A Levels are a core part of many childrens’ transition to university, and it’s often the most straightforward way of approaching the next phase in a child’s studies. But there is a lot to remember and keep in mind that can get quite confusing. Here in this guide from a private school in Cardiff, we take a look at what you need to know about your child’s progression in their A Level studies.
A Levels are taught over 2 years
The first year in A Levels is referred to as AS Level. Your child, should they be heading to Sixth Form or College, will be studying the AS Level course before advancing on to A Level in the second year. If your child does well in the first round of exams then they will automatically advance onto A Level, but there is the potential to resit exams across the next year should they need to. The grade they get at AS Level will impact their overall grade at A Level.
Students pick 3 – 4 subjects
Your child can either pick 4 subjects and drop one, or start with 3 subjects. They may also have to do a Baccalaureate course on top, which teaches them about life skills, work experience opportunities and personal development. Depending on the grade your child gets at the end of the 2 years, they will receive a total number of points which are used in universities to allocate places.
A Levels require much more study
They are well known for their jump in difficulty straight after GCSEs. It can be difficult for some students to progress, which is why some students opt to go to a College instead to pick up different skills and learning styles. There is no right or wrong way about studying A Levels or reaching university, so long as you are there to support your child every step of the way.