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.
|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|