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    Can anyone please tell me what is the difference to A1 and A2 A-Level exams?
    Also do both A1 and A2 need to be completed to get an A-Level?

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    You mean AS?

    There is no such thing as an A1 exam. The correct term for the exams taken at the end of Year 12 is 'AS exams'. 'A2' is the unofficial but common term for exams taken at the end of Year 13. Until this year, the marks from an AS qualification comprised 50% of the final A Level mark, so in order to receive the A Level qualification, you had to complete both AS and A2 exams. An AS Level can also be awarded as a stand alone qualification if you want to drop the subject at the end of Year 12.

    The government is reforming A Levels so that the marks from an AS Level qualification no longer counts towards the final A Level grade. The A Level will become a linear exam, with all the exams being sat at the end of Year 13 and with two years' worth of material being assessed. There are some A Levels which have not been reformed yet (eg Math and Further Math), while others have been reformed (eg English and the science subjects). AS Levels can still be taken as a stand alone qualification.

    A1 steak sauce tho
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