Qualifications that are accepted by universities and employers around the world

A-levels are internationally recognised qualifications that are required for entry into many university courses and professional training opportunities. Students typically study A-levels between the ages of 17 and 18. A-levels can help you:

  • get a place at college or university at home or abroad 
  • start the career you want
  • explore the subjects you love.

Find out how to register for A-levels.

Find out the entry requirements for your university course.

Course length and format

Students usually complete A-levels in two years. In the first year, you study the first half of the A-level, which is called the AS-level. In the second year, you study the A2-level. Your combined result from both years is your A-level grade. A-levels are assessed by a mixture of practical coursework and exams in both years (AS and A2).

Exam boards

A-levels are offered by two main exam boards – Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Pearson Edexcel. If your school or college has a preferred exam board, you may not need to choose.

Choosing subjects

For the full list of available subjects, please see the relevant page on the Cambridge International Exams website.

Please note, the following subjects are not available to British Council private candidates:

  • Art & Design (9704)
  • Design and Technology (9705)
  • Environmental Management (8291)
  • Food Studies (9336)   
  • Music (9703 & 8663)
  • Travel & Tourism (9395)

University requirements

UK universities typically require students to pass three subjects at A-level, but you should check the entry requirements of the universities that you are considering.

See what grades you need to get a place at your chosen university.

 

Studying

We can help you to study and pass your exams via access to study guides, past exam papers and other helpful resources.

Get study tips and resources.

Grades and marking

Your A-level coursework and exam results are graded on a scale from A* to E. 

Results

Your exam results will be sent to your school or nearest British Council office several weeks  after your final exam or coursework submission.