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A Levels Explained: Everything you need to know

Embarking on the journey of Advanced Level (A Level) examinations oftern marks a pivotal moment in a student's academic voyage.

Advanced level qualifications (known as A Levels) are a subject-based qualification for students aged 16 and above, offering in-depth study that’s both challenging and fulfilling.

Who are A Levels for?

A Levels are typically taken by students after completing their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or equivalent qualifications: IGCSE (International), International Baccalaureate, High School Diploma (US Curriculum), CBSE / ICSE (Indian Curriculum), Baccalauréat (French Curriculum), and the Leaving Certification (Ireland).  

Recognised globally, A Levels are a crucial stepping stone for ambitious students who want to:

Apply to University: A Levels are valued by universities globally, offering students a competitive edge

Keep their options open: For those who are not sure what career of job they want to do, studying A Levels can be a good way of keeping options open

Study in-depth: For students who want to specialise in a specific subject, A levels will provide a profound understanding and help master a subject of interest

What do you need to study A Levels?

To study A Levels, you will normally need:- at least five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 / A* to C- at least grade 6 in the specific subject(s) you want to studyYou can normally study three or more A Levels over two years; the qualification is split into two parts: AS / IAS level (year 1) and A2 / IA2 (year 2). However, it is possible to fast track your studies, and study A Levels in a year. Click here to learn more.

Study A Levels with Carfax Education

Here at Carfax Education, we are renowned for academic excellence, and our students achieve high grades in their A Level studies. We have a network of expert private tutors across the world, and an independent tutorial college in Oxford, Carfax College, to deliver high quality A Level Courses, online or in-person. We also support private candidates and school pupils, with after-school revision and supplementary tuition.

Carfax College, as a certified exam centre, facilitates invigilation for our students during their exams and provides essential support for private candidates seeking examination registration.If you would like to learn more about our A Level Courses, please click here.

The 2024 A Level Exam Schedule

A Levels qualifications are usually assessed by a series of examinations. Lets explore the A-Level exam landscape, including the exam schedule and registration process for 2024.

The A-Levels exams are conducted in three primary sessions.

May/June 2024: Key for students completing their academic year. Exact dates will be communicated approximately 3 months prior to the exams.

October/November 2024: An alternative or additional opportunity, especially beneficial for retakes or spreading out study loads. 

January 2025 (International A Level only): Primarily for International A-Level students, with dates to be confirmed closed to the time.

How to Register for an A Level Examination

Registering for A Level examinations typically involves several steps, and the process might vary depending on the examination board or the country you’re in. Here is a general guideline: 

Option 1 : Find an exam centre near you

Locate the nearest exam centers approved by the examination board. This information can usually be found on the official examination board or by contacting them directly.

Option 2: Register as a Private Candidate with Carfax College

Private candidates are students who have opted to learn and study A Levels independently. This can be either entirely self study, using textbooks and online resources. Carfax College accepts private candidates for GCSE, IGCSE, and A Level examinations. To learn more, or to register, please click here.

Submission and Fees:

Complete the registration forms accurately and submit them within the specified deadlines. Be aware of the registration fees and payment methods accepted by the exam centre. Some may require payment at the time of registration.

Prepare for success with A Levels

A-Level studies equip students with the knowledge and ability to success both academically and professionally, and quite often, it’s a time where students find real joy and fulfillment in their learning, as you get to choose the subjects that truly interest you.If you’re considering A Levels for your academic journey, now is the time to start planning for 2024.  

To start your A Level journey with Carfax Education, please click here to speak with an Academic Advisor today.


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