A-levels at Petroc


In order to study A-levels, you will need to hold a minimum of GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 alongside three other GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. Some A-level subjects will require higher grades in certain areas and these will be discussed with you at interview. 

A-levels are studied over two years which enables you to become immersed in your chosen subjects, studying them in depth.  This level of study prepares you for the academic rigours of university and could also prepare you for a Level 6 work-related degree or Higher Level Apprenticeship. 

There are almost 30 A-level subjects for you to choose from; all are designed to inspire and challenge you whilst also preparing you for university and your future career.

Our pass rate is currently above 99% and puts us well above the national average. Over half of our A-levels are achieved at grade A*, A or B.

You can choose up to three A-levels from our selection of courses. When you plan your programme think carefully about the subjects you enjoy most, your academic strengths and the subjects which will complement each other and will help to you when you are applying for university courses or future jobs. You will be interviewed by an A-level expert who will be able to guide you in your subject choices and combinations. You may also wish to join our Academic Academy to further support your studies.

There will be at least two exams per subject at the of of your second year. Regular assessments through the two years will take place to assess progress and full mock exams will also be undertaken.

How do we support you?

Our courses are taught by specialist A-level staff who will help you to gain the best results you possibly can. Your personal tutor is a really important part of your life at Petroc. They will have regular meetings with you to ensure that you have settled in well and are making good progress in all your subjects. You will also have group tutorials where you study topics such as study skills, time management and planning your future.

Is it true that A-levels have changed?

Yes, they have! From 2015 A-levels moved to a linear structure which means that only the exams taken at the end of the second year will count towards the full A-level. You will continue to choose four subjects in your first year and will decide at the end of year 1 which subjects you want to study in year 2. For a more detailed explanation of A-level changes click here.

You will be taught a minimum of four-and-a-half hours a week for each of your subjects. You will also have tutorial time and some time when you can get involved in Sport and enrichment activities. Most students will also have about six hours a week of study periods – good preparation for studying at university!

Most of our students progress to university after A-levels. Your tutor will be expert in the UCAS process and will help you with planning your university choices, completing your application and writing your personal statement. Our students have gone on to study everything for Anthropology to Zoology all over the UK and we have a great track record in helping our students get into top universities and competitive courses. Make sure you ask about our Medics academy and Vetmed academy if you are hoping to become a doctor or a vet.

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You can search for your course online or find it in our interactive prospectus

Applying for a course is just like shopping online. Search for the A-level you are looking for, hit the green 'Apply Now' button and the course will be added to your basket. Don't be worried about using the back button or leaving the site. Once you've added a course to your basket it will stay there until you decide to complete your application. When you're basket is full you will be asked to proceed to the course checkout where you will fill out our online application form.