Wondering how A/AS Levels can help you get the qualifications you need for your career? Read on to find out more...
Some schools also offer AS levels in certain subjects for gifted and talented students in Years 10 and 11 (ages 14 to 16).
AS level results used to count towards your final A level result. This is changing now, so while you will still be able to study an AS level alongside the first year of your A level course, your A level result will be based entirely on the exams you do at the end of the two-year course. These changes are being introduced gradually, but all subjects will have moved to the new system by 2017.
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.
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.
Under the current system, A levels are worth 40 points with an E grade, and you earn an extra 20 points for each grade above that, up to 140 for an A*.
Under the new system, an E will be worth 16 points, and each grade above that will add 8 points to the total.