Highgrove Education

Study A Levels with us, full time

In the British education system, A levels are taught in UK academic years 12-13, which are the final two years of compulsory education in Key Stage 5. They are typically studied by pupils who are 16-18 years old. We teach Pearson Edexcel International A levels, which are recognised by leading universities and employers around the world.

Our full school programme includes as many A level subjects as you would like to study from our core subject list, along with enrollment in our rich extra-curricular programme, encompassing clubs, electives, assemblies, houses, one-to-one coaching and skills, and mindset classes.

Online A Levels

We offer the most popular A levels

Our core A level subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher: 

We additionally offer the Extended Project Qualification (‘EPQ’) course as part of our Elective Programme. 

We have an even wider selection of A levels available via our independent learning and tutoring programmes, including: 

You can top-up your A level studies from our core list with one or more of these subjects, or just study these subjects on their own. Please get in touch with our Admissions team to discuss your specific learning needs.

Online A Level Tuition

A teaching style that deepens learning

Our learning model is based upon best-practice evidence as to how pupils learn and understand concepts most effectively.

At A level, as well as teaching the content of the syllabus we support pupils to become adept independent learners. Pupils work independently through the self-study materials to learn the key concepts, and then attend live lessons to practise and apply what they have learnt.

Highgrove teachers additionally host regular Office Hours which pupils can drop into for individual support.

Engaging Lessons,

small class sizes:

Each A level subject has just over five hours of instruction every week and a teacher-marked homework. Our maximum class size at A level is 10 students. 

Online A Level Courses
Remote Learning A Level Courses

A flexible timetable

to meet every pupil's need

The independent self-study lessons can be studied at a time and pace that suits, as long as they are completed before the relevant live lesson. Our learning coaches help each pupil establish their own individualised timetable. 


The A level is an exam taken at the end of Year 13 by pupils in the UK. The International A level (IAL) is an international equivalent of the A level and it is taken by pupils in international schools studying the British curriculum. The curriculum includes international context and examples. International A levels are modular qualifications, meaning pupils take an AS level in the first year and then further modules to complete their full A level in the second year. The A level and IAL are both recognised by leading universities and employers throughout the world.
Yes, A levels and international A levels are both recognised as being of the same standard and quality, and both are accepted by leading universities and employers throughout the world.
Pupils wishing to join our A level programme take entrance tests to check that they will be able to thrive on our academically rigorous programmes. We look for potential as much as performance, and take into account the full picture of a pupil’s background and ability. GCSE grades can also be taken as evidence of ability at A level. Pupils are generally expected to achieve, or be predicted to achieve, at least a 7, 8 or 9 in the subjects they would like to continue at A level. Pupils progressing from GCSEs to A levels within Highgrove Online School can do so on the strength of their teacher’s recommendation and/or based on their GCSE performance.
Pupils who do not meet our entry requirements may wish to consider taking our pre-A level access course or academic tutoring with us prior to starting their programme.
The academic year for our online school runs from September to July. Pupils who wish to join after September will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to the amount of learning that has been missed and in cases of transfer from another school, the materials covered prior to joining us. In some cases, support from our tutoring team may be required to bridge any gaps.
Yes, International A levels can be studied in a traditional school, at home with a textbook, or at an online school. However, all pupils must take the exams in an approved examination centre. We help all our pupils find a suitable examination centre for every exam, wherever they are in the world.
All international A level exams must be taken at a Pearson Edexcel International approved examination centre. We help all our pupils find a suitable examination centre for every exam, wherever they are in the world.
No, not currently. All international A level exams must be taken at a Pearson Edexcel International approved examination centre. We help all our pupils find a suitable examination centre near their home for every exam.
Our SENDCo works closely and diligently with all of our pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). A key part of the SENDCo’s role is making sure that the examination centres provide the appropriate ‘access arrangements’, or accommodations, such as extra time or rest breaks, as permitted by the pupil’s recognised need(s). The same accommodations are made for pupils during internal tests and mock exams at the school.
For science subjects, the international A level exam does not require pupils to conduct experiments in a laboratory. Pupils are assessed on their understanding of practicals via a written examination. Highgrove Online School ensure pupils are fully prepared for these exams and have a deep understanding of the methodology and processes involved in practicals. Where appropriate, pupils are set homework to conduct some scientifical experiments within their home environment to get some hands-on practical experience.
We recommend that all full-time school pupils take at least three A levels. In addition, many pupils choose to complete an EPQ. Most universities will base their offers on at least three A levels. Pupils with high academic aspirations can take additional A levels, but we do not recommend studying more than five. It is more important to achieve the best grades possible, rather than study a large number of subjects.
For pupils wishing to continue their studies at university, it is important to ensure that the subjects you study at A level meet the entry requirements of the degree course that you wish to study. For example, most universities require Chemistry and/or Biology A levels to study a Medicine degree.
No. Examination fees are a separate cost and are charged by the examination centre. Speak to the Admissions team for more information about how we assist you to find a suitable exam centre.
A level exams can be taken in May/June. Pupils in our full-time school are prepared to sit the exams in the May/June exam window.
Yes, if you believe that your first grade does not accurately reflect your ability, you can resit the exam. We can help you prepare for the resit exam through one-to-one tuition or by joining our year 13 group classes.