AS and A Levels

  • Introduction

A Levels stands for Advanced level qualification. They lead to qualifications recognised for entrance to higher education institutes in the UK and many others worldwide.

Obtaining an A Level qualification in your preferred subject is generally required for university entrances. Although they are a UK qualification, schools across the world offer A Levels. Most universities and Higher Education institutes recognise A Levels as a suitable entry qualification.

  • How many years is the programme?

A Levels are of a span of 2 years

  • What age groups and years is it for?

A Levels are offered to students aged between 16 and 19 years i.e. from Year 12 to Year 13

  • Which subjects are offered?

There are over 40 different A-level subjects on offer that a student can choose from. Some of the subject groups offered are –

  • English literature
  • History
  • Modern languages
  • Classical languages
  • Maths and Further Maths
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography

Students take three or four A Level courses in their first year and cut back to three in their second year. This is usually the case as university offers are normally based on three A Level grades.

  • What is the grading system and how are the students assessed? 

Grades are awarded on a scale from A* – E. Those who do not meet the minimum standard receive a U. Students need 40% to achieve an E, 50% for a D, 60% for a C and so on. Students who average 80% across all modules will gain an A*

Written examinations, taken at the end of the 2-year course of study, are the main form of assessment. However, in some courses there is also some coursework that contributes to the final grade depending on the subject.


  • Key features and highlights of the curriculum 

A Levels have no specific subject requirements, so students have the opportunity to combine any subjects they wish to take. However, students should ideally pick their courses based on the degree they wish to pursue at a university.

The importance of the final written exam means that A Levels are more suitable for students who are strong in written exams.

Most importantly, students receive separate certificates in each subject they pass, rather than one overall certificate as with the IB. 

  • How do we help students?

Uplift academy offers result focused, online tuition by teachers who have the relevant experience and expertise in International and Indian curriculums. Private tutoring is the most effective way for students to learn.

Throughout these online A Level courses, teachers not only explain the concept but also provide an array of practice tests, conduct oral quizzes and provide guidance in solving past papers. During online Math tutoring or online Chemistry classes or any other subject class, your child will have the instructor’s undivided attention and can work at a pace that is appropriate for his or her needs.

With their extensive expertise and training, our teachers provide unique and personalized resources, assistance with school homework and extra tasks as well. We recognize that all learners do not learn the same way or have the same strengths, so we use pedagogy which is customised to the child’s strengths and learning style. Our aim is to conduct online education sessions which are interactive and engaging.

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