A LEVELS SUBJECTS AND EQUIVALENT IN SPAIN
A-LEVELS SUBJECTS: HOW TO CHOOSE THEM AND EQUIVALENT IN SPAIN
A-LEVELS are the set of subjects in the British system that are taught during the student’s 16th and 18th years. A-LEVELS are taught in the UK but increasingly in other countries around the world, including Spain. To understand us, they are part of Year 12 and Year 13, years equivalent to the 1st and 2nd year of the Spanish Bachillerato.
Therefore, as in the Spanish system, A-levels are very important for access to university. The score you obtain in these A-levels is extremely important as each degree course and university requires different grades and subjects, and you will have to be aware of the requirements: minimum grades, subjects you must take to access certain degrees, etc.
UCAS POINTS- QUALIFICATIONS
As you know, A-levels can be taken from various Examination Boards. The most common boards are AQA, Edexcel (Pearson), CIE (Cambridge). It is each board that has a series of subjects and their qualifications, and depending on the school they are governed by one or the other.
The most common subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Business, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Law, Psychology, History, Computer Science, Art, English or Spanish, but the good thing about A-levels’ boards is that they allow you to choose from a very wide range:
HOW MANY A-LEVELS SHOULD I DO?
There is not really an exact number, but universities always ask for a minimum of three subjects. However, if you are between several careers or just don’t want to play your grades to 3 subjects you can do 4, which is the usual.
DEPENDING ON THE IGCSE I GET, SHOULD I DO MORE OR LESS A-LEVELS?
The question is whether you should take an A-level in a subject for which you have previously had an IGCSE. Legally you can take whatever you want, the point is that most public schools, if you don’t have a good foundation in IGCSES won’t let you advance to A-level, because of the private law of schools.
One of the tricks students do is to choose their mother tongue to help them get through the A-levels, in fact many British Spanish schools require students to take Spanish as a subject and then 3 subjects of their choice.
No student who has a Foundation or Coard, which is the basic level of the IGCSEs, should take an A-LEVEL in that subject since there is a part of the curriculum they did not see in the GCSES. This is because the level will increase, and therefore, their difficulty will be exponential. We do not recommend that with Foundation or Coard you take these subjects.
What is special about TutorASAP in this case? We do have a specific jump programme to be able to do these A-levels. Even so, our recommendation is that the better your IGCSE score, the better, as is normal.
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OUR DIRECTOR DIEGO NÚÑEZ
Motivation is the key. Choose what you really like.
Take subjects related to what you want to do in the future.
Take into account the requirements of the degree and the university to choose. Each university has unique and different requirements.
There are cases in which subject requirements are generalised, such as in Medicine, where they ask for biology or chemistry and mathematics, i.e. at least one of the sciences, or in Business, for example, where they usually ask for A-level mathematics. Even so, you should never rely on this and it is best to refer to official sources at each university for clarification.
WHERE I CAN DO THE A-LEVELS?
You can take the a-levels at A-LEVELS EXAMINATION CENTRES, which is a centre that can take official exams. A-levels students are examined according to the Examination Board of their choice: AQA, Pearson (EDEXCEL), Cambridge… and it is the schools and centres that are the official and approved examination centres themselves. In the case of TutorASAP, we have been an examination centre for over 20 years.
There are different ways of doing this, studying and taking the official exams on your own, which are the Private Candidates, and signing up for a school which would be the Internal Candidates.
At the moment, Private Candidates are in a very uncertain situation and are not covered by the law. Taking this into account, from TutorASAP we recommend that you sign up as Internal Candidates so that you have all the guarantees and coverage and not have any problems. We encourage you to sign up with us as we give opportunities to everyone.
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