What Grades Do I Need To Study A Levels?

You will need 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above, including English and Maths and at least one grade B, to enrol onto the full A Level Programme. Please note that there are additional entry criteria for some individual subjects and it is important that you check these carefully. These can be found on our A Level factsheets and in our A Level Course Guide.


How Do A Levels Work

A Levels allow you to keep your options open, with focused study of four subjects across two years. You can study a range of different subjects in combination; allowing you to keep your options open if you haven’t decided on a certain career path just yet. If you are passionate about going to university and are academically minded then A Levels are the traditional route to achieving your career aspirations.


What Are Linear A Levels?

A Levels are currently undergoing reform which is seeing subjects being phased into the de-coupling of AS and A Levels, resulting in the 2 year course having linear assessment.

The introduction of linear A Levels will take effect in England from September 2015. The first results for the new AS Levels will be in 2016 and for the A Levels in 2017. Further subjects will be introduced over the following two years.

The main features of the new qualifications are:

Assessment will mainly be by exam, with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills

AS and A Levels will be assessed at the end of the course. AS assessments will take place after 1 year’s study and A Levels after 2. The courses will no longer be divided into modules and there will be no exams in January

 AS and A Levels will be decoupled – this means that AS results will no longer count towards an A Level, in the way they do now

 AS Levels can be designed by exam boards to be taught alongside the first year of A Levels

 The content for the new A Levels has been reviewed and updated; universities played a greater role in this for the new qualifications than they did previously


How Much Will It Cost?

You will not have to pay Tuition Fees if you are under 19 on 31 August in the year of your entry to the course. You must also satisfy UK / EEA residency rules. If you are over 19 or have any questions regarding residency rules, please contact (01642) 333587. If you are re-sitting an examination you will have to pay the fees.


How Many Subjects Will I Study?

Most students will begin their course with 4 AS subjects and continue with at least 3 of these in the second year. However, a tailored programme can be offered to meet your individual needs. This might include 3 AS subjects or 2 AS subjects with 2 or 3 GCSE’s. A full GCSE Programme is also offered, for those who haven’t quite reached the entry requirements for the A Level Programme.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Most A Levels are assessed through written exams held in January and in the summer term. Some subjects have assessed coursework which is marked by your teachers and moderated by the Examination Boards.


Pastoral Care

As part of the full time A Level Programme you will have a Personal Tutor who will work closely with you to help you achieve the maximum marks possible in all your subjects. It is important to realise that Tutorial sessions are an essential part of the programme to ensure success. In group tutorial sessions you will be helped to develop study skills, get full support in applying to University and find out about University Funding. In 1:1 sessions you will spend time discussing your progress and setting targets to help you to achieve the highest grades possible.


Trips, Visits And Enrichments

A vast range of subsidised activities are also offered at the College including:

• Enrichment activities offered throughout the Academic year.
• Specialist subject conferences and speakers provided free of charge.
• Heavily subsidised residential visits to places such as New York and Geneva. .


How Do I Apply?

If you would like to apply for a full-time vocational course with an additional A Level, you can complete an application form in the back of our course guide or click on the Application form, print and send it into the college.  You can also search and apply online. Once we have received and processed your Application Form we will be in touch. If you have any questions about the status of your application please contact the Admissions Department on (01642) 333601. For general enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333 333 or e-mail courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.