A Levels (Levels 5 & 6) – Online A Levels at Cambridge Home School
A Levels stand as the pinnacle of advanced-level education and are globally recognised as a gateway to higher education and career advancement. Our online A Levels are meticulously designed to empower ambitious students worldwide, shaping the thought leaders and industry pioneers of tomorrow.
Entry to A Levels at Our A Level Online School
Cambridge Home School offers a unique, level-based approach to education through our A Level online courses, enabling students to access the curriculum based on their current level of potential attainment, rather than age constraints. Levels 5 and 6 at our A Level online school correspond to Year 12 and Year 13 within the UK education system.
Students typically enter Level 5 at the age of 16, prior to the commencement of the Autumn term. However, we provide the flexibility for academically gifted students to begin their A Level journey as young as age 12, in subjects where they demonstrate exceptional aptitude.
To gain entry into our online A Levels, students are generally expected to have secured at least a Level 7 (in the UK grading system) or Grade A in their (I)GCSE exams for their chosen A Level subject. In certain instances, it may be feasible to enrol in an A Level online course without prior GCSE study in that particular subject. For more specifics on this, kindly refer to the A Level subject guides available below.
Our A Level online courses are thoughtfully structured to provide a rigorous academic environment, setting students on a trajectory towards university education and influential roles in various sectors. Choose to elevate your education with the A Level online courses at Cambridge Home School.
The usual pathway for students to study A Levels at Cambridge Home School Online, is to continue on from our Level 4 GCSE year. We have individual A Level options meetings with Success Coaches in the Spring term. However, your child may also apply to our sixth form as an external applicant using the button below.
Your child will be expected to join the school in the Autumn term at the start of Level 5. Joining the school in Level 6 could present significant disruption to your child’s learning given that they may have studied a different exam board, specification, topics and texts from that which their peers are covering. If you wish to make an in-year application in exceptional circumstances, please contact our Deputy Head, Mr Boylan on email@example.com to discuss, and each case will be considered on the basis of what we consider to be in the best interests of your child.
At Cambridge Home School, your child will be guided in their A Level course choices prior to joining Level 5. It is essential that chosen courses build on their key strengths and optimise their opportunity for success when making their applications to higher education establishments. We advise that students commit to a maximum of three A Level courses. The exception will be for those students who may need to take A Level Further Maths for certain competitive courses, or for those that have achieved a top set of GCSE results, showing an exceptional capacity to balance their academic studies with extra-curricular commitments.
Please see below for the A Level subjects currently on offer at CHS. Please click here to inform us of A Level subjects that may interest you, so that we can make plans to accommodate your choices.
A Levels are taught as a two-year course at CHS Online, with the expectation that students will sit all of their A Level papers at the end of their Level 6 year in May/June. We do not teach towards the AS courses, in line with top UK schools. Almost all of our courses are with the Cambridge International Examination Board (CAIE). Please note that it is your responsibility to register your child for their exams with a local exam centre; we offer additional guidance in this process. Nearly all of our A Level subjects are available to international students, but a few may require that you sit your examinations in the UK – see individual subject pages below.
At Cambridge Home School, we provide unrivalled teaching, using cutting-edge technology, to help students attain the highest grades. Your child will be assigned a timetable providing them with their own teacher and class, meeting 4 hours per week for each subject.
Online lessons afford a degree of precision, collaboration, discussion and immediate feedback that is hard to match in a physical school, with almost all of our A Level classes having numbers of around 6 students or less. Your child will have classes, resources, assignments and grades set on Microsoft Teams. Missed lessons due to illness or other commitments can be caught up on by using our recordings, but we do have an expectation that all students attend their full timetable of lessons.
Students sit end of year assessments in Level 5, which will allow us to make initial predicted grades for university applications. In Level 6, mock assessments will take place in November of Autumn term and March of Spring term. These formal assessments take place under timed exam conditions on Teams.
Reports are issued at the end of Autumn term and Summer term for L5 and after Mock assessments in Autumn Term and Spring term for L6. Reports comprise of grades and comments from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher. Parents are encouraged to use their family Teams account to keep in dialogue with teachers regarding students’ progress throughout the year, which allows for the unique benefit of more detailed tracking than an annual parent consultation evening.
See our 2023 schedule of assessment and reporting below:
As a registered UCAS centre, we are with your child every step of the way as they apply for universities, from crafting the perfect personal statement, to targeted help with interview technique. We aim to put our students ahead of their contemporaries for the limited opportunities available at top universities, with an Oxbridge programme in sixth form and an academic society, ‘Think Big’, that has been paving the way in excellence for Level 1 students upwards.
For students wishing to apply to Higher education courses outside of the UK, we can also support applications to a wide range of universities overseas. 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 put your child on the right track to excellent academic achievement better than anyone else.
We run a broad and varied programme of extra-curricular clubs that we expect sixth formers to take an active part in, often taking the lead. Sixth formers benefit from a speaker’s programme of experts in various fields, please see our Autumn 2022 programmehere. Our very own publication, the Cambridge Collective is also chaired and produced by sixth formers,click hereto read the Autumn edition.
Sixth formers are expected to take on positions of responsibility in our prefect team or head pupil team covering everything from house captain, library prefect, charities work to mentoring younger students. We emphasise the community aspect of our school and believe that this not only enhances our students’ experience of their education, but also their mental health and well-being.
Sixth Form students will also be timetabled a weekly session with their own Success Coach, which is a chance for your child to have: one-to-one guidance on how to maximise their experience of online teaching; an opportunity to introduce topics for discussion that will enrich their mental and physical well-being in line with the UK PSHE curriculum; the chance to meet other students their age in a more informal setting and access a teacher-mentor, who is there to support their journey at CHS and beyond. In Level 5 and Level 6, coaching for Higher Education applications will also take place in Success Coach sessions.
What makes A Levels online at Cambridge Home School unique?
Cambridge Home School offers A Levels that are globally valued and respected, providing an advanced level of school-age education. The institution offers level-based learning, so your child can access the curriculum based on their ability rather than their age.
How do students get admitted to online A Level classes at Cambridge Home School?
Admission is typically for students who are 16 years old at the start of the Autumn term and entering Level 5, which is equivalent to Year 12 in the UK system. Exceptional students can start A Levels as young as age 12. Students should generally have at least a Level 7 or Grade A in their (I)GCSE exams for the A Level subjects they choose.
What guidance is provided for A Level course selection?
Before joining Level 5, students receive guidance in choosing their A Level subjects. The school ensures that students pick courses that play to their strengths and set them up for success in higher education.
What is the recommended number of online high school A Level courses to take?
Students are advised to commit to a maximum of three A Level courses. Exceptions are made for students who demonstrate an exceptional ability to balance academics with extracurricular activities, or those who need A Level Further Maths for competitive courses.
How does Cambridge Home School assist with university applications?
Cambridge Home School is a registered UCAS centre and provides comprehensive support for university applications. This includes help with crafting personal statements and interview techniques. They even have specific programmes for students aiming for top universities like Oxbridge.
Places are extremely limited each year and the school only selects the most motivated, goal driven candidates. Submit your application today to give yourself the best opportunity to join Cambridge Home School’s Sixth Form.