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What are A Levels? 

What are A Levels?

A Levels (Advanced Level qualifications) are a UK subject-based qualification for students aged 16 and above. They are usually studied over two years, leading to qualifications recognised for entrance to higher education institutes in the UK and many others worldwide. Most higher education institutes require a minimum of 3 subjects.

There are no compulsory subjects with A Levels. Instead, students are free to choose the topics that interest them or feel will benefit them for their future studies or careers. Students typically study three subjects. Subjects can include English Language & Literature, French, Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography, Psychology, Economics, Art, Information Technology and Modern Foreign Languages such as French, German, and Spanish. It’s always best to check in advance which subjects the schools you are considering offers, as this can vary from school to school. Many Boarding Schools in the UK will offer far more than just the subjects listed above, with lists being particularly broad and specific, which is why we take time with families to recommend schools whilst paying close attention to the needs, interests and abilities of our students. 

Written examinations – taken at the end of the 2-year course of study – are the main form of assessment. However, some subjects will require students to complete coursework which contributes to the final grade and is usually a research heavy essay assignment completed over a period of time. 

Is your child right for the A Level curriculum? 

Suitability to the A Level curriculum is broad. Due to being able to choose as broad or as narrow a range of subjects as you like, the A Level curriculum can suit everyone from a budding mathematician (Maths, Further Maths and Physics), a student of the classics (English Literature, Philosophy and Classics) to the student wanting to sample a variety of disciplines in deciding what to apply to university for (Geography, Economics and Art). 

What next? 

A Levels have long been the most common route to applying to university. All universities in the UK will have varying expectations of entry requirements and will most commonly look to students A Level results to assess. During the final year of A Level study, students will begin applying to universities most commonly for courses directly or indirectly related to their A Level choices. 

Struggling with choosing subjects or preparing for the A Level exams?

We use cutting edge, data-powered assessments to predict which subjects you would receive the best results in. Combined with our knowledge of university course subject requirements and preferences, our experienced consultants can help you select the right subjects which fit your aptitude and plans for the future.

Receiving the best grades you can in A Level exams (and predicted grades beforehand) is crucial for your university offer. If you find yourself struggling, our expert A Level tutors can help you fill knowledge gaps and guide you in picking up marks in the exam.

If you find yourself struggling across multiple subjects or unable to perform in an exam setting due to anxiety, our coaches can help you build skills to overcome these obstacles.

Get in touch today, we will be more than happy to set up a free consultation to discuss your needs in detail.