Post-16 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿English A-Levels vs. Scottish Advanced Highers🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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AchyutChaudhary
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Hey all,
I was just curious about the 16-19 education systems of 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿England & 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Scotland and how do they compare. So far, the only thing I've got around is that A-Levels (the 16-19 qualifications) are equivalent to Scotland's 'Advanced Highers'.
Hence, could you kindly let me know how do these 2 compare? (no. of subjects, exam differences, exam boards, entry requirements, etc.)?

I currently study A-Level History, Geography, Maths & the EPQ (AS-Level) in England, so do you know what are the equivalent A-Level qualifications for these in Scotland?

All help is much appreciated
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There isnt a direct equivalent. Looking at the UCAS points for A level vs Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers is a reasonably easy way to compare without getting into the details of the differences in length of course or difficultly. There is one exam board only.

6-8 NAT5 are studied for one year in S4
5 HIGHERS are studied for one year in S5
In S6 it varies and you can take a combination of Advanced Highers and/or more Highers.

For example I have 5 Highers from S5, and this year in S6 I and taking 2 AH and 2H.
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As above said, there isn’t a direct equivalent. I would say Scottish advanced highers are probably harder than a-levels. There’s a lot of coursework, and for many subjects there is a dissertation or assignment to be done. My modern studies dissertation was 5500 words and took about 6 months to write and complete. It was very time consuming, and all of my English friends I’ve met at uni were very shocked that I did both a 50 mark dissertation and a 90 mark exam.

I’ve also seen a-level politics papers, and they look pretty easy IMO, and a lot of it is what we were taught at higher politics, which is supposedly easier than a-level.
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