A Levels are Level 3 academic qualifications that are studied, normally, after you have completed your GCSEs. Ordinarily you study four AS Levels and then drop down to three for your second year of study (this is known as A2 but changes to A Levels mean that you now either study for an AS qualification, which normally takes a year to complete, or a full A Level, which is a two-year programme of study.
A Levels for University
For entry to university on an Honour’s Degree course you will normally need three A Levels. The grades that you achieve in your A Levels are assigned UCAS points and these will all get added together to give you an overall UCAS Tariff points score. If you look on the UCAS website or at individual university websites you will see than many universities set a minimum tariff score as an entry requirement.
The other thing to bear in mind is that some university courses also ask for particular A Levels – so it’s important to check out what universities ask for before you choose and start studying for your A Levels.
A Levels are not based on a particular occupation in the way that National Diplomas or NVQs (SVQs if you’re in Scotland) are; A Levels are subject based instead.
It’s important that you make the right subject choice when it comes to A Levels and that you combine A Levels well to give yourself the best possible rounded education.