A Levels

A Levels are the best route into the UK’s most prestigious universities and courses. We have over 20 subjects for you to choose from

  • About
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subject Choices
  • Results & Progressions
  • Should I choose A Levels or Foundation?
  • Apply

A Levels are the traditional route to university for UK students. They normally take 2 years to complete and students can choose 3 or 4 subjects to study. It is a good idea to do some research before choosing your subjects and you should think about what you really want to study at university and what career path you want to follow so you make the right choices.

If you’re an aspiring medic, the best combination is Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. For any medical courses you must choose Chemistry as one of your subjects, but you should look at the entry requirements for the university course to ensure you get the right combination for you.

If you want to become an engineer, whether it’s civil, aeronautical, chemical or mechanical, you must study maths. Some courses will also request further maths and so it is likely that you’ll need to study one of the sciences.

To study Law, in most cases you don’t need to have studied specific A Level subjects, but you will need to have achieved A and B grades or above in all your subjects and should check the entry requirements at your chosen universities before choosing your subjects.

These are the entry requirements for the A Level Course.

  SEPTEMBER START JANUARY START
COURSE LEVEL RQF LEVEL 3 RQF LEVEL 3
AGE AT START OF COURSE 15.5 16
ENGLISH LEVEL IELTS 5.0 IELTS 5.5


A Level students can select a subject from each column below to make their subject choices

For subjects marked * you need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0. If you plan to start a course in January, we recommend taking only 3 subjects and choosing those from the first 3 columns.

COLUMN 1
COLUMN 2
COLUMN 3
COLUMN 4
Maths
Maths
Maths
Maths
Business
Business
Business
Further Maths
Art (Fine Art)
Economics
Economics
Economics
Physics
Psychology*
Physics
Art (Fine Art)
Chemistry
History*
Chemistry
Art (Textiles/Fashion)
Biology
English Literature*
Biology
Digital Photography
Law*
Digital Photography
Accounting
Physics
English Literature*
Film Studies
Further Maths
Chemistry
Sociology*
Spanish
Sociology*
Biology
Spanish
Italian
Digital Photography
Accounting
Italian
Russian
Film Studies
Law*
Russian
French
Spanish
Psychology*
French
German
Italian
Spanish
German
Arabic
Russian
Italian
Arabic
Chinese
French
Russian
Chinese
Media Studies
German
French
Arabic
German
Chinese
Arabic
Chinese

These are some of the universities and courses that our recent graduates chose. If you achieve good results at A Level you will have a broad selection of universities to choose from.

Imperial College, London
BSc (Hons) Physics with Theoretical Physics
University College London
BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistical Science
University Of Manchester
BSc (Hons) Fashion Marketing
University of Manchester
BSc (Hons) Management (Marketing)
Newcastle University
Law LLB (Hons)
University of Warwick
BSc (Hons) Chemistry
University of Bristol
BSc (Hons) Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
BA (Hons) Contemporary History
University of Exeter
BA (Hons) Business and Management
University of Essex
BA (Hons) Economics

Should I choose A Levels or a Foundation course?

  • All UK universities accept A Levels. If you study A Levels, you will have more choices of where to go and what courses you can study 
  • Not all universities accept Foundation Courses and the top 5 UK universities do not accept Foundation courses ( currently Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial and St Andrew’s) 
  • For some courses such as medicine, universities will only accept A Levels, so it is important that you check in advance that a foundation course is accepted at the university you want to go to and on the course you want to study 
  • The failure rate is higher on A Level courses for international students than it is on foundation courses, so it is important that you start any course with a good level of English 
  • Foundation courses are often designed with international students in mind and will include language support such as IELTS and EAP  
  • Foundation courses are generally shorter. Normally 9 months with some colleges like St Andrew’s offering 6/7 month accelerated options 
  • Students who have not succeeded at A Levels can sometimes be successful on a Foundation course 
  • On Foundation courses, students will generally choose the area they wish to specialise in and therefore do not need to study the range of subjects that is normally expected at A Level  
  • Foundation courses do not bring students up to the same level as A Level students and some students can find their first year at university challenging as a result 



Which is better?

This really depends on the individual and their academic achievements and level of English. The higher your achievements, the more likely it is that you’ll be aiming for one of the top universities and should therefore opt for an A Level course. 

Foundation courses are accepted at many universities and offer a good standard of education. They are also shorter meaning students can get to university sooner. They are a great option for students who didn’t do well at A Level or who have changed their mind about what they want to study and for slightly older students in their late teens/early 20s who have decided that they want to go to university. They are a great choice for international students with lots of language support available.  

To apply for a course, go to our APPLYpage. You can choose to apply online or download our application forms and scan them to us. Please ensure you read the instructions on the page so you complete the correct forms.