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Our A Level Department is based at our St Albans Campus and offers a wide range of subjects designed to match your individual interests and ambitions. Our choice of A Level programmes allows you to mix and match your choices so that you can discover what you really want to do.

What are A Levels useful for?

  • If you are considering going to university, A Levels are useful preparation for study as you will be compoleting assignments, studying independently and focusing on your areas of interest.
  • If you don't want to continue into higher education, A levels allow you to keep your options open if you change your mind in the future
  • If you are considering going into employment, A levels can help you get the job you want as this is a qualification widely recognised by employers

Studying at the College is a stepping-stone to your future and an opportunity to gain skills you will use for the rest of your adult life. We encourage independent study and give our students greater independence to make the transition into adulthood a bit easier.

Our students benefit from excellent teaching in each of the subjects we offer. Our staff are specialists in their respective subjects and bring years of experience to the classroom.

We offer high level of tutor support, as well as support to complete your UCAS application if you want to go to university after completing your A Levels. You’re in good hands with Oaklands College as 98% of our students go into work or further study after completing our courses.

All of our full time programmes include opportunities to support and enhance your learning so that you can achieve your goals and ambitions. Students enrol on a Study Programme which individualises their education whilst enhancing their employability skills. A Study programme is made up of four key elements which includes a main vocational qualification, the development of English and maths through the study of GCSE’s or Functional Skills, Work-related learning through work experience and Personal Development Reviews.

Find a course to suit you from the list below. If you get stuck, don’t worry, help is at hand just call us on 01727 737000 or email info@oaklands.ac.uk

A Level Economics

In year one you'll focus on both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Microeconomics addresses issues such as: 'Why are house prices so high?', 'Can pollution effectively be controlled?' and 'Should governments interfere with markets?' The macroeconomic Issues covered include: 'Why does the Government have an inflation rate target and how does it affect us?', 'What happens to the economy if people decide to spend more?' and 'How are we affected by the Chinese and Indian economies?'

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

This is a two year course, but a pass in the first year exam will give you an accredited AS level, which can be used in job applications or university applications.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

Photography is the communication of ideas by visual means. Students will learn how to use digital and manual SLR cameras, process and print black and white films. Students will be encouraged to expereiment with a wide range of traditional techniques as well as digital technologies. Students will develop strong research skills building an extensive knowledge of historical and contemporary photographers. Ideas will be developed through sustained experimental investigations towards final outcomes. Students will be required to document all their work in writing and develop critical thinking by analysing imagery.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

The Fine Art course encourages personal, creative and imaginative approaches to Art and Design. The course has a four-unit structure over 2 years, maximising choice and flexibility. This allows students to follow a broad, open course, or to specialise in one preferred way of working. Students are encouraged to work with both traditional and new media to produce creative, conceptual responses to given themes. The main emphasis is on personal development and building up of a portfolio both for assessment and progression onto higher levels. This is achieved through the wider development of visual art skills including drawing, painting, photography, film & printing and gradual development of more individual ways of working. Discussion and analysis of both traditional and contemporary art plays an important role in the development of coursework and thereby encourages the students to broaden their subject knowledge and understanding.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

Media Studies will be challenging and fulfilling if you are interested in how the media works to shape attitudes, values and beliefs in society; the creation and manufacture of media texts, development of media industries and new media technologies

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 3Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus

You will develop your knowledge of poetry, prose and drama and also learn about the personal and cultural situations of the writers. You will discuss the meanings of texts and the way these meanings are formed, as well as the way authors use characters, plots, settings, time, etc. for effect.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

During the AS Level you will cover: The English Legal System; Here you will learn who works in the English Legal System - what Barristers, Solicitors and Judges actually do, as well as how they are trained. You will also look at how ordinary members of the public just like you, get to participate in the legal process. From there, you will be learning about the differences between civil and criminal law in England, by studying the different courts and looking at both criminal and civil procedures. This will include an in-depth look at what happens to an individual from the time of arrest, appearing in court and to being sentenced by the criminal courts, as well as studying what kind of matters are dealt with in the civil courts. You will also be introduced to alternatives to courts, such as tribunals and also study what kind of powers the Police has.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 3Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus

The content of AS Further Maths and A Level Further Maths is separated into five area: pure core, statistics, mechanics, discrete mathematics and additional pure mathematics. All learners must study the pure core and two of the optional areas. The optional areas on offer at Oakland’s College will be Statistics and either Mechanics or Discrete Mathematics

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 3Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus

Film Studies involves analysing film as a significant art form as well as understanding how film comments on attitudes within society. It will appeal to students who are passionate about film as well as those who want to explore the industry from an historical or cultural standpoint.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 3Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus

Psychology is the study of people: How they think, how they act, react and interact with each other. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour, thoughts and feelings, as well as the motivations that underlie behaviour. In a sense, you are already a psychologist: After all most of us are interested in what makes people tick, and how this understanding can help people with difficulties or solve problems in society. But Psychology is also a science. As part of the course, you will learn about the scientific methods psychologists use to observe, measure and analyse behaviour and mental processes.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

English Language explores how language works and the central role it plays in our everyday lives. You will explore a variety of language forms and genres. This could range from a script from Eastenders, an advert or a conversation in a bar to a short story, newspaper article or poem. You will also have the opportunity to produce your own pieces of original writing for particular purposes.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

The subject content for both A level Mathematics and AS level Mathematics is 100% prescribed by the Department for Education All students will be assessed on their knowledge of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Decision mathematics will no longer be an option at A Level Maths. The assessment objectives include a greater emphasis on modelling, problem-solving and reasoning, so some questions are likely to be longer with less scaffolding. This builds on the increase in problem-solving in GCSE Maths so students will be better prepared.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 3Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus

You will attend two lessons a week involving some taught aspects as well as independent work on your chosen project with on-going one to one support from your tutor. You will choose from four possible options: writing a dissertation, conducting a scientific field study, producing a dramatic performance or creating an artefact. Your choice of topic is up to you but you will need to ensure that there is some ethical element to your project (your teacher will help you with this)

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration24WK 24 weeks
  • 3Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus

A-Level History will give you the skills to look deeper into historical events and people. You will develop skills that will enable you to look at the cause and impact of events, examine continuity and change in society and consider the significance of individuals in History. You will also develop skills in evaluating historical evidence and critically examining historians' views. The course will allow you to develop a greater interest in the past.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

Government and Politics at AS level is the study of people, politics and participation of individuals in society as well as how modern Britain is governed. You will gain an overview of the workings of the British political system.

  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 3Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus