A Level

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:5 GCSEs (grade B is required in subjects that are going to be studied at A-level) or equivalent. International students must produce evidence of High School study and qualifications
Language Requirements:IELTS 5.5 to 6.5 (or equivalent) depending on the time frame of the course i.e. 2-year, 18-month or 1-year
Age:Usually 16 years for the two-year programme, 17 years for the 18-month and 18+ for the one-year intensive programme
Start Date:September for the one and two-year courses, January for the 18-month programme
Ideal For:UK and international students who wish to progress to higher education

2 year A-level

A-levels are the traditional route into the very best universities, providing in-depth preparation for degree study within higher education. Furthermore, they have international recognition. The majority of our students join the two-year programme and, with 22 subjects to select from and no timetabling restrictions, students really can create the right pathway for their own future. Many of our international students take up the option of sitting an additional A-level exam in their first language. Typically, native speakers of English take four subjects in the first year and, depending on AS results, will continue with either three or four of those subjects into their second year. In certain circumstances, students can also choose to add a different AS subject in year two. Students who are not native speakers of English have the opportunity to take IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as one of their subject choices. IELTS exams are arranged in November, March and May. All students studying A-levels need to achieve at least a C grade in three AS examinations in order to progress to A2.

18 month / 1 year A-level

The 18-month course is aimed at international students who have completed High School in their own countries in December and do not want to wait until September to commence study at Bosworth. This course is intensive over the first two terms, January – June, and students must have the appropriate language skills, as well as the academic background, to cope with the pace of study. Please be aware that fewer subjects are available in January and many students will study three subjects at AS level and then add a fourth subject from September. We only accept exceptional applicants onto the 18-month A-level programmes. International students must hold an IELTS 6.5 certificate, or equivalent. Those studying a one-year A-level will have studied to A-level standard (or equivalent) previously and they will usually have prior knowledge of their subjects. As an example, this normally works well for retake students who may wish to study AS/A2 level in one year for one subject, alongside two other subjects at A2 level. We look at each case individually to see if we can help and offer a one-year solution.

Supporting Progression to University

Each student is supported in their university application process by their Personal Tutor and the Assistant Principal, whether they are applying in the UK or overseas. This preparation begins early in their first year (AS or BTEC Year 1) when students start to think about university choices and to find out what they can do to make the strongest possible application to university. This is delivered through presentations from admissions tutors in top universities, the AS Course Director and Assistant Principal. This focus is continued in personal tutor meetings and individual research by students. Students are encouraged to take part in open days and taster days to experience university life. At the end of this year, all students have an individual interview with a member of the UCAS team to discuss their choices, renew their progress and set targets. In their second year, all students are supported to complete their university applications by their personal tutor and a dedicated UCAS team. This includes a weekly workshop to give help with completing their online application, alongside individual advice on university choices and their personal statement. All students are offered a mock interview to practise their skills.

For more details on our A-level results, here you can also view the students’ degree choices and the universities to which they have progressed. Choosing the right university requires research and an understanding of the many choices available. With this in mind, we hold regular tutor led sessions to guide students through the UCAS process and advise them how to add value to their application. For more on university admissions.

Oxbridge, Medical and Highly Competitive Subjects Preparation

Each year a number of students with exceptional academic ability will consider applying to the University of Oxford or Cambridge, or to study Medicine or other highly competitive courses at undergraduate level. These institutions and degree courses are amongst the most competitive in the world and Bosworth runs a tailored compulsory weekly preparation with guest speakers, visits from former students, guided debates and mock interviews that, alongside UCAS guidance, prepare students for the rigours of university selection. Students face intense competition for these places. A-level success alone is not enough and we therefore offer students wider programmes and additional workshops and activities to increase their chances of achieving their goal. This includes exposing them to interview techniques, current affairs and critical thinking.

Sample Timetable

08:30 – 09:20PsychologyFurther MathsFurther Maths  
09:25 – 10:15Further MathsStudy HallFurther MathsStudy HallPsychology
10:20 – 11:10Tutor MeetingFurther MathsFurther MathsBiologyIELTS
11:30 – 12:20Study HallIELTSFurther MathsBiologyStudy Hall
12:25 – 13:15PsychologyFurther MathsBiologyPsychology 
14:10 – 15:00Study HallFurther MathsBiologyEnrichmentBiology
15:05 – 15:55Study HallStudy HallFurther MathsStudy HallBiology
16:10 – 17:00  Free TimeBiology 
17.05-17.55  PsychologyPsychology 

From this timetable example you will see the student is studying three A-level subjects, but also included in their weekly timetable is an enrichment activity, a Personal Tutor session and supervised Study Hall sessions. We ensure the students have a full and varied timetable that will allow them not only to achieve academically, but also to develop other interests. Second year A-level and University Foundation students have free time on their timetable allowing for independent study. However, these privileges may be withdrawn should students fall behind with their work.