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A Levels​

You are likely to have heard of AS and A Levels. You normally study these when you are 16 and 17 in a range of subjects.

You will study them as part of the new study programmes and could study alongside vocational qualifications.

AS levels are aimed at learners working to Level 3 and are studied in Year 12.

A Levels are usually studied in Year 13;  both are available in school sixth forms and colleges and UTC’s:

• There are over 100 different subjects

• Different choices are available in schools and colleges

Facilitating subjects

You can keep your options wide open when choosing your A-levels by selecting a mix of the most commonly asked-for subjects in university entry requirements, known as ‘facilitating’ subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern and Classical Languages
  • Physics

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is studied in a small number of sixth forms in years 12 and 13 and covers a broad range of subjects at Level 3 including experience in languages, social studies, experimental sciences, arts and maths.

If you are thinking about going to university and know what sort of course you would like to do or considering an advanced Apprenticeship it is a good idea to check course entry requirements as some universities/apprenticeships like you to have A levels in certain subjects.

What can I do Next?

  • An advanced vocational course that will qualify you to do a specific job.
  • A foundation degree in the same or a different subject at college or university.
  • An undergraduate degree in the same or a different subject at a university.
  • An advanced Apprenticeship.
  • An industry training scheme or job with training.