Advanced Supplementary(AS) and Advanced (A) Level Curriculum

Advanced Supplementary(AS) and Advanced (A) Level Curriculum Y12-Y13 (16-19 years of age, KS5) 

Royal School will implement the study of AS and A-Level in the early part of the 2018-19 academic year. Cambridge A-Levels represent the ‘Gold Standard’ in education and are regarded as such in universities and industry throughout the world.
Any student who undertakes study at AS and A-Level should be aware that, whilst the end qualifications are very attractive, they are not easy to achieve 

Entry Requirements

In order for a student to be admitted to AS and A-Level study she or he must ensure that they have a minimum of five A*-C grades at IGCSE (or equivalent).  These must include Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and two Sciences.

In order for a prospective student to study a particular subject, she/he must have passed the subject at Extended level at IGCSE – no student who has sat for a particular subject (English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at Core level will be allowed to undertake AS/A-Level in the respective subject.

Entry is assessed on an individual basis.  Upon receipt of results prospective students undertake an interview with the School Head and Key Stage Coordinator to discuss the subject choices, future career paths and suitability for the course.

Advanced Supplementary (AS) level

At AS level students typically select four subjects which they intend to study over a two-year period.

Royal School strongly suggests that students study at least two subjects from the following list. The following subjects are considered to be ‘facilitating subjects’ and provide the greatest option of courses open to students at university

  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages

AS level Assessment

Students are continuously assessed in accordance with CAIE criteria. The grade boundaries for each course vary. 

AS-Level students will sit mock examinations in January, with the results used to create a pathway towards success in the May AS-Level exams.

The AS-Level exam results contribute towards the final A-Level grade therefore it is imperative that students are very well prepared for the AS level examinations.  Failure at this stage, or garnering results which are not favourable, will mean that a student needs to write the complete series of examinations at the end of Year 13 or repeat Year 12.  Please note that all examination fees for Year 12 and 13 are to be paid by the respective families of the students and examination entry is compulsory.

Study at AS level

It is vital that each student develops a new, more developed set of study skills at AS level. She or he needs to not only manage their time well but constantly review notes and read ahead for forthcoming lessons.  Lesson time intensifies, but so too does ‘free’ time.  It is during this free time that a student is expected to complete research on their chosen subjects and to go beyond what is being taught in the classroom.  In this regard the teacher becomes much more of a facilitator, than a pedagogue.  Independence of thought is key to the overall success at both AS and A-Level.

Finally, progression here is guaranteed as the Advanced course is designed to be delivered over a two-year period (at AS level the student is, effectively, half way through the course).

Advanced (A) Level

Students entering into A-Level typically ‘drop’ a subject from AS level and continue with three subjects.  The three remaining subjects are studied at great depth and one should feel passionate and enjoy the study of one’s respective subjects.  Also, the combination of subjects should match the requirements of the faculty/university to which one wishes to apply.

A-Level Assessment

A-Level students are assessed against the individual assessment criteria for each course.

Students at A-Level will undertake Mock Examinations at the same time as AS and IGCSE students.  Feedback will be provided allowing the formulation of strategies for preparation towards the final examinations, in May/June.