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
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
Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bulgaria
Czech Republic Denmark
Hong Kong Hungary
Jordan Kazakhstan Kyrgyz Republic Latvia
Lebanon Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malawi
Montenegro Nepal Netherlands
New Zealand Norway
South Africa Swaziland
Sweden Switzerland Tajikistan
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom United States Zimbabwe