The full name of Pre-U is Cambridge Pre-U, which is an upgraded version of GCE A-Level. It was implemented in 2008 by Cambridge Assessment International Education. The course lasts for 2 years and extends the knowledge that is not involved or deeper in GCE A-Level, and is taught in Year 12-13 of some schools. As Pre-U courses are challenging, they are well received by the nine elite schools, and the Pre-U exam results are also recognized by top universities in the UK such as Oxbridge and all universities in the US Ivy League.
The three major subjects of Pre-U are all optional, and most of them overlap with GCE A-Level. Students can choose Pre-U for all 3 subjects or combine with GCE A-Level. For example, if students choose GCE A-Level Physics and Chemistry, they can choose Pre-U History. Therefore, the flexibility is very high.
Pre-U has another compulsory subject, GPR (Global Perspectives and Research), which is composed of global perspectives and research reports. In the first year, students will study a large number of global issues and exercise their thinking skills. In the second year, students will complete one extend research project and prepare corresponding reports.
This course is divided into subjects in the form of 1:4 group or private tuition. All classes are taught by experienced tutors who graduated from well-known universities in the UK, the US, Australia and Canada. The tutor explained the topics in detail through in-depth notes with simple languages, exercises, and mock exam questions to help students clarify difficult concepts, consolidate the topics they have learned, master the examination skills of each subject, and achieve good results in the GCE A-Level and Pre-U exams.