The intensive one year courses are designed for students who have studied A-Levels elsewhere, but have not achieved the grade they need and wish to retake.

The intensive one year course is also designed for students who have the clear ability to fast track their studies and complete A-Levels within one year rather than two years. Such students will ordinarily have completed the equivalent of UK AS-levels or above in their home country or are UK students who need to study a new A-Level to enable them to pursue a change in career or academic direction. Students wanting to complete their qualifications in a year will need to demonstrate that they have the academic skills and, especially in sciences and mathematics, prior knowledge. Evidence of success at GCSE or equivalent is an important pre-requisite. Students proposing to undertake a one-year A-Level should consider their choice carefully. The natural sciences, for example, involve a considerable amount of material, building on students’ prior knowledge of the subject, whereas most social science subjects do not necessarily assume any prior knowledge.


Students retaking A-Levels over one year and students studying A-Levels for the first time over one year are taught in separate classes.

The intensive course runs from September with students taking their examinations in the following June.

A-Level retake students are able to retake the same examination board and specification previously studied although in some cases it might be prudent to switch to a different examination board specification.

Students studying A-Levels for the first time over one year will study the examination boards’ specifications as taught to the College’s two-year students.

A one-year A-Level course is particularly intensive covering the material for a two-year course in one year. It requires a strict adherence to the precise subject specification. Topics are taught in broad outline, with a subsequent review to check and develop understanding.


Students will be supported in their subject learning. It is intensive, but we monitor progress carefully to ensure that the students are able to take advantage of the fast-pace of the course.  The college also provides advice, guidance and support for university choices and applications. It is also possible to prepare for university entrance test for UK and non-UK universities (for example UKCAT, BMAT, and SAT). Interview preparation and feedback helps to build confidence for the real interviews.


Subjects available to study on the One-Year A-Level course are:

Business; Economics

Art & Design (Fine Art, Photography, Textiles)

Film Studies; Politics; Sociology; Psychology; History of Art; Law; ​Philosophy*; History*; Religious Studies*; Geography*; English Literature*

English Language; French; Spanish;

Mathematics; Further Mathematics; Computer Science; Physics; Chemistry; Biology

*Available for Retakes only

See a full list of A-Level subjects here.