International AS Level is typically taken at the mid-point of an A Level programme. Schools can offer AS Level as a qualification in its own right to increase breadth in the curriculum and allow students to complement other subjects they are studying. In South Africa, AS Level is equivalent to Grade 12.

International Recognition
International A Level and AS Level have widespread international recognition as educational qualifications. This recognition is because:
• International A and AS Level qualifications are recognised by universities as equivalent in value to UK A and AS Levels
• Good A and AS Level grades are vital for admission to all the world’s major English-speaking universities and many non-English-speaking universities
• A and AS Level are rigorous programmes that encourage high academic standards
• A and AS Levels have a high profile amongst English-medium international schools around the world


In general, the following applies:


Grade 8/9 Foundation Phase: Checkpoint 1, 2 & 3
Grade 10 – IGCSE Core Syllabus in all 5 - 7 subjects


Grade 11 – IGCSE Extended Syllabus in all 5 - 7 subjects (C Symbol or higher for university)

Grade 12 – AS Level in 4 subjects (minimum if applying to university; D Symbol or higher)

Grade 13 A Level Syllabus in 2 or 3 subjects (E Symbol or higher)


The only compulsory AS level subject is English Language or English Language & Literature

Other recognized subjects (choose minimum of 3 - any group):

Group 2 - 2nd Language – Afrikaans, French or Isizulu
Group 3 - Mathematics, Biology, Physical Science, Physics or Chemistry

Group 4 - Mathematics, Biology, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, History and Art & Design
Group 5 - Accounting, Computing, Computer Studies, Divinity, Religious Studies and Business Studies
Group 6 - Literature in English

Other AS level subjects offered at Andrews Academy:
Applied Information & Communication Technology (AICT)

For the summary of SAQA requirements for students obtaining a basic matric, please click


For the summary of HESA requirements for students wanting to go to university, please click here.





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