Definition of AS level in English:

AS level


  • (in the UK except Scotland) an examination or pass at advanced subsidiary level, representing the first component of an A level qualification.

    as modifier ‘two AS level passes’
    • ‘The teenager passed the AS level exam in the subject with an A grade but received a U grade for his coursework.’
    • ‘Those that get straight As will be able to start AS levels to ease their way into the sixth form.’
    • ‘But, for the time being, Clare's biggest concern is passing his AS level exams.’
    • ‘Teenagers flocked to the borough's secondary schools and colleges to discover if they had achieved the A and AS level grades they need for university or college courses.’
    • ‘I just couldn't help nagging to myself that this wasn't the end; there would be more exams in the future that were much more important than AS levels and there was the dreaded work experience too.’
    • ‘A keen cross-country runner, the Fulford School pupil, who has just completed her AS levels, also plays tennis, squash and hockey.’
    • ‘I am willing to concede that year in year out girls wipe the floor with boys in all public examinations - GCSE, AS levels, A-levels and so on.’
    • ‘‘Last year I was doing my AS levels and was quite stressed about getting the grades to go on to finish my A-levels and get to university,’ she said.’
    • ‘Luke was seventeen, doing his AS levels, and basically being a brat.’
    • ‘After a year they would sit their AS levels and then decide subjects to continue and sit an A2 exam in the following year.’
    • ‘She is now deeply involved in study for AS levels and is contemplating a career as a meteorologist.’
    • ‘Nationally the introduction of AS levels - an intermediate exam between GCSEs and A - levels - has been highlighted as one reason for better performance.’
    • ‘A levels, AS levels and GCSE's are all well underway and good luck to all those sitting these important exams this summer.’
    • ‘Next year I'll be doing five AS levels, but these results might help to open doors for the future.’
    • ‘Rebecca is studying AS levels but she really hates exams.’
    • ‘I'm hoping to go to college to do an art and IT course because I did both for my AS levels.’
    • ‘I am 17 years old and taking my AS level exams in the summer; within a year I shall be applying for a university.’
    • ‘The solution was to reduce the number of exams by cutting the AS level.’
    • ‘Learning requires discipline - My son is keen to get good AS levels so he can go to a good university to study maths.’
    • ‘Next year he will go on to take several A and AS levels and hopes to go on to university in two years' time.’


AS level

/eɪˈɛs ˌlɛvl/