A Levels

Academic structure of A Level courses

Length of A Level Courses

Most ‘A’ levels are now two year courses and at Bales College the vast majority of students follow this two-year A Level course. A few will join in the final year of study to take A level courses over just one year or to undertake re-sit examinations.

We set very high expectations and expect our students to work hard; teaching staff are highly qualified, very experienced, and class sizes are small. We offer a wide range of subjects, each being taught for around 5-6 hours per week.

Most of our courses are Edexcel but we use OCR and AQA for a small number of subjects. The course summaries/syllabus, and Programmes of Study for each subject can be found on the A Level Subject page here.

Subject choice in year 12 and Year 13

Students generally take four subjects in Year 12 and most continue three into Year 13. The College makes every effort to accommodate different subject combinations, allowing students to follow courses suited to their skills, interests and future plans.

Students are set target grades based on GCSE performance and monitored regularly against them with exams held four times per year. There is no study leave in year 12 with teaching continuing until the end of term in early July. Revision classes are held during holiday periods. To be enrolled on an A level course we would normally expect B grades at GCSE in the equivalent subjects, however individual circumstances can be discussed.

UCAS Applications and Transfer to University

Our aim is for our students to become responsible young people ready for the transition to a career or university life. Full support is given in the completion of UCAS applications; students are encouraged to take on a wider range of activities in support of their own application.

Sixth form students are full time; the day begins at 8.45 and ends at 4.00p.m.

Programmes of Study

Each subject has a detailed Scheme of Work per year group, and an accompanying shorter Programme of Study which summarises the Scheme of Work.