Typically, UK university entrance requirements insist on three passes at grade C for academic courses in established universities. Very popular courses often require higher grades with medical schools asking for grades of AAB and the highly selective universities of Cambridge and Oxford requesting at least AAA. Good A Level grades can also be a key for our students to be eligible for admission to all the world’s major universities.
The subject content of each of the A Level syllabuses has been subdivided into two parts: the AS syllabus content which is expected to be covered in the first half of the course, and part two of the syllabus commonly referred to as ‘A2’. This flexible approach enables students to choose from three options:
- Take all A Level components in the same examination session at the end of a course of study, usually at the end of the second year (Year 13)
- Follow a staged assessment to an A Level by taking the AS qualification in one examination session, and the A2 assessment in a subsequent session
- Take the AS qualification only – either at the end of a one-year or two-year course.
AS Levels may be taken as a freestanding qualification and are accepted in all UK universities. They carry half the weight of an A Level so, for example, students may be admitted with suitable grades in two A Levels and two AS Levels. Details of the tariff operated by the UK Universities are given on the http://www.ucas.com UCAS website.
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