A-Level Courses

Cardiff Academy A-level courses

Students currently in Year 11
Unlike in England, Wales will be retaining the current AS/A-level system. What this means for students in schools and colleges in Wales is that entry to university will continue to be based largely upon AS grades achieved at the end of Year 12. Therefore, what UK university admissions tutors look for in applicants from Wales are top AS-grades. Due to small class sizes, expert tuition from subject specialists and the enormous amount of individual support they receive, students entering Cardiff Academy can expect to achieve excellent AS grades.
Students wishing to repeat Year 12
Students in Wales who fail to achieve their potential at AS first time around will have a distinct disadvantage in regards to university entry compared with those offering better grades at AS. Many students who have not achieved their desired grades at AS often decide that a move to Cardiff Academy is in their best interests.

Benefits of repeating Year 12 include: a significant uplift in grades; an increase in self-confidence; and a willingness to aim higher than ever before. Repeating one’s AS year is therefore the exact opposite of a backward step. Instead, it represents maturity and the belief that the AS grades achieved thus far are not a true reflection of ability. Very often, this can be a life-transforming experience, and has the distinct advantage of allowing students a further twelve months to reflect upon things such as career direction and their university application.

Why study A-levels in the UK?
  1. They are the UK’s gold standard for university entry

If it’s your ambition to go to university in the UK, then you should consider taking your A-levels first. Although UK universities do accept other entrance qualifications, the admissions system is geared towards A-levels. With the relevant A-levels under your belt, you do not have to take foundation courses – you can go straight to your degree.

  1. They help prepare you for university in the UK

One of the reasons many students study their A-levels in the UK is because it’s the best way to prepare for university. They are a great introduction to the study habits required by UK universities because they have been designed in the same manner as university entrance exams.

  1. They are the best route into top universities

A-levels are the preferred entry qualification for many top universities and the best route for students with an excellent academic record who hope to study at some of the UK’s top universities, such as Oxford or Cambridge Universities. Taking A-levels demonstrates your commitment to securing a place at a UK university.

  1. They are widely recognised internationally

Because the A-level standard is widely recognised by prestigious institutions not just within the UK but around the world, it is a great choice if you want to choose from the widest range of options later on in life. Many other qualifications have to be topped up, but A-levels generally let you skip that stage and smooth the admissions process.

  1. They allow you to specialise

While many other university entrance qualifications focus on a broad education, A-levels allow you to focus on specific subjects that relate to the course you want to study at university. Colleges that offer A-levels for international students often focus on subjects such as Business, Mathematics and Sciences as well as core humanities subjects, including English and History.

  1. They help improve your English skills

Students who study for A-levels in the UK before starting their degree programme gain a key advantage – superior English language skills. In addition, A-levels don’t just prepare you for university. In the nurturing environment in Cardiff Academy, academic study is complemented with enrichment programmes to ensure you get the most from the experience.

  1. Employers love A-levels

While A-levels are important for admission to university, they also provide advantages later on. A-levels – and their grade levels – are widely recognised by employers around the world. A strong set of A-level results, combined with your degree, will help you stand out from other candidates. This is a great way to demonstrate consistent performance and your ability to meet international standards of excellence.

Given these benefits, it’s not surprising that A-levels are not only the best way to make the transition from school to university, but are the best way to prepare yourself for a bright and successful future.

AS and A-level subject list

ART & DESIGN | BIOLOGY | BUSINESS STUDIES | CHEMISTRY | ECONOMICS | ENGLISH LITERATURE | FRENCH | GEOGRAPHY | GEOLOGY | GERMAN | HISTORY | ICT | LAW | LATIN | MATHEMATICS (STATS &/OR MECHANICS) | FURTHER MATHEMATICS | MUSIC | MUSIC TECHNOLOGY | PHOTOGRAPHY | PHYSICS | POLITICS | PSYCHOLOGY | RELIGIOUS STUDIES | SOCIOLOGY | SPANISH

Key points

  • Small class sizes with no more than ten students per class
  • Expert teaching from subject specialists, most of whom are also examiners
  • High degree of individual academic and pastoral support
  • Regular exam-based testing and feedback
  • Flexible subject combinations
  • Expert, up-to-date university admissions (UCAS) advice

For further information regarding A-level courses, to request a prospectus or to arrange an appointment, please contact us by phone or e-mail.

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Cardiff Academy

Cardiff Academy Ltd, 40-41,

The Parade, Roath

Cardiff, CF24 3AB

Company No. 3687879

Tel –  0044(0)2920 409 630

Email – enquiries@cardiffacademy.co.uk