A-level: The classic route to any University

A level coursesA level London

A-levels are ideal for...

Students who have a clear idea of the subject they want to study at university. You can choose from a wide range of subjects including science, maths, languages, humanities and the arts. A-levels will allow you to gain entry to the most competitive degree courses at the full range of UK universities.

  • 3-5 subjects studied over two years (5- or 3- term fast-track available for students with very high English Language levels and excellent academic achievements)
  • Assessment takes place via coursework or exams for individual modules throughout the course
  • The most widely studied pre-university qualification in the UK
  • Provides access to the widest choice of universities
  • Unique Medic Programme for students interested in Medicine, Veterinary Studies or Dentistry

About the course...

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The classic route to any University, recognised around the world

A levels are an internationally recognised qualification for university entrance.

They provide in-depth study of your chosen subjects, wherever possible relating them to events happening in the real world. You will learn how to analyse information, think independently and write critically informed and interesting essays.

If you study A-levels at one of our Colleges, we will ensure you achieve your very best in order to gain a place on the most competitive degrees.

Specialist coaching from academic experts

Our students benefit from a comprehensive study support package, including University / Careers advice and assistance with university applications.

We also offer specialist training for:

  • Oxbridge: students applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • Medicine (BMAT & UKCAT): students applying to study Medicine and preparing for BMAT and UKCAT exams can apply to join our exclusive Medics Programme
  • USA (SATS): students applying to US Universities and preparing for SATS exams

Our results are 32% above the national average

Our small class sizes mean that every student receives individual attention from our highly qualified staff, many of whom have university doctorates and are experts in their field.

This year we are celebrating our best ever results, with students progressing to The Times Top 10 University destinations, including Cambridge, Warwick, Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Durham, York.

Find out more about our student results

We offer a unique study support programme

Our students succeed because of the unique study support we provide, including:

  • Individual Learning plans: tailored specifically for you, targets are set and achievements measured to ensure you achieve your goals and reach your potential.
  • Free and unlimited supplementary tuition: if you work hard, we will provide as much supplementary tuition as you may need – absolutely free.
  • Weekly assessment and monitoring: a key to your success, these enable you to check your learning, revisit areas of weakness and be completely comfortable under exam situations.
  • Carefully balanced teaching methods: you will benefit from a variety of carefully chosen teaching methods that match your preferred learning style and prepare you for university.
  • Regular meetings with your Personal Tutor: for regular support and guidance.
  • Extensive support network: extending beyond the academic, our network of support and extra-curricular activities build independent, mature and caring individuals.

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Subject options

Top universities look for particular combinations of subjects at A-level and ensuring you make the right choices can be challenging. We have tailor-made a number of pathways to ensure that you choose the right subjects for your future, based on your strengths and interests. You can find out more about some subjects by clicking on the links in the table.

CATS College Cambridge

6 terms: Choose 4 subjects for the first year, three of which will usually be studied in the second year.
5 terms: Choose 3 subjects.

Study Pathway Cambridge - 6 terms
September start
Cambridge - 5 terms
January start
Medicine Biology, Physics, Chemistry,  Maths, #Further Maths Biology ; Chemistry Plus one subject from Physics or Maths
Business, Finance and Economics

Business:
Business Studies, Maths, Accounting Computing, a Humanities subject
Finance & Economics:
Economics, Maths, #Further Maths, Physics, a Humanities subject

Maths, Economics, Business Studies, Accounting, Sociology

Life Sciences Biology, Maths, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology


Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths

Engineering Physics, Maths, Chemistry, #Further Maths or Computing Maths, Physics Plus one subject from  Chemistry, Biology or Geography
Humanities, Law and Social Sciences History, Geography or Psychology, English Literature, History of Art, Sociology, Politics N/A
Media Photography, English Literature plus two Humanities subjects N/A
Art & Design
Sociology, History of Art or Photography or Business Studies, Fine Art N/A
Architecture Maths, Physics, Fine Art, #Further Maths or Geography N/A
Languages Students are encouraged to study their native language at A level (Chinese, German, Spanish, French and Russian offered) N/A

# Only students who achieve an A in A2 Maths in year 1 can progress onto Further Maths in year 2
Students are also encouraged to study their native language at A level.
Language options may be limited to AS level only. Other foreign languages may be provided by arrangement.

Please note that not all subjects are available every year - please check on application.

CATS College Canterbury

 

6 terms: Choose 4 subjects some native languages are available as additional 4th or 5th subjects.

Study Pathway Canterbury
  - 6 terms September Start
Canterbury -
6 terms January Start
Medicine Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths
Business, Finance and Economics Business Studies, Law, Computing, Maths, Economics, Psychology, Geography or Sociology
Business Studies, Maths, Computing, Futher Maths, Accounting
Business Studies, Law, Computing, Maths, Economics
Business Studies, Maths, Computing, Further Maths

 
Life Sciences Biology, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Computing
Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Biology, Environmental Systems & Society*
Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Computing or Psychology or Environmental Systens & Societies*
Engineering Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Maths, Further Maths Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Maths, Further Maths
Humanities, Law and Social Sciences Law, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, History, Economics, Media Law, Psychology, Economics, Media, Geography, Sociology
Media N/A N/A
Fashion, Art & Design and Performing Arts N/A N/A
Architecture Physics, Maths, Psychology (Art Portfolio supplementary module - non examined) Physics, Maths, Psychology (Art Portfolio supplementary module - non examined)
Linguistics Mandarin, Cantonese, German, Russian, others on request, Non-exam native language and literature - in up to 20 languages On request - exam and non exam

* IB subject, available as a 4th A Level subject.


Students are also encouraged to study their native language at A level.
Language options may be limited to AS level only. Other foreign languages may be provided by arrangement.
Please note that not all subjects are available every year - please check on application.

CATS College London

6 terms: Choose 4 subjects for the first year, three of which will usually be studied in the second year.
5 terms: Choose 3 subjects for the first year, a 4th subject will be taken at AS level in the 2nd year
3 terms: Choose 3 subjects.

Study Pathway London- 6 terms September Start London - 5 terms January Start London - 3 terms September Start
Medicine Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths Biology, Chemistry ; Physics or Maths or Psychology Biology, Chemistry Plus one subject from Physics, Maths or Geography
Business, Finance and Economics Maths, #Further Maths, Economics, Business Studies, Accounting ; Politics, Psychology Sociology Maths ; Economics ; Business Studies ; Accounting ; Psychology ; Sociology Maths, Economics, Business Studies, Accounting, Politics, Psychology, Sociology
Life Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Plus two subjects from Physics or Maths or #Further Maths or Psychology Biology ; Chemistry ; Maths PLUS 4th subject in 2nd Year
  Psychology or Physics
Biology and Chemistry Plus one subject from Maths, Physics or Geography
Engineering Physics,Maths, #Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry Maths ; Physics ;
Chemistry or Biology
Maths, Physics Plus Chemistry or Biology
Humanities, Law and Social Sciences Politics, Psychology, Economics, Geography, History, Sociology, French, Maths Psychology ; Economics ; Geography ; History ; Sociology or French Politics, Psychology, Economics, Geography, History, Sociology, French, Spanish or Italian
Media Photography, Fine Art plus 2 Humanities subjects N/A N/A
Fashion, Art & Design and Performing Arts Fine Art, Business Studies,; Photography, Psychology Fine Art ; Photography ; Business Studies Fine Art, Photography, Business Studies
Architecture Fine Art, Physics, Maths, #Further Maths Fine Art ; Physics ; Maths Fine Art, Physics, Maths
Linguistics Chinese** , French , German** ; Italian, Japanese**, Russian**, Spanish French ; Spanish ; Italian French, German, Spanish, Italian

**Examination only no tuition provided
# Only students who achieve an A in A2 Maths in year 1 can progress onto Further Maths in year 2
Students are also encouraged to study their native language at A level.
Language options may be limited to AS level only. Other foreign languages may be provided by arrangement.


Please note that not all subjects are available every year - please check on application.


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Sample timetable 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.00-10.00 Biology Self-directed Study Further Maths (pure) Spanish Economics
10.00-11.00 Biology Self-directed Study Further Maths (Statistics) Spanish Economics
11.15-12.15 Self-directed Study Self-directed Study Spanish Further Maths (Pure) Further Maths (Pure)
12.15-13.15
Self-directed Study Self-directed Study Spanish Further Maths (Statistics) Further Maths (Statistics)
13.15-14.15 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14.15-15.15 Economics Further Maths (Pure) Self-directed Study Spanish Self-directed Study
15.30-16.30 Personal Development Economics Self-directed Study Further Maths (Statistics) Self-directed Study
16.30-17.30 Philosophy Economics Spanish Surgery Biology Biology

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Programme assessment

Students will be assessed to determine suitability for their enrolled programme. We reserve the right to counsel them to a more appropriate programme as a result of this initial assessment. Click here to find out more.

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Course details

Age: 16+ (17+ for 3 term option)
Hours in class: 25-30 hours per week
Academic level: 11 years of schooling completed with a good school report
(nb. 3 term fast-track requires top grades at GCSE/equivalent and a formal interview)
English Language level: IELTS 5.0+  
(3-term fast-track min IELTS 5.5+)
Course length:

  Cambridge London Canterbury
6 terms Yes Yes Yes
5 terms Yes Yes No
3 terms  No Yes  No

Entry dates:

  September January
6 terms Cambridge
Canterbury
London
Canterbury
5 terms ---- Cambridge
London
3 terms London ----

Subject information

Find out more about the subjects available at our colleges using the links below:

Or click here to download subject descriptions for all subjects

Altyn Sencheva

Altyn Sincheva
Altyn, from Kazakhstan, achieved AAABC in 2010, and progressed to Durham University studying Economics and Business. 

"CATS College has a friendly atmosphere, the teachers are lovely and so helpful. They're always available to help if you need it.

There's a great international community here and there's always something happening. It's an exciting place to be!"

Head of Humanities

Christabel Dunmar

Christabel Dunbar
Christabel is Head of Humanities at CATS College Canterbury.

"I am responsible for the students and teachers in the Humanities department, with its 8 subjects, and teach Media Studies at A-level and Foundation. I also advise students on their UCAS applications and help them to reach their chosen university destinations.

I'm from Scotland originally and graduated from Edinburgh University. I love writing and reading, and my favourite interests are cooking, movies, games and animation."


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