January Start A levels

Ashbourne offers an 18-month A level programme that starts in January. It comprises 17 weeks of teaching for the first year and 31 weeks for the second year. Students receive increased teaching hours during the first year (January to July) to allow them to cover all of the material required. The remaining course material is covered over three terms in the second year.

Students can choose from a wide variety of A level subjects for this programme. Class sizes for each subject rarely exceed more than ten students, which helps to provide a stimulating and interactive learning environment. Students have the opportunity to clarify points by discussion with each other as well as with the teacher. 

Outside of the classroom, each student will have a personal tutor who monitors their academic progress, offers them pastoral support and guides them through the university application process.

Who is the programme for?

Ashbourne welcomes students from all over the world and is committed to offering as much choice and flexibility as possible to suit students’ individual educational needs. This programme has been designed to accommodate those who are unable to join the two-year A level programme in September. It is ideal for students moving schools, relocating, coming from another country with a different academic calendar or with health reasons, for example. 


Ashbourne also considers GCSE Year 10 transfer students. Our Year 10 students take internal exams only at the end of the year.

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Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about January start A levels or GCSE transfer courses.