A-Levels are the traditional route for students following GCSEs. Constantly redesigned by the government, how do they actually work? And which subjects should you pick? Are there any alternatives?

There’s a big jump between GCSEs and A-Levels, where students are suddenly expected to work at a very high standard. Not only do they need to keep up with the constant changes in the curriculum, they are also required to specialize, the most important decision of their school careers.

To compare other post-16 options, see our curriculum guides to IB and Pre-U.

For any advice on post-16 options, our Consultation Service is here to help.


How they work (following the recent changes)
What to consider when choosing subjects
The differences between A-Level alternatives