A Level refers to Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (GCE). It is an internationally recognized achievement at secondary level. This internationally benchmarked qualification provides excellent preparation for university education. It is widely recognized and valued by universities and employers alike. A Level examination is set by the University of Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).
Based on the year of study, A Level syllabus has been subdivided into two parts. The first year’s syllabus is referred to as “AS” and each course at AS level counts for half credit. The second year of the syllabus is referred to as “A2”. When AS and A2 exams are taken, a student receives an A Level ‘full credit’ grade. A full credit grade is generally completed in two years while AS exams are taken after one year. The examinations are conducted worldwide twice a year, during May/June and October/November.
A Level is generally considered ‘completed’ in Nepali context when the student receives 3.5 credits, which means 3 A level full credit grades and .5 half credit. For further studies in Nepal, A Level is considered equivalent to the 10+2 program administered by Higher Secondary Education Board, Nepal.
The wide variety of subjects means learners can choose subjects that suit their interests and aspirations.
The syllabus is broad, which means one is encouraged to understand the basic concept and its application, as opposed to memorizing narrow topics. This helps develop deep understanding of the subject as well as independent learning and constructive thinking – skills and abilities that are highly valued in today’s times.