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
My time at Ashbourne was everything I hoped it would be and more. In the space of just two years my technical understanding and appreciation of music have rocketed higher than I ever thought possible. Thanks to Piers’ outstanding and engaging teaching, I’ve fallen in love with opera and have now, since leaving Ashbourne, written my own, incorporating all the musical devices and tricks we learned about in lesson. So thanks to Ashbourne, I now have the confidence and knowledge to not only apply to my own shows but to the musical developing company called ‘Wishful Thinking’ I now work with as a creative development assistant. I cannot recommend Ashbourne enough for anyone with a drive and a passion to succeed. You will thrive.
CharlotteWishful Thinking Company, Creative Development Assistant
She feels well respected as a pupil and gets the assistance she needs to understand the material
I see Ashbourne as a place which I feel comfortable to express myself and it creates an environment that encourages me to develop as a leader. I am constantly looking for ways to improve. I am determined to continue to develop myself and I know that this is made more attainable with Ashbourne’s fantastic support and encouragement. I am very lucky to find myself at Ashbourne. It is a truly remarkable place to work.
Dennis FulcherHead of Multi-Media and Social Science Faculty
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