A levels are originally a UK qualification, now taught worldwide, aimed at students aged 17 and 18 in their last two years of schooling. A levels provide a basis for selection of University entrants in UK as well as a qualification for students entering the job market.
The A level system is different from other pre-University qualifications, such as IB, in that it has no compulsory components; students are free to study whichever subjects they choose.
The A level qualification has been in existence for over 50 years and, as such, it is recognised all over the world as a rigorous qualification which can be trusted.
All A levels are split into two components: AS (comprising 50% of the A level and generally completed in the A1 year) and A2 (comprising the other 50% and generally completed in the A2 year).At SCIE students that are interested in studying Further Mathematics may take the Mathematics A level in one year (A1) if they meet the entry requirements (see the Mathematics page for more details).
Students may choose to continue with each subject for two years and gain a full A level or drop after A1 with an AS level. An AS level is a qualification in its own right and can be an important asset when applying to Universities.
Good students would be expected to leave the college with three or four A levels and one or two AS levels. Exceptional students may be able to gain 5 A levels and possibly another one or two AS levels.