Right now I'm writing a review from England, already studying at Abbey College DLD College London on the A-level program - next year I will enter University of London.
I addressed SMAPSE due to my friend's advice.
The course is complicated: if you are not ready to study every day, it's not for you. A huge amount of homework (not just a-la "write examples," but "prepare a report," "do an experiment," etc.), a lot of information in the classroom, all in-depth and detailed, group projects, studies, laboratory works. On A-level you choose 3-4 items that you need to enter the university. I took history, sociology and all that. True, there are guys who take 5-6 subjects in agreement with the teachers, but they are like robots (traditionally these are Asian students, in general monsters for study).
I like the method of teaching, very many examples lead from real life, from the latest news - for such flexible sciences as mine, it is super-useful. Constantly offer some clubs, communities, events: to admit, it is difficult for me to allocate time for them because of the volume of study (I regularly go only for all excursions - it's very interesting!).
I'm going to do it after a year - I'm afraid of the final exams, of course, because in fact it's your A-level certificate that will be considered by the admission committee. But we do a lot of professional orientation: they talk about the peculiarities of different professions, about different universities and their faculties, where it's harder or easier to help and train to write a motivation letter, a list of documents that must be prepared. In addition, there is a very convenient electronic application system, UCAS. You can apply for five higher schools.