Definition of A level in English:

A level

Line breaks: A level
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪlɛvl


[mass noun]
  • 1(In the UK except Scotland) a qualification in a specific subject typically taken by school students aged 16-18, at a level above GCSE. The equivalent in Scotland is the Higher. Compare with GCSE, O level.
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    • There are about 20 lads staying on to do GNVQ, so they can start the A-level course next year.
    • This was the first time such a concession had been made in her school for an A-level student.
    • The large number of A grades this year in the A-level backs up this explanation.
  • 1.1 [count noun] An A-level exam or pass.
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    • Graveney School in Tooting celebrated its highest-ever A-level pass rate of 98.48 per cent.
    • I hope when I take my A levels, people will appreciate the effort needed to pass exams.
    • I spent yesterday evening cramming the whole Physics syllabus in a desperate, last minute dash to try and pass my Physics A-level.


1950s: short for advanced level.

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