Cambridge A-levels are internationally recognized by universities worldwide. They are taken in over 125 countries and offer a choice of 60 different subjects. Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications are widely recognized and valued by universities and employers alike. Some US universities give up to a year’s credit as a result. Every year, thousands of Cambridge International A Level students gain places at good universities worldwide – including the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.


Mountain Cambridge A level College offers Grade 13 which broadens and deepens the academic and intellectual perspectives of the student who is allowed to focus on three subjects of his/her choice in preparation for A-level exams (written in November). For students wishing to study overseas, Cambridge A-levels are a passport to any university, as they are internationally recognised. For students wishing to study in South Africa the Grade 13 year brings a university approach and maturity to their work, which is of enormous benefit to their tertiary education. By providing an atmosphere which is less restrictive than high school, the students are encouraged to cope confidently with greater personal responsibility and freedom. Candidates must select three subjects. Please consult the Gr 13 Admin office.

A-levels are offered in the following disciplines:

  • Afrikaans (AS Level only)
  • Art
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • English literature
  • French and Portuguese are offered by special arrangement


Schools and learners find Cambridge International AS and A Levels very flexible. Schools can offer almost any combination of the wide choice of subjects available. Learners have the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them – they either follow a broad course of study, or specialise in a particular area.
Learners can choose from a range of assessment options:
Assessment options
Option 1 Take all papers of the Cambridge International A Level course in the same examination session, usually at the end of the second year of study
Option 2 Take a ‘staged’ assessment route – take the Cambridge International AS Level in one examination session and complete the final Cambridge International A Level at a subsequent session*
Option 3 Take the Cambridge International AS Level only. The Cambridge International AS Level syllabus content is half an Cambridge International A Level programme.

International recognition

  • Cambridge International AS and A Levels have widespread international recognition as educational qualifications. This recognition is because:
  • Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications are recognized by universities as equivalent in value to UK AS and A Levels
  • Good grades at AS and A Level can result in one full year of advanced standing or credit at universities in the USA and Canada
  • It is accepted as an entry qualification by universities of the European Union, on a par with the French Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, etc
  • Good AS and A Level grades are vital for admission to all the world’s major English-speaking universities and many non-English-speaking universities
  • AS and A Levels are rigorous programmes that encourage high academic standards
  • AS and A Levels have a high profile amongst English-medium international schools around the world.

University courses for which there is not strong demand might accept students with grades between A*-E, but typical UK university entrance requirements are closer to three passes at grade C for academic courses in established universities. Minimum matriculation requirements are at least two pass grades. Very popular courses will often require higher grades. For example, medical schools in the UK often require grades of AAB and the highly selective universities of Cambridge and Oxford ask for at least AAB.

Cambridge International A Levels are taken throughout the world, sometimes as the national examinations of certain Commonwealth countries (such as Singapore and Mauritius), sometimes within international schools and sometimes in bilingual government schools alongside the national exams.

International relevance

Cambridge International AS and A Level syllabuses have been created specifically for an international audience. The content of International AS and A Levels is carefully devised to suit the wide variety of Cambridge schools worldwide and avoid any cultural bias. The structure and administration of Cambridge International AS and A Levels are also designed to meet the needs of our schools and learners around the world.

Cambridge International AS and A Level examination sessions occur twice a year**, in June and November, with results issued in August and January respectively.
Cambridge International AS and A Levels use a wide range of assessment processes and techniques to supplement formal written examinations – orals, practicals, projects and coursework of differing types are all used in various subjects where they are the most effective and appropriate means of measuring attainment.
** Some subjects are only available in June or November.

Reporting of achievement
Each subject that a Cambridge international student takes at AS and A Level receives a separately certificated grade. From 2010, the Cambridge International A Level will be reported on a grade scale from A* grade, awarded for the highest level of achievement, to E, indicating the minimum required performance. Cambridge International Centres should note there is no A* grading in the certification of Cambridge International AS Levels, which will continue to run from Grade A to Grade E.

A-Level Information