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A-level quality. Fast track results.

The Kings Advanced Level Foundation is a uniquely rigorous one-year pre-university programme.

It is based on A-levels and assured by Pearson.

That is why it recognised by the broadest range of quality UK universities.

This course is for:
  • Academically able international students who want to progress to a very good UK university.
  • Students who have completed 11 to 12 years of school in their home country.

Based on A-levels

The Advanced Level Foundation course is rigorous and demanding because it compresses a 2-year A-level into one intensive year.

Programme content is tailored specifically to the needs of international — rather than UK — students.

A-level quality

The one-year Kings Advanced Level Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, assessed against A-levels and taught by A-level teachers, many of whom hold a PhD or equivalent.

A-level subject flexibility

You don’t need to take subjects in set combinations. Just like A-levels, you can combine subjects in any way to suit your strengths and interests.

A-level benchmarking

Typical university offers are based on their normal university A-level offers.

Typical A-level offer Typical Kings Foundation offer
A*A*A* 80%
AAA 75%
AAB 70%
ABB 65%
BBB 60%
CCC 50%

Outstanding Results

50% of the offers met
are from Russell Group

27% of students achieved
a grade equivalent to
A*A*A* at A-level

54% achieved
the equivalent to AAB

Exceptional university acceptance

Top UK universities understand the quality of the Advanced Level Foundation and the students who successfully complete it.

Universities accepting students from this programme include:

  • University of St Andrews (ranked 1)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (4)
  • Durham University (7)
  • University of Bath (8)
  • University of Warwick (9)
  • Loughborough University (10)
  • University of Exeter (11)
  • University of Edinburgh (13)
  • Lancaster University (14)

All rankings are from The Times Good University Guide 2024.

Universities accepting ALF students
"My key advice would be to choose subjects that really interest you, that you are going to make a career path from. "
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Highly qualified teachers

All our teachers are subject specialists.

Many hold a second degree or equivalent qualification, including PhD.

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Tailored support

You will have regular personal progress testing and skills analysis.

Dedicated professional care and support teams are always available for help and advice.

We use the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT 4) to assess your abilities, academic potential and learning preferences.

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Very small classes

This means plenty of one-to-one contact with your teacher.

Flexible programme length

Standard one-year programme: 3 terms
Extended Foundation: for international students who need additional English language support before the main programme. 4-7 terms.

Pearson assured

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The foundation programme is reviewed annually by Pearson and assured as preparation study in the UK.

Pearson assures the quality of the processes under-pinning the design, delivery, quality assurance and/or assessment of the organisation’s own education or training programme.

Pearson do not assure specific qualifications or programmes offered by Kings.

Independent advisory board

A dedicated, impartial Independent Advisory Board oversees the delivery and assessment of the programme.
The Board comprises extremely experienced education professionals with a range of specialist expertise:

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