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The majority of students studying an A Level programme will focus on three subjects over two years. We do accept applications for students to study four subjects but only where you can demonstrate a track record of academic high achievement. A Levels are mostly assessed by examinations at the end of year two.

We offer 30 different A Level subjects at Newcastle College and 22 at Stafford College.

Are A Levels for you?

This is you:

  • I prefer exams to coursework
  • I like theories, ideas and facts
  • I want to study three subjects
  • I'd like to go to university or get a higher apprenticeship
  • I'm happy to complete independent study and further research outside of the classroom

You'll need:

You will have high overall GCSEs with a minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, which should include three or more at grade 5 or above. Your GCSEs should include English and maths at a minimum of grade 4. Please note there are additional entry requirements for some subjects.

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Your study programme:

· Maths and English*

· Relevant work experience

Year 1

  • Three subjects with key assessments throughout the year

Year 2

  • Three subjects with end of year exams covering the content of study from both years.


*Maths and English are essential and mandatory components of all study programmes at the College to ensure that you are prepared for continuing education or employment. If you haven't yet achieved grades 9-4 (A*-C) in these important subjects you'll continue with timetabled maths and/or English sessions and retake appropriate qualifications alongside your main course.

New for 2019 2+1 programmes

It is possible to study a 2+1 programme and combine a BTEC Applied Certificate together with two A levels. An Applied Certificate carries the same UCAS points as one A Level.

Subjects include Applied Business, Applied Computing, Applied Law*, Applied Psychology*, Applied Science.

*Not available at Stafford College.

Please note: 2+1 programmes will run subject to viable numbers.

Is a 2+1 programme for you?

This is you:

  • I prefer exams to coursework
  • I like theories, ideas and facts
  • I want to study three subjects
  • I'd like to go to university or get a higher apprenticeship
  • I'm happy to complete independent study and further research outside of the classroom

You'll need:

You will have high overall GCSEs with a minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, which should include three or more at grade 5 or above. Your GCSEs should include English and maths at a minimum of grade 4.

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Your study programme:

· Maths and English*

· Relevant work experience

  • Applied Certificate (Year 1 and Year 2)
    • Four units over two years. The units will be practical and assessed through a combination of external assessment and coursework.
  • A Levels (Year 1)
    • Two subjects with key assessments throughout the year
  • A Levels (Year 2)
    • Two subjects with end of year exams covering the content of study from both years.


*Maths and English are essential and mandatory components of all study programmes at the College to ensure that you are prepared for continuing education or employment. If you haven't yet achieved grades 9-4 (A*-C) in these important subjects you'll continue with timetabled maths and/or English sessions and retake appropriate qualifications alongside your main course.

Our A Level pass rates stand at almost 98%

Honours Programme

If you're achieving great results at school and want to go on to study at a prestigious university after college, our Honours Programme will help you realise your potential. As part of the Honours Programme, you'll get involved in extra and super curricular activities and experiences to help build your confidence, develop your skills and knowledge and improve your chances of achieving a place at a world class university.

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