18-month A levels at Ashbourne

Ashbourne is committed to offering students as much choice and flexibility as possible to suit their educational needs and has been delivering highly successful intensive courses for more than thirty years. We welcome ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support we offer to help our students reach the highest grades, A and A*.

Our 18-month A level course 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.
 


 

The 18-month A level course 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, without restriction, for this programme. 

Ashbourne students consistently achieve excellent A level results with more than half of our graduates going on to study at Russell Group universities, including UCL, Imperial College, LSE, Oxford and Cambridge. Our focus on individual attention, emphasis on exam technique and generous teaching hours are keys to this success.

Our students take lessons in small groups of less than 10. This provides them with the space to engage more effectively and for teachers to offer greater levels of individual attention and feedback on assigned work, including half-termly mock exams comprised of past papers. This helps teachers and students monitor progress and develop excellent exam technique, critical for achieving the best A level results. We also timetable more hours per subject than is typical of most schools, allowing student to complete the syllabus in a relaxed and confident manner, with plenty of time for revision at the end of the course. 

Confidence is fundamental to academic success so every A level student is assigned a dedicated Personal Tutor who will work with them, their teachers and parents to provide support and guidance throughout their time at the college. This includes expert careers advice and one-to-one UCAS support from choosing the right course, interview practice all the way to accepting the best offer. We also offer specialised university application programmes for competitive courses such as Medicine and Engineering and entry to Oxford and Cambridge.

Ashbourne embraces a friendly, informal and adult approach to education, much like a university. We believe this encourages independent thinking, discipline and high expectations. We are situated in a fantastic part of London, close to many world-class venues and establishments, and we attract students from all over the world, making Ashbourne a vibrant and exciting place to learn.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
StudentsParentsTeachers
Ashbourne has provided me with the platform, the time and the space to grow intellectually. We are encouraged to read widely and since Ashbourne offers extra curricular critical theory, I have found my subjects being independently stimulated and motivated by cross disciplinary links. Aside from academic growth, Ashbourne has offered me a chance to feel a part of something. The opportunity to be the co-editor of Ashbourne Identity, the college’s student magazine, has given me a sense of responsibility, creative freedom and pride toward Ashbourne’s diversity. From Ashbourne’s Christmas Revue to its annual European trip, the college’s nurturing and collaborative atmosphere will remain a highlight of my time at Ashbourne
VictoriaEnglish and Drama at University of Manchester
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
Ashbourne is a wonderful place to teach and an even better place to study. The staff treat the students as adults and the mutual respect results in a relaxed university approach to study. Teaching classes that only have a max of 10 allows for individual tuition and greater differentiation within the groups helping the students grow in confidence and develop a love for their subjects. I really like the fact that students are encouraged to refer to their tutors by their first name and feel that this breaks down tutor/student boundaries and means that the students are confident in asking for help. Brilliant students, brilliant tutors, great place to work
Rachel TeasdaleFormer Head of GCSE and Biology Teacher
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