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A-Levels – Cambridge Assessment International Education


A Levels is a pre-university programme based on the UK education system; it prepares you for a university degree through in-depth study of several subjects. The Cambridge Examination Board UK administers the A Levels Examination.

A Levels is 100% exam-based, you only need to take a minimum of 2 – 3 subjects. A Levels is equivalent to other pre-university programmes such as Australian Matriculation, Canadian Pre-University (CPU) and STPM.

Similar to other pre-university courses, A Levels requires a minimum of 5Cs at SPM IGSCE or equivalent.

Certain A Levels subjects, such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Further Mathematics, have subject prerequisites that you need to fulfil. This means you need to have studied and achieved the minimum required grades for the relevant subjects at SPM/IGSCE level in order to take these subjects in A Levels.


The A Levels duration in Malaysia is 15 – 24 months long, depending on when you start your studies.A Levels consists of 2 parts:


  • Advanced Subsidiary (or better known as AS Level), and
  • A2 Level


AS Level is the first half of the programme and forms the foundation of A Levels.

A2 Level is the second part of the syllabus, covering more complex topics in your chosen subjects.

At the end of each level, you will typically take exams, with each level contributing 50% towards your final grade.


When it comes to choosing your A Levels subjects, you will be spoilt for choice. However, some subjects open doors to more degrees and professions than others, so it is important that you choose the right ones.

As a guide, here are some tips on how to choose your A Levels subjects:


  • Choose subjects that you will likely enjoy
  • Choose subjects that suit your strengths
  • Choose subjects that relate to jobs you are interested in


However, if you are planning to study abroad and aim to get into top tier universities (especially in the UK), there are times where it may be advantageous to take 4 subjects. Remember that A Levels is considered one of the more academically and intellectually challenging courses, due to its focus on analysis and application of knowledge.


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