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Pre-A Level

Prepare for success at A Level and University with AWS's Pre-A Level course

The Pre-A Level course is for students who don’t yet meet the entry requirements of our A level programme. If you haven’t completed GCSEs (UK exams taken at 16 years old), need to develop your fluency in English and/or your study skills, this is the course for you.

Successful students will graduate with an IELTS for UKVI English language qualification, a GCSE in Maths and a Level 2 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). More importantly, you’ll be ready for success on Akeley Wood School’s exciting A level programme.

You will...

Develop your...
Graduate with...
English as an Additional Language skillsIELTS for UKVI qualification
Mathematics skills GCSE Maths
Independent study skills, research and essay writingExtended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Level 2
Practical and critical skills in the Sciences and The Arts Subject-specific vocabulary and laboratory and studio techniques
Understanding of British CultureThe cultural knowledge to help you settle in and enjoy your life in England
Knowledge of your strengths and passions, to help refine your plans for A level, university, and your future careerA place on the Akeley Wood School A level programme

Course information

The course runs for one academic year, where you will start in September and graduate in the July.

The programme is led by Mr Houghton-Brown, our dedicated EAL Teacher, who has many years experience supporting our international students' progress and wellbeing.

The course is taught at our Akeley Wood House campus - which combines beautiful historic buildings with purpose-built contemporary facilities, artfully constructed to maintain the character of the stunning site.

English Entry Requirements

Entry Point/Route CEFR/IELTS Level
A level (Discursive subjects like humanities) B2 / 6.0
A level (Maths, Sciences, Arts) B2 / 5.5
Pre-A level B1 / 4.5 – 5.0
Ardmore pre-sessional leading into Pre-A level B1 / 4.0 (follow up interview in summer term)
Year 9 B2 / IELTS 5.5
Junior School B1 / IELTS 4.0

Key Information

If you don’t live with your parents, we can place you with a local family. You will have your own bedroom, enjoy homecooked meals, improve your English skills more quickly and develop the cultural knowledge to support your university applications.

Akeley Wood School’s parent company, Cognita Schools Ltd can sponsor you on a Child Student or Student visa.

Once you have registered, you will be interviewed (online) by Mr Houghton-Brown

£18,665 (includes lunch but exclusive of transport). International students are asked to pay a refundable deposit equal to one term’s fee (plus the academic year’s fees in full prior to visa sponsorship).

After completing their A levels at Akeley Wood School students have progressed to Oxbridge and prestigious Russell Group universities, including Loughborough, York and Warwick.