Traditionally regarded as one of the most popular routes into university, A-Level offers you the flexibility of studying more than one subject.
Find out what you need in order to take A-Level, how they are studied and who is A-Level for.
The basics of A-Level
A-Level (General Certificate of Education Advanced Level) is based on the UK education system and is offered to pre-university students all over the world. Subjects chosen in A-Level don’t necessarily have to be either from the humanities stream or science stream – you are allowed to choose a combination of both so that you have a greater variety of degree choices in the future.
The program is 16-24 months long and usually have intakes in January, March and July.
A-Level is well known and respected all around the world and accepted at almost all leading universities.
How is the A-Level course structured?
- The A-level examination is split into two papers namely AS (which covers the basics) and A2 (more complex and in depth)
- It is rigid in a sense that it is 100% examination based therefore no coursework is involved
- Students can take up to a maximum of 4 subjects (minimum of 3 subjects) from a total of over 40 choices related to their career/degree
Why should you take A-Level?
- The syllabus focuses on an in-depth content knowledge area and since you’re only doing 3 subjects, you’re able to focus on subjects you’re passionate about
- This course also trains you to think analytically and critically which is an extremely valuable asset in the working world
- If you’re not so sure of what you want to do in university and you’re still waiting for an epiphany, A-Level is a course which allows you to keep your options relatively wide open in the future
- No coursework to deviate or distract you from your studies
- Students are allowed to re-take papers to boost up their grades
Who is A-Level for?
You should consider taking A-Level if:
- You are an independent learner who wants to study overseas
- You are academically capable and prefers examinations rather than coursework
- You are a student that is ready to hit the books for many hours and is open minded and is able to think critically and analytically
You should NOT consider taking A-Level if:
- You HATE exams, and just thinking about it makes you break out in hives
- You are seeking a more holistic education that improves your interpersonal and practical skills
- You think study-time is your personal hell