The Cambridge AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and AL (Advanced Level) programme, typically for 16-19 year olds, helps learners to develop the deep understanding, independent learning and critical thinking skills which universities value highly. It builds on the foundations of Cambridge IGCSE and leads to entry to universities or to employment opportunities worldwide.
AS and A level courses enable students to experience the intellectual challenge and stimulation of studying a limited number of subjects in much greater depth than at IGCSE. They are qualifications which are renowned internationally for their academic rigour and ability to prepare students for higher education.
Advanced Levels are recognised throughout the world as being the Gold Standard for entrance to university. Universities worldwide recognise that A Levels provide the depth of study required for degree courses. They enable most students to progress directly into their chosen subject at university without having to go through a prolonged general education course at university.
Studying Advanced Levels prepares students well for this transition and ensures that they have the tools they need for success in the wider world. Today, A Levels continue to be the most popular route to university for international students.
“At LICS we believe that the A Level curriculum best meets the requirements of our individual students and puts them in a better position when it comes to applying for their chosen university course.”
We set students up to be able to pursue their own interests and capitalise on their own strengths when selecting their A Level subjects. This ensures a greater success and gives them an unrivalled depth of knowledge which is internationally acknowledged by universities around the globe.
LICS offers AS and A Levels in the following subjects:
- Art and Design
- Business Studies
- English Literature
- French Language and Literature
- Modular ICT Courses
- Physical Education
We consider each student’s application on its merits, but the standard academic entry requirements for the AS/A level programme are as follows: a minimum of five IGCSEs at grade C or above, including at least a C in English Language and Mathematics.
In addition, the entry requirements for each subject are as set out below:
|Subject||Entry requirement (in addition to the standard academic entry requirements) *|
|English Literature||At least a C in the subject at IGCSE|
|Mathematics||At least a B in the subject at IGCSE|
|Biology, Chemistry, Physics||At least a B in the subject at IGCSE|
|History, Geography, Economics, Business||At least a C in the subject if previously studied at IGCSE|
|Art and Design||At least C in the subject if previously studied at IGCSE. If not previously studied, the student will be expected to show a substantial portfolio of personal art work of a suitable standard and will be subject to an interview|
|French||At least a B in the subject at IGCSE if previously studied. If not previously studied, but if the student is a fluent speaker, the student must show a strong command of the spoken and written language and will be subject to an interview|
* All courses are subject to having a viable minimum number of students. Decisions on the minimum class size are entirely at the school’s discretion
AS exams are usually taken in Year 12 and they are the first half of the overall A level qualification. A level exams are usually taken in Year 13. Students typically take four AS levels and then three or four A levels.