UK education options for F.6 students (HKALE)
Students who have completed F.6 in Hong Kong can choose to take a 1-Year A-levels course or a University Foundation Course in the UK.
UK foundation programmes provide an opportunity for students to progress to year one of undergraduate degrees in UK universities. UK foundation programmes usually last for one year. Some of the UK foundation programmes station in university campus, offering you full benefit as an UK university student. Find out more about UK foundation courses choices and pathways.
The Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (GCE A-levels) is equivalent to the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) – both of which are completed in F.6 and F.7. The first year of A-levels is the Advanced Subsidary (AS) level and the second year is the A2 level. Students normally start their AS year taking four to five subjects, out of which they choose three to four stronger ones to focus on when they progress to A2. To enter an UK university, a minimum of three passes are required. There is less restriction on subject choices when compared to HKALE, allowing students to do arts subjects alongside with science subjects. Most subjects consist of 4 modules and there are two to four examination intakes in the two years. Retakes of unsatisfactory modules are accepted, meaning that it’s not as stressful as HKALE and there is a high chance of achieving better grades!