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 our largest college and offers the widest subject choice.

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 2016, 75% of our A Level students achieved A*-B compared to 53% 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 A Level Preparation Programme for those wishing to start in October - available at Brighton and Cambridge.
  • Start dates: September, October, 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.
  • Note: Students starting the A Level Preparation Programme in October have the opportunity to become accustomed to their environment and British teaching styles. In the first term, October – December, students benefit from extra preparation in English and critical thinking skills and additional university guidance, as well as being given a supervised self-study enrichment project and taster lessons. A Level study will begin in January.

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



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.

6 term programme - all centres

Structure is:

  • September to June (year one) - Summer break  - September to June (year 2)  - 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.

5 term programme - Brighton and Cambridge

January start - Brighton and Cambridge

Structure is: 

  • January to June (term 1) - summer break - September to June (term 2) - University entry in September

April start - Brighton

Structure is: 

  • April to August (term 1) - September to June (term 2) - Start university in September

External examinations are taken in May/June and January.

Benefits are:

  • Up to four hours of extra lessons and at least one double lesson per subject, per week
  • Smaller classes than other start dates, giving you more personal attention and support
  • Introduction to UCAS at the end of the summer term

3 term programme - Brighton

This three-term (one year) intensive programme starts in September, following this structure:

  • September to June - Start university in September

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.

A Level Preparation Programme

All students will be assessed upon arrival, an an appropriate programme to meet their needs will be decided then.

From October to December, you will benefit from:

  • Extra English classes (where you need them)
  • 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 - developing specialist skills and deepening subject knowledge through a wide range of activities outside the classroom. Academic subjects are brought to life through workshops, lectures, competitions, trips, clubs and societies

In January you will start your A Level studies

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.

Places at the universities of Oxford or Cambridge, or on a medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine course, are very competitive. You need more than just good grades, so we'll provide the specialist preparation you need for the best chance of success.

Oxbridge preparation

If you are ambitious and would like to apply for the universities of Oxford or Cambridge, we are dedicated to helping you get there. To help you impress these prestigious universities, specialist preparation we offer includes: 

  • Weekly tutorials with your personal tutor, in addition to support from your programme manager
  • Formal discussions about current affairs, news and events to develop your critical thinking and communication skills
  • A range of enrichment activities to challenge your abilities, including a youth parliament, debating, classical studies and a young scientist group 
  • University application guidance (UCAS) and personal statement workshops to help you write about achievements that will impress universities 
  • Interview coaching, mock face-to-face interview and structured feedback that allows you to reflect on your performance 
  • Admissions test preparation so you can gain confidence in putting your skills and knowledge into practice in an exam situation

Find out more about Oxbridge preparation

Medical school preparation

If you are looking to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine in the UK, we offer the specialist support you need to succeed. This can include:

  • Formal class discussions about current affairs related to what you plan to study so you can develop your critical thinking and communication skills 
  • Tailored enrichment activities to support your university application, such as first aid, Tomorrow's Doctor's, ethics discussions and senior biology club 
  • Access to MedicPortal, a medial school application resource, which gives you valuable practice for your interview
  • Interview coaching, mock interviews and feedback to help you reflect on your performance
  • Preparation for the UKCAT and BMAT medical entry tests to help you get used to test conditions
  • Small classes so we can ensure you receive personalised attention 

Find out more about medical school preparation.

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.