What are linear A-levels?
AS-levels and A-levels education has been ‘decoupled’, which means your overall A-level grades now depend solely on exams you take at the end of your second year.
Previously, marks that you achieved for a subject in your AS year could be ‘banked’ and carried over, to contribute to your A-level grade. For those who aren’t keen on exams, sadly this is no longer the case.
What is an AS-level?
This simply refers to the first year of a full A-level.
You can study a subject for one year and achieve an AS-level qualification that’s independent from those subjects you carry on with to the full A-level. Most students take this ‘extra’ AS-level in their first year, so they can focus 100% on their A-levels in their second year.
When you decide to continue an AS subject into your A2 year, you’re pursuing it further for the full A-level qualification.