AS and A Levels
A Levels will be changing over the next few years,
starting in September 2015. The 'new' A Levels will be
two-year courses but in most cases you will still be
able to take the AS examination at the end of the first year. There are two main differences between the new A Levels starting in September 2015 and
the existing A Levels: for some subjects there will be reduced amounts of coursework and the AS Level examinations will not count towards the A Level
qualification, but will be a standalone qualification. In most cases students will still take four subjects in the first year and three in the second year. Mock
examinations will be held in the Spring Term of the first and second years. A Levels will continue to be graded from A* to E.
You will continue to be able to choose from a broad range of A Levels you may not have encountered before or have the opportunity to study at school, from Classical Civilisation to Economics, Film Studies to Geology, and Government & Politics to Philosophy.
The 'new' two-year A Level subjects:
- English Language and Literature
- English Language
- English Literature
- Art and Design
- Business Studies
How we assess you
You will be assessed through classwork, homework, coursework and formal exams.
You will need to have achieved at least 48 points,
which must include a grade C in GCSE English
Language and Mathematics. If your programme
includes Science subjects you should have achieved
grade B in GCSE Maths; if your programme includes
Arts/Humanities subjects you should have achieved
grade B in GCSE English (i.e. English Language or English Combined). Further advice will be given at interview. Some subjects have additional specific
requirements. See page 54 for 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 page 16 for
In 2014 our A Level students celebrated an
impressive overall pass rate of 98%, with nearly a fifth
of students achieving grades at A or A* and over
70% of students achieving 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. Some students prefer to enter employment straightaway when they leave College. Destinations range from full-time roles spanning a wide range of industries to places on in-demand training schemes with leading organisations.
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.