International A Levels
What Are International A Levels?
International A Levels are an internationally recognised high school qualification, taught in 125 countries because they have a proven reputation for being an excellent preparation for universities around the world, employment and life. They are studied by students aged 16 – 18 during their final two years at school.
Students typically take three or four subjects in Year 12 (Grade 11) leading to AS Level examinations at the mid-point of the two year course. Students normally continue into Year 13 (Grade 12) to enable specialisation.
Upon graduation, BVIS students will be awarded an International A Level Certificate by University of Cambridge International Examinations.
What are the Benefits of A Levels?
Universities around the world, including all UK universities and more than 450 US universities, accept international A Levels for entry. International A Levels are seen as the equivalent to the Advanced Placement courses by American universities. Many universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, MIT and Stanford often see the best A Level applicants as prime targets. To find out more about university recognition of international A Levels visit www.cie.org.uk/recognition
More than 500 institutions across the USA formally recognise and accept Cambridge qualifications. Watch this short video to find out more about studying in the USA
- A Levels provide breadth of study in Year 12 before specialisation in Year 13. This provides a deep understanding of chosen subjects, enabling students to prepare for specific university courses and career pathways.
- Academic expectations are high and close to those experienced in top universities.
- International A Levels emphasise and develop critical thinking, advanced comprehension and research skills.
- International A Levels promote advanced reading and writing skills, particularly the ability to structure and defend an argument.
- International A Levels develop the ability to present and participate in a debate and to positively engage with critical feedback.
- International A Levels develop students as independent learners.
University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
BVIS is a registered examination centre for the CIE international A Levels. CIE is the world’s largest provider of education programmes and qualifications with over 9,000 schools in 160 countries. Click here to view a research document showing how CIE international A Levels develop ‘college-ready’ students
CIE also supports the teaching of international A Levels by offering a wealth of teaching and learning resources, as well as past exam papers and examiners’ reports. BVIS teachers are part of a network of top professionals who receive continuing professional development through regional courses organised by CIE to ensure they are kept up to date with the latest educational thinking.