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
I was drawn to apply to Ashbourne at first based on their phenomenal reputation in the UK, but the reality far exceeded my expectations… No single teacher had the same approach to teaching a subject, which was much more refreshing than the standard lecture & questions approach. From team quizzes during revision period, to weekly workbooks matching the syllabus – the organisation and creativity of my tutors really helped the content stick in my head, which made revision easier when exams came around. My personal tutor was extremely supportive throughout my UCAS application. He would reply emails near instantly if I had any questions, be on hand for regular support when I needed it and loaned me materials to read directly related to my chosen course – Law. Albeit slightly frustrating with the constant tweaking required to my personal statement every week, this was more of a fine tuning process as he would not stop until he knew my personal statement was as perfect as it could be, and I am very grateful for his determination! The hard work and determination required of you at Ashbourne really set me up for life at university as I knew what I had to do to stay ahead and still even applied revision tactics and tips from Ashbourne tutors to my final year of my law degree
NatashaLaw at Queen Mary (University of London); Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School
My child has benefited from the amazing opportunities Ashbourne offers. He is respected as an individual and his education has been tailored to suit him. He has had brilliant tutors and the small class sizes ensures he is receiving personalised support in all his classes
If I had to describe Ashbourne in three words it would be welcoming, intimate, and fun. I have never met such an eclectic group of people who all get on and are integrated with each other so well. It’s a great opportunity to get the grades that you want alongside gaining confidence and maturity
Emily BoothroydFormer Administrative and Behavioural Assistant and PA to the Director of Studies
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