However at GCSE, although E's and F's are classed as passes by the exam boards, employers only seem to accept A-C's as being proper passes.
So at 'AS' level would E's be considered as being proper passes (it says 'pass' on the certificate but does this really mean anything as I am not sure if they are graded more like 'A' levels or GCSE's)
They are graded like A levels, not GCSEs as they are the first year of the A-Level (full A Level = AS + A2 - 6 units in total, with first year grades having equal weight to second year grades for overall A level grade). Most students who study AS complete the subject at full A-Level, unless they are taking lots of AS levels in first year with intention of dropping some after a year. In theory, A-E are all passes, obviously the nearer to grade A the better in terms of how well you did, but an E is still a pass. The GCSE thing of A-C being considered 'passes' has infuenced how students view their AS grades, with many thinking that if they don't get A-C then they haven't 'really passed'. Many employers probably have the same opinion.
Universities offer different entrance requirements for each individual course - so one course might require three As, another might require three Es. One person's "pass" could be another's "fail", depending on what they need for university, so there isn't really a set level.
It's worth making a list of universities you'd possibly be interested in, and seeing what their entrance requirements are. It should give you an idea of where you should be aiming.
Of course, your AS Level is only half the A Level. I've known people who came out with low results at AS Level, then made up for it the next year - and vice versa, unfortunately.
I wish I could help more ^^ Hope this is useful, anyway.
Most unis and employers will look for grades A-C only. If you go on to study a subject at A2, that grade will override the AS grade anyway.
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