Explore the subjects available to find the right courses for you.
What to expect when taking A Levels?
We want to make sure that you have the best possible start to your advanced level studies. Some subjects have built a reputation for having a particularly big jump from GCSE to A Level; in other cases, it might be that you have never studied that specific subject before.
Our A Level pages give you detailed information about each subject area, to help you decide on the best combination of subjects for you. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your A Level choices at your course discussion once you’ve applied.
What can I do after A Levels?
Our outstanding A Level results enable students to successfully secure places to study at prestigious universities across the country, including Oxford, Cambridge and others in the Russell Group.
The majority of students secure places at their first choice university with popular destinations including the University of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Durham and Kings College London. We also have a number of students progress on to highly competitive Higher Apprenticeship programmes with some of the UK’s top companies.
Whichever destination you choose, KGV will offer you the support and knowledge you need to succeed and form a strong foundation on which to build your future.
Meet our A Level Students
Rachel Appleton, Chemistry A Level
Studying Chemistry at KGV has been fascinating, because it completely changes how you look at the world and makes you realised how complicated it is.
Grace Walters, English Language A Level
English Language at A Level is so different from GCSE – there’s more space for engaging with social topics, the history of writing, critical thinking and developing your own writing style.
Luke Jackson, Law A Level
The class discussions are really enjoyable and have enabled me to evaluate and analyse my own opinion, as well as better understand the view point of others
Dumitru Ulinici, Maths A Level
Maths is a subject that always keeps your thoughts moving and makes you look at things with a different perspective.
Rebecca Atherton, Fine Art A Level
Studying Art at KGV has taught me so many new techniques and really enabled me to grow as an artist.
Everything you need to know
We are often asked the following questions by all of our students...
How many A Levels can I choose?
The majority of students choose to study three A Level courses, however if you achieve all 7s or above at GCSE, you may request to study four subjects.
What are the entry requirements for A Levels?
The general entry requirements for A Levels are 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 5 and or including English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Some subjects have specific additional entry requirements so make sure you check out the individual subject pages as well.
Can I study A Levels and a BTEC?
Yes, and KGV is one of the few A Level providers locally that offers this. A mixed study programme allows you to choose three subjects from a combination of A Levels and BTEC A Level Equivalent Qualifications (two A Levels and one BTEC). This flexible programme means you can choose courses that match your strengths and interests.
If you choose to study a BTEC Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels, you would be studying that one subject full-time, rather than a combination of subjects, so this cannot be combined with A Levels. The Extended Diploma combines theory and practical experience in one specific sector.
Do I need English and maths GCSE?
To qualify for a study programme at KGV you must achieve at least a pass (grade 4) in either GCSE Maths or English. However to progress to university or employment you will need to have passed both. If when you join us you don’t have both, we will enrol you on the relevant GCSE course alongside your full-time study programme.
Can I change my A Level subject choices?
If you’ve already applied and changed your mind about the A Level subjects you want to study, contact our Admissions team and they will update your application. Don’t forget to check if there are any specific entry requirements for your chosen subjects.
What support do you offer?
To ensure that every student has the best chance of reaching their future potential, we offer a wealth of support, advice and guidance.
We are committed to providing all our students with an outstanding level of careers education, information, advice and guidance. Career services include:
- One to one appointments
- Drop in and group information sessions delivered by Higher Education and Employment professionals
- Employability workshops and application guidance sessions.
Whatever path you choose to take, our approachable and friendly staff have expertise in writing UCAS personal statements, CVs, cover letters and job applications and can provide you with professional and impartial advice to help guide you towards a successful career in your chosen field.
Our progress staff will support you during your time with us, to ensure you successfully complete your chosen programme of study. They’re here to give you guidance, challenge and encouragement, through monitoring your academic progress and attendance at all classes.
- You will attend group sessions once a week with your progress staff, who will deliver a programme of work related life skills.
- They also arrange 1:1 sessions with you to discuss your progress and will support and guide you with applications for university.
Our Learning Support team offer tailored support and guidance to ensure that every student has a positive and rewarding learning experience. Our Learning Support Team is made up of specialist Learning Support Tutors and Facilitators, who have a positive and proactive working relationship with all staff across the College. Our services include:
- A Learning Support Centre fully equipped with specialist facilities for students including computer software programmes along with access to surface tablets which are available on loan.
- Making individual exam arrangements for students where appropriate, dependent on identified need, evidence and application to the exam board.
We understand that happy students are successful students, and so if you ever have an issue with your course or a concern about your future, we are here to help.