18-month A levels at Ashbourne

Ashbourne welcomes ambitious, hardworking and high achieving students from all over the world and is committed to offering as much choice and flexibility as possible to suit students’ individual educational needs.

Our 18-month A level programme starts in January and has been designed to accommodate students who are unable to join the two-year A level programme in September. It is ideal for students moving schools, relocating and coming from another country with a different academic calendar, for example.


18-month A level programme

The 18-month A level programme comprises 17 weeks teaching in the first year and 31 weeks in the second. 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. Ashbourne students have consistently achieved excellent A level results with more than 50% going on to study at Russell Group universities. Our focus on individual attention, emphasis on exam technique and generous teaching hours are just a few keys to this success.

Individual attention

Our students take lessons in small groups of less than 10. This provides students with the space to engage more effectively and for teachers to offer greater levels of individual attention and homework set. It also builds excellent rapport between students and teachers. Dedicated UCAS and Personal Tutors complement this personal approach by offering one-to-one support and guidance to help students fulfil their academic potential and find a career path that best suits them, including applying to Oxbridge and for Medicine.

Teaching time

Ashbourne offers almost double the usual teaching hours so that students can complete the syllabus in a relaxed and confident manner, with plenty of time for structured, supervised work in class and revision at the end of the course.

Exam technique

Ashbourne places great emphasis on teaching exam technique which we believe is critical to achieving the best A level results. Mocks are set each half term, based on previous exam papers, and students receive a post-exam progress report.

Grown-up approach

Ashbourne embraces a friendly, informal and ‘grown-up’ approach to education which encourages independent thinking, discipline and high expectations.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
During my three-year ride as an Asher, new doors opened up for me to a new world in which I found my true passion. It is encouraging independent learning while providing students with sufficient support when needed, along with its active, lively and friendly atmosphere that give Ashbourne its uniqueness. The location is great and adds to the liveliness of the atmosphere. As far as academia is concerned, the necessary platform for success in most subject areas one might be interested in is provided. The rest is up to the individual
DanialMedicine at UCL
Our grandson was very ready to make a huge step from recluse, out­ of ­step with his age group, not knowing what to do with himself or how to relate to others, many of whom he found terrifying. He found travelling on the tube terrifying and trusted few people. Ashbourne has never pushed him too hard but has always encouraged every step he has taken towards what was sometimes a big risk for him. He has learned to respect himself as a learner, to be realistic about his strengths and what he finds difficult, and is learning what to do about the things he finds difficult. He is becoming sociable, well­ informed good company, smiles 100% more than he did and travels to and from Ashbourne by tube without a qualm. He is punctual (or sends a message if held up). He is learning to trust the many good people he now recognises as on his side. He is very aware of how much Ashbourne has contributed to these huge changes and is looking forward to trying out University in September, becoming a student, knowing lots of other people will arrive by different routes. A real success story/work in progress. Thank you Ashbourne
Your experience at Ashbourne will most certainly be informative, but its zenith is educational. To be informed is to be empowered, but to be educated is to be enlightened
Dr Barry RhuleMathematics and Physics Tutor