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AS Level

Until recently AS Levels were both standalone examinations, but also contributed to a student's overall A' Level grade. If you are taking the UK A Level, this may no longer be the case...
AS Level
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
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If you take the International A' Level, offered by Edexcel and Cambridge, then the recent changes made to A' Level exams will not apply, and the most significant value of the AS Level lies in the fact that it will count towards your overall A level grade. 

If however you are taking UK A' Levels, in a subject that is under the new A-level reforms, your AS-levels no longer have any impact on your final A-level grade. Instead, this final grade is decided by exams taken at the end of Year 13 only.

These changes are part of a general drive to make A' Levels more rigorous. In this regard, January re-sits of A' Level or AS Level exams will no longer take place - a drive to get rid of a "resit culture" and allow greater differentiation for those achieving the highest results.

 

Why AS Levels still matter
If you are sitting the new UK AS and A' Level examinations, the obvious question is why take AS Levels at all.

There are a number of reasons why they are still a good idea.

Firstly, if you are planning to go to a UAE university, you may not even need the harder A' Levels - GCSEs and AS Levels may suffice.

Even if you are attending, or wish to attend a UK university, AS grades will need to go on UCAS university applications – and these may influence a university’s decision to offer you a place or not. For the most popular courses, and the most sought after universities, any point of difference matters.

Good AS Level passes can be seen as aptitude and a hunger for a subject, and will be the most recent exam-based evidence a university admissions tutor will have to go on.

AS Level results are also likely to shape your predicted A-level grades, used by universities to determine whether to make you a conditional offer.

 

Which A' and AS Levels are you taking?

Not all UK A' Levels have switched over yet. Reforms are being rolled out slowly across subjects. While you may be taking some subjects which have switched to the new structure, you might be taking subjects which haven't yet, too. Our A' Level guide has details on which subject switch, and when.

Note: Some schools may opt eventually to not offer AS Levels, arguing it will free up more time to invest in the A Level. This has become an area of debate in the United Kingdom. 

 

 

83 UAE Schools offering AS Level

School name Community City
Ajman Academy Muwaihat Ajman
Ajyal International School MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Al Ain Academy Al Sarooj Al Ain
Al Ain Juniors School Falaj Hazzaa Al Ain
Al Basma British School Old Al Bahya Abu Dhabi
Al Dhafra Private School, Abu Dhabi Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Al Dhafra Private School, Al Ain Manaseer Al Ain
Al Diyafah High School Al Qusais Dubai
Al Mamoura Academy Abu Dhabi Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi
Al Nahda National School for Boys Al Mushrif Abu Dhabi
Al Nahda National School for Girls Al Mushrif Abu Dhabi
Al Najah Private School Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Al Salam Community School Al Twar Dubai
Al Shohub School Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy Al Raha Gardens Abu Dhabi
Arab Unity School Al Mizhar Dubai
Aspen Heights British School Al Bahya Abu Dhabi
Belvedere British School Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Brighton College Abu Dhabi Bloom Gardens & Khalifa City Abu Dhabi
Brighton College Dubai Al Barsha South Dubai
British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi Al Khubairat Abu Dhabi
Cambridge International School Dubai Al Twar Dubai
Cedar School Dubai Al Warqa Dubai
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
Creative British School Abu Dhabi Mussafah Abu Dhabi
Diyafah International School MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Dubai Carmel School Al Qusais Dubai
Dubai English Speaking College Dubai Academic City Dubai
Dubai Gem Private School Oud Metha Dubai
English School of Kalba Kalba Sharjah
Fujairah Private Academy Fujairah Fujairah
GEMS Al Barsha National School Al Barsha Dubai
GEMS Cambridge International Private School Sharjah Muweilah Sharjah
GEMS Cambridge International School Abu Dhabi Baniyas East Abu Dhabi
GEMS FirstPoint School The Villa Dubai
GEMS Founders Mizhar School Al Mizhar Dubai
GEMS Founders School Al Barsha Al Barsha South Dubai
GEMS Metropole Motor City Dubai
GEMS Our Own English High School Al Ain Al Manaseer Abu Dhabi
GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail Dubai Hills Estate Dubai
GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai
GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah Seih Al Uraibi Ras al-Khaimah
GEMS Westminster School Sharjah Al Moweilah Sharjah
GEMS Winchester School, Dubai Dubailand Dubai
Global English School Manaseer Al Ain
Grammar School Dubai Garhoud Dubai
Horizon International School Umm Sheif Dubai
Ibn Seena English School Al Shahba Sharjah
InterHigh School Airport Road Dubai
Jebel Ali School Damac Hills (Akoya) Dubai
Jumeirah College Al Safa Dubai
Kings' School Al Barsha Al Barsha Dubai
Kings' School Nad Al Sheba Nad al Sheba Dubai
Merryland International School Mussafah Abu Dhabi
Oxford School Al Muhaisnah Dubai
Pristine Private School Al Nahda Dubai
Providence English Private School Muweilah Sharjah
Queen International School Hor Al Anz Dubai
Raffles International School Umm Suqeim Dubai
Repton School Al Barsha (formerly Foremarke School) Al Barsha South Dubai
Rosary School, Muweilah, Sharjah Muweilah Sharjah
Royal Grammar School Guildford in Dubai Tilal Al Ghaf Dubai
SABIS International School Yas Island Yas East Abu Dhabi
SABIS Private School (formerly Choueifat) Ruwais Abu Dhabi
Safa Community School Motor City Dubai
Scholars International Academy, Sharjah Al Gharayen Sharjah
Sharjah English School University City Sharjah
South View School Remraam Dubai
St Mary's High School Ras Al Khaimah Khalifa bin Zayed City Ras al-Khaimah
St. Mary's Catholic High School Oud Metha Dubai
Star International School Al Qusais Al Qusais Dubai
Sunmarke School Jumeirah Village Triangle Dubai
The Arbor School Al Furjan Dubai
The Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi Mussafah Abu Dhabi
The City School International Nad Al Hamar Dubai
The English College Dubai Umm Suqeim Dubai
The International School of Choueifat Abu Dhabi Al Mushrif Abu Dhabi
The International School of Choueifat Khalifa City Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi
The School of Research Science Al Warqa Dubai
The Sheffield Private School Al Nahda Dubai
The Westminster School Dubai Al Qusais Dubai
The Winchester School Jebel Ali Dubai
Wesgreen International Muweilah Sharjah

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