A Levels

A Levels

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Key Stage 5: A Level Tuition

Learning Brains Teaching Centres offers tuition for AS and A Level students in all subjects.

Whether you would like help ongoing support for GCE AS or A level study or help preparing for examinations, we can match you with a tutor in your area.

Taking the stress out of A Levels

Studying for AS and A Levels and preparing for exams is often stressful for students, and many feel additional pressure now it is no longer possible to sit AS or A2 exams in January.Learning Brains Tutoring provides tutoring in all AS and A Level subjects to help relieve the stress and pressure of studying for AS and A Levels. Our Teachers aim to provide enjoyable and engaging small group tuition that enables pupils to tackle AS and A Level coursework, homework, and exams with confidence.

Changing A Level syllabuses

Our AS and A Level tutors keep up to date with the changing curriculum and are familiar with the UK’s main AS and A Level exam board syllabuses, including:

  •        OCR
  •        Edexcel
  •        AQA
  •        WJEC

Tailored tuition

Our home tutors can visit pupils in their own home or students can attend the tutor’s home or another suitable agreed location.

We have AS and A Level tutors available for private tuition after school, during free periods, in school holidays and at weekends.

Our pupils are in charge of their lessons. Priorities and the pace of lessons are established in partnership with the student.

As requested, tutors will also liaise with teachers at school or college to plan private tuition that focuses on any gaps in understanding or subject areas that would benefit from additional time and support.

Enjoy making greater progress

Learning Brains teachers tailor their approach to each student’s individual needs, working at a pace with which the student is comfortable. This ensures tuition remains productive and stress free, the student is able to build up their confidence, and any difficulties or issues the student would like to target can be properly addressed.

Learning Brains  Tutoring is available for:

  •         AS and A Level coursework assistance
  •         Short-term or ongoing AS and A Level homework help
  •         Development of AS and A Level study skills
  •         AS and A2 exam revision and preparation
  •         AS and A2 retakes revision and preparation

AS and A2 exam preparation may include:

  •         exam coaching
  •         improving study skills and exam skills
  •         sitting mock and past AS and A2 exam papers

Every student is an individual

Many parents and students choose to enlist our support early on in AS and A Level courses to ensure students are able to make the best possible start to sixth form or college.

Other parents and students prefer to receive tutoring for specific coursework difficulties or while revising for AS or A2 exams.

Our teachers are able to provide assistance with all aspects of AS and A Levels, whether for short periods or for longer term support.

Contact us for tuition in all AS and A Level subjects, including:

  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English language and English literature
  • French, German, Italian, Spanish and other languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics and further mathematics
  • Physics

A Levels FAQ’s

What does A level stand for?

Short for Advanced Level, A-levels come after GCSEs. They usually focus on academic subjects, compared to vocational qualifications like BTECs and NVQs, which are more practical.

There are more than 40 different A-level subjects on offer – some will be subjects that you studied at GCSE and others may be new.

A-levels are very highly valued by employers and universities so they can open up lots of doors for further study and careers.

How do A-levels work?

Students choose which A-level subjects they want to study when they are doing their GCSEs, and admission is usually dependent on your GCSE grades.

You generally need at least five GCSEs (A*-C) to be able to take A-level subjects. Sometimes you also need a B or above at GCSE in the subject you want to take at A-level. But this varies depending on the school or college you’re going to so make sure you check this.

You usually study three or more A-levels over two years and they are assessed by a series of exams. You may also study AS-levels or vocational qualifications at the same time.

Where can I study A-level subjects?

You can study A-levels at school, sixth form or college. You don’t need to stay at the same school where you did your GCSEs. For more information have a look at our advice about options after GCSEs.

Most people study A-levels full-time but you can also study them part-time at some colleges.

What is the difference between an AS and A2?

AS levels are basically half an A-level – they give a broad understanding of a subject but not in as much detail.

Until recently, they counted towards a full A-level. So you’d get the AS level at the end of Year 12 and the A2 (the full A-level) at the end of Year 13.

But this has now changed.

From 2015 (2016/2017 for some subjects), AS levels are standalone courses, taken alongside – rather than as part of – A-levels.

This means that they won’t form part of an overall A-level grade. So you’ll only take your AS exams at the end of your first year and you’ll need to take all the exams for your A-levels at the end of the two-year course.

What does linear and modular course mean?

The new A-level will be linear, rather than modular. What does this mean? Well, you’ll take all the exams at the end of the two-year course rather than being assessed after each module.

There may be a bit of coursework but the majority of assessment will be through the exams at the very end of your course.

Are A-levels right for me?

If you enjoy academic learning and want to study a broad range of subjects, they could be the perfect option for you.

If you’re sure that want to go to university then they are worth considering. They are valued by universities, and also employers. Some universities require A-levels for certain courses and they won’t accept vocational qualifications.

They are good if you don’t know what you want to study at university, or you haven’t pinned down your ideal career yet because they keep a lot of options open.

A-levels help you keep your options open are worth thinking about if you know you want to go to university

A-level subjects are just one of many post-16 options and they are not for everyone.

If you already know exactly what career or trade you want to work in, you might find that a vocational qualification or apprenticeship is a better fit.

We know it’s not easy to figure this out, so to help – we’ll now take a look at the careers that you will need A-level subjects for.

Which careers require A-levels?

Some careers require you to have a degree, and you need to have certain A-levels to get a place on that degree.

Which has put together a handy guide showing what A-levels you need for the degree you want to study. Some common ones are:

  • Veterinary science – biology and one or two subjects from chemistry, maths or physics.
  • Medicine – chemistry, biology and either maths or physics.
  • English – English literature.
  • Computer science – maths.
  • Dentistry – chemistry, biology and either maths or physics.

If you have a certain degree or career in mind, it’s really important that you have a look at the entry requirements to those courses when choosing your A-level subjects so you don’t find yourself in a dilemma when applying.

If you have no idea what you want to do next, then you’re better off choosing a more general subject – read the next section to find out why.

Which A-levels give you the most options?

There are some A-levels that help you to keep your options open. These are known as facilitating subjects. They are:

The more of these you choose, the more university courses you will find are open to you when you start applying. So if you’re not set on a particular degree or career, it’s really worth looking at these facilitating A-level subjects.

Some universities have a list of A-level subjects they prefer . Some even actively discourage students from taking certain subjects.

How are A-levels different from GCSEs?

There’s quite a big leap in difficulty level between GCSE and A-level. A subject that you thought you’d got your head around will suddenly become a lot more complex!

You’ll be studying things in more detail and you’ll probably find that your teacher or tutor expects a lot more independent study and engagement from you than they did at GCSE level.

A-levels are just one option. Check out our article on vocational qualifications to find out about the other paths open to you.