A Levels

The traditional British route to university

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A levels are the classic British path into higher education and offer an excellent route to study at high ranking UK universities. A levels are a highly regarded qualification and can open the widest choice of UK universities. At Guildhouse School students can join Year 12 in both September and January to study for the A level qualification.

Overview

A levels are a focussed qualification of three subjects and English studied usually over two years, with examinations in the second year.

At Guildhouse School our A level delivery is specifically designed for motivated international students, with additional English language support to help them excel in their studies. We offer a wide range of subjects we work with each student to choose the best combination to achieve their university goals.

97%

of the top 30 UK universities have accepted our A Level students †

67%

of our students achieved at least one A* or A grade between 2020 and 2023

83%

of the Russell Group universities have accepted Guildhouse students †

† Over the last 10 years 

A Level Attributes

A Level qualifications in a wide choice of subjects, including Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

Develop desirable study skills, such as critical thinking, essay and report writing, and solution-based thinking

Unlock progressing to a UK or international university

Get exposure to the style of assessment and teaching in the UK

Complete challenging research and homework tasks

Prepare for an English qualification recognised by international universities

Subject Choice and Structure

Students study three subjects (plus English for students with English as a second language) during the two-year A level qualification, choosing one from each subject block.

September Start Subjects

Block A
Block B
Block C
Block D
Block E
Biology
History
Maths
Business
Sociology
Further Maths
Economics
Chemistry
Art
Economics
Politics
Psychology
Business
Physics
English Literature
Maths

January Start Subjects

Block A
Block B
Block C
Mathematics
Psychology
Biology
Physics
Business
Chemistry
Economics

Leila

“The love and enthusiasm that my teachers had for their subjects reflected on me and I gained a lot more love and passion for them too. I really appreciate their hard work and everything they’ve done for me.”

Leila from Kazakhstan completed A levels at Guildhouse School.
She achieved AAA in Maths, Biology and Chemistry.
She progressed to read Cancer Science at the University of Nottingham.

A Level course descriptors

Please find the full course descriptors for each of our A Level courses in our Student Hub. They entail:

  • Subject Overview
  • Prior Learning Requirements
  • Exam Board Information
  • Course Content
  • Assessment
  • Textbooks/Revisions Guides
  • Higher Education Pathways
  • Complementary Subjects of Study

Questions about A Levels

In some subjects, there is a small amount of assessment during the course, but mainly you will take formal exams at the end of the course. These exams are set by government approved examination boards across the whole of the UK, so the grades you get are highly valuable formal external qualifications.

A level results are published nationally in August each year. Grades range from A* (pronounced A-star) down to E.

A Levels are graded A*, A, B, C, D or E where A* is the highest grade and E is the lowest. Students must achieve an E grade or above to pass.

A Level results for schools in England released in August each year.

A Level Testimonials

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