This course is for the most able students who are seeking places on competitive degree courses at the most elite universities in the UK, or internationally.
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.
A-levels are unique in providing an unrivalled depth of study in a few, specialist subjects.
After two years, you will have developed the kind of subject knowledge which is often only acquired during the first year at university in many other countries.
A-levels also develop your broad study skills and your ability to think and argue critically. They prepare you fully for the challenge of studying at world-class universities.
We teach A-levels in classes with between 4 and 8 students. This close support and guidance from teachers is essential due to the academic demands A-levels place on international students.
You will have a group tutor who will be your constant point of contact for support throughout your course. You will also benefit from subject specialist teachers. All our teachers are highly experienced at understanding the special support international students need in order to progress and excel.
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.
There are two stages to A-levels:
Year 1 — Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level
Year 2 — A2 level
Together, the AS and A2 make up the full A-level qualification.
At Kings, there are six components to the A-level course:
Depending on your future degree course and ability, we will agree your personal study programme, choosing from three to five subjects.
You will have classes in Academic English. These will help you to use academic English effectively in your studies, and support both your general and subject-specific learning.
At the same time, you will develop specific skills to enable you to pass the IELTS exam to the level required for university entry.
Students are also exposed to a variety of topics, including PSHE, Creative Arts and PE, as part of the Academic Enrichment programme.
You will have practice exams every week to ensure that you learn the disciplines of working concisely, accurately and to precise time limits.
These weekly exams give your teachers valuable information about your progress so they can make sure each lesson is relevant to your exact needs.
You will take internal examinations at the end of the first year and A2s at the end of your second year. These exams together constitute the General Certificate of Education (GCE).
The following is the full list of A-level subjects available at Kings Colleges.
|Art & Design||A-level Art and A-level Design will develop your intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers. You’ll also develop investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, an aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.|
|Biology||Biology is probably the most accessible of the three sciences, as it can be related naturally to all aspects of life.|
|Chemistry||Chemistry is the study of all chemical substances and how they can change. During the A-level Chemistry course you'll learn to understand these and see in new ways the things that make up the world; your food, fuels and fabrics, building materials and manufactured goods, the air you breathe, the tools you use.|
|Computing||The A-level Computing course will develop your understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers and the range of applications of computers and the effects of their use.|
|Economics||The A-level Economics course will develop your understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.|
|Geography||The A-level Geography course will enable you to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of physical and human processes, their interactions and outcomes over space and time, through the study of places and environments.|
|Government & Politics||The A-level Government and Politics course develops a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes.|
|History||The A-level History course develops your use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills.|
|Mathematics||The A-level Mathematics course at Kings will develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a variety of different contexts.|
|Physics||The A-level Physics Course will develop your essential knowledge and understanding in physics and, where appropriate, its applications, and the skills needed for its use in new and changing situations.|
On successfully completing the A-level course:
A-levels at Kings will fully prepare you for degree courses in:
Kings A-level students have won places at every elite university in the UK, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Warwick and London School of Economics.