What are A-Levels and how do they work?
Students in the UK and abroad study A levels. They normally study them when they are aged 17-18, in sixth form or college. In the first year students study AS levels, and in the second year they study A2 levels. These qualifications are assessed through both coursework and examinations. They are graded from A*-E. They are essential for applying to universities in the UK and abroad, and they are internationally recognised. A levels have a reputation for maintaining an exceptionally high standard of British education, and ensure that students are competitive candidates.
Recent changes to A Levels
In 2015 new AS and A levels were introduced. AS levels no longer count towards the A level grade, and count as a standalone qualification. This means that A level exams are fully linear, and are taken at the end of the two year course. There are no longer assessments in January. The AS and A level courses are still designed to be co-taught.
Who are they for?
Students normally study A levels after taking their GCSE exams, but they can be taken by people of any age.
Exams and coursework
We use the Pearson Edexcel examination board. Dependent on subject, final grades will be calculated from results from a combination of both assessed coursework and external examinations. Some subjects like Geography have additional requirements, such as undertaking fieldwork.
- Year 1
- September- Begin studying AS
- May-June- Take AS exams
- Year 2
- September- Begin studying A level
- May-June- Take A level exams
Resits can be taken for exams in May or June of the following year.
Edexcel offer over 40 A Level subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, and Physics.
Why study A levels online?
Flexible timing: Instead of having to go to school or college each day, you can study online from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a stable internet connection. Most lessons are finished by the early afternoon, which leaves you with more time for other commitments, sporting, or extracurricular pursuits.
Higher quality teaching: Online school classes are much smaller than those in school sixth forms or colleges. This means that there is much focus on individual students and their progress, and the lessons and homework are specifically tailored to their abilities. There are no distractions from other students in the classroom. All of our teachers are fully qualified and have many years of experience of teaching, and aim to ensure that students fulfil their full potential.
Tailored to additional needs: Our teachers are experienced in adapting lessons to suit students of all abilities, whether it be adapting to special educational needs, being mindful of personal circumstances, or stretching an exceptionally gifted student to new levels.
Internationally competitive: A levels are globally recognised qualifications, known for their challenging courses and quality educational content, which is monitored by rigorous accreditation standards. Attaining top grades at A-level gives UK students the opportunity to apply to top ranked international universities around the world, which recognise them, including the UK Russell Group, the Australia Group of 8, and top ranked universities in North America and Asia.