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What are A Levels?
A Levels are academic qualifications that are recognised by employers and universities in the UK and throughout the world. Whether you want to go to university or you hope to go straight into a career such as Accountancy, A Levels are for you.
How are they organised?
A Levels are two-year qualifications. In the first year, students take AS Levels, usually studying three subjects however students on our High Flyers Programme can take four subjects.
In the second year students take either three or four A Levels. Our highest achieving students will be given the opportunity to increase their chances of getting into top universities by completing the Extended Project which is worth 70 UCAS points.
What grades do I need to get in?
To study A Levels, students should have a minimum of five GCSEs (9-5/ A*-C) in academic subjects (of which two must be 6/B grades) including GCSE English Language at grade 5/C. Most subjects have specific additional entry requirements however, if you do not get these grades, the sixth form still has lots of options for you.
Choosing A Levels
When choosing A Levels the most important thing to consider is what are you likely to enjoy or have an ability in. Do you have a particular career in mind? You may need to study specific A Levels to meet entry requirements.
What can I do after A Levels?
Most students go on to university after completing their A Levels. However, it is not the only route. Other students go straight into employment or take up a higher level apprenticeship like Kaven Judge. Kaven is an alumni student who has gone on to work at the world-renowned KPMG. You can find out more about his success story here.
What help will I recieve whilst studying at the Sixth Form?
You will be taught by a team of experienced and professional lecturers who are passionate about their subjects and they are equally passionate about using exciting and innovative ways of communicating the subject to their students. Many of them are examiners for A Level awarding bodies.
You will also have a personal tutor who is there to provide you with advice, guidance and encouragement and to help you stay on track with your studies. As part of a comprehensive induction, all students are set target grades according to their GCSE profile. However, they are also encouraged to set their own ‘aspirational’ targets, stating what they want to achieve. If we ever feel that you need extra help, this will be provided.
What is the Young Professionals Academy?
An exciting, new approach, ideal for school leavers who have a clear idea about their future career.
- Study in a way that suits you
- Get equipped for the world of work
- Focus on the career you know you want
The Young Professionals Academy consists of students studying 1-2 A Levels alongside a Level 3 career focused diploma. This results in a balanced academic learning experience with students gaining a practical understanding of their chosen career. Find out more about the Young Professionals Academy here.