A level courses at Ashbourne

A levels are the primary qualification for entry into UK universities, with each university setting their own specific requirement depending on the subject and course offered. Students typically study for their A levels over two consecutive years taking the final examinations at the end of the course.

Ashbourne offers a wide selection of A level subject choices, without restriction, and length of course including one-year, 18-month and two-year A levels so that students have as much choice and flexibility as they need to pursue their personal and academic goals.

Ambitious and hardworking students will benefit from the huge amount of individual support and guidance we offer both in the classroom and through our personal tutoring system. Our small class sizes make it easier for students to engage fully and for teachers to focus on individual students, provide feedback and set more assignments. 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.

Ashbourne students consistently achieve excellent exam results and more than 50% go on to Russell Group universities. We believe that 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, writing a compelling personal statement, getting the application completed and submitted in good time to interview technique and accepting the best offer. Personal Tutors will help set up additional English language lessons and tests, if appropriate. Ashbourne also offers specialised university application programmes for competitive courses such as Medicine and Engineering and entry to Oxford and Cambridge.

Our friendly, informal and adult approach to education encourages students to think independently, develop self-discipline and set high expectations in preparation for university and beyond.

Ashbourne is 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 the college a vibrant and exciting place to learn.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
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My time at Ashbourne was a fun and exciting experience. It had a very relaxed atmosphere which helped me settle in very well. The College’s approach to teaching in the classrooms was very different to traditional 6th form Colleges and a lot more informal which I believe was a great aid in developing my skills in independent study. During my time as a student at Ashbourne, I was passionate about physics and maths as well as music. My teachers and other staff members were very supportive of this and were an incredible assistance in helping me find an ideal course at university which catered to my interest. Thanks to Ashbourne I went on to do a joint degree in Physics and Music at Cardiff University. I graduated in 2018 and have remained at Cardiff to do a masters in Astrophysics.
AmyBSc in Physics and Music and MA in Astrophysics at Cardiff University
Gained responsibility and independence and has a mature approach to their studies
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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