A levels

Subject-based qualifications usually assessed by exams. They can lead to further study, training or work.

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You usually study A levels over 2 years. Most students choose 3 subjects to study but you can take more or fewer. 

You can even study for a BTEC or other qualification at the same time.

Grades you need to take A levels

You should check with the school or college where you’d like to study to find out exactly what you’ll need.

You normally need at least:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4
  • grade 6 in the subjects you want to study

Subjects you can take at A level

There are more than 40 different A level subjects to choose from.

To decide which subjects to take at A level, you should consider which subjects:

  • you're good at or would be interested in
  • you might need for a certain job or further study after A levels
  • will help you keep your options open if you’re not sure what you want to do in the future

After your A levels

You can use your A levels towards:

You could also look for volunteering opportunities to get workplace experience and build new skills.

Finding A level courses

Use our course search to look for different types of learning opportunities.

Find A level courses


Special educational needs (SEND) advice

You can get education advice if you're disabled or have special educational needs. 

It may help you choose what you'd like to do next.



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