As you all must be familiar that after either completing Matriculation or O-levels, students look to go further and beyond to get higher education in order to succeed in their life goals and be able to thrive in society and make a name for themselves. Well, if you’re one of those students then this article is definitely for you, since we’ll be telling you about what you should go for depending upon your interests and ease.

Fsc and O levle and A level

  1. F.Sc

F.Sc which is an abbreviation of Faculty of Science is divided into two main branches, Pre-Medical and Pre-Engineering, both having their own importance. And both branches being offered by almost every college and institution in our country. In Pakistan, students usually prefer going for F.Sc because of the continuation of local textbook chains and because government institutes that are renowned throughout the world for their academic excellence offer these courses at lower rates especially for the financially unstable and because of the weak economic structure of Pakistan, its more suitable.

However, students who have done O-levels, sometimes go towards F.Sc’s lane because of “complexity and difficulty” of CIE’s subjects which is nothing more than a student’s excuse. A major reason you might want to go for F.Sc is probably because of the low fee structure as well as the local certification that you will attain as the local market doesn’t recognize A-levels as the essential certificate for job applicants.

So, if choosing F.Sc, then you will be given the option to take up Pre-Medical which includes Physics, Urdu, Islamiyat, Biology, Chemistry, English for Year-I. And Physics, Urdu, Pak Studies, Biology, Chemistry, English for Year-II.Whereas, In Pre-Engineering, biology is replaced with mathematics, so based on your interest in whichever subject you can study one of both the branches.


  1. A-levels

Usually a continuation of the CIE’s chain of course O-levels, A-levels is also a two year program, it contains a wide variety of fields and subject options, thus giving the students, leverage of choosing whatever suits their field of interest best. A few of those subjects are Accounting, AICT, Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Engineering etc.

A very important benefit of choosing A-levels over F.Sc is the global recognition that the certificate gets all over the world, even after being offered at only a few countries including Pakistan. So, students who have plans of going abroad for job opportunities face little to no difficulties since their educational background is of a globally recognized institute.

The books that are used are of an internationally created syllabus which is accepted all over the world and the grading system is much more highly ranked and simple as compared to F.Sc because it is locally structured certification.

Therefore, summarizing, we can say that F.Sc has edge over A-levels in the following ways.

  • Low Fee Structures
  • Higher Requirement In Local Market
  • More Institutes offering more seats

Whereas, A-levels have the upper hand over F.Sc in the following fields.

  • Globally recognized certificate
  • A wider variety of subjects
  • Simpler and more accurate grading system