A level intensive courses at Ashbourne

Ashbourne is one of the best independent colleges in London and has been delivering highly successful intensive courses for more than thirty years. Our courses offer outstanding opportunities for ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support and choice we offer to help our students reach the highest grades, A and A*.

Ashbourne’s intensive A level programmes include: One-year A level courses, 18-month A level courses, Transfers from AS to A2 (changing exam boards), A level retake (resit) courses and A level Easter Revision courses.

Annabel Read joined the college, abandoning a promising acting career to pursue an Oxbridge dream. Hear what she has to say about studying at Ashbourne.

Individual attention is an important motivator; at Ashbourne it begins with small class sizes of less than 10. This makes it easier for students to engage effectively and importantly for teachers to provide more feedback with assigned work. Students receive significantly more teaching hours than is typical so they can complete the syllabus in a relaxed and confident manner with plenty of time for revision at the end of the course. They also sit mock exams, based on previous exam papers, each half term followed by constructive feedback. Ashbourne places great emphasis on teaching exam technique which we believe is critical to achieving the best A level results. 

Our students consistently achieve excellent exam results, placing the college in the top two among similar private sixth form colleges in London. 58% of the exams taken by students on our intensive courses result in A and A*. Our retake students make outstanding grade improvements with 80% of exams resulting in A and A*. This level of value added to students has helped place Ashbourne in the top 5% of schools and colleges offering A levels in the UK.

Ashbourne is committed to offering as much choice and flexibility as possible to suit each student’s educational needs. Students can choose from an excellent range of A level subject choices, without restriction, and length of course. This even allows students to drop subjects studied previously to start afresh with new ones.  

We believe building students’ confidence is critical to their success so every Ashbourne A level student is assigned a dedicated Personal Tutor who provides individual academic and pastoral 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. More than half of our students go on to Russell Group universities including UCL, Imperial College, LSE, 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?
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Ashbourne was an amazing experience for me. My teachers were always on hand to help with any of my problems and ensure I achieved my maximum potential. The style of teaching was captivating and to such a high level that I believe it was key to my success at Ashbourne and for that I am unreservedly grateful
AyubElectric and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London
Our daughter has surely improved her knowledge in the chosen subjects but also her ability in dealing with her everyday life
I have had a very valuable experience working at Ashbourne. I feel lucky that I got such a great opportunity to deal with different kinds of jobs which include; document preparations, helping at some organised opening evenings or dealing with students’ enquiries. Having a chance to deal with these tasks I feel that I have already gained a lot of valuable improvements in the skills which are needed in a college administrative working environment. The Ashbourne staff are very friendly and helpful. They never hesitated to give me advice on the jobs I was doing and what I should and should not do. I can not thank them enough for such great help and experience during all those times I was working at Ashbourne
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Typical Ashbourne one-year student profiles

Elliot Yu

Physics A*, Mathematics A*, Further Mathematics A*

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial

Joining Ashbourne with the ultimate ambition to become an Electrical Engineer, Elliot was committed to the challenge of taking A1 courses in Maths, Further Maths and Physics from scratch. Coming from Saint Dominic High School in the Dutch Caribbean, he brought with him an innate dedication and hard-working ethos, which meant he was able to master the material at a rapid rate. Always approaching his classes with a friendly and positive attitude, Elliot contributed with intelligent questions, and showed a witty yet courteous sense of humour towards staff and students alike.

Alexandros Papoutas

Mathematics A*, Economics A, Further Maths A

Economics and Statistics, University College London

Alexandros came to us from an experienced background of having done military service and previously studied at the International School of Paphos in Cyprus. He is a talented jazz piano player and enjoys tennis, but has the ultimate ambition to pursue Economics vocationally. His Economics teacher said “he worked very hard to achieve the necessary grades to enter a Russell Group institution – throughout his time here he developed high quality writing skills during the year which complemented his interest in economics”. Alexandros was always happy to help his peers in the classroom as well as engaging in discussions.

Emily Yu

Chemistry A, Physics A, Maths A

Pharmacy, University College London

Like Elliot, Emily is originally from Sint Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, but came to Ashbourne to achieve the grades needed to study Pharmacy at degree level. She is described by her teachers as an extremely able student who was a pleasure to teach. She epitomises a true Asher in that she respected of the greater sense of freedom Ashbourne gives to students, by ensuring she was always present and punctual for class. She was focused in her execution of exam technique and proved excellent understanding of her subjects by submitting the highest standard of work throughout her entire year with us. She has now accepted her offer from UCL and has accomplished her ultimate goal to study Pharmacy

Emily Yu

Chemistry A, Physics A, Maths A

Pharmacy, University College London

Like Elliot, Emily is originally from Sint Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, but came to Ashbourne to achieve the grades needed to study Pharmacy at degree level. She is described by her teachers as an extremely able student who was a pleasure to teach. She epitomises a true Asher in that she respected of the greater sense of freedom Ashbourne gives to students, by ensuring she was always present and punctual for class. She was focused in her execution of exam technique and proved excellent understanding of her subjects by submitting the highest standard of work throughout her entire year with us. She has now accepted her offer from UCL and has accomplished her ultimate goal to study Pharmacy

Ilya Bychkov

Russian A*, Physics A, Biology A, Chemistry B

Biomedical Sciences, King’s College

Ilya came to us from Oakham School in hope to secure the grades required to study Biomedical Sciences at King’s College University. After completing his one-year courses in Russian and the Sciences, he said “I would recommend Ashbourne to friends who may need to resit any of the A-levels”. Ilya’s success can be seen to reflect the value of our smaller class sizes in the context of shorter intensive courses as he adds, “I enjoyed the very personal approach to teaching from most of my teachers during the individual lessons and the ability to tailor some of the lessons to my specific needs, which I believe improved the effectiveness and the enjoyment of the education”.

Xuan Huang

Physics A, Mathematics A, Chinese B

Mechanical Engineering, Manchester University

Xuan was previously studying in the United States, and although he refers to his studies there as challenging, he admits to having found the process easier since enrolling with Ashbourne. Xuan is a bright and hardworking student who has gained in confidence and ability within his subjects during his time here. When reflecting back at this year he said, “I think A1 at Ashbourne is a very good programme and if I could choose again, I would certainly do it”. Having accepted his offer from Manchester University, he will now go on to study Mechanical Engineering.

Aimee Martino

Italian A, French B, Music C

Music, Royal Holloway

Having an exciting array of interests such as opera singing, fantasy literature and film, Aimee was a well rounded, bright and engaging student. She came to Ashbourne with the ambition of going on to Royal Holloway to study Music. As a singer with the versatility to perform Gluck, Mozart, opera and English folk songs, she has a myriad of capabilities under the musical umbrella. Aimee compared the openness of Ashbourne’s university-like approach to her previous experiences in education, saying “it was really nice to be treated like an adult for the first time and being given the freedom to approach your studies in your own way”.

She expressed an appreciation for the balance between teacher’s support and independent thinking as she explains “You get great guidance from teachers, but the freedom to approach your studies in your own way. For me it was perfect”.

AB

Biology A, Economics A, Philosophy B

Philosophy and Psychology, Edinburgh University

AB was praised as an exceptional student by her Economics teacher, and was recognised as someone who possessed high-order skills which she worked incredibly hard to enhance. She came to Ashbourne wanting a change from the standard school environment, and flourished under Ashbourne’s encouragement to be more proactive and independent in approaching her studies. She was a prime example of an Asher in her social approach to classes, as she was always engaged and happy to help others. After initially considering a gap year, she has now decided to study Philosophy and Psychology at Edinburgh University

Conor Grefte

English Literature A, Economics B, Psychology B

Ancient History and English, University of Leeds

Originally from Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Conor came to us to retake Psychology and Economics, in addition to one of his English Literature Units. During his one year stay with us he adapted his style of working in line with his teachers’ guidance, which allowed him to maximise his marks and realise his potential. ultimately securing him his improved grades. He upgraded his marks from B in English Literature, C in Psychology, and D in Economics to ABB respectively. His Economics teacher said: “Conor showed a strong interest in the subject, which is important if you’re going to learn anything and improve”, which has proven to be one of the determining factors in Conor’s outcome. He is now going on to study Ancient History and English at the University of Leeds.

Zheng Hong Zhou

Mathematics A, Chinese A, Economics C, Further Mathematics C

Economics and Finance, Surrey University

Justin was an ambitious pupil who always wanted to achieve top grades in Mathematics. He came to Ashbourne after studying a 3-month foundation course for Mathematics, Accounting and Economics at LU Shang International Experimental School in China. However, once discovering this couldn’t lead to his academic ambition of securing a place at university, he enrolled with Ashbourne to take A1 courses in Maths, Further Maths, Chinese and Economics. He progressed steadily since the beginning of the course, and consistently adopted a highly independent approach to his studies. He will now go on to pursue his interests in Economics and Finance at Surrey University.