GCE A Level Curriculum

The General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (A Level), is a main school leaving qualification in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It is available as an alternative qualification in other countries.

It used to be the case that students would study over a two-year period, and that they would write examinations at the end of each year (AS and A2 respectively), with each counting for half of the final grade. In 2015, Ofqual decided to change the system so that students now write all of their examinations at the end of the second year. AS is still offered, but as a separate qualification. AS grades no longer count towards the final A-level.

Most students study three or four A level subjects simultaneously during the two post-16 years (ages 16–18) in a secondary school, in a sixth form college, in a further and higher education college, or in a tertiary college, as part of their further education.

A wide variety of subjects are offered at A-level by the five exam boards: AQA / OCR / Edexcel / WJEC / CCEA

The pass grades for A Levels are, from highest to lowest, A*, A, B, C, D and E. Those who do not reach the minimum standard required for a grade E receive the non-grade U (unclassified).

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