Difficulty of "A" levels across countriesWatch
You can't say A levels are a joke when both Oxford and Cambridge accept them.
Look at this article, it shows how easy the UK A levels are:
Kid only started studying 3 days for some of the exams. I remember having to study for 5 months in advance for my exams, even 7 months in advance for mathematics... and this is coming from an International Mathematical Olympiad recipient.
I wish I did the UK A level, and obtain a modest 10 As for my A levels.
Social studies (11)
Natural science (11)
Mathematics (theoretic/practical) (11; 12*)
Third language (11; 12)
History (12; 13)
Religion and ethics (13)
Norwegian (11; 12; 13) (Three grades: in oral, written 1st choice and written 2nd choice)
Physical education (11; 12; 13)
*Only when natural sciences, social studies maths or "X"-maths aren't taken in year 12.
I chose these electives
Physics 1 (12)
Chemistry 1 (12)
Mathematics for the natural sciences 1 (12)
International English (12) (Two grades: Oral and written)
Physics 2 (13)
Chemistry 2 (13)
Mathematics for the natural sciences 2 (13)
We might be selected for either an oral or a written exam in year 11.
We are selected to do one oral and/or one written in year 12.
We are selected to do three written exams and one oral exam in year 13.
Getting a 6 out of 6 is much harder than getting an A in A level. Usually less than 4 % get those in most exams. A level subjects might be of a higher level, but that is because of the concentrated focus on only those subjects for two years, which I envy.