What is A-Level?

Advanced Level (A-Level) is the second part of GCE (General Certificate of Education) (the first part of GCE is O-Level (Ordinary Level)). It is being studied by students of Year 12 & 13 (or sixth form) from the age group 16-18 (in certain countries are age group 17-19).

A-Level is a 2-year course, and it is recognized as the standard assessment of a student’s suitability to enter universities’ courses. According to the British Council, A-levels are similar to the American Advanced Placements which are themselves equivalent to first year courses of America’s four year bachelor degrees.

Structure and Curriculums

At least 5 A*-C grades from GCSE or O-Level, including English and Mathematics are needed as a qualification to start A-Level.

A-Level is being offered by school’s sixth form, private colleges, and universities (normally it’s called Foundation Course in universities). Students may choose to take four to six subjects in A-Level, from the sciences categories (Advanced Maths, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, etc) or arts categories (Business Studies, Economics, Accounting, Arts, Music, Sociology etc).


A-Level is a qualification offered by education institutions in the UK. It is widely taken by students in Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries.

A-Level course is considered very rigorous, and its certification is highly excepted by universities worldwide. Students normally will apply a placement in preferred universities prior to A-Level exams, with their predicted A-Level results from schools.

As the predicted A-Level results are graded by students’ teachers (which normally considered unreliable), universities still insisted an actual A-Level results before the final decision of placement, though students might be granted a place in the university earlier.

39 Replies to “What is A-Level?”

  1. I failed in edexcel igcse maths and I dont wanna retake maths igcse and I have registered for A level accounting and business studies so will I get statement of entry of Advanced level and can be present in Advanced level exam hall

    • Hello Arnob,

      We suggest that you consider re-taking Maths as it is one of the core subjects and it will give your more opportunities for your future studies and career. You may want to check out our A* Online Courses to help you with your exam preparations. These courses have produced thousands of A* scorers worldwide. Please kindly check our course page here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/online-courses/

      As far as we know, registration for International A level subjects are open to anyone. But please take note that we are not the exam board and we cannot give you the final confirmation. We strongly suggest that you contact your exam centre where you will be taking your exams and ask them directly.

      Thank you.

    • Hello Arnob,

      They are two different qualifications. They have slight differences in the syllabus, and question format.

    • Hello Arnob,

      Edexcel iGCSE operates independently and is not regulated by Department of Education (UK) / Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

  2. Hello Igcse centre team I want to confirm that you say that grade G is pass grade but Department for Education says that grade F is fail grade so below F grade means grade G and U are outright fails in edexcel igcse.Please tell me the correct answer

    • Technically, Grade G is still considered as “PASS” in Edexcel iGCSE terms.

      However, major educational institution only accepts grades C and above as “MINIMUM PASS”. That is why students who receives grades below C (D,E, F, G), retakes the subject especially if the subject is required for their future studies.

      We hope this helps.

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