A level

[ey lev-uhl]
noun British.
a public examination requiring advanced knowledge in a subject and taken at the end of secondary school, usually two years after O level.
a pass in this examination.

1950–55; A(dvanced) level

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A level
1.  a.  a public examination in a subject taken for the General Certificate of Education (GCE), usually at the age of 17--18
 b.  the course leading to this examination
 c.  (as modifier): A-level maths
2.  a pass in a particular subject at A level: she has three A levels

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