A Level Courses


Library (1)A Level courses offer students aged 16-19 the opportunity to specialise in the subjects they enjoy and in which they have done well at (I)GCSE level or equivalent. A Levels remain the most popular route into UK Universities and our Higher Education Advisor works closely with all A Level students to make sure they are making the right choices of course and university and to support them in making their UCAS applications.

A Levels are based on four to six units of approximately equal size depending on the subject.  English, chemistry, physics, biology, history, psychology, art and design, sociology, business studies and economics are linear two year courses, with all examinations taking place at the end of Year 13, graded A* – G (pass) and U (fail).

All other subjects (maths, accounting, government and politics, geography and music) are made up of AS Levels and A2 Levels.  AS (Advanced Subsidiary) takes place in Year 12 and is worth half an A Level in terms of UCAS points for university entrance. At the end of the two years of study, students will receive the full A Level.

At Padworth, students normally study up to 3 A subjects for two years with supporting courses, such as IELTS preparation where needed.  It is possible to study 4 subjects but this will need prior discussion with the Deputy Principal, especially for students also studying IELTS. During the course of the first year, depending on performance and after careful discussion, it may be appropriate for a student to drop one of their subjects and carry the remainder through to A Level

Padworth offers a wide range of subjects including accounting, art and design, biology, business studies, chemistry, economics, English language and literature, geography, government and politics, mathematics (pure maths, mechanics and statistics), further mathematics, music, physics, psychology, and sociology.  Please note that further mathematics counts as two A Levels and is only for very capable mathematicians.

The subjects offered are regularly reviewed and new subjects are added from time to time. It cannot be guaranteed that all subjects listed will run in any particular year as this depends upon the number of students who opt for that subject.  Prospective students and parents may specifically request subjects that are not on the list, eg French.  The College will do its best to accommodate such requests.  There may be extra tuition costs for these subjects.  Please ask for further details.

If you require any further information, please contact the Deputy Principal to discuss your requirements by emailing deputy@padworth.com.