Generally, students study for 13 years before entering university. At the end of Year 13, students who pass the examinations are conferred a General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A levels). The GCE A level is an entry qualification for universities in the United Kingdom and worldwide. In addition, students must also have passed a minimum of five (5) IGCSE subjects at Level 2 (grades C or higher).

At A-levels, students are graded as follows:

 

A*, A, B, C, D, E and F. E is the lowest pass grade, whereas F is a fail. The grades are converted to points, and university entrance is generally indicated based on a minimum number of points. Points awarded are as follows:

 

A*         140 points

A           120 points

B           100 points

C           80 points

D           60 points

E            40 points

F            Fail

 

Generally, three (3) A-levels are required to get into university, but at some universities two (2) A-levels are enough. 

 

In some countries, students can also access some universities with IGCSEs. This is the case for instance in the United States and Canada, where there currently are several universities who accept students for their undergraduate programmes with IGCSEs.

 

In other countries, like Australia, students might be accepted to some universities with IGCSEs, in some cases providing they do a one year foundation or bridging programme.

 

A GCE A level certificate may also give students an advanced credit at universities, like in the United States, where they in many cases will be allowed directly into the second year of a Bachelor programme, providing the grades are good enough.

 

Generally speaking, all the world’s top universities recognize the Cambridge International Examinations A-level.

 

Universities in countries around the world recognise and welcome Cambridge international qualifications, including the UK, US, European nations, India, Pakistan, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Singapore. Universities in the countries listed below have published their recognition policies, but many more accept Cambridge qualifications on an individual basis:

 

Albania Argentina Armenia Australia

Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Belarus

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bulgaria

Canada

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic Denmark

Egypt

Estonia

Finland

France

Georgia

Germany

Guyana

Holy See

Hong Kong Hungary

Iceland

India

Ireland

Israel

Jordan Kazakhstan Kyrgyz Republic Latvia

Lebanon Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malawi

Malta

Mauritius Moldova

Montenegro Nepal Netherlands

New Zealand Norway

Pakistan

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Serbia

Singapore Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa Swaziland

Sweden Switzerland Tajikistan

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

UAE

Ukraine

United Kingdom United States Zimbabwe