International AS / A-level

General Introduction

Advanced subsidiary Level/Advanced Levels courses are a UK subject based qualification for students aged 16 and above. They are actually studied for over two years, leading to qualifications recognized for entrance to training, work and higher education in the UK and many others worldwide. Most universities require a minimum of 3 subjects.

What are the boards for International A-Levels?

The two main awarding bodies for students who want to take their exams outside of the UK are Pearson Edexcel or CAIE. While Cambridge exams can be taken in 130 countries worldwide, including the UK, Edexcel exams can only be taken outside of the UK. This gives students more flexibility in their decision-making.

How A-Level examinations are distributed between two years?

AS Year

This simply refers to the first year of a full A-level. You can study a subject for one year and achieve an AS-level qualification that’s independent from those subjects you carry on with to the full A-level. Most students who decide to take an extra AS-level do it in their first year, so they can focus 100% on their A-levels in their second year. When you decide to continue an AS subject into your A2 year, you’re pursuing it further for the full A-level qualification.

A2 Year

You’ll continue with your remaining subjects to achieve the full A-level. At the end of A2, your exams will decide your final A-level grades. These will test you on content from both years.

Depending on the offers you receive, your actual A-level grades will determine whether you’ll be heading straight off to university, going through Clearing or taking a different path altogether.

How A-Level results determine the University you go to

A Levels are widely regarded as the benchmark for determining an individual's eligibility for admission in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Many of these universities premise their admittance offers in part on a candidate's expected A level grades, with the majority of these offers being contingent on reaching a minimum set of final grades. Some of the most prestigious universities, frequently those in the Russell group, will require AAB or higher A-level marks for the majority of their courses.

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