Guidance on progression from AS to A2

Thinking of applying to University?

One of the most important elements when applying to University is research – there is so much choice out there so it’s essential you know as much about the various HE institutions as possible.

Attending open days is not an option at the moment so we hope you find this link useful – simply click on the University you are interested in and find out more, from online learning resources to live chat sessions and funding.


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The Careers Wales Moving On Moving Up Campaign can help you find information and advice to support students during this transition period.

Moving On Moving Up aims to provide information and advice on options for students who are coming to the end of their learning, course or compulsory schooling.

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Guidance on progression from AS to A2:

Every year all AS students have the opportunity to apply for progression to A2. Subject choices are then confirmed at re-enrolment in August once all AS grades have been received. Progression is based on a combination of results, attendance and commitment to study and is not an automatic right for students. Attached are a set of criteria for progression which must be applied consistently and fairly so every student can be successful.

Useful links:

UCAS key dates
UCAS guides and resources
UCAS Guide for Parents (Powerpoint)
UCAS advice for parents and guardians


Choosing a subject and course are two of the most important decisions you’ll make regarding university and it may seem a daunting task. You will need to choose a course which will match your interests, talents and career aspirations.

Things to look out for when choosing a course

•             What grades are needed?
•             Do you need A Level or GCSE grades in certain subjects?
•             How is the course taught?
•             Is it mostly practical or theoretical?
•             What is the course content?
•             How is the course assessed?
•             What is the course structure?
•             What is the university’s policy on students taking a year out?

You should find all of this information on university websites, prospectuses and on the UCAS website. Once you have an idea of what course you would like to do, it’s time to start researching the Universities themselves.

Things to look out for when choosing a university

  • Where is the university?
  • How close do you want to be to home?
  • What kind of place do you want to live (urban or rural etc)?
  • What facilities are available at the university?
  • Is accommodation guaranteed?
  • How highly is the course and university thought of nationwide?
  • Are there any scholarships or bursaries you can apply for?

Once you have a list of universities you have researched and are interested in, it’s time to go to Open Days. These are a great chance to visit the university, get a feel for the place, see the accommodation first-hand, and talk with lecturers and current students.

Writing your Personal Statement

Your Personal Statement is your opportunity to tell the universities why they should choose you. It’s your chance to tell university admissions tutors all about yourself, why you’re applying for their courses, and what makes you a suitable candidate.

University Interviews

Regardless of whatever they’re for, interviews are tough. You need to appear relaxed (when you’re not), make eye contact (without staring), and come through it like a breeze (when all you want to do is get out of there). Many universities want to meet you and ask you questions before they offer you a place on the course. Here are a few things you can do to improve your chances.

Finance and Budgeting

When you go to university, the two main costs you’ll have to meet are your tuition fee and your living costs. The good news is that there is a range of financial support available for you to deal with both.

Updated July 2020