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
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Art and Design
  • Sociology
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Computing

How we assess you

You will be assessed through classwork, homework, coursework and formal exams.

Entry requirements

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
further information.

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.

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A/AS Level Subjects offered for 2015

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
Creative Media (Games Development) Subsidiary Diploma: This vocational course can be taken alongside A Levels as one of your chosen subjects Music
Dance Photography
Drama and Theatre Studies Physical Education
Economics Physics
English Language Psychology
English Language and Literature Religious Studies
English Literature Sociology
Environmental Studies Spanish
Film Studies 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.