for the Board Examination. Private students are not allowed. Students can earn grades a –e at AS level which are denoted by a small letter, signifying that they are only half way through the course and grades A* - E at the Advanced Level.

OUTREACH / LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES

We encourage our students to engage with community outreach initiatives. Students are taken to Cubbon Park in grade 11, as part of the park's annual 'Swachh Bharat Abhyan Drive', where they clean a section of the park grounds and paint the park walls, Opportunities to visit a government school and spend a day teaching the students of the school are also initiated according to work schedules.

U.N. Visit: Students from grades 8 to12 at NAFL are part of the 1M1B(1Millionfor1Billion) Social Innovation and Future Leaders programme, aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), engaging in various initiatives like Why Plastic, Animal Care, Welfare of Sanitation Workers, Water Conservation, Cancer Care, Man-Animal Conflict Resolution, etc. They receive an opportunity to present their work at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, in February 2019 and again in December 2019, to a rapturous response. The programme now in its second year at NAFL, has proved to be a transformative experience for the participants! https://www.activate1m1b.org/Future-Leaders/index.html

CERN Visit: Students from grades 11and12 are given the opportunity to visit the facilities of the Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche nucléaire (European Organisation for Nuclear Research),aka CERN, in Geneva, for a rigorous and exciting one-week ‘master class’ in June each year. The course is based on the fundamentals of particle and nuclear Physics, as well as details of CERN itself, and its crowning glory: The Large Hadron Collider, the largest proton supercollider in the world. Curious student minds are satiated through the intense interactions with senior scientists at CERN, who are the best in their fields.

The Raman Research Institute: Senior school students at NAFL have are also privileged to visit The Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru, and interact with the research scholars there. This is an annual feature at NAFL for future batches.

CAREER COUNSELLING AT NAFL

Cambridge qualifications are recognised by UK universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) as well as universities in the United States (Stanford and all Ivy League universities), Canada, European Union, Middle East, West Asia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal as well as in other countries.

Career counselling at NAFL is all about mentoring and coaching students to explore diversified professional opportunities. It helps in making the right career choices. NAFL has stepped up this effort with a dedicated faculty member steering students on their future paths. The school has participated in the IC3 Career Counselling Conference at Mumbai in August 2019 and the College Board Career Counselling Conference at New Delhi in November 2019. NAFL is also engaging with universities overseas for summer internships on their campus.

For the academic year 2019-2020, the following universities visited NAFL and helped students make their career options.

  • US Fair Linden Group
  • Education USA Fair
  • University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Purdue University, USA
  • University of Glasgow, UK
  • Kingston University, UK
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • Ashoka University, India
  • FLAME University, India
  • O P Jindal, India
 
STUDENT SPEAK:

The A level programme's brilliantly crafted syllabus encourages research and learning beyond the classroom, while providing a wholesome experience in the classroom. Questions asked in the A level papers are a treat to solve and are designed to provoke deep enquiry even in the most thorough student!

Shreyas VC (AS)

I believe the Cambridge curriculum has taught me to learn actively and think from a practical standpoint.

Rahul Chakravarti (AL)

If I were to relate my further education to a river, the A levels curriculum would be a boat that has allowed me to smoothly navigate this river.

Abishek Satnur (AL)

The A levels has helped me develop independent thinking and cognitive flexibility to understand my chosen subjects. These skills have helped me prepare for college and my life ahead. It has not only helped me shape myself as a critical thinker, but has also enabled me to shape others around me!

Ananya Talwar (AL)

The CIE curriculum has allowed me to widen my perspective and made me a far more open-minded person. It has helped me accept constructive criticism and use logic and reason to develop my work. In addition to course book learning, A levels has encouraged me to research deeply, which is such a useful study skill for education at college.

Disha Jain (AL)