In all subjects, an AS level is awarded at the end of the first year of the course. Most A Levels will be made up of a 2-unit AS level course ( first year) followed by a 2-unit A2 course (second year).
Applied A levels will continue to have 3 units in each year. Applied A-levels have a much greater element of coursework and they are focused on a practical area of work such as business or the caring professions.
A Levels and Applied A Levels have the same value and are allocated the same amount of teaching time each week.