For students wishing to continue studying a language post GCSE
there are a range of choices. The most popular qualification is GCE
Advanced Subsidiary which is a one year course. Students may opt to
continue to A2 level which takes a further year of
study. These courses are offered in a range of languages by
AQA, CCEA, WJEC, Edexcel and OCR.
A small number of schools and colleges offer an International
Baccalaureate diploma programme. Study of a foreign language forms
part of this diploma.
There are also a range of alternative courses at Level 3. Find
out more details about alternatives to AS and A2 in the alternative accreditation section. Most
students begin Level 3 courses in Year 12, but some begin them
earlier if they have followed a fast-track