If you’ve chosen to attend a British Boarding School then it is likely you will have the choice of studying either A levels or the IB. A few boarding schools will offer both. Making the choice between the two isn’t easy and will shape the rest of your life. However, both are great for International Students and will make it easy for you to get into a British University.
Advanced level qualifications (A levels) are subject-based qualifications that lead to university, further study, training or work. Most students in UK education opt to study three A levels but there is an option to study more. They take two years to complete and include a series of exams and coursework.
A levels are the most popular form of qualification for secondary students in the United Kingdom, as opposed to the IB and BTEC. They give the student a high level of freedom when it comes to subject choice, only limited by what your school can offer. The IB on the other hand requires certain subjects to be studied at varying levels of difficulty.
A levels allow students in the UK to take the first step towards specialisation. British secondary school students usually choose A levels after getting their GCSEs. The sixth form leads to more independence and responsibility in a student’s subject choice; this allows students to move towards studying subjects that will be relevant for their University experience.
If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a doctor and can’t wait to drop English and History then this set of exams will allow you to put your life on the path you have chosen. Top British Boarding schools will help with this decision and get you on the best path toward your University Career.
Like the IB, employers look for students who have taken a levels. Good A level results can help a candidate stand out and increase their chances of getting a job.
Firstly, the university admissions system is designed with A levels in mind. Whilst universities accept qualifications from many other bodies, the A level system is the best understood. As a result,, having A levels may help your child when going through the UCAS application process. If you are committed to studying at a university in the UK then these qualifications will make this process extremely simple and easy. Furthermore, you will find the transition from school to university easier if you have studied a levels.
They are also global qualifications. Universities and institutes of further study across the world are familiar with how they work and those who hold these qualifications rarely require further courses to prepare them for future study. This contrasts with the qualification attained in South Africa which requires a foundation course before attending university in the UK.
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