Introducing A levels

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Over 30 subjects at A level

Notre Dame offers over 30 A level subjects. A levels are level 3 qualifications which are studied in two halves – AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A2. The AS is a qualification in its own right but the A2 is not. To obtain a full A level, both AS and A2 have to be successfully completed. A levels take place over two years.

In the first year you will normally be asked to choose four subjects at AS level from those listed on this website. You will also have an opportunity to take General Studies AS. In the second year you will usually follow three of those subjects at A2 level. You may also take additional courses such as GCSEs or enhancement courses.

For entrance to a university degree course a minimum of two A level passes at E or above is usually required. In practice, however, three A levels are often needed. Two AS levels are generally accepted as the equivalent of one A level. For many courses the pass grades need to be very high. For example, entry to courses in Medicine and Veterinary Science often requires passes at grade A or A* in three subjects as well as very good passes at GCSE level. For many careers a minimum of two good advanced level passes is required.

Some A levels (Applied A levels) are offered as double awards as well as single awards. Double awards are the equivalent of two A levels and so occupy twice the teaching time of a single A level, so students on these courses will only be able to take one or two additional subjects at A level or GCSE.

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BTEC Level 3 National Qualifications

These courses are equivalent to 2 or 3 A levels, and are full-time courses, though it is possible to study one or two traditional A levels along with a level 3 National. Subjects offered include Applied Science, ICT and Sport. Entry requirements for these courses are four passes in GCSE at grade C or above or a Merit in an appropriate level 2 National course.