General Certificate of Education (GCE) is conducted by the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) Board. It is a part of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). GCE has been offering Advanced Level qualifications, known as the A-Level qualifications in a total seventy different subjects, for more than half a century in hundred and sixty countries.
Students who have passed SLC examinations of Nepal or the Cambridge Ordinary Level (O-Level) examinations or equivalent are eligible to undergo the A-Level qualifications.
Students will have to choose his/her combination of at least four subjects from the lists of the subjects given inclusive of General Paper in English which is compulsory.
A-Level course syllabus is divided into two parts. One is known as Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level syllabus. It covers the first half of the course. The other half is known as A2 syllabus. It covers the latter half of the course. A student undergoing full A-Level qualifications can appear either two separate examinations during two years of preparation or sit for a final examination at the end of two years. A-Level examinations are conducted worldwide twice a year, during October/November and May/June.
A-Level is equivalent to the higher secondary level education. After the completion of this course a student will be eligible to apply for undergraduate studies at various colleges and universities worldwide. Because of its international reputation, students with this qualification do not find difficulty in being accepted for the scholarship even in the best colleges and universities.
The syllabus is refined every two to three years .Examinations are held in a very systematic way. A–Level qualifications help to develop different skills and critical thinking.
The GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level course is recognized by most of the academic institutions world-wide including all the universities of Nepal. The Tribhuwan University has given the equivalency to the grades awarded by UCLES, CIE ranging from 95% to 55% i.e. for A to E. Students can also reappear in the upcoming examinations for those subjects in which they want to improve.