A Levels are taught over a two year period. The U.K.
system of school leaving exams are very different
from the rest of the world. In England and Wales,
students take four subjects at A Level from a choice
of over 40 subjects.
A Levels have two components:
- Advanced Subsidiary = 50% of the whole A Level
and usually taken at the end of the first year of
- A2 Levels = 50% of the whole A Level and taken
at the end of the second year.
Typically, international students will take 3 or
4 A Levels. They may take an A Level in their own
language e.g Russian, Mandarin, German, Italian,
French or Spanish. Most English students take 3 full
A Levels and one AS subject which they drop at the
end of the first year of study.