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Sixth Form

A-LEVELS – THE ESSENTIALS

A-levels are still the most popular route into university in the UK. A full-time A-level programme (three subjects) typically includes four hours of teaching per subject per week, plus tutorial and self-study time. 

In 2017, Activate Learning had a 96% overall A-level pass rate, with 68% gaining A*-C grades.  Last year our students went on to study at 11 of the 24 Russell Group Universities, including the University of Oxford and King's College London.

WHAT WILL I STUDY

We have organised our subjects into pathways. Each pathway relates to a career destination or discipline and provides a selection of A-level choices, helping you gain sufficient UCAS points for your university application.

You will be encouraged to broaden your skills with additional activities, such as joining the Learner Voice network, taking on summer internships and participating on student trips. We will help your UCAS application be as strong as possible, so that you can impress university admissions teams, as an academically able, well rounded, independent individual.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

"I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED ALL THE SUBJECTS. I HAVE LEARNT AND I MADE A LOT OF FRIENDS. NOW I KNOW HOW TO APPLY THE INFORMATION I HAVE LEARNT. I HOPE TO GO TO UNIVERSITY AND STUDY BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE. THIS COURSE HAS MADE ME MUCH MORE CONFIDENT.”

Francesca Dowding, AS Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and English

"I STUDIED A-LEVELS IN HISTORY, BUSINESS, ENGLISH LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE. I REALLY ENJOYED THE ADULT ENVIRONMENT, BEING IN A COLLEGE, AND LEARNING SKILLS SUCH AS REACHING A GOOD EVALUATION WITH EVIDENCE OR ANALYSING THE UNDERLYING MEANING OF THINGS. WHEN I FINISH THE COURSE, I’M PLANNING TO GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF READING TO STUDY LAW AND AM CONSIDERING A CAREER IN CORPORATE LAW."

Tristan Groves, A-levels

 

"MY TEACHERS WERE REALLY KNOWLEDGEABLE, HELPFUL AND ORGANISED. WE DID LOTS OF MOCK EXAMS, WHICH I LIKED. I ASKED EXTRA QUESTIONS AFTER CLASS AND THE TEACHERS WERE ALWAYS VERY PATIENT WITH ME."

Emma (Qi) Wang, A-levels

 

Please choose three A-level subjects from within one pathway. Please contact us to discuss any requests to mix subjects from different pathways.

Pathway Potential career destination options

Business

You can chose 3 subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Business studies
  • Computer science
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Maths 
  • Philosophy and Religious studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Accountancy, Business and Finance; Childhood Studies; English; Film and Media; History; Journalism; Creative Writing and PR; Law; Media; Performing Arts and Theatre; Project Management; Psychology and Occupational Therapy; Social Care; Sociology; Teaching; Tourism and Hospitality.

 

Maths at minimum B grade if Maths A-level selected

Communication

You can choose 3 subjects:

  • English language and literature
  • Geography
  • Government and politics
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy and religious studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Accountancy, Anthropology, Business and Finance, Criminology, Journalism, Creative Writing, PR, Management Studies, Performing Arts and Theatre, Politics, Project Management, Law (e.g. paralegal, solicitor, legal assistant, barrister)

 

English Language at minimum grade B

Science 

You can choose 3 subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Further maths
  • Geography
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Psychology
Anthropology; Astronomy, Audio equipment technician, Chemical technician, Electrician; Film and Video Editor; Food Science Technician, Food Scientist or Technologist, Forensic Science Technician, Occupational Health and  Safety Specialist, Physicist, Physics Teacher, Precision Instrument Repairer
Maths at minimum grade B, relevant science minimum grade B

Social Science

You can choose 3 subjects:

  • Business studies
  • English language and literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy and Religious studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Business and Finance; Childhood Studies; English; Film and Media; Journalism; Creative Writing and PR;  Media; Performing Arts and Theatre; Project Management; Psychology and Occupational Therapy; Social Care; Sociology; Teaching.


 

English Language at minimum grade B
 

* Facilitating subjects

Entry requirements: Six GCSEs at A-C  (7-4), including English language, maths, additional science, plus three other academic subjects.

Tutorial/ Extended Project Qualification is compulsory for all pathways.

COURSE LIST

NameAreaFT/PTLocation
Accounting A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Biology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Business Studies A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Chemistry A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
English Language and Literature A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Further Maths A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Geography A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
History A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Mathematics A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Physics A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Psychology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Religious Studies A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Sociology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading