Study A Levels in the UK

A Level is the most common route to Higher Education in the UK, and are recognised by universities across the world. Studying A Levels is the advised route for international students who are aiming towards the highest ranking universities, or are looking to study medicine.

What are A Levels?

A Levels (Advanced Levels), are subject-based qualifications in UK secondary schools. International students typically study three or four A Level subjects over two years.

You will be assessed after your first year of study, but these results do not count towards your final A Level grade. They are, however, a good way to monitor your progress and great practice for your final exams. Your final assessment is by a series of examinations which take place at the end of your second year.

A Level subjects and facilitating subjects

Choosing to study the right A Level subjects is very important as universities look for students who not only have good grades, but grades in the right subjects. If you already know what you want to study at university, you should think about choosing subjects which give you the best possible preparation for your chosen degree.

Some A Level subjects are more frequently required for entry to university than others. These are known as ‘facilitating’ subjects, because studying them at A Level opens up a wide range of options for university study.

If you are undecided on what to study at university, consider studying two facilitating subjects at A Level to keep a wide range of degree options open to you.

Direct entry to Year 2

Bellerbys College Cambridge offers A2 Level entry to students who have achieved a minimum of three B grades or above at AS Level CIE (Cambridge International A Levels). Students will be able to join the second year 3 term programme starting in September.

Easter Revision Programme

Bellerbys College Brighton offers the new A Level Easter Revision programme. This programme offers students the opportunity to prepare for their exams during the Easter holidays. Taught by highly qualified teachers, it covers core subjects of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and, Economics, helping to boost students confidence, providing exam practice, and improving exam techniques.

Key facts:

  • Age: 15.5+
  • Course length: 3, 5, 5.5 or 6 terms
    (3-term available in Brighton only)
    (5.5-term available in Cambridge only)
  • Locations:
    • Bellerbys Brighton
    • Bellerbys Cambridge
    • Bellerbys London
      (Subjects vary by location)
  • English language entry requirements:
    IELTS 5.5 (IELTS 6.0 for 3 term and A2 level)

Subject choices

* This is a facilitating subject preferred by UK universities.


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.

Oxbridge and medical preparation

Oxbridge and medical preparation

If you are a gifted student aiming for medical school we offer the Elite Medics programme alongside your A Level programme. Elite Medics are guaranteed an interview at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. We also offer specialist preparation for students aiming for Oxbridge and medical school.

English Language Preparation


If you don’t meet the English language entry requirements for the GCSE, A Level or Foundation programme, you can first study one to three terms of English speaking and writing. 


Arathi from Malaysia

Arathi, a Bellerbys Cambridge student

"The teachers have been phenomenal in assisting me with my coursework and guiding me in my personal development. They helped me get placements for my voluntary work and work shadowing, which are pertinent in securing an admission into a reputable university."

Arathi from Malaysia - Studied A Levels and achieved A*AAB, now studying Medicine at University of St Andrews