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Flexible programme structure

We offer A-levels in 4 different study plans:

  • Standard two-year programme
  • One-year programme
  • Transfer from Year 12
  • Extended programme

Standard two-year A-level

The standard programme taken by UK students, over 6 terms of study.

Key facts

Start dates:

  • 9 September 2019
  • 6 January 2020 (restricted subject range may apply)
  • 7 September 2020

Colleges:

  • Kings Bournemouth
  • Kings Brighton
  • Kings London
  • Kings Oxford

Course length:

  • 2 Academic Years (6 terms)

Lessons:

  • Average 20 – 25 hours per week, plus homework and private study

Entry requirements:

  • Completed 10 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
  • Minimum IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in Reading and Writing) or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16

Class size range:

  •  4 – 10

Learning outcomes

  • Gain UK national university entrance qualification
  • Raise English to university level
  • Develop study skills required at degree level
  • Develop specialist subject expertise

One-year A-level

An accelerated, highly intensive programme suitable only for academically exceptional students.

The range of subjects available for this programme is:

  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Key facts

Start Dates:

  • 9 September 2019
  • 7 September 2020

Colleges:

  • Kings Brighton
  • Kings London

Course Length:

  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)

Lessons:

  • Average 20 – 25 hours per week, plus homework and private study

Entry requirements:

  • Completed 11 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent);
  • Minimum IELTS 6.5 (5.0 in Reading and Writing) or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 17 (16 in exceptional circumstances)

Class size range:

  • 4 – 10

Learning outcomes

  • Gain UK national university entrance qualification
  • Develop study skills required at degree level
  • Develop specialist subject expertise

Year 12 Transfer

You can also enter the second year (A2) of a two-year A-level programme if you have completed Year 12 (Year 1 of A-levels) elsewhere.

By transferring to Kings, you benefit from more intensive and more tailored support. This offers greater scope to perform better and achieve more.

Extended A-level

The Extended A-level is for international students with lower language levels.

It combines 1 – 4 terms of intensive language tuition and some academic subject classes with the 6 terms of A-level programme.

Key facts

Start dates:

  • 9 September 2019
  • 6 January 2020
  • 6 April 2020
  • 29 June 2020
  • 7 September 2020

Colleges:

  • Kings Bournemouth 
  • Kings Brighton 
  • Kings London 
  • Kings Oxford 

Course length:

  •  7 – 10 terms

Lessons:

  • Average 20 – 25 hours per week, plus homework and private study 

Entry requirements:

  • Completed 10 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
  • Minimum IELTS 4.0 or equivalent 

Minimum age:

  • 16 (15 in Bournemouth and Brighton)

Class size range:

  • 4 – 10 
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Programme content

There are six components to the A-level programme at Kings:

1. Academic subjects

Depending on your future degree course and ability, you will study three or four subjects.

2. Academic skills development

You will also have classes in Academic language, communication and study skills.

These support your general and subject-specific learning.

3. IELTS preparation

You will develop specific skills to pass the IELTS exam at the level required for university entry.

4. Academic Enrichment programme

You will have opportunities to follow a range of topics outside your main subjects.

5. Examination practice

You will have practice exams every week.

This ensure you learn the disciplines of working concisely, accurately and to precise time limits.

These practice exams also give your teachers valuable information about your progress so they can ensure lessons are relevant to your exact needs.

6. Examinations

You will have your final examinations at the end of Year 2.

CAT 4 testing

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

The test analyses your ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material. It uses verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning tasks.

This method helps every student achieve more than they thought possible in a measurable way.

CAT 4 Test

Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) can be taken alongside A-levels.

It is highly valued for progression to university and carries UCAS tariff points equivalent to half an A-level.

EPQ Factsheet

Exams

A-levels are usually completed over two academic years. All A-level exams take place at the end of Year 2.

You can take an AS exam at the end of your first year, but it not essential and won’t count towards your final grade.

There is now less coursework and fewer practical assessments than before. Your final grade is based on end-of-course exams.

Grades for university entry

Each A-level is graded from A*, A, B, C, D or E.

When you apply for your degree course, universities will usually offer you a conditional place.

This means your place is dependent on you achieving the A-level grades they require, for example ABB.

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