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A Level Courses

Ashbourne offers high quality tuition within an informal, friendly but disciplined environment where every student can feel confident, happy and able to reach their potential.

Academic success

Ashbourne has been delivering highly successful A level courses for more than 35 years. Our students consistently achieve outstanding results, 66% A*/A 2021, making Ashbourne one of the best private sixth form colleges in London. Students’ performance improvement is excellent, placing the college in the top 5% of UK schools and colleges for value added. Currently, almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Choice and flexibility

We work closely with each student to design a unique education programme that best suits their needs and ambitions, offering them the flexibility, choice and comprehensive support and guidance necessary to attain the highest grades and achieve their personal and academic goals.

Students can choose from more than 25 A level subjects without restriction, and select the right course length to suit their own individual needs.

Teachers are experts in their subjects. They go above and beyond the examination requirements in lessons. Pupils typically said this makes their learning ‘three dimensional’. Outstanding Ofsted Report, 2021.

Adult approach to learning

Ashbourne offers an adult approach to learning which is friendly, informal but disciplined. Students take lessons in small groups of fewer than 10 students, which provides an ideal environment for them to fully engage and allows the teachers to offer excellent levels of individual attention, set more homework and provide feedback on assigned work. This gives students with the space and opportunity to explore and develop their ideas, encouraging them to become more independent thinkers.

“Ashbourne was an amazing experience for me. My teachers were always on hand to help with any of my problems and ensure I achieved my maximum potential. The style of teaching was captivating and to such a high level that I believe it was key to my success at Ashbourne and for that I am unreservedly grateful.”

Ayub, Electric and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London

The teaching time for each subject significantly exceeds the national average. Students are rarely under pressure to complete the syllabus in good time and consequently almost always have plenty of time for revision at the end of the course. Ashbourne believes that exam technique is vital to achieving excellent results so students get plenty of exam practice throughout the course; teachers set mock exams for each subject every half term (six weeks).

After each set of mock exams, our teachers write a report for each of their students giving an overall assessment including detailed consideration of the quality and quantity of homework, mock exam grades, attendance and effort. Parents may access this information via our online portal and discuss a student’s progress or other issues with the student’s Personal Tutor. We also hold two parents’ evenings each academic year.

Individual attention and support

In addition to the very high levels of individual attention students receive in the classroom, they are further offered extensive support outside of the classroom through weekly meetings with their Personal Tutor, subject-specific clinics, support classes and peer group mentoring. Teachers, personal tutors and the Director of Studies work closely together to monitor and discuss students’ academic performance and progress throughout their time at the college.

University guidance

Each A level student at Ashbourne is assigned a dedicated Personal Tutor who provides individual academic and pastoral support and guidance throughout their time at the college, which includes expert careers advice and one-to-one UCAS support, from choosing the right course, writing the perfect personal statement and interview practice all the way to accepting the best offer.

Ashbourne offers specialised university application programmes for competitive courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Finance and related courses and entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Beautiful Location

Ashbourne is superbly located on the borders of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, in the heart of London. Nearby are such cultural icons as the Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science and Natural History museums. Major libraries, art galleries and theatres are also within easy reach of the college.

Ashbourne is a diverse and exciting place to learn with students from all over the world studying a broad selection of A level subjects, and bringing with them a wealth of ideas, talents and culture. Most students are at the college for only two years yet in that short time develop a deep affection for Ashbourne and often form wonderful friendships.

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