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The Kings Advanced Level Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to leading UK universities.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 3 January 2023
  • 11 September 2023
  • 8 January 2024


  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 11-12 years of schooling
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (students with lower language levels can join an extended programme of 4 – 7 terms from IELTS 4.0)

Minimum age:

  • 16.5


  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)
  • Extended programme: 1-2 Academic Years (4-7 terms)


  • Average 21 hours per week (plus homework and private study)

Learning outcomes

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

Why choose the Advanced Level Foundation?

Kings works with a wide range of university partners. This is because our Advanced Level Foundation is based on, and linked to, A-levels. It is therefore automatically recognised and accepted by the widest choice of universities. Out of the Top 25 universities listed in the Times and Sunday Times 2019 rankings, 20 have accepted Kings Foundation students.

Pearson logoPearson assured

The Kings Advanced Level Foundation has Pearson assured status, awarded after an annual Pearson audit of quality assurance.

Advisory Panel

Standards for the Programme are set by an external and independent Advisory Board which meets three times each year to ensure best practice, moderate marks where required and hear appeals.

Benchmarking against A-Level grades

Typical top 30 university offers to students following the Programme are based on their normal A-level offers.

The Programme is benchmarked against A-level grades as follows:

Typical A-level offer


Typical Kings Foundation offer












Course content and structure

The programme is highly flexible, and able to adapt to the needs and academic aspirations of each student. It does this through a combination of core modules and a series of elective modules which can be combined in different ways to create main subject streams.

Core subjects

These form the basis of all Advanced Level Foundation pathways.

They give you the vital platform you need to acquire subject specific knowledge.

  • Communication and Study Skills
  • Data Handling and Information Technology

Elective subjects

Choose three subjects from a range of electives.

Like A-levels, subject modules can be combined in any way according to your strengths, interests and degree entry requirements.

We will advise you on the best subject combination for your intended degree.

You can choose combinations which are not 'typical', for example Maths, Art and Physics, but which might be the best path to your specific degree.

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology


Students are assessed at the end of each term and the results of each assessment go towards the final grade:

  • Term 1 Assessment: 30%
  • Term 2 Assessment: 35%
  • Term 3 Assessment: 35%

September Sample academic calendar (2023-2024)

Year 1


  • 11th: term starts
  • Student induction


  • 23rd – 27th: half term
  • Progress tests


  • University fairs and talks


  • 15th: term ends
  • End of term exams


  • 8th: term starts


  • 15th – 16th: half term
  • Progress tests
  • University fairs


  • End of term exams
  • 22nd: term ends


  • 8th: term starts


  • Progress tests


  • Exams
  • 14th: term ends

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team