A-level exams

Both students of our British school programme and external candidates can take A-level exams in Moscow. Exams take place internally at our Center at Lubanka.

Exams may be taken three times a year: in October, in January and in May-June. The main exam session, when the greatest number of people take the exam, takes place in summer. During the Autumn and Winter exam sessions, A-level exams can be taken only in international examination centers, as British schools located in the UK, have only one A-level exam session.

Students take up to five A-level subjects at the end of the first year of study and, as a rule, three A-level subjects – at the end of the second. The international A-level qualification is modular. This means that for one subject, over two years of study, it is necessary to pass from four to six A-level exams. Unlike GCSE exams, A-level exams for individual modules can be submitted in different sessions. The final grade for one A-level subject is formed from the results of examinations for all modules.

Registration for A-level exams takes place 2 months before the session.

To register for A-level examinations, external candidates must send an application to the examination department of our Center in advance, in which it is necessary to specify personal data: name and surname, written in Latin alphabet, date of birth, and UCI (Unique Candidate’s Identifier), the unique candidate number in a unified British system. The UCI is assigned to each candidate who passes GCSE exams. Usually, the UCI is indicated on all statements of results, as well as some GCSE certificates. The unique number of the candidate is unified regardless of the examination board. In the event that a candidate does not have a unique number, if they have not previously sat GCSE examinations, the examining center registers them independently. It is also necessary to clarify the list of A-level subjects and examination commissions offering them. In the event that any of the subjects were studied not in the framework of the Pearson Edexcel program, passing the A-level exams is also possible, however, additional training will be required, in a consultation format, with highly qualified A-level tutors from our Center. A-level tutors will explain the difference in the examination format of the various examination board and will help to successfully prepare for the A-level examinations in the shortest possible time. If a candidate has already passed the Advanced Subsidiary exams for another examination board and needs to finish the remaining modules, it is possible to transfer the grades, transferring the marks received to A-level Pearson Edexcel examinations. Thus, the candidate will have the opportunity to pass the entire A-level qualification in Moscow and receive a final grade, without unnecessary retakes and repeating the programme.

In the event that the graduation dates for the 11th form of the Russian school fall on the dates of the final A-level exams, students who are studying full time on the A-level programme in the UK have the opportunity to take exams on both programmes in Moscow. For the British A-level exams, in this case, they will be registered as external candidates from their British schools (guest candidates).

The procedure for all British examinations, which, in particular, extends to the A-level exams, is regulated by the British Pearson Edexcel examination board and requires compliance with the established protocol. A-level exams are visited by British inspectors who follow the whole process, from the moment exam materials are received, and their correct storage in compliance with all confidentiality conditions, to being present during exams as external observers.


International A-level University Recognition

IAL Summer 2017 Exam Timetable