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One-year A-level

Key information

Study in

Start dates:
9 September 2019
Course length:
1 Academic Year (3 terms)
Class size range:
Average 8 hours per week per subject (plus tutorial, homework and private study)

Entry requirements

Completed 11 years of schooling with documented proof of outstanding grades and a very strong academic background
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
If you need additional English, you can take a term of English for Academic Study prior to your A-level course.
Minimum age:

16 year olds may be considered under some circumstances.

The course

This course is for the most able students who are seeking places on competitive Maths or Science based subject degrees at the most elite universities in the UK or internationally.

The Gold Standard 

A-levels are widely regarded as the ‘Gold Standard’ qualification for top universities in Britain, and the rest of the world.

This prestigious course is internationally acknowledged as evidence of the most demanding and rigorous intellectual training.

The very best universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, only accept students with outstanding A-level grades.

Grades and assessment

When you apply for an undergraduate course, your chosen universities will offer you a place conditional upon you achieving specified A-level grades. Each A-level is graded from A–E. 

The entrance requirements your university sets you will be in either A-level grades or as a UCAS tariff score.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. You can find out more on the UCAS website

We’ll help you with your application and will guide you through the whole  process.

The table below shows the UCAS tariff points equivalent to each grade at A-level.

AS levels are the first part of an A-level programme, the second part is A2. AS levels can be studied as a free-standing qualification but most students take them as the first part of the A-level qualification. 

Final A-level grades are based 50%-50% on results from AS levels and A2 levels exams and in some cases coursework.

GradeA-levelAS level
A* 140 n/a
A 120 60
B 100 50
C 80 40
D 60 30
E 40 20

Course structure

Students will be required to study three* of the following subjects and to follow an intensive course of 8 hours of lessons per week per subject, plus tutorial.

  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

*Exceptionally able students may study four subjects. Additional subjects may also be available on demand.

Expert teaching

As well as offering students the chance to complete a full A-level qualification in just one year, the accelerated programme also provides very small class sizes and intensive tuition from subject specialists.

From Kings Life

One-year A-level student Pantea

Pantea, from Iran, took the one-year A-level programme at Kings London before starting a degree in Medical Engineering at the University of Surrey. We caught up with her to find out about her studies so far, and how her time at Kings has most helped.

Read the full blog post