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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level - generally termed the GCE Advanced Level or more commonly the A-level - is an academic qualification offered by educational institutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to students completing secondary or pre-university education.

You will study an offered A-level subject over a two-year period and sit an examination at the end of your second year.  This is governed by an official assessment body.  Most students study three A-level subjects simultaneously.

A-levels are recognised by many universities as the standard for assessing the suitability of applicants for admission in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and many universities base their conditional admissions offers on a student's predicted A-level marks.

Entry requirements

You need an IELTS score of 5.5 overall, a successful interview, and a Level 2 equivalent qualification from your home country.

Course Content

You can choose to study three A-levels from the following list.  Please be aware that each subject runs depending on a minimum number of learners in each class so it is worth choosing back-up subjects just in case.
 
A-level Art and Design 
A-level Biology 
A-level Business
A-level Chemistry 
A-level Computer Science 
A-level Design and Technology (Textiles)
A-level Economics
A-level English Language 
A-level English Language and Literature Combined 
A-level English Literature 
A-level Film Studies 
A-level French 
A-level Further Mathematics 
A-level Geography 
A-level Geology
A-level Politics 
A-level History 
A-level Law 
A-level Maths 
A-level Media Studies 
A-level Philosophy 
A-level Physics 
A-level Psychology 
A-level Sociology 
A-level Spanish 
 
Qualifications that can be taken in place of one A-level choice:
 
Advanced BTEC Certificate/Diploma in Applied Law 
Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) 
Certificate in Sports Science and Advanced Research
Certificate in Criminology
Tech Level in Scripting and App Programming
Extended Project Qualification

 

How will I be assessed?

All A-level assessments are primarily exam-based, with a few having a small element of coursework. All A-levels are linear which means that you will sit the exam at the end of the second year.

Qualifications that can be taken in place of one A-level choice are primarily assignment and coursework-based.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

A-levels are recognised by many universities as the standard for assessing the suitability of applicants for admission in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and many universities base their conditional admissions offers on a student's predicted A-level marks.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.   And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.  
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.   While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.  
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.  
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.  
 
She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.  
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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