A-Level Program at KCISEC







A-Level Program at KCISEC

An Introduction to the A-Level Program

The A-Level program is an advanced level course for the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination in the United Kingdom. It is a basic education system widely used in the world. There are currently more than 11,000 universities in 160 countries that recognize this qualification. More than 5 million students take the A-Level exams each year, and with this qualification, the students can directly enter the first-year of universities in many countries (including Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Yale and other world-renowned universities).


A-Level Program at KCISEC

KCISEC is currently a certification school and examination authorization center from the OXFORD AQA , and with a completed A-Level curriculum system (IGCSE and A-Level curriculum).

The IGCSE and A-Level courses of KCISEC will start together in the coming Fall. Students can enjoy all the resources and support of the Oxford AQA Examination Bureau, as well as the unique and comprehensive school-based curriculum to help meet the overall development and individual needs of each student.


An Introduction to the OXFORD AQA

Oxford AQA is a partnership between Oxford University Press (OUP) and Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA).

OUP is a department of the University of Oxford and the first book was printed in Oxford in 1478. Today, the press is the largest university press in the world, publishing for three primary markets: research, education, and English language teaching.

AQA is by far the largest provider of GCSEs and A-levels in the UK. Its qualifications are taught in almost all of England’s 6,000 schools, colleges and learning centers, and each year AQA marks over 7 million exam papers.


Exam Schedule and Advantage

The A-Level exam of the Oxford AQA has the following characteristics:

1. IGCSE students can take the exams during the May exam season after all G10 courses are over. If the exam results are not satisfactory, the student can apply for a re-take in the coming Nov.

2. Oxford AQA International A-levels are modular. The exam center also allow students to retake single papers as many times as they wish, so if students miss out on a preferred grade, they can retake the paper they performed weakest in rather than the full qualification.




IGCSE Program

International GCSE

IGCSE refers to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, the world's most popular high school bridging course for students aged 14 to 16 (equivalent to first year of Chinese High School).

Throughout the course, there is a balance of practical application and theoretical knowledge. This helps to build a solid academic foundation for students to continue studying international high school courses.

IGCSE is a one-year program, with 5 courses and official exam.

IGCSE subject scores are based on a 9-1 grading system, of which Grade 9 is recognized as the “highest score”, and Grade 4 represents a pass.


IGCSE Course Offering

Nine different courses are offered, and students can select subjects according to their needs.


1. Student must select five subjects. Math and English are compulsory.

2. Combined Science includes the contents of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Students take three equally weighted papers and receive two identical IGCSE grades based on their composite achievement.

3. IGCSE Plus is an optional mini research project.


IGCSE Exam Requirement

IGCSE Exam Season: May or Nov.

Student must take at least 2 modules of each subject.

If the exam results are not satisfactory, the student can apply for a re-take next exam season.


International GCSE Plus

• Students select a topic for a teacher supervised mini independent research project.

• With 20 hours of supervised support, the student submit a 2,000-word report alongside their progress diary.

• Skill Development:Research skills, Report-writing skills, Demonstrate Creativity,.

• Grading standards:“Pass” , “Merit” and “Distinction”

An addition endorsement will be awarded for completing the Plus Project.




A-Level Program

International A-Levels

A-Level refers to the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level, a British high school curriculum with a two-year academic system. More than 11,000 universities in 160 countries and regions recognize it as one of the most systematic high school curriculum systems in the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. As the “national examination” of most of the Commonwealth, it is also recognized as a highly respected “university entrance examination” by most universities in Europe and America.

A-Level program is a two-year course: AS (G11) and A2 (G12).

The students can start with 4 or 5 A-levels with a view to completing 3 to achieve the Full Qualification.

A-Level subject scores are based on the A*-E grading system, where Grade A* represents the highest score, and Grade C represents a pass.

Applicants for universities generally only need to provide 3 A-Level scores, such as AAB.


A-Level Course Offering

As a full-disciplinary curriculum system, A Levels have a flexible course selection model. Students can select the subjects based on their personal strengths and future academic direction.


1. Student must select Four subjects.

2. IPQ is an optional independent research project.


A-Level Exam Requirement

A-Level Exam Season: May & June or Nov.

Students must complete the exams for three subjects to achieve the Full Qualification.

Each subject contains 4 to 5 modules, each module is relatively independent. After completing a unit, student can take the corresponding exam.

For Example:Chemistry


Independent Project Qualification (IPQ)

• Student select a topic for a teacher supervised independent research project.

• With 30 hours of supervised support, the student submit a 5,000-word report alongside their progress diary.

• Skill development: project-planning skill, independent research skill, communication skill, creative thinking, decision-making and report writing.

An addition endorsement will be awarded for completing IPQ .