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.
|Abu Dhabi International School||Al Rowda||Abu Dhabi|
|Abu Dhabi International School MBZ branch||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 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 Ruwais Private School (formerly Choueifat)||Ruwais||Abu Dhabi|
|Al Salam Private School||Al Nahda||Dubai|
|Al Shohub School||Khalifa City A||Abu Dhabi|
|Al Yasmina Academy||Al Raha Gardens||Abu Dhabi|
|Arab Unity School||Al Mizhar||Dubai|
|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 High School Abu Dhabi||Mussafah||Abu Dhabi|
|Cambridge International School Dubai||Garhoud||Dubai|
|Cranleigh Abu Dhabi||Saadiyat Island||Abu Dhabi|
|Creative British School Abu Dhabi||Mussafah||Abu Dhabi|
|Dubai British School Jumeirah Park||Jumeirah Park||Dubai|
|Dubai Carmel School||Al Qusais||Dubai|
|Dubai College||Al Sufouh||Dubai|
|Dubai English Speaking College||Dubai Academic City||Dubai|
|Dubai Gem Private School||Oud Metha||Dubai|
|Emirates Private School Abu Dhabi||Al Zafranah||Abu Dhabi|
|Fujairah Private Academy||Fujairah||Fujairah|
|GEMS Al Barsha National School for Boys||Al Barsha South||Dubai|
|GEMS Al Barsha National School for Girls||Al Barsha||Dubai|
|GEMS Cambridge International School Abu Dhabi||Baniyas East||Abu Dhabi|
|GEMS FirstPoint School||The Villa||Dubai|
|GEMS Founders School||Al Barsha South||Dubai|
|GEMS Metropole||Motor City||Dubai|
|GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail||Al Khail||Dubai|
|GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah||Seih Al Uraibi||Ras al-Khaimah|
|GEMS Westminster School Sharjah||Al Moweilah||Sharjah|
|Global English School||Manaseer||Al Ain|
|Horizon International School||Umm Sheif||Dubai|
|Ibn Seena English School||Al Shahba||Sharjah|
|Jebel Ali School||Damac Hills (Akoya)||Dubai|
|Jumeirah College||Al Safa||Dubai|
|Kings' School Al Barsha||Al Barsha||Dubai|
|Merryland International School||Mussafah||Abu Dhabi|
|Oxford School||Al Muhaisnah||Dubai|
|Providence English Private School||Al Gharayen||Sharjah|
|Queen International School||Hor Al Anz||Dubai|
|Raffles International School||Umm Suqeim||Dubai|
|Rosary School, Muweilah, Sharjah||Muweilah||Sharjah|
|SABIS International School Yas Island||Yas East||Abu Dhabi|
|Scholars International Academy, Sharjah||Al Gharayen||Sharjah|
|Sharjah English School||University City||Sharjah|
|Sheffield Private School||Al Nahda||Dubai|
|South View School||Remraam||Dubai|
|St Mary's High School Ras Al Khaimah||Khalifa bin Zayed City||Ras al-Khaimah|
|Sunmarke School||Jumeirah Village Triangle||Dubai|
|The Arbor School||Al Furjan||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 Winchester School||Jebel Ali||Dubai|