What is Cambridge A or AS Levels?

A Cambridge International A or AS Level is recognized around the world by schools, universities and employers. The qualifications are accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide. Cambridge International A Levels typically take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select subjects that are right for them.
Cambridge International AS Levels often represent the first half of an A Level course. AS and A Levels are advanced qualifications that are also academically rigorous, internationally accredited public examinations, taken after completing IGCSEs. AS and A Levels are the usual assessment criteria to gain entry into over 60 countries within the EU, North America, Far East and the Commonwealth. Typical university destinations are UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Grading in AS-A Levels

There are five passing grades (A – E). Minimum requirements for most countries are at least three pass grades. But typical international university entrance requirements are closer to three passes at grade C for academic courses in established universities. Very popular courses will often require higher grades. For example, medical schools in the UK often require grades of AAB and the highly selective universities of Cambridge and Oxford ask for at least AAB. Good A-Level grades can also be a key to admission for all the world’s major Anglophone universities. University course credit and advanced standing is often available in countries such as the USA and Canada, where entrance to university takes place after 12 years of education.


Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course, and Cambridge international AS Level is typically one year. Our Cambridge International AS & A Levels are designed for students worldwide, including those whose first language is not English. Assessment takes place at the end of the course, and gives students a variety of ways to show their knowledge and skills.
Thousands of students use Cambridge International AS & A Levels every year to gain places at leading universities worldwide, including the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Opening up opportunities worldwide

All UK universities and over 500 US universities accept Cambridge International A Level qualifications, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale. In places such as the US and Canada, good grades in carefully chosen Cambridge International A Level subjects can result in up to one year of university course credit.
Learners can easily find out which universities worldwide accept Cambridge qualifications by searching at

A global learning community

With the Cambridge Pathway, your child is joining a global community of learners from more than 10 000 schools in over 160 countries. By developing a global outlook in Cambridge learners, we aim to equip them for success in the fast- changing modern world.