Many students take AS and A-level qualifications in Years 12 and 13, after completing their GCSEs. However, adults can take them too.
Some schools also offer AS levels in certain subjects for gifted and talented students in Years 10 and 11 (ages 14 to 16).
What subjects can you study at A-level?
There are about 80 AS and A-level subjects available. You can continue with subjects taken in Years 10 and 11 and/or take new ones.
Most students studying for A-levels take three or four AS levels in their first year. This means you can keep your options open about which subjects to study as a full A level.
How long does it take to study A/AS levels?
AS levels involve 180 guided learning hours. They are equivalent to half an A-level and, if studied full-time alongside other courses, generally take a year to complete. A-levels involve 360 guided learning hours and generally take two years to complete if studied full-time alongside other courses.
Guided learning hours are the number of hours of supervised or directed study time you’ll need to do to for your A/AS level qualification.
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The A Level programme is amongst one of the most esteemed and progressive in the UK. A Levels, or ‘Advanced Levels’, are the UK’s Gold Standard university entrance examinations, recognised all over the globe. Achieving high A Level results will ensure you get to choose from the UK’s most pre-eminent universities.
The added value of the A Level Programme is, that in addition to the extensive academic support colleges provide English and your chosen A Level subjects, your knowledge is further enhanced by a comprehensive and engaging programme of enrichment.
Enrichment is set of activities including trips, lectures, clubs and societies, activities, awards and competitions that complement the main curriculum. You will be provided with a choice of enrichment pathways, designed to significantly enhance university progression and your overall experience.
The enrichment programmes will enable you to develop;
- The high level project management skills that universities and employers value, linked to achievement of the A Level Extended Project Qualification (EPQ),
- Specialist skills to aid subject understanding and the ability to achieve high grades at A Level,
- Core personal development skills that will enhance your ability to stand out from the crowd and significantly improve the opportunity to secure a place at your chosen university.
- For A Level an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) will be the main focus of enrichment. EPQ’s are becoming increasingly accepted and sought after in a candidate by the top Russell Group of Universities.