AS and A Levels
At The Henley College you can choose from a broad range of A Level subjects, including many subjects you may not have encountered before or have the opportunity to study at school, from Classical Civilisation to Economics, Film Studies to Geology, Government and Politics to Philosophy.
You will normally study four subjects in year one (AS Level) and continue with three of these subjects in your second year (A Level). You do not need to decide which of your subjects you would like to continue with until near the end of your first year, and you will receive support from your tutors to make the right decision.
How we assess you
You will be assessed through classwork, homework, coursework and formal exams. A Levels are graded A*– E.
You will need at least 44 points, which must include a grade C in Maths and English Language and specified grades in some subjects depending on your choices. See further information.
The Extended Project
Our highest achieving students are encouraged to supplement their programme with the Extended Project, a qualification completed in your second year of study. It will provide you with a wide range of transferrable knowledge and skills and is highly regarded by leading universities. See further information.
Our A Level students' results compare very favourably with more selective institutions in the area, and with sixth form colleges nationally. In 2013 our A Level students celebrated an impressive overall pass rate of 98%, with a fifth of achieved grades an A or A*, despite the downward pressure on higher grades nationally. Three quarters of students gained A*– C grades.
University and careers
The majority of our A Level students continue on to study at university, with many recently securing places at Oxford and Cambridge and leading Russell Group universities. See further information.
Your College timetable
You will spend an average of 17 hours per week in lessons, which are each one hour and 25 minutes long. For each of your subjects you will have an average of three lessons per week and be expected to dedicate at least 12 hours per week to private study and further reading. Tutorial (one hour) takes place on a Wednesday and enrichment time (one to two hours) follows in the afternoon. Timetabled study periods provide valuable opportunities to visit the library and learning centres, complete work and discuss your course with friends.
This is an example timetable for an AS Level student taking four subjects. Your individual timetable will depend on your chosen subjects and the groups you are placed in.