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A-level

Earning high marks on your A-level examinations is quite the accomplishment. Students throughout the UK sit for these examinations as a capstone on their secondary education, following one or two years of study in a variety of subject areas. High A-level scores can mean entrance into top colleges and universities.

What is A-level? A-level is a test that students in the United Kingdom take after Year 13 of secondary education. Students wishing to pursue these examinations must study the subject areas they are pursuing for one or two years in preparation. Sometimes students are required to have earned passing marks in at least five GCSE exams, with some schools requiring particular grades in a subject area to pursue A-level studies.

Universities in the UK will take students’ A-level scores into consideration when deciding if a student can gain entrance and study a particular subject area. A-level scores help students to narrow their field of study and move on to higher education opportunities. A-level education can also help students to find employment after school, giving them a leg-up over students who have earned only their O-levels.

A-level education typically takes two years, although some students may study for only one. Program costs vary depending upon the country and medium of education. It’s best to check with the school in which you’re interested to find out more about their expectations.

Students who have earned A-levels could move on to nearly any career, but most move on to university education. Since A-levels prepare students to learn at a higher plane, students who take them seriously are much better prepared for post-secondary education and the expectations. A-level students will often have some focus on a foreign language, which makes them more attractive to hiring managers and university admissions officers.

A-level education can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis from a variety of schools. For busy individuals with other priorities, online education can be a fantastic way to study for these tests without having to rearrange your schedule. To get started with a course, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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A Level Courses

MPW
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Cambridge London Birmingham + 2 more

We offer a wide selection of A level subjects over three different study durations: one year, 18 months and two years. The one-year and two-year course starts in September and the 18-month course starts in January. Students normally study 4 subjects and IELTS English (if required)) in year 1 and continue with three subjects and English (if required) in year 2. [+]

Best Course Studies in A-level 2017. MPW has been welcoming international students for more than 15 years. With around 150 spaces for new international students available each year across the Group, MPW has a vibrant international community that benefits from interacting with the predominantly British student body. This provides an ideal learning environment for our international students to establish the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education. At MPW we offer the most comprehensive suite of A level options that you will find in any academic institution in the UK. Subjects are offered over three different course durations with no restrictions on subject combination or course length. Here are the A level options offered at MPW: Two-year A level courses (September start) for students who want to apply to the top UK universities. Students normally study 4 subjects and IELTS English (if required)) in year 1 and continue with three subjects and English (if required) in year 2. 18-month A level courses (January start) for students who want to apply to the top UK universities. Students normally study 3 A level courses and English (if required) over the period of the course, with an extra AS level as the fourth subject in year 2 if needed for university entrance. One-year A level courses for students who want to transfer from other examination systems (for example, as an IBDP to A level conversion course, or from the HKDSE) or who want to improve... [-]

A-Levels

Llandrillo Menai International
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Rhôs-on-Sea Bangor Llangefni + 2 more

In the UK, this is the most popular way of progressing to your place at University. You will study up to 4 subjects from the range of 45 subjects on offer at our campuses, for a period of 2 years. You will study 4-5 hours per subject each week and also have one to one time with your personal tutor for feedback and support. [+]

A Levels Category: A Levels and International Baccalaureate Subject: A Levels In the UK, this is the most popular way of progressing to your place at University. You will study up to 4 subjects from the range of 45 subjects on offer at our campuses, for a period of 2 years. You will study 4-5 hours per subject each week and also have one to one time with your personal tutor for feedback and support. Approximately 700 students take part in A level study each year at the College. 98.5% of our students pass their A Levels with us compared to a national average of 98.1%. 20% of students score A*- A grades. 60% of students score A*- C grades. The A Level Subjects popular with our International students include: Accounting Art & Design (5 options) Biology Business Studies Chemistry Design and Technology English Language English Literature French Geography Government & Politics History Law Mathematics ( inc Further Maths option) Physics Psychology World Development Sociology The International Office team and our teachers can advise you on which A Level subjects to choose to progress to the University of your choice. Our A level teachers are experts in their field, many holding Doctorates in their subjects. They only teach students over the age of 16, so are focused on getting you to University and do not have to worry about students studying at lower levels. Facilities at the College are first class with well-equipped laboratories and workshops for our small class... [-]

American High School: Global Scholars Program

Roosevelt International Academy
Campus Full time 3 - 5 years September 2017 USA Providence

The Global Scholar Program is designed for students applying to 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade. Students attend one of the Host High Schools in the RIA Consortium while living and taking the Extended Curriculum at RIA. Students graduate from the Program in 12th grade with a diploma issued by their Host School... [+]

Best Course Studies in A-level 2017. The Global Scholar Program is designed for students applying to 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade. Students attend one of the Host High Schools in the RIA Consortium while living and taking the Extended Curriculum at RIA. Students graduate from the Program in 12th grade with a diploma issued by their Host School. An All American Experience at Roosevelt International Academy Program Length: 3-5 years Entry Grade Level: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Certificate: High School Diploma issued by American Host School I-20 issuer: American Host School [-]

A-Level in Science and Maths

New College Durham
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course aims to introduce you to Chemistry, show you how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current ideas. [+]

Chemistry This course aims to introduce you to Chemistry, show you how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current ideas. This is done mainly by a mixture of practical and experimental work, some demonstrations, student led learning and discussion as well as teacher centred learning. Full-time students study this subject in combination with other AS/A Levels. It goes well with other sciences, such as Physics and Biology, as well as Maths. It can help with Environmental Science, and can be combined with other subjects including Psychology and Applied Science. Appropriate textbooks are provided. The library has a good selection of books. Students wishing to purchase their own books may like to consider: Chemistry in Context, Hill and Holman, Nelson Chemistry in Focus, Andrew and Rispoli, Hodder and Stoughton A range of Chemistry books and periodicals, including Chemistry Review, is available from the College library. There are also revision guides available at the College Media Store. Materials from the internet and the College’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (NCD Online) are also used. Students are expected to wear lab coats and eye protection, which are supplied, when doing practical work. Biology Biology is a topical and evolving subject and this course covers a variety of areas from evolution and ecosystems to enzymes. Maths The aim is to develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. It will enable you to... [-]

Two Year A-Level

Abbey College Manchester
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

There are over 130 students in the sixth form, the majority of whom are taking three or four A-Levels on a two year programme of AS and A2. Entry is dependent on satisfactory GCSE grades usually including a range of A*, A, B and C grades together with a good reference from the previous school. [+]

Best Course Studies in A-level 2017. There are over 130 students in the sixth form, the majority of whom are taking three or four A-Levels on a two year programme of AS and A2. Entry is dependent on satisfactory GCSE grades usually including a range of A*, A, B and C grades together with a good reference from the previous school. If you have studied AS Levels elsewhere and wish to join us for A2 Levels, we will give our best advice about which courses to take. Sometimes you might need to transfer examination boards. This is usually a straightforward task and we can advise you further on this matter. The college has experience in successfully enabling students’ transition into the upper sixth year. For some international students whose English skills are judged to be not quite at the level required to undertake the Two Year A-Level Programme, a three year A-Level option is currently available. This is undertaken at a slightly slower pace to the traditional Two Year Programme. Subjects Art and Design Biology Business Chemistry Economics English Language Geography History Maths and Further Maths Modern Languages Philosophy Photography Physics Psychology One Year Intensive Retake A-Levels Around 25 students are enrolled on this programme which is suitable for students who have taken their A-Levels before but wish to retake to improve their grades to get onto competitive degree courses. It is possible that some students may wish to take up a new subject in a year as part of... [-]

A-Level Course

Abbey College Cambridge
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Cambridge

Our A-Level courses are taught over 18 months or two years. The two year course starts in September and the 18 month course starts in January. Students take four subjects in their first year and three or four subjects in their second year. [+]

Our A-Level courses are taught over 18 months or two years. The two year course starts in September and the 18 month course starts in January. Students take four subjects in their first year and three or four subjects in their second year. Students with IELTS (or equivalent) of below 6.5 will also study English for Academic Purposes during their first year of A-Level study. Subjects: Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Economics English Literature History Maths and Further Maths Modern Foreign Languages Psychology A-Level Entry Requirements Course Start Date and Length: September (2 years), January (18 months) English Level (minimum): IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) Age: 16 – 19 years on entry Qualifications: 5 GCSE passes at grade C, or their equivalent Students without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of their first academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons. “Abbey Cambridge is a very friendly community. During my 18 months here I have learned a lot from my friends. We not only help each other with our studies, but we have discussions and so learn of the perspectives of different cultures.” Amin Farjadi, Iran [-]

A-Level Government and Politics

DLD College London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Greek philosopher Aristotle argued that politics is the ‘master key’ which unlocks the mysteries of human social life. When most people think of politics, they think of party political broadcasts, questions in the House of Commons and photo opportunities for the Prime Minister. [+]

Best Course Studies in A-level 2017. What is Government and Politics? The Greek philosopher Aristotle argued that politics is the ‘master key’ which unlocks the mysteries of human social life. When most people think of politics, they think of party political broadcasts, questions in the House of Commons and photo opportunities for the Prime Minister. All of these are part of modern politics but they are only a part of what students study on the course. At DLD we focus on three key aspects of politics: power, ideology and world order. What is Government and Politics at DLD? At DLD you will learn to study politics critically. This means examining how democracy really functions, why political decisions are made by a minority rather than a majority, and how politics in different countries is influenced by international developments. Classes at DLD are tutor-led, but all students will have an opportunity to contribute and participate in class discussions and debates. The course is assessed entirely by examination, and the emphasis is on preparing students to complete the questions confidently and within the time limit. All course notes and materials are provided, but students will be encouraged to purchase study guides and/or supplementary textbooks where applicable. How is it assessed? Unit 1 People and Politics 25% (50%) 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 2 Governing the UK 25% (50%) 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 3 Key themes in political analysis: Approaches to Global Politics 25% 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 4... [-]

A-Level Art and Design

DLD College London
Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

One of the most important aspects of A Level Art and Design is its ability to express what cannot be seen or spoken. The multi-faceted nature of Art allows individuals to explore an endless array of processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photographic imagery, 3D construction and mixed media. [+]

What is Art and Design? One of the most important aspects of A Level Art and Design is its ability to express what cannot be seen or spoken. The multi-faceted nature of Art allows individuals to explore an endless array of processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photographic imagery, 3D construction and mixed media. It is a fascinating and rewarding subject that allows you to use your imagination and creativity, whilst acquiring a range of skills, abilities and directions in art as you engage with the world in a visual and tactile way. What is Art and Design at DLD? Artistic skill underpins every creative practice. Our approach is to support the development of practical skills whilst encouraging expression and personal creativity. During the first part of the academic year you will explore a variety of materials, processes and techniques, whilst simultaneously building on your contextual knowledge. These new skills will act as a foundation for the second part of the academic year, which consists of an exam unit, where you will draw upon previous learning experiences to devise your own project. Throughout this creative journey you will be guided by experienced and supportive staff members who will draw on a variety of teaching methods in order to help you achieve your potential. How is it assessed? AS Art (one year course) Component 1 60% Portfolio Component 2 40% Externally set project (10 Hour Exam) Progress on to: A-level Art (one year course) Component 1 60% Personal Investigation Component 2... [-]

A-Level Business

DLD College London
Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Business is a field that is undeniably important to society. Businesses and business leaders have been key architects of the digital age and the globalised world we inhabit. The challenge of managing finite resources in a way that satisfies a network of stakeholders is perhaps greater and more exciting than ever. [+]

Best Course Studies in A-level 2017. Why choose Business? Business is a field that is undeniably important to society. Businesses and business leaders have been key architects of the digital age and the globalised world we inhabit. The challenge of managing finite resources in a way that satisfies a network of stakeholders is perhaps greater and more exciting than ever. The ability to critically engage with businesses and the commercial world equips young people with the tools to excel in their careers and make a meaningful contribution to the progression of society. For many students, A Level Business will lay the groundwork for an exciting and lucrative career. What is Business at DLD? Part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, A Level Business at DLD College allows learners to develop a holistic understanding of organisations in various business sectors and environments, drawing on local, national and global contexts. We embrace creativity and work to inculcate a measured approach to tackling questions that ultimately lead to justified judgments that avoid the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Learners will apply a number of analytical techniques such as break-even analysis, investment appraisal tools and ratio analysis in order to investigate business opportunities and problems. They will be equipped to determine appropriate business strategy in a range of contexts. Business Tutors at DLD aim to create an atmosphere that is dynamic in terms of its delivery of subject material, stimulating and one that nurtures an awareness of events and issues within the global commercial environment. Students on... [-]

Physics A Level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

Physics is a stimulating, exciting and challenging subject. It is important, not only as a subject in its own right, but also as an essential element in all other natural Science, Engineering and Technology. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? Physics is a stimulating, exciting and challenging subject. It is important, not only as a subject in its own right, but also as an essential element in all other natural Science, Engineering and Technology. There is also a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction to be derived from an understanding of the most recent development in Physics research. We study the AQA Physics A Syllabus: It provides a seamless transition to A level from previous studies and develops your interest and enthusiasm for Physics. This covers a wide range of topics from elementary particle physics to Newton's laws; from electrical circuits to gravitational fields. The course is split into a number of units, the AS units are covered in the first year and the A Level units in the second year. You will be taught through lectures, practical work, and problem solving. You will have access to two fully equipped physics laboratories. What topics will I study? AS Level Assessment Paper 1 (50% of AS) - Short and long answer questions split by topic The following is assessed: Measurements and their Errors Particles and radiation Waves Mechanics and materials Electricity Paper 2 (50% of AS Level) - the following is assessed: Section A: Short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis Section B: short and long answers questions from across all areas of AS Content Section C: 30 multiple choice questions A Level... [-]

Business A Level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

The focus of AQA AS Business is on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national markets. It covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success. [+]

Best Course Studies in A-level 2017. What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? The focus of AQA AS Business is on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national markets. It covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success. It considers how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions throughout the business. A Level Business builds on the AS units by considering more complex business scenarios and focusing on strategy. The course will be taught by the use of small group work, self-directed research and presentation, class discussion and lectures. All units taught in year one are assessed across two papers at the end of the year. Paper 1 is assessed through multiple choice questions, short answer questions and mini case study data response questions. Paper 2 is assessed by short answer questions and the use of a case study for data response questions. There is no course work option. What topics will I study? During the first year students will study six units, including 'What is Business?', 'Managers, leadership and decision making', 'Decision making to improve marketing, operations, finance and human resources'. During the second year students will study strategic decision making which will build on the functional areas from year one. What experiences will I get? You will have opportunities to take part in business challenge competitions. What are the entry requirements? You need at least... [-]

Psychology A Level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will acquire knowledge of theory and its applications, and develop skills of evaluation and analysis. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will acquire knowledge of theory and its applications, and develop skills of evaluation and analysis. You will be taught in a variety of ways including: taking notes during lectures, group and whole class discussions, as well as exploring topics through videos and DVDs. You will undertake individual study, pair work and presentations. What topics will I study? The study of Psychology is underpinned with the study of main perspectives or approaches and debates. There is no singular cause of behaviour so it is important to consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of several approaches, such as biological, behavioural and psychodynamic. Psychologists employ a variety of methods when researching human behaviour, consequently it is necessary to learn about the relative merits of methods such as experimentation, interviews and case studies to name a few. In addition to the overarching theories and methods upon which the study of psychology is based students will learn to apply theories and methods to individual topics areas from different areas of psychology such as cognitive, social, developmental and mental health issues. What experiences will I get? You may have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip. This is not a compulsory part of your course. What are the entry requirements? You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C with English Language and Maths at Grade B or above.... [-]

Economics A Level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals to the policies of governments and firms. Develop an economic understanding and you gain a deeper understanding of the world around us that is as valuable as it is interesting. [+]

Best Course Studies in A-level 2017. What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals to the policies of governments and firms. Develop an economic understanding and you gain a deeper understanding of the world around us that is as valuable as it is interesting. Economics has connections to many other subjects such as politics, geography, history, psychology and statistics. In order to meet the needs of individual students the course is taught through a mixture of lectures, discussions, active lessons, presentations, case studies, videos, guided self studies, and the use of the college portal and internet. Course assessment is through short tests, objective test questions, essays, and case studies. Final assessment is through external examinations; there is no coursework. What topics will I study? At AS Level you will discover the fundamentals of the economic problem. Why we make the choices we make and the impact of our choices. You will gain an understanding of many of today’s front page news items such as issues regarding the Eurozone, the double dip recession, and taxes on Cornish pasties! In Unit 1, we look at specific markets and you will discover how demand and supply governs everything that you do! In Unit 2, we look at the external environment and how things such as inflation, growth, unemployment and foreign trade affect us all. AS Modules: Unit 1 – The Operation of... [-]

Chemistry A Level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

This two year course is designed to provide a smooth transition from GCSE Core/Additional Science and GCSE Chemistry courses and to interface with the needs of Higher Education courses. It provides an appreciation and understanding of important chemical principles which are fundamental to the understanding of the world in which we live. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? This two year course is designed to provide a smooth transition from GCSE Core/Additional Science and GCSE Chemistry courses and to interface with the needs of Higher Education courses. It provides an appreciation and understanding of important chemical principles which are fundamental to the understanding of the world in which we live. The course also encourages students to come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world around us. Students develop their practical skills to complement their understanding of chemical concepts. The study of chemistry is useful in understanding other areas of science. You will be taught through lectures, practical work, problem solving and discussions. You will have access to fully equipped laboratories and PCs with interactive media. You will be assessed in May/June of each year with mock exams in the January of each year. In the first year there are 2 exams of 1 hour 30 minutes duration, in the second year there are 3 exams each of 2 hours duration. There is no coursework element but a series of practical investigations will be assessed in order to award a certificate of practical endorsement and to prepare students for practical questions in the main exams. What topics will I study? Chemistry is divided into distinct disciplines that are assessed in all the written papers across the 2 years. Physical Chemistry includes the study of: Atomic structure and periodic... [-]

Biology A level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

AS and A Level Biology encourage you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations. [+]

Best Course Studies in A-level 2017. What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? AS and A Level Biology encourage you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations. You will develop an understanding of scientific method and be aware of those scientific advances in technology that are relevant to the Biological Sciences. You will appreciate the value of and the responsible use of Biology in society. In addition, at A Level you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of Biology and learn to make and use connection between them. You will be taught through lectures, group work, practical work, assignment and projects. Videos, IT equipment and visits are used as teaching aids and you will have access to fully equipped laboratories and also IT equipment. Various ongoing assessments are made by tests, essay writing and other exercises which do not contribute to the final exam. Examinations: At AS Level there are 2x 1hour 30 minute written exams and at A Level there are 3x 2 hour written exams. What topics will I study? Year 1 (AS Level): Biological molecules Cells Organisms exchange substances with their environment Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Year 2 (A Level): Energy transfers in and between organisms Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment Genetics, populations, evolution and... [-]