Definition of A level in English:

A level

Pronunciation /ˈeɪ ˌlɛvəl/

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  • (in the UK except Scotland) the higher of the two main levels of standardized examinations in secondary schools.

    Compare with GCSE, O level

    ‘There are about 20 lads staying on to do GNVQ, so they can start the A-level course next year.’
    • ‘This was the first time such a concession had been made in her school for an A-level student.’
    • ‘The large number of A grades this year in the A-level backs up this explanation.’
    • ‘Today, his father paid tribute to the hospital staff who saved his life and said he understood why the brave A-level student wants to kite surf again.’
    • ‘The dispute forced the college to send home A-level students for a study day, although it remained open to those on vocational courses.’
    • ‘Seeing all the A-level students reminded me of three years ago.’
    • ‘A kindhearted teenager built a safari area free of charge for youngsters at an infants school as part of his A-level studies.’
    • ‘The gifted A-level student suffered from a rare heart defect which caused her to collapse at the wheel of her car leading to the crash.’
    • ‘Chris had just completed his A-level studies at St John's School, Marlborough.’
    • ‘I received an email through the site from a young woman doing an A-level journalism course who wanted to write a story about street harassment.’
    • ‘An A-level student. surnamed Lee, said he had moved to Tsuen Wan before the isolation order was imposed.’
    • ‘Defenders of the new A-level point to the ‘pressures’ of doing coursework.’
    • ‘Compiled by the Press Association news agency, it ranked previously known top schools in terms of their A-level points score.’
    • ‘It's an A-level commentary, providing a lot of depth and insight for the viewer.’
    • ‘The hopes and dreams of thousands of teenagers hung in the balance on Thursday as they tore into brown envelopes for their A-level results.’
    • ‘Girls have won a greater proportion of passes at A-level for the last eight years.’
    • ‘Or that simply passing English exams at Cambridge GCE O and A levels isn't good enough now.’
    • ‘If they continue with their education, this is followed with GCSE, AS levels and A2-or A level - exams at the age of 16, 17 and 18.’
    • ‘I famously, because I travelled a lot but also because I was slack and didn't pay attention, booked and paid for my A level English literature exam, but was so far behind that I didn't even show up on the day.’
    • ‘My A level physics practical exam featured an accident too, though far less exciting than this one.’


1950s short for advanced level.