The O level (Ordinary Level) is a subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education (GCE). It was introduced as part of British educational reforms in the 1950s alongside the more in-depth and academically rigorous A-level (Advanced Level) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. England, Wales and Northern Ireland replaced O-levels with GCSE and IGCSE exams in 1988. The Scottish equivalent was the O-grade (replaced, following a separate process, by the Standard Grade).
O Level – what are they?
O Level leads to internationally recognized qualifications, accepted by leading universities and employers worldwide as evidence of academic ability. Assessment takes place at the end of the course and includes written, oral and practical examinations. This gives learners a variety of ways to show their knowledge and skills, particularly when their first language is not English. Grades are bench marked using six internationally recognized grades, from A* to E, which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement’s Level examination series occur twice a year, in June and November for Cambridge.