Full Time & Part Time A Level Courses in Hertfordshire

You don't need to stay on at school to study A Levels. By studying A Levels at College you will be able to study in an adult environment with greater independence and benefit from excellent teaching from subject specialists.


Why study A levels at Oaklands College?

Oaklands is a popular choice for students wanting to study A Levels. The more adult environment of the College, combined with the dedicated and extensive range of educational and pastoral support means our students excel and are best prepared for their next step to university or career.  NB.  It is currently only possible to study one A Level alongside a vocational qualification.

For those students who want to add an A level subject alongside their BTEC/CACHE/UAL Level 3 course, we offer a range of courses where an A level of your choice can be added.

The courses available where you can also add an A level are:

  • Level 3 Art & Design
  • Level 3 Photography
  • Level 3 Sport Science
  • Level 3 Applied Science
  • Level 3 Engineering
  • Level 3 Health & Social Care

And you can add an A level from the following subjects:

  • English Language (St Albans)
  • Maths (Welwyn Garden City)
  • Psychology (St Albans and Welwyn Garden City)
  • Biology (St Albans)
  • Extend Project (EPQ) - only available in the 2nd year 

In addition, we provide detailed support to each of our students in preparing their personal statement, as well as preparing for interviews and other selection processes to ensure they are able to secure their first choice of university.

What grades will I need if I want to add an A Level to my study programme?

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above.
  • A Level Maths requires a minimum of GCSE Maths at Grade 7.
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    VALUE ADDED A LEVEL PROGRAMMES - The suite of ‘value-added’ courses provides an exciting mix of both traditional A Levels and non-A Levels but equivalent subjects so that students can benefit from both types of pedagogy (the linear A Level and modular BTEC/CACHE/UAL). Students taking these subjects will not only be supported to achieve good quality grade outcomes but also gain additional life skills that will prepare them for study and life at university, Apprenticeships and employment.

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    PASTORAL CARE - We offer a high level of support from our dedicated pastoral tutor team who will support you throughout the year, including preparing a personal statement, as well as preparing for interviews and other selection processes to ensure you are able to secure your first choice of university.

Non A Level Equivalent Qualifications

BTEC Diplomas provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and an alternative route to traditional GCSEs and A Levels. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

BTEC qualifications were established over 25 years ago and are recognised by universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. The table below shows how many UCAS points each of the most common qualifications are worth.

For example, an Extended Diploma at Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) equates to 3 A Levels at A*.

UCAS Tariff Points

For full and up-to-date details of individual qualification tariff points please see below.

A Level Subject Selection - A Guide for Applicants

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