AS & A Levels (Year 12, Year 13)

Ages 16 -19 – can be younger if they have top grades at GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent

Cambridge A Levels are the gold standard in advanced level school-age education. Accepted and cherished in most countries around the globe, A levels unlock University education to millions of ambitious students who will power the economies of the future.

At Cambridge Home School students receive a world-class preparation for University. In addition to unrivalled teachers and cutting-edge technology, top grades and UCAS applications, our students receive targeted careers advice and interview techniques, putting them ahead of their contemporaries for the limited opportunities available at top Universities. These advantages are invaluable within the highly competitive environment of the very best Universities. Cambridge Home School is able to offer these advantages because we have the very best world-class Masters/PhD qualified subject specialist teachers. They know how to achieve academically better than anyone else, and now your child can learn from the best.

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A Levels FAQs

Yes. Most students want to progress on to University courses and you can’t do this unless you have good A level results, usually a B grade or higher in the subject you want to study at Degree Level

No it is a pass. However, this grade is unlikely to be accepted by most top universities. This is because competition for places at top universities is high and the university will choose the students with the higher grades. Sometimes students attain lower grades for understandable reasons outside of their ability; illness, bereavement etc. In such mitigating circumstances universities may allow students with a D grade to join their Degree programmes. This is because such students are capable of higher grades but were disadvantaged by their personal circumstances. Clearly, getting a higher grade is what you must strive for as there is no guarantee that mitigating circumstances will be considered.

Yes, most CHS students attain A or B grades which is not the case in most schools. This exceptional academic success is due to the school selecting very motivated, academically able students and providing them with  small classes, highly qualified subject-specialist teachers and powerful technology that targets the higher grades. We also offer dedicated success coaches, inspirational speakers, counsellors and super supportive peer groups and clubs. Additionally, there is no bullying or unwanted distractions which clearly helps.

In most case no. This is because the objective is to attain the highest possible grade in the 3 A Levels you need to be accepted by a University. Studying a fourth A Level may distract you from this task or reduce your availability of time and energy resulting in lower grades. It is always best to enquire at your intended university. A fourth A grade in an A Level that is valued by the university could potentially tip the balance in your favour where many students are applying for the same course and have 3 A grades. In general though – study 3 and get A grades if you can! Remember you can retake exams if you don’t get the requisite grades and are prepared to delay your application to University. Young people often say delaying a year is a disaster but it really isn’t as the most important thing is getting on to the best university programme you can and if you have to delay by a year then it is worth the wait. Never opt for lower ranked university just because they accept lower grades and you can join this year – it will very likely harm your career opportunities – your university is on your CV for life!

It largely depends on the course you want to study but at least 2 A grades are required with the third A Level being no lower than a B. This doesn’t guarantee access to some more competitive courses where 3 A grades may be required. Entry to Oxford and Cambridge will also require success at interview and students are advised to begin preparation for the interview when studying IGCSEs. Research the particular course you want to apply to, find out what oxbridge students studied at both IGCSE and A Level and do the same. Many top schools like Cambridge Home School Online employ specialist companies to properly prepare their students for entry into elite universities.

Absolutely! The school has specialist teachers who are highly experienced at supporting students with applications to Elite universities in the UK and USA. Many of our teachers studied at elite universities and so know exactly what is required. That said, no school can guarantee that a student will be successful at obtaining a place at an elite university; it largely depends on the student and the number of available places at the university. For any chance of success the best students need the best schools to prepare them long before an application is made. Cambridge Home School Online is the best choice if you wish to enrol at the world’s elite universities because small classes of 8 to 10 highly motivated, selectec pupils taught by Masters/PhD qualified subject-specialist teachers in technologically supeiror environments is unavailable in most schools; online or conventional. For this reason pupils must apply well in advance of the year they wish to study – competion for places is fierce!

Most A grade students study c. 20 hours per week with lots of breaks to avoid burnout and to maintain a high level of interest and focus. Some students can attain top grades with fewer hours study, some need more. Too much time spent studying is as damaging as too little so find a balance that feels comfortable to you. Don’t leave things to the last minute. Despite the claims that some students do better under pressure it’s best to avoid unnecessary pressure. Plan your days with plenty of breaks and downtime between focused and purposeful study.

Yes of course. Your Cambridge Home School teachers will properly prepare you for the UCAS application process; deadlines, advice on personal statements, and they will write a first-class academic reference for you. All of this is required to give you the best chance of obtaining a cherished place at your preferred university. Only the best sixth forms at the best schools like Cambridge Home School Online have the experience and expertise to optimise your chance of success. This is why it is crucial to join the right sixth form at the best school.

Cambridge Home School Online students live in countries all over the world. Because of this they need an examination centre that is local to them. You can book your examinations at your nearest Cambridge examination centre or with the British Council – the school would be delighted to help you locate your nearest centre. Alternatively, you can Google ‘Cambridge examination centre and your location or use the Cambridge international examinations search tool here https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/why-choose-us/find-a-cambridge-school/

Silly question. What is easy for one student may be hard for another. A left-brainer (a student strong in logic based subjects like maths, physics etc.) may struggle with the arts while a right-brainer (a student strong in creative intuitive subjects like the arts and humanities) may struggle with maths and physics. All A Levels are advanced courses and are regarded as equal within the qualifications framework of equivalence. Also, if you are looking for an easy A Level you may be out of luck. Your choice of subjects should be those required by your intended university – not because others may regard then as easy.

If we consider that a grade E is technically a pass then very few students will fail their A Levels. However, for students wanting to progress to Degree courses at universities (most students) any grade lower than C might be considered a fail to the student. While passing first time at grade C or above is desirable it is possible to retake examinations so it is more a matter of time. It won’t ruin your life if you don’t attain a grade C or higher first time – just retake them if you can afford the time. While a delay of 6 months to a year can seem disastrous to young people it really isn’t in the grand scheme of life. So do your best to prepare for your examinations but if things don’t go your way first time then just try again. A common reason for poor examination performance is stress, so find a healthy balance of determination and perspective.

 

Strictly speaking you don’t need any to be a Doctor because you need a medical degree. However, to get onto a medical degree you typically need A Levels in English, maths, biology and/or Chemistry – check with your intended university before choosing your subjects.

Strictly speaking you don’t need any to be a Lawyer because you need a Law degree. However, to get onto a Law degree you need A Levels in English, history or geography and a language (Latin, Spanish, Italian are popular as much legal text is derived from Latin and global perspectives are important). Do check with your intended university before choosing your subjects. Also, most universities expect good IGCSE/GCSE grades in at least English Language and maths.

 

A good approach is to consider what you want to be doing with your life as an adult. Choosing your  future career(s) is never easy at any age but as a teenager it is even harder as you are too young to have experienced careers. For those lucky few who know exactly what they want do for a career it’s relatively easy to choose the right subjects; just work backwards from the degree you will need. If you need A Levels in the sciences to be a Doctor then make sure you choose them at A Level. You must make sure that you choose the A Levels that you will need to get onto the Degree that you need to get into the career you want.

Going through life as an uneducated person is tougher than it is if you are educated – simple! Regardless of whether you want to go to university or not you will need a job and employers need people who can read, write and speak to a reasonable level. For the better paid more responsible careers a higher level of proficiency is required – typically that level is A level. Also, bear in mind that as we grow older we want more from our lives, particularly when we have a family of our own. To provide a good standard of living for you and your family you will typically need a well paid career. To get this career you will probably need a degree and to get onto a degree you will need A Levels or equivalent vocational qualifications.

 It is a fact that for most people in the world the opportunity to study A Levels is a distant dream. To have the opportunity to study many diverse subjects is a gift that we too often take for granted. If we push to one side grades (not easy to do we know) then study can be wonderful. As we study we grow and become better people; we learn tolerance, understanding, empathy, sympathy and kindness from learning about the triumphs and mistakes of peoples and their relationship to their world. Also, learning with our peers in classrooms can provide us with life-long cherished friendships and memories of laughter and fun. Curiosity is as natural as breathing and there is nothing more fun than satisfying curiosity.