A-level Courses

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Employers prefer 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

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Key points

  • Small class sizes with an average of 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.

Key facts

  • Age: 16+
  • Course Length: 18 to 24 Months
  • Course Start: September or January