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A-levels are the best qualification for university study in the UK. Every year Kings A-level students are offered places at top 20 ranked institutions in the UK.

Sample pathways for the A-level courses at Kings

Sample pathways for A-levels at Kings

The course

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.

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.

Specialist subject expertise

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.

Very small classes

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.

Group tutor and specialist subject teachers

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.

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

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:

1. Main subjects 

Depending on your future degree course and ability, we will agree your personal study programme, choosing from three to five subjects.

2. Academic skills development

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.

3. IELTS preparation

At the same time, you will develop specific skills to enable you to pass the IELTS exam to the level required for university entry.

4. Academic Enrichment programme

Students are also exposed to a variety of topics, including PSHE, Creative Arts and PE, as part of the Academic Enrichment programme.

5. Examination practice

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.

6. Examinations

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).

 

A-level subject range

The following is the full list of A-level subjects available at Kings Colleges.

SubjectDescription 
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.

Progression

On successfully completing the A-level course:

  • You will be fully prepared for your three to five chosen A-level examinations
  • Your English will be at the level required for university study
  • You’ll be fully prepared for study methods at a British university
  • You’ll be fully prepared for life as a student at a British university.

A-levels at Kings will fully prepare you for degree courses in:

  • Mathematics, Computing and the Engineering Sciences
  • The Social Sciences, the Humanities, Business and Finance
  • Life Sciences and Pharmacology-related courses
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Art & Design, Architecture and Design-related courses.

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.