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ImageThe combination of theory and practice (A-Levels/ Intermediate)

 

The combination of theory and practice (A-Levels/ Intermediate)
Intermediate is the local examination certificate course named as Higher Secondary School Certificate of 12 years schooling. The College is affiliated with the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Mardan. On the other hand, GCE, A/AS level is an International examination certificate course named as General Certificate of Examination,

advanced level (A, level)/ Advance Subsidiary level (AS, level) conducted by Cambridge International Examination University of UK.

A, levels are highly respected UK qualifications studied over two years by students mostly aged between 16 and 18 in schools and further education colleges across the UK. They are taken after O, level education has finished and before pre university education. Students study, on average three subjects each; the subjects they choose and the grades they obtain can help to determine which higher education courses they will be able to progress on to.
In theory students can choose from a wide variety of subjects available at A-level.  A single school or college may offer more than 30 subjects as long as the timetabling fits, students are at liberty to pick the three that interest them most from that list. However, choosing A Level isn’t quite as straightforward as it might seem, as students need to assemble a coherent set of subjects that will impress an admissions tutor at university and form a solid base for whatever they want to go on to do in the future. At the same time, students who are not sure what they want to study at university must be careful not to make such a narrow choice that they cut off too many options.


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University will usually expect applicants to hold at least one A Level (and usually two) in a subject that is directly related to the degree they want to take. Some degrees, such as medicine, may only accept A Levels from a very narrow range of subjects whereas others are more flexible.


Internal students suddenly confronted with all this choice can find it overwhelming. For some, it is part of adapting to a whole new culture, where students are expected to think for themselves, express opinions in their written work and speak up for themselves in the classroom. Others find that they need a lot of guidance.
Nigel paramour advises international students on their choices at Branford College, a large college in the north of England offering further education, where he is head of the English language centre. He says: “we get students who don’t really have any idea what subjects to choose. They say, ‘I want to do A Levels; but they don’t know which ones. They’re not used to having a choice. Some countries have a baccalaureate system where they have to do a wider range of subjects or they may be completely unaware of what A Levels are.”