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.

Entry requirements

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.

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A/AS Level Subjects offered for 2014

Ancient History German
Art Government and Politics
Art 3D: Ceramics / Sculpture History
Art Textiles ICT
Biology Law
Business Studies Mathematics
Chemistry Mathematics, Use of (AS)
Classical Civilisation Mathematics 'Double'
Computing Media Studies
Dance Music
Drama and Theatre Studies Music Technology
Economics Philosophy
English Language Photography
English Language and Literature Physical Education
English Literature Physics
Environmental Studies Psychology
Film Studies Religious Studies
French Sociology
Geography Spanish
Geology Travel and Tourism (Subsidiary Diploma): This vocational course can be taken alongside A Levels as one of your chosen subjects

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Sophie Brownlee

Sophie has been a superb A level student in every respect. She excelled in the examination papers, gaining an A*, with maximum uniform marks in both A2 Politics papers. In addition, Sophie maintained very high standards in all her tests and essays, responding positively to advice and having the maturity and language skills to argue effectively from different ideological perspectives. She was also a model of reliability in terms of attendance, punctuality and meeting deadlines.

Louisa has been an outstanding student of science and maths during her two years at The Henley College. She has been among the top performing students in all of her subjects and she has a natural gift for understanding complex problems and challenging concepts. It was therefore no surprise when the exam results confirmed that Louisa had earned A* grades in Maths, Chemistry and Biology.All of Louisa's tutors describe an extremely well organised and attentive student with excellent punctuality and attendance records. Louisa is an intelligent, grounded, young woman who has the ability, maturity and drive to flourish at any of our best universities and she is well deserving of her place at Cambridge University where she will be studying Natural Sciences. We all wish her well and have every confidence in her future success.

Will Morley

Will is an able and thoughtful student with an excellent work ethic. He achieved excellent results in a demanding programme of A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Able to work independently, he was also a valued contributor to group work who enjoyed discussing his ideas with others. He was a keen participant in the Senior Maths team challenge. Will was always happy to help other students and he has been a very good Student Ambassador for the college.