A-level Programme

A-level Programme

Reigate Grammar School Vietnam is proud to be the only school in Hanoi to look to offer two pathways at Year 12 (Grade 11). As a Cambridge centre, we offer our students the opportunity to study the Cambridge International Advanced Level (A-Level) Programme. 

At RGS Vietnam, you have a local centre for post-16 studies and will not have to make a long and exhausting journey in order to continue your education. By progressing naturally to RGS Vietnam’s Sixth Form section, you will build on the excellent foundation you have already achieved in preparation for your future profession and will not experience the ‘dislocation’ that can often follow a change of school. If you are thinking of joining us for your A-Level studies, you will be made to feel really welcome, and you will quickly feel at home in the positive, caring family community that is Reigate Grammar School Vietnam.

Years 12 and 13 (for 16 to 18 year old students) offers the Cambridge International A-Level Programme  because it is widely regarded as a prestigious qualification in International education. Thousands of learners worldwide gain places at leading universities every year with Cambridge International A-Levels. The syllabuses develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills.

Some university courses stipulate specific A-level subject qualifications to embark on certain specialist degrees, particularly leading to dentistry, veterinary and medical qualifications.

Cambridge International A-Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • In-depth subject content

  • Independent thinking

  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations

  • Handling and evaluating different types of information source

  • Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments

  • Making judgements, recommendations and decisions

  • Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly

  • Working and communicating in English.


Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external Cambridge A-level examiners. Students may also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from E (lowest) to A*(highest).

Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations. The range of scores that students have attained remains statistically stable, and universities value the rigour and consistency of Cambridge International A-level Programme assessment practice.

The Cambridge International A-Level earns UCAS (the UK University and Colleges Admissions Service) points in proportion to the grade achieved.  Entry into university is determined by the total number of UCAS points earned, as well as the final A-level grades.  Our staff at RGS Vietnam are always happy to discuss and review with you and your parents the demands, benefits and challenges of different options, and to help you with any decisions that you might need to make.

Some of you know, we already have an outstanding team of teachers who have a vast range of experience. The team, including our University Counsellor, will also assist you in the university process to ensure that you are able to have every opportunity to progress to the University or Higher Education College of your choice.

Non-contact study periods are essential in Year 12 and Year 13 in order to complete supplementary reading, research and preparation: an invaluable component for success and we offer our dedicated Upper Secondary Study Suite as well as the School Library to our A-level students for this.

Each A-level student will be assigned a homeroom tutor and there will be prescribed homeroom time each week: to complete administrative tasks, and also an opportunity to discuss any academic, logistic or pastoral issues.

If you like the sound of all this, why not arrange to spend some time with us, to find out what RGS Vietnam really feels like?

Opting to take A-levels at RGS Vietnam means you keep your options open for your future.  You will achieve the necessary qualifications which will enable you to move on to the Higher Education phase – applying to study at university - and also gain qualifications that will make your CV attractive to a future employer.

For more information, please contact the School and the Head of Secondary or consult the Cambridge website https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-international-as-and-a-levels/ 

Proposed Cambridge A-Level Subjects guide for 2023-2025 Cohort: see HERE

Collaboration between RGS Vietnam and RGS UK

So many life-changing opportunities will be created for pupils and staff
Mr Sean Davey - Managing Director of RGS International
This historic milestone will open up many opportunities for our students to learn and grow, laying the foundation for them to enter world-class universities
Mrs Mai Bich Thuy - Founder & Chair of RGS Vietnam
Together we can create a new paradigm and stronger version of international education
Mr Shaun Fenton - Headmaster of RGS UK, Executive Headmaster of RGS Vietnam