It is not uncommon for some international students to consider applying to a British university. If they have not completed high school to twelfth grade or equivalent, or for some reason have under-achieved they may be advised to sit the Advanced Level (GCE) exams, popularly known as A-levels. Advanced Placement, although less rigorous, is the nearest equivalent to the A-Level, which is regarded as roughly equivalent in standard to courses taken in freshman year at a US college. A good passing grade at A-Level will normally merit college credit and therefore permits exemption from a college course.
Students who choose to continue their education in the UK will need to qualify for entrance to a British University. For those who have not achieved a sufficiently high standard of qualification in their home country, examination in two or three A-level subjects is normally required. The A-Level is the usual qualification required for entry to a British university, with passing grades in two subjects being the minimum requirement.
Visit the Oxford Sixth Form College website to learn about A-Level subjects available to you.