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A Level Courses your best path to the best universities

A Level students in class

Study for the UK's gold standard in university entrance exams. 

The progressive A Levels programme taught at Bellerbys helps you achieve the grades you need to enrol at one of the UK's leading universities. Our specialist centres ensure you get the best teaching and guidance tailored to your area of interest. 

Study in Cambridge to prepare for a science or engineering degree. Our centre in London, the capital of the UK, specialises in business, while Oxford is focused on art, law and humanities. Nurturing international students to help them achieve their educational aspirations and prepare for a bright future, Bellerbys Brighton is a modern interpretation of an English boarding school.

The A Level programme at Bellerbys is amongst one of the most esteemed and progressive in the UK. A Levels, or ‘Advanced Levels’, are the UK’s Gold Standard university entrance examinations, recognised all over the globe. Achieving high A Level results will ensure you get to choose from the UK’s most pre-eminent universities.

The added value of the Bellerbys A Level Programme is, that in addition to the extensive academic support we provide in English and your chosen A Level subjects, your knowledge is further enhanced by a comprehensive and engaging programme of enrichment.

Enrichment is set of activities including trips, lectures, clubs and societies, activities, awards and competitions that complement the main curriculum. You will be provided with a choice of enrichment pathways, designed to significantly enhance university progression and your overall experience. 

The enrichment programmes will enable you to develop;

• the high level project management skills that universities and employers value, linked to achievement of the A Level Extended Project Qualification (EPQ),

• specialist skills to aid subject understanding and the ability to achieve high grades at A Level,

• core personal development skills that will enhance your ability to stand out from the crowd and significantly improve the opportunity to secure a place at your chosen university. 

For A Level an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) will be the main focus of enrichment. EPQ’s are becoming increasingly accepted and sought after in a candidate by the top Russell Group of Universities.

A Level courses in the UK

Bellerbys College has a long-standing reputation for academic achievement, and consistently achieve higher results than the British average. In 2014, 72% of our A Levels students achieved A*-B compared to 52.8% across the whole of the UK. By studying with Bellerbys, you can be assured that the college’s highly skilled tutors and personalised education programme will help you achieve the same outstanding success.

A Level key facts…

  • Age: Students must be over 15.5
    Please note:
    Brighton – students joining the 5 or 6 term A Level Programme must be under 18 years of age
    Brighton – students joining the 3 term A Level Programme must be under 19 years of age
  • Course length: Normally 5 or 6 terms. There is a 3 term A Level programme for exceptional students available at Brighton only. There is a 5.5 term A Level for those wishing to start in November - available at all locations.
  • Start dates: September, November, January and April – see term dates
  • Entry requirements: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent for 5, 5.5 or 6-term option, 6.0 for 3-term option and academic grades equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. See the Entry requirements tab for more information
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees.

As of September 2015 the AS exam for many A Levels no longer contribute towards the final grade. This will be discussed with you in the College, and a decision will be made about whether to enter for these AS exams.

Students on the five or six-term A Level preparation programme can study four subjects from the table below. Those on the shorter three-term course choose three or four subjects.

Brighton Cambridge London Oxford



Business Studies


English Literature

Further Mathematics

Government & Politics

Graphic Communications


History of Art



Media Studies

Modern Foreign Languages



*Not every A Level combination is always possible

*On occasion, not all the A Level subjects will be available

While we encourage you to choose subjects you enjoy, we recommend the following choices in preparation for specific degree areas:

For Scientists and Engineers: Four subjects chosen from Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

For Business, Humanities and Law students: Four subjects chosen from Maths, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, English Literature, History, Politics, Sociology and Psychology.

Six-term programme

If you are joining our six-term A Level you will start in September and follow this sequence:

  • September to June - Summer break  - September to June  - University entry in September.

In year 1 you will study four AS Levels (the first half of a full A Level).

In year 2 you will study three or four A2 Levels (the second half of a full A Level).

You will spend approximately 24 hours per week in class.

External examinations are taken in May/June and January.

Available at all centres.

Five-term programme

You can start our five-term A Level in either January or April and follow one of these sequences:

  • January to June - Summer break - September to June - University entry in September.  Available at all centres.
  • April to August - September to June - University entry in September. Available at Brighton.

In year 1 you will study four AS Levels (the first half of a full A Level).

In year 2 you will study three or four A2 Levels (the second half of a full A Level).

You will spend approximately 24 hours per week in class.

External examinations are taken in May/June and January.

Five and a half -term programme

All students will be assessed upon arrival and an appropriate programme to meet their individual needs will be determined at that time. The course includes:

November - December
  • Extra English classes as required
  • University and degree course guidance including an introduction to British universities
  • Study skills including research and presentation techniques, essay writing and more
  • Personal development and soft skill development - team work, critical thinking, debate and confidence building
  • Enrichment - Honing specialist skills and deepening subject knowledge through a wide range of activity outside the classroom. Academic subjects are brought to life through workshops, lectures, competitions, trips, clubs and societies

For more details on our individual colleges, read our 5.5 term A Level flyer

Three-term programme

If you are joining our three-term one year intensive programme you will start in September and follow this sequence:

  • September to June - University entry in September.
  • Available in Brighton only.

You will study three or four complete A Levels or Three A Levels and one AS Level You will spend approximately 24 hours per week in class.

Final examinations will be taken in June.

From September 2015 the AS exam for many A Levels will no longer contribute towards the final grade. This will be discussed with you in the College and a decision made as to whether to enter for these AS exams.

How enrichment is included as part of the programme

The enrichment programme is weaved in to the weekly timetable and is an integral part of the overall enjoyable and confidence building learning experience Bellerbys offers.

Timetable Sample Term 1 from September 2014 Oxford Campus

Business Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 1  Maths  Psychology
 IELTS  Enrichment
 2  Maths  Psychology
 3  Economics
 4 (Lunch)
 5 (Lunch)
 Business Studies
 6  Business Studies
 Business Studies
 Psychology  PSHE
 7  Further Maths
 Business Studies
 Psychology  IELTS  Business Studies
 8  Further Maths
 Enrichment  IELTS  Study Period
 9  Enrichment

Period 8/9 exciting enrichment options in term 1 at London include:

E-portfolios;  Base  Competition( interest rate appreciation);  Young Enterprise Scheme; Critical thinking Club; CISI qualification; Business and Economics Forum; Investors Challenge;  Debating Society;   Newsletter Committee (creative writing); Duke of Edinburgh; Charity Committee (social enterprise).

Term 1 Activity includes:

  • 4 Enterprise Business Conference, BASE Competition (inter-school competition to understand interest rates), Duke of Edinburgh Award, Professional mentoring.
  • Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (qualification), HSBC investment visit, Financial Planning for small businesses workshop, Young Enterprise Scheme.  
  • E-portfolios, Goldsmith University CV writing workshop, Westminster University entrepreneur skills workshop, Kingston University effective presentations workshop.

Many of the students at Bellerbys have gone on to study at the elite universities of Oxford and Cambridge, in addition to some of the leading medical schools in the UK. For students who are looking to compete for places in these particularly competitive areas, the college provides extra, dedicated preparation.

Oxford and Cambridge preparation

For students gifted with outstanding academic ability, you may wish to apply to Oxford or Cambridge. In which case, you will need to ensure that every area of your academic credentials are in the best shape they can be. As well as outstanding academic qualifications, the college will provide you with specialist preparation, which may include:

  • Regular discussions about current affairs, news and topical events to help develop a strong understanding of contemporary and cultural knowledge, as well as to develop fantastic communication skills.
  • A programme of continuous academic assessment, progress, homework, tests and examinations.
  • Mock university entrance interviews to enable students to practice face-to-face communication skills, as well as the opportunity to receive tailored interview advice from former Bellerbys students now at Oxford or Cambridge.
  • Formal discussions about current affairs, news and events.
  • Additional support is available for students who will need to do an Aptitude Test for one of many degree courses at Oxford and Cambridge.  As examples: the History Aptitude Test (HAT) and LNAT for Law.  Help is also given for the STEP Maths tests required by Cambridge and some other universities.

Medical school preparation

If you want to attend a medical school in the UK, you will need to ensure that you have fully prepared. Bellerbys College provide the type of specialist support you need to succeed. The college provides:

  • All the benefits of the Oxford and Cambridge preparation
  • Visits by medical school staff, along with work experience and mock interviews
  • Preparation for the UKCAT and BMAT medical entry tests

Students who want to read for a medical degree are also given the opportunity of attending weekly meetings where they will brief each other on areas of topicality that they have prepared for the group. The type of activities on offer include: giving talks on current issues in medicine, arranging voluntary work in hospitals, and discussion of interview questions. 

Academic entry requirements

To study A Levels at Bellerbys College you will need the equivalent to five GCSE passes at Grade C or above in appropriate subjects. Contact our team of expert Student Enrolment Advisers to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.

One Year A Level Course (three term)

To qualify for the three-term (one year) A Level programme you will need to: -

  • IELTS 6.0
  • Possess outstanding high school graduate grades,
  • Be repeating the A Level course, or
  • Have studied at degree level

Students enrolled on a three-term (one year) A Level course are accepted on the strict understanding that progress will be reviewed at key stages including the end of the first term. The College reserves the right to require a longer, or change, of course in light of that review.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to find out if you are eligible to apply for the three-term programme.

English language requirements

To study A Levels at Bellerbys College in the UK you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

  • IELTS 5.5 for 5 or 6-term option, 6.0 for 3-term option, TOEFL 550 (196 computer based test)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic 48-51
  • GCSE English Language grade A-C
  • Depending on the type of visa you are entering the UK on you may take the Study Group English Test to determine your English language level.

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

For students that don’t yet have the level of English language needed for success, Bellerbys offers an English Language Preparation Programme which provides a fast and personalised course of study to boost your English skills. The syllabus consists of 25 hours a week of general English study, along with examination preparation and skills classes. Each student will be assigned a personal tutor who will closely monitor your performance and ensure you reach the English language level required.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.

IELTS English classes for A Levels in the UK

Most universities require an IELTS of 6.5–7.0 for degree entry. If you are not at this level or don’t have a GCSE/GCE/O Level English Language qualification, you must follow an IELTS preparation course alongside A Level studies.

Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) and IELTS English classes for A Level incur additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees.

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  • Brighton
  • Cambridge (January start only for 5 term programme)
  • London (January start only for 5 term programme)
  • Oxford (January start only for 5 term programme)

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