Say you get an A, that brings your total to 600 points. meaning that you could easilly get 540 points without getting all As or taking any more qualifications than normal.
EDIT: To anyone confused by this post, I was in fact wrong - the overall A level cancels out the corresponding AS as far as UCAS points are concerned (as long as the points for the overall A level are more than the points for the AS - there are some counterexamples to this in which the AS points cancel out the overall A level points).
Then some music and other extra curricular qualifications count etc.
Then some music and other extra curricular qualifications count etc. Certain qualifications within the Tariff build on qualifications in the same subject.
Important update (Oct 2015): The government will be scrapping the General Studies A-level as it has been deemed undevelopable within the new A-level reforms coming into place in the next few years.
It will no longer be available to take from 2017 with 2018 being the final A-level exams to take place. For example, if a student has achieved a good grade in general studies (e.g.
It may actually mean securing a place at a competitive university such as Aston.
In this case, no mention is made about general studies - but it may still prefer other subjects. There are always exceptions, but many universities will not count it as one of your accepted qualifications to get into university. The course content is usually a broad mixture of politics and current affairs, culture, technology and science.
It is do-able and it can be done with just A's at a-level rather than A* given you take enough AS levels. You can get 580 points by getting AAAa*abc done within the two years and I had a decentish social life too If you get an A level in (for example) Geography, you get two qualifications.
An AS in Geography and an A level in Geography (i.e.