GCSE 普通程度會考

如取得不合格的成績,會被給予 U (不評級),而該科目則不會列於證書上。



GCE A-levels

A levels matter and are regarded as the 'gold standard' of secondary education, a passport to top universities. Three A-levels, with good grades (in addition to at least one AS- level), are now needed to get into most top university courses. A levels consist of AS (advanced subsidiary) and A2 units.

On both AS and A-level courses, students receive classroom and laboratory tuition, and are also encouraged to work independently and undertake research for topical projects, frequently outside school hours. Educational visits may be part of the timetable.

In the first year (usually year 12), students choose to study up to five subjects and sit AS level exams. In the second year students usually study three A levels.

There are some 40 A-level subjects, both academic and vocational; most sixth forms in the book offer 20-25. There are A-levels in all the traditional school subjects (English, history, chemistry etc) as well as many others such as business studies, classical studies, media studies and psychology.

Assessment is based on a mixture of 70 per cent written exams and 30 per cent coursework. For subjects such as Science and Art practical skills are also evaluated. Examinations are independently marked and graded.

AS and A levels are graded A-E. Most results are announced in August with a minority of results coming out in March of each year.

Most schools help match A-level choices with what the student wants to do after school, as well as their aptitudes. It is worth finding out which subjects and - most important - which combinations of subjects are available; some schools have an arts or science bias.