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Education in Great Britain. The Abbey College - A-Level


Education in Great Britain. The Abbey College - A-Level


Traditionally, A levels are the standard qualification required to obtain a place at a UK university. These days, most international students are faced with a choice of A levels or a Foundation course. Whilst A levels tend to be longer courses, they are also an independent qualification and offer a more in-depth preparation for university study. It is for this reason that it is only with A levels that certain courses (such as medicine) and certain universities (such as Oxford and Cambridge) can be accessed in the UK.

Course structure

Courses normally last five or six terms (11/2-2 years), and always finish in the month of June. As with our GCSE/lGCSE courses, this period may be longer if an English language preparatory course is required. Usually students take three or four AS (Advanced Subsidiary) levels at the end of the first year, and three A (Advanced) levels at the end of the course. The AS level marks obtained count towards the final A level mark.

Assessment for all AS/A level courses is on a modular basis. This means that students are periodically assessed during their course, rather than carrying the pressure of a single all-important final examination. This system therefore rewards those students who work consistently well throughout their course - a good habit which The Abbey does all it can to instil into its students.

Students taking A level courses typically attend five to six hours of lessons per subject each week. For all subjects at A level there is some emphasis placed on self-study and self-discipline, in preparation for university life. Students may have a number of private study periods within their timetable which can be spent in the extensive library or computer room. Typically students receive two hours of homework per weekday evening. Practical work in a specialised laboratories is a necessary requirement for science subjects.

IELTS or TOEFL English language lessons are studied where necessary.

Start dates: September and January.

Class size: Maximum 15. Average 6-7.

Fees (all inclusive) - GBP 16,950

Optional extras:

- Private bathroom - GBP 2,500
- extra if hostfamily required - GBP 3,000