ASGS DIVISION OVERVIEW
The Division of Arts, Science and General Studies (ASGS), prepares students for the CXC Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). CAPE is the equivalent of the Cambridge Advanced Level Examinations and is recognized as such nationally, regionally and internationally.
Subjects for CAPE are arranged as 1-Unit or 2-Unit courses. Students may opt for breadth of study to take either a combination of single units from available courses, or both units for depth of study. A 2- Unit course of study in a single subject area is considered equivalent to a traditional Advanced Level (A’ Level) subject.
All students are advised to take at least TWO 2 Unit courses as this is the minimum university entry requirement.
Each Unit consists of three modules and requires approximately 150 hours of work. This includes contact time and time spent on projects and other assignments.
Internal and external assessments are required for each Unit and students CANNOT achieve a passing grade without satisfying both the internal and external requirements for the unit of study. These assessments effectively span the three modules.
Eight Units, selected in accordance with specifications, must be completed for the award of each Associate Degree. However, candidates may opt to take additional Units if they so desire. Each Unit can be certified separately. Each programme usually lasts two years. However, students can accumulate units over a five- year period to satisfy the CXC Associate Degree requirements.
Courses that make up the CXC Associate Degree are separated into three bands: General Education Courses (COMPULSORY), Core Courses and electives.
GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The basic entry requirements are stated below. However, it should be noted that several fields of study require specific prerequisites.
Applicants MUST have the following:
- Five CXC/ CSEC subjects at the general or technical proficiency, Grades I-III including English A. (Grade III issued before 1998 will NOT be accepted)
- GCE ordinary level subjects, grades A-C. These may be combined with CXC/CSEC general or technical proficiency subjects.
- No basic proficiency will be accepted.