Sixth Form

A-Level Overview

Sixth form students at The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) work towards obtaining AS and A-Level qualifications. A-Level is one of the world's most widespread and highly regarded university entrance qualifications. It is recognised by universities around the world including all universities in the UK and USA.

The A-Level programme allows specialisation and adapts to pupils strengths and interests. Pupils are free to choose up to four subjects from a list of options that includes Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English Literature, Geography, History, Business Studies, Economics, French, Spanish, Chinese, Music, Drama, Performing Arts, Media Studies and Physical Education. Please review our Options Booklet in the “Related Information” section.

Pupils typically sit AS-Level examinations in their chosen subjects at the end of Year 12 and A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. The specialised nature of the A-Level course prepares pupils well for the academic rigour of university. By passing the courses, pupils demonstrate a level of intellectual accomplishment that universities recognise and value highly.

The Sixth Form at BSKL is very much geared towards preparing pupils for university. However, as is the case at every stage in BSKL, the study of academic subjects is only one part of the educational experience. Sixth Form students are encouraged to build on their academic knowledge by pursuing experiences in their field of interest. As the most senior pupils of the school they are also expected to assume a greater role in the leadership of the student body, leading sports teams, social clubs and community initiatives.

It is our ambition that by the time pupils complete their education with us they are not only well prepared for university, but are equipped with the skills, confidence and character to succeed in life.

AS/A-Level options

The chart below shows three possible assessment approaches. This will vary by subject and is made clear Sixth Form Options handbook in the “Related Information” menu. Typically an AS-Level is completed in one year, extended to an A-Level in the second year (Option 2 below).

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The majority of pupils will take 4 subjects in Year 12 (AS-Level) and continue 3 of these subjects to A-Level in Year 13.

We are keen to ensure we select the syllabuses that best suit our pupils. Subjects currently offer one of the following exam boards:

  • Cambridge International A-Level
  • AQA A-Level
  • Edexcel International A-Level
  • Edexcel A-Level

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are guidelines and we will review student applications on a case-by-case basis.

  • Five (I)GCSEs A*-C
  • A minimum of grade B at (I)GCSE in subjects you wish to take for A-Level
  • A*/A in IGCSE mathematics necessary to take Further Mathematics A-Level


Each subject that a student takes receives a separate grade. Grades are benchmarked using internationally recognised standards, which have clear guidelines to explain the levels of achievement.

A-Levels are reported on a grade scale from A* (highest) to E (minimum required performance). There is no A* grade for AS Levels which run from grade A to E.