The British Council makes it easy to study A-levels. We help more than two million people take international exams every year.
Here are some things you should know about A-levels.
Students usually complete A-levels in two years. In the first year, you study the first half of the A-level, which is called the AS-level. In the second year, you study the A2-level. Your combined result from both years is your A-level grade.
A-levels are assessed by a mixture of practical coursework and exams in both years (AS and A2).
There are many different A-level subjects to choose from, although availability varies by country, exam board and school.
UK universities typically require students to pass three subjects at A-level, but you should check the entry requirements of the universities that you are considering.
See what grades you need to get a place at your chosen university.
A-levels are offered by two main exam boards – Cambridge International Examinations and Pearson Edexcel. If your school or college has a preferred exam board, you may not need to choose.
Find out which exam board is right for you.
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Grades and marking
Your A-level coursework and exam results are graded on a scale from A* to E.
Exam boards usually release results six weeks after the exam session.