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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
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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. 

 

 

21 UK Schools offering AS Level

School name Community Region
Bedales Petersfield South East England
Cheltenham Ladies College Cheltenham South West England
Downe House Newbury South East England
Eton College Eton South East England
Frensham Heights Farnham South East England
Gordonstoun Elgin Scotland
Harrow School Harrow on the Hill Greater London
Hurtwood House Dorking South East England
King's School Canturbury Canturbury South East England
Lancing College Lancing South East England
Marlborough College Marlborough South West England
Roedean School Brighton South East England
St Paul's Barnes Greater London
The Hammond School Chester North West England
Tonbridge School Tonbridge South East England
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Tring East of England
Warwick School Warwick West Midlands
Wellington College Crowthorne South East England
Westminster School Westminster Greater London
Winchester College Winchester South East England
Wycombe Abbey High Wycombe South East England

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