This is a bridging course for students who wish to join universities where the IGCSE/SGCSE/ O'LEVEL qualification is not sufficient for admission.
The school started offering A'Level in 1976. This was necessitated by the fact that the University of Swaziland was not offering any of the science related courses like Engineering/ Medicine at that time. A student who wished to be a medical student, for example, had to first do BSc before applying to universities outside Swaziland.
Even today things have not changed much. Most students who wish to be Engineers/Doctors look to South Africa universities. Unfortunately the SGCSE qualification is not sufficient for admission to these universities. Parents spend a lot of money enrolling their children into expensive South African schools to do matric. St Mark's High School offers these students/parents a cheaper and quality alternative.
The syllabus the school is offering is the Cambridge International Advanced Level Syllabus. This is one of the most recognized university entry qualifications worldwide. The setting and marking of examinations is done in the UK alternative.
Our A'Level is in two parts:
1. The Advanced Level (A'Level)
This is a two year program. Students are required to take three subjects (they can take four if they so wish and can handle the work load) and must pass at least two subjects well. The subjects we offer are:
Mathematics. This one is a compulsory for all students.
2. The Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level)
This is a one year program. Students take a minimum of four subjects and must pass a minimum of four subjects to be eligible for university admission. The subjects we offer are:
Mathematics; which is compulsory for all students.
Why does the school offer only Mathematics and Science subjects?
Most of our students rely on government for scholarship. Scholarships are not offered to students to study outside Swaziland if the course they want to take is offered at UNISWA or if does not not fall under the "priority area" as defined by the scholarship board. All priority area courses at the moment require mathematics and science.
Staff and Equipment
Our A'level is well staffed with experiend teachers. The laboratories are equipped with necessary apparatus and text books needed for the coverage of the syllabus.
Classes are relatively small, not more than 30 students for AS and 25 for A'Level. This enables the teachers to adequately attend to every student's needs.
Who should do A'Level?
The A'Level is a very demanding course. There is a lot of work to be covered in a short period of time. Examination begin at the beginning of October which means that the syllabus has to be completed by the end of second term.
Students doing A'Level
Should have passed SGCSE/ IGCSE very well and attained preferably grades A or better in the relevant subject, and definitely not worse than grade B.
Should be dedicated students who are able to work without supervision.
Have a good reason for doing A’ level. One should not do A’ level just because they did not do well at SGCSE as the chances of passing A’ level would be very low.
The A’ level results have continuously been very good. But it must be noted that in as much as our teachers do their very best to prepare the students, a student’s results are dependent on the effort he/ she puts during the SGCSE foundation.
Most of our students go to South African universities, the most favorite ones being Wits University, University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria.
How to apply for A'Level at St Mark's High School
We conduct an entrance examination in November for students who have decided very early to do A'Level and do not want to wait until their SGCSE results are out. Such students should apply to the school before the end of October. Students selected from this exercise start school on the first day of first term.
The second selection is done after the SGCSE/IGCSE results are out. We select them based on their results obtained in the external exam.
Places are offered on merit rather than availability of places. We try as much as possible to only admit students who stand a chance of passing.
If you need more information about the program, please contact the school.