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Benefits

DO YOU WANT QUALIFICATIONS THAT ARE ACCEPTED BY UNIVERSITIES AND EMPLOYERS AROUND THE WORLD?

International AS/A Levels and GCE AS/A Levels are internationally recognised qualifications that are required for entry into many university courses and professional training opportunities. Students typically study for these qualifications between the ages of 17 and 18. These qualifications can help you:

  • get a place at college or university at home or abroad 
  • start the career you want
  • explore the subjects you love

Every year, the British Council helps more than two million people take international exams. We are here to help you at every stage of your education - from offering a variety of subjects to exam registration.

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What to expect

British Council makes the whole exam process more straightforward. After all, we help two million people take international exams every year. 

Here are some things you should know about International AS/A Levels and AS/A levels.

THE COURSE

Students usually complete the course 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). 

CHOOSING SUBJECTS

There are many different A level subjects to choose from, although availability varies by country, exam board and school. 

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS 

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.

EXAM BOARDS

A-levels are offered by two main exam boards – Cambridge Assessment International Education and Pearson Edexcel. If your school or college has a preferred exam board, you may not need to choose. International AS/A Levels are offered only by Pearson Edexcel.

Find out which exam board is right for you. 

GRADES AND MARKING

Your exam results are graded on a scale from A* to E. 

RESULTS

Your exam results will be available at British Council several weeks after your final exam.

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Subjects

Depending on local availability, you may be able to choose from more than 50 A level subjects and from 8 popular subjects from International A Levels. Your chosen subjects should fit with your career goals or plans for further education. To find out which subjects are available in your country, download the list below.

You can find out about the syllabuses from the Cambridge Assessment International Education and Pearson Edexcel websites.

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How to register

The British Council can help you register for your A level exams. We will make sure you complete the right forms – and let you know about any deadlines or registration fees. 

Find out how to register for International AS/A or AS/A levels

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