5 Term A-Level
Our 5 Term A-Level course option begins in January. Through having additional tuition hours during their first two terms of study, students are able to complete the first half of each A-Level subject by the end of their first two terms of study, thus enabling them to complete their final academic year of three terms at a standard pace of tuition.
WHO IS THE COURSE DESIGNED FOR?
The five-term course suits students who:
- Want to change schools after one term of A-Level elsewhere and re-start A-Levels, usually studying different subjects than those they started
- Want to study A-Levels in the UK and have finished their GCSE or equivalent studies in their home country in November or December and do not want to wait for a September start A-Level programme
- Are children of UK expatriates who are returning to the UK with their families in November or December and do not want to wait for a September start A-Level programme
The five-term course runs from January and through having additional tuition hours and not sitting external AS-Level examinations, students are able to complete the first half of each A-Level subject by the end of their first two terms of study. This enables five-term A-Level students to complete their final academic year of three terms at a standard pace of tuition and sit final A-Level examinations in June alongside their two-year (six-term) A-Level contemporaries.
Five-term course students study three A-Level subjects and may choose one of the subject combinations detailed below. The combinations offered by the College are carefully constructed to facilitate entry to a student’s proposed university course.
Teaching takes place in small groups of no more than eight students, enabling thorough and effective dissemination of subject topics with student feedback and discussion, whilst ensuring that individual understanding is complete, preparation work is satisfactory and writing skills are being mastered.
A-Level is taught in a clear and direct way, checking understanding by careful review and continual practice from previous examination questions in order to develop answering skills. Tutors ensure that students develop a good set of revision notes and materials and encourage systematic and well-focused revision. Time is allowed for an overall subject review as the examinations approach, to check recall and understanding and enable further practice with essential examination techniques.
The steady acquisition of sound study techniques, including reading skills, note-taking and essay writing can be carefully encouraged and monitored on a five-term course. The time frame also allows the student the opportunity to explore a subject in depth and develop a firm understanding of the material.
Where required, international students study IELTS (Academic) alongside their A-level subjects.
HOW STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM THE COURSE
The major benefit is that a student does not have to delay his or her education for nine months.
As with our two-year A-Level students, Oxford Sixth Form College provides our five-term A-Level students with advice, guidance and support for their university choices and applications alongside their tuition. It is also possible to prepare for university entrance test for UK and non-UK universities (for example UCAT, BMAT, and SAT). Interview preparation and feedback helps to build confidence for the real interviews.
SUBJECTS COMBINATIONS AVAILABLE
Maths, Chemistry, Biology (+ IELTS if required)
Maths, Economics, Business Studies (+ IELTS if required)
See our list of subjects here.
International students aged 15-17 may be interested in joining our Pre-A-Level programme in January. Find out more here.