GCE Advanced Level (United Kingdom)
A Levels are the standard route to studying at UK universities, particularly for the most competitive courses at the highest ranking institutions. Our A Level students are taught in small tutorial groups and have weekly mock examinations under invigilated conditions to monitor their progress against the grades necessary for them to progress to their desired university course.
A Levels are available for students aged 16+ who have completed their GCSEs or equivalent high school certificate.
The New A-levels What You Should Know
A-levels are undergoing the most significant transformation since the introduction of the Advanced Subsidiary levels or AS-levels over 10 years ago. The reforms were brought in to stem “grade inflation” and make A-levels tougher. The key elements of the reforms are as follows:
- AS-levels and A-levels are being de- coupled which means that AS-level marks will no longer count towards the final A-level grade.
- Students can still do AS-levels but they will be a stand alone qualification, completed at the end of the first year of sixth-form.
- Some schools may not offer AS-levels at all eventually, since they will no longer count towards the final A-level grade and as such AS-levels may become less important in helping universities to decide whether to make an offer to a student.
- The content of all A-level subjects are being overhauled and some subjects such as Home Economics and Human Biology, will no longer be offered.
- The new A-levels will be linear, rather than modular as at present, which means that students will sit final exams only at the end of their 2 year period of study which count towards their final grade.
- The changes to A-levels are being phased in over 3 years which means that some subjects have new A-levels from September 2015 and others will follow the old system until later. So for example, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Economics, English, History and Psychology have new A-levels fromSeptember 2015; French, German, Spanish, Religious Studies an Geography from September 2016; Mathematics and Government & Politics from September 2017.
- There are significant changes to coursework and in some subjects like the sciences, the practical coursework element will be compulsory but will not contribute to the overall final grade as it does at present.
More information on the new system can be found on the GOV.UK website under “Get the Facts: AS and A-level reform”.
We offer a range of A Level courses including: two year, eighteen month and one year intensive courses.
Course available at : UK DGED Campus