A Levels (Advanced Level qualifications) are a UK subject-based qualification two year course for students in Years 12 & 13 following assessment (usually at GCSE), separate exams or a one year Pre A level for International students. A levels lead to qualifications – usually in at least 3 subjects – recognised for entrance to Universities in the UK and many others worldwide.
There are no compulsory subjects with A Levels. Students are free to choose the subjects that interest them the most or they feel will be most beneficial to them for their future studies or career. Schools offer a wide range of subjects for study from the Arts, Science, Social studies, Sport, Philosophy, Language, Literature with often over 25 different subjects to choose from.
Written examinations, taken at the end of the 2-year course of study, are the main form of assessment. However, some coursework does still contribute to the final grade depending on the subject.
A Levels are a great choice for students who have a clear idea of which subjects they excel in and wish to study them in greater depth.