Still the most popular route to get into university in the UK; get the UCAS points you need to apply with our exciting new STEP, STRIVE, STRETCH programme.
A Levels are versatile, internationally-recognised qualifications that are highly valued by employers and can help you gain entry to any university in the country. All A Levels, no matter the subject, will help you improve your communication skills and prove that you are capable of high-level academic work. So, if you haven’t decided yet on a career or further study, A Levels can help you keep your options open. During your time with us, we’ll also help you to pursue additional activities, both to broaden your skills and prepare yourself for life after college. Some students take up internships during the summer.
Every year, hundreds of our students go on to study higher-level programmes at almost 100 top universities across the UK and abroad. Recently this has included 18 of the world-class Russell Group’s 24 universities, such as University of Oxford, Newcastle University and King’s College, London.
Our A Level subjects will enable you to progress with your future career. When you complete your programmes, you can go on to further study at university or college, progress directly onto employment, or undertake an apprenticeship.
You can select three subjects from our wide selection of options: Applied Law, Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Criminology, English Language and Literature, English Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Physical Education, Physics, Photography, Politics, Psychology, Sociology. We also offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as an additional option.
From September 2024, we will be introducing a 3-stage A Level pathway. Learners can progress to A Levels straight from their GCSEs or boost their grades with our STEP, STRETCH, STRIVE Programme with the ultimate aim of achieving their A Level goals.
We understand that there are many reasons why some students don’t achieve the GCSE grades that they hoped for. Our mission is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to achieve the results that they are capable of and successfully progress to their chosen pathway.
Students can choose from a broad range of A Level subjects and GCSE programmes that are designed to support the development of academic and personal skills to allow learners to step-up to the next level of study.
All of our pathways are underpinned by regular and varied employer engagement opportunities and experiences, achieved through partnership arrangements with local universities and employers.
STEP (GCSE) – especially for students wishing to retake GCSEs, with grades of mostly 3s. You can choose from several pathways to suit your interests and aspirations and progress to employment, an apprenticeship, or a range of courses, including A Levels.
Full-time, one-year programme.
STRIVE (GCSE Plus) – a new entry point for students with grades of mostly 4s. An opportunity to boost grades before A Levels or other level 3 courses It will comprise of mostly GCSEs at higher tier level, with the additional opportunity to experience Level 3 study with an AS Level. This course will equip learners with the academic skills and attributes required for success on a full A Level pathway, T Levels, or other higher-level study.
Full-time, one-year programme
STRETCH (A Level) – our A Level Programme for students with a minimum of 5 GCSE grade 5s, plus individual subject criteria. A broad range of options are available at each campus. Full-time, two-year programme.
A Level students at Activate Learning benefit from our strong links with leading universities, such as the University of Reading, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Winchester and Southampton Solent University.
In autumn each year, second year A Level students take part in UCAS Takeover Week, attending workshops run by universities on subjects such as personal statements and student finance. Each college also has a higher education fair, with over 40 university exhibitors on campus.
In addition to university links, employers such as Penningtons Manches, a leading law firm, provide legal masterclasses for A Level students.