A Levels UK

Progressing from iGCSE

AS & A Levels (KS5) Overview
Studying in greater depth

In Year 12, pupils can progress onto AS and A-Levels, typically progressing in the year after their iGCSE results.

AS Levels generally take one year to complete, while A-Levels are studied across two years. Our curriculum is designed to help pupils develop intellectually as they explore their chosen subjects in greater depth.

As with every stage with My Online Schooling, we keep our classes at this level small, ensuring that our teachers have the chance to deliver more personalised learning.

All subjects are taught for three hours per week, with an emphasis on independent study outside the classroom. All the lessons are recorded, which not only provides a chance to catch up if any class is missed, but also provides an invaluable bank of resources for revision and recapping.

Please note that some A-Level subjects are only available if you are based internationally, outwith the UK.

Subject & details

These qualifications are designed to give pupils essential knowledge and understanding both of different areas of Biology and of how these areas relate to each other. Pupils will develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, together with competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.

They will also develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology-related fields, as well as working to understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to society at large.

Pupils will focus on ten topics – covering biological molecules, cells, viruses and reproduction of living things, classification and biodiversity, exchange and transport, energy for biological processes, microbiology and pathogens, modern genetics, origins of genetic variation, control systems and ecosystems.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Paper 1: Core Cellular Biology and Microbiology (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Paper 2: Core Physiology and Ecology (1hr 30, 80 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers and a Science practical endorsement:

  • Paper 1: Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Paper 2: Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Biology (2hr 30, 120 marks)

The Business programme for A Level is structured into four themes: marketing and people, managing business activities, business decisions and strategy, and global business. In the first two themes, pupils are introduced to how businesses work by building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to realistic business contexts and situations.

They then build their breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in the next two themes, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, requiring pupils to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Pupils are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Paper 1: Marketing and people (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Paper 2: Managing business activities (1hr 30, 80 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers:

  • Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses (2hr, 100 marks)
  • Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy (2hr, 100 marks)
  • Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment (2hr, 100 marks)

These qualifications are designed to give pupils essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and of how these areas relate to each other. Pupils will develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, together with competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.

They will also develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Chemistry-related fields, while working to understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to society at large.

Pupils will focus on eighteen topics, covering atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding and structure, redox, inorganic chemistry, formulae, equations and amounts of substance, organic chemistry, analytical techniques, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium and transition metals.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Paper 1: Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Paper 2: Core Organic and Physical Chemistry (1hr 30, 80 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers and a Science practical endorsement:

  • Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry (2hr 30, 120 marks)

This course introduces pupils to language in a range of sources. They will explore how the contexts of production and reception affect language choices, as well as looking at how writers and speakers present themselves to their audiences, constructing identities through their language choices. By concentrating on what language does and how it varies to perform different functions, teaching can build on pupils’ prior knowledge from iGCSE and on their experience as language users. This component is skills based, with the content being driven by individual pupils’ interests.

The AS exam consists of two papers:

  • Component 1: Language: Context and Identity (1hr 30, 50 marks)
  • Component 2: Child Language  (1hr 30, 50 marks)

The A Level exam consists of three papers and an additional non-examination assessment:

  • Component 1: Language: Language Variation (2hr 15, 60 marks)
  • Component 2: Child Language  (1hr, 45 marks)
  • Component 3: Investigating Language (1hr 45, 45 marks)

Pupils will study a selection of poems from a published poetry text. They will develop their  understanding of poetic form, content and meaning, as well as their ability to make links and connections within their studied collection. Pupils will also study aspects of the form of drama via one play.

Pupils will need to explore the use of literary and dramatic devices and the shaping of meanings in their chosen play. Pupils will also be able to engage with different interpretations of their chosen drama text. Pupils will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts, at least one of which will be pre-1900. Literary study of both texts selected for this component should incorporate the links and connections between them, and the contexts in which they were written and received.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Component 1: Language: Poetry and Drama (2hr, 72 marks)
  • Component 2: Prose (1hr 15, 44 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers and an additional non-examination assessment:

  • Component 1: Drama (2hr 15, 60 marks)
  • Component 2: Prose (1hr 15, 40 marks)
  • Component 3: Poetry (2hr 15, 60 marks)

This qualification is designed to help pupils enhance their linguistic skills, while developing their capacity for critical thinking, together with their understanding of the language, culture and society of France and the French-speaking world.

Pupils will develop their control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of French. They will develop their ability to interact effectively both verbally and in writing, developing language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and hold fluent, confident conversation.

They will engage with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in French, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language, while understanding them within their cultural and social context. Pupils will also develop knowledge about matters central to French society and culture, while learning transferrable skills like autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity and critical thinking, together with the linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that can pave the way for further study or employment.

The AS examination consists of three papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation  (1hr 45, 64 marks)
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (1hr 40, 60 marks)
  • Paper 3: Speaking (27-30 minutes, 72 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (2hr, 80 marks)
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (2hr 40, 120 marks)
  • Paper 3: Speaking (21-23 minutes, 72 marks)

This geography programme encourages pupils to gain enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of achievement as they develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The course will inspire pupils, not only developing their geographical understanding, but also teaching them to engage critically with real-world issues and places, and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them.

Pupils will grow as independent thinkers and as informed and engaged citizens, with an in-depth understanding of the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Paper 1: Dynamic Landscapes (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Paper 2: Dynamic Places (1hr 45, 90 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers. Paper one covers tectonic processes and hazards, landscape systems, processes and change, the water cycle and water insecurity, and the carbon cycle and energy security. Paper two covers globalisation, shaping places, superpowers, and global development and connections. Paper three covers three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas; players, attitudes and actions, and futures and uncertainties.

  • Paper 1 (2hr 15, 105 marks)
  • Paper 2 (2hr 15, 105 marks)
  • Paper 3 (2hr 15, 70 marks)

Studying History at this level is an opportunity for pupils to build their interest in the past, developing an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. They will learn about different identities within society, looking at aspects like social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity to build on their understanding of the past. Pupils will improve as independent learners, critical thinkers and curious minds. They will learn how to ask the relevant questions and research the significant aspects of history, exploring the nature of historical study.

Over the course of their studies, they will develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills, while making links and drawing comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past. Finally, pupils will also learn how to communicate their historical knowledge, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations (2hr 15, 60 marks)
  • Paper 2: Depth study (1hr 30, 40 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers:

  • Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations (2hr 15, 60 marks)
  • Paper 2: Depth study (1hr 30, 40 marks)
  • Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth (2hr 15, 60 marks)

Pupils will develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes – developing logical reasoning, learning how to construct mathematical proofs and extending their range of mathematical techniques in order to tackle increasingly difficult, unstructured problems. As such, they’ll explore coherence and progression, as well as learning how to apply mathematical approaches to ‘real-world’ problems – using their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts

They’ll discover how to use mathematics as an effective means of communication and how to read mathematical arguments and articles, while looking at how mathematics fits into other fields of study, in areas of work and in society in general.

The AS examination consists of two papers. The first focuses on nine topics: Proof; algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration; and vectors. Paper two focuses on; statistical sampling; data presentation and interpretation; probability; statistical distributions; statistical hypothesis testing; quantities and units in mechanics; kinematics; and forces and Newton’s laws.

  • Paper 1: Pure Mathematics (2hr, 100 marks)
  • Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics (1hr 15, 60 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers;

  • Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (2hr, 100 marks)
  • Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (2hr, 100 marks)
  • Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (2hr, 100 marks)

These qualifications are designed to give pupils essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Physics and how these areas relate to each other. Pupils will develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, together with competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.

They will also develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Physics-related fields, while working to understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to society at large.

Pupils will focus on thirteen topics, covering: working as a physicist, mechanics, electric circuits, materials, waves and particle nature of light, further mechanics, electric and magnetic fields, nuclear and particle physics, thermodynamics, space, nuclear radiation, gravitational fields, and oscillations.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Paper 1: Core Physics I (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Paper 2: Core Physics II (1hr 30, 80 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers and a Science practical endorsement:

  • Paper 1: Advanced Physics I (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Paper 2: Advanced Physics II  (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics (2hr 30, 120 marks)

The Psychology programme is structured into nine topic areas: social psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, learning theories, clinical psychology, criminological psychology, child psychology, health psychology and psychological skills. Throughout their studies, pupils will explore a wide range of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures, not only developing their knowledge but understanding how it applies, as well as learning how to analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, and to make judgements and reach conclusions.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Paper 1: Social and cognitive psychology (1hr 30, 70 marks)
  • Paper 2: Biological psychology and learning theories (1hr 30, 70 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers:

  • Paper 1: Foundations in psychology (2hr, 90 marks)
  • Paper 2: Applications of psychology (2hr, 90 marks)
  • Paper 3: Psychological skills (2hr, 80 marks)

This qualification is designed to help pupils enhance their linguistic skills, while developing their capacity for critical thinking, together with their understanding of the language, culture and society of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.

Pupils will develop their control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of Spanish. They will develop their ability to interact effectively both verbally and in writing, developing language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and hold fluent, confident conversation.

They will engage with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in Spanish, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language, while understanding them within their cultural and social context. Pupils will also develop knowledge about matters central to Spanish society and culture, while learning transferrable skills like autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity and critical thinking, together with the linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that can pave the way for further study or employment.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation  (1hr 45, 64 marks)
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (1hr 40, 60 marks)
  • Paper 3: Speaking (27-30 minutes, 72 marks)

The A Level examination consists of three papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (2hr, 80 marks)
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (2hr 40, 120 marks)
  • Paper 3: Speaking (21-23 minutes, 72 marks)