A Levels

A levels are subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, other study, training or work. You can normally study three or more A levels over two years and AS over one year, both are available in school sixth forms, colleges and UTCs:
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Changes to A levels

You might have heard about changes to A levels. New AS and A level qualifications are being  introduced in England from September 2015.

  • Some new AS and A levels will be introduced in England in September 2015 – the changes affect some subjects you may want to study
  • You will also be able to do A level and AS level courses in other subjects which are not being reformed yet


Facilitating subjects


You can keep your options wide open when choosing your A-levels by selecting a mix of the most commonly asked-for subjects in university entry requirements, known as ‘facilitating’ subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern and Classical Languages
  • Physics


Over the next 4 years A Level qualifications are being reformed, click here to see the timeline of these changes.


The International Baccalaureate (IB) is studied in a small number of sixth forms in years 12 and 13 and covers a broad range of subjects at Level 3 including experience in languages, social studies, experimental sciences, arts and maths.


If you are thinking about going to university and know what sort of course you would like to do or considering an advanced Apprenticeship it is a good idea to check course entry requirements as some universities/apprenticeships like you to have A levels in certain subjects.

What Can I Do Next...

  • An advanced vocational course that will qualify you to do a specific job.
  • A foundation degree in the same or a different subject at college or university.
  • An undergraduate degree in the same or a different subject at a university.
  • An advanced Apprenticeship.
  • An industry training scheme or job with training.
  • Apprenticeships