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A Levels

A group shot of A Level students standing outside High Pavement Sixth Form holding their exam results

A Levels are a great way to prepare for university-level study and we are here to guide you along the way. We will help you towards achieving the grades you need and choosing the university or institution that’s right for you.

You’ll be able to work and complete research in our fantastic Learning Centre. You’ll also meet with your tutor regularly to see how you’re progressing and to help keep your studies well on track.

Our Sixth Form is based at our High Pavement campus in Nottingham city centre. It is fully equipped with everything you need to succeed in your studies – a dedicated team of lecturers, well equipped classrooms, great facilities and strong links with our neighbour, Nottingham Trent University.

High Pavement is a mature and inspiring environment, where you’ll meet loads of fellow students who’ve also chosen A Levels. So, you’ll find you have lots of support and the opportunity to make new friends.

If you’d like to study in the city, in a supportive environment with excellent links to universities locally and nationally, High Pavement is the place for you.

Entry Requirements

General entry requirements

To study A Levels at High Pavement, you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C), although some courses do require at least a grade 6/B in specific subjects.

You can find out more about entry requirements for specific courses on each course page.

In most subjects, you will study AS Level in the first year and provided you achieve a grade D in your AS Level you will progress to the full A Level.

3 x A Levels

This route is best suited to students who have 5 or more GCSE grades 9-4 (including English Language and Maths).

Across the 2 years, you would study AS Level in the first year then provided you achieve a grade D in each of your AS Levels you will progress to the full A Levels.

You can choose to study Core Maths or the Extended Project alongside the 3 A Levels.

4 x A Levels

This route is available to students who have a minimum of 6 GCSEs grade 9-6 (including English Language and Maths).

You would need to discuss the course requirements with college management, and agree a Programme of Study designed to enable you to progress to the Higher Education course of your choice.

You will study AS Levels in the first year and provided you achieve a grade D, you will continue with 3 A Levels in the second year.

1 year Intensive A Level Programme

You will need:

  • One full A Level at grade C or above
  • Five or more GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language and Maths
  • To meet all subject specific entry requirements
  • To complete a successful interview

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer.

We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan.

You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer.

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4.

At your 'Get Ready for College' day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices.

Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.

Need more information?

For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at feadmissions@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk

Progression ideas for you

There are a number of options for our students after studying A Levels with us. These include:

  • University
  • Foundation Degrees
  • Employment
  • Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
  • Gap Year

Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in A Levels but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

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A Level Art and Design

If you’re creative, want to improve your artistic practice and enhance your technique in different artistic forms, this course is for you. Studying AS in the first year and progressing to the full A Level in the second is…

A Level Biology

Biology is the study of life in all of its forms. It combines problem solving with practical skills and enables you to develop a scientific approach to the subject. Biology complements arts, humanities and other science A Level subjects.

A Level Business

Whether you hope to one day be Chief Executive of a multi-national company or you’re looking for an A Level that will give you a great understanding of how the world works, Business Studies is a great option. The course…

A Level Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, properties and change of the matter which makes up our world. You will study the world right down to its molecular and atomic structure, discovering more about the elements and compounds which…

A Level Computer Science

If you like solving problems and have got a mathematical brain, an A Level in Computer Science may be just right for you.

A Level Economics

Economics affects everything around us, from the price we pay for a loaf of bread to the likelihood of people we know being in work.

A Level English Language

English language is a great course to study because it provides you with a great grounding in the skills you’ll need while you’re studying your other A Level courses, at university and in your chosen career. You’ll be someone who…

A Level English Language and Literature

Studying English Language and Literature together is a great combination and one which will equip you with a variety of transferable skills such as; writing, analysis, applying context and reading for meaning.

A Level English Literature

If you enjoy reading, theatre and film, this could be the course for you. You’ll explore different genres and styles of text from comedy to drama, which you will analyse and assess for their cultural and historical significance.

A Level Film Studies

Film is so much more than Saturday afternoon at the multiplex. Films give us a window into historical events, culture and changes in society from the early 20th century right up to today.

A Level Further Maths

This course will broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills you’ll develop while studying A Level Mathematics. You can access this course during your second year of A Levels.

A Level Geography

Geography is about the relationship between people and the environment, including topical issues such as climate change and globalisation. You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels and you will be able to select your chosen…

A Level History

Global history is filled with the fascinating, the gory, the unbelievable and the unthinkable. In this course you’ll look back at some of the major events and personalities which helped to shape the world we know today.

A Level Law

If you are passionate about learning about the way our country is operated from a legal perspective you will love this subject.

A Level Maths

If you have a talent for maths and enjoy solving challenging problems, this could be the course for you. It’s a subject where you’ll gain some great transferable skills such as problem solving, logic and analysing situations, which are…

A Level Media Studies

If you’re interested in how the media shapes our lives and want to create your own productions, this could be the course for you.

A Level Philosophy

This engaging and thought-provoking course helps you to ask and attempt to answer those fundamental questions we often ponder.

A Level Photography

Photography can be provocative, heart-warming, challenging and eye-opening. This course is for you if you want to understand how to use a camera to capture a shot or a scene perfectly in different conditions. You’ll be a creative person, who…

A Level Physical Education

This course examines the world of sport through theory into practice.

A Level Physics

This is a challenging but very rewarding course for anyone who enjoys problem solving and wants answers to the big questions about space, time, matter and energy.

A Level Politics

Democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, communism and republic – how do these political systems work and what impact do they have on citizens around the world?

A Level Psychology

Studying psychology will give you an amazing insight into the human mind, you’ll conduct research, discuss and debate the big issues with your fellow students and discover the work of the great pioneers in the field.

A Level Religious Studies

This course will offer a choice of different religions, ensuring you have a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints.

A Level Sociology

Sociology is the study of society and the communities which make up our world. Why do certain groups of people behave in a certain way, how does this impact their lives and who ultimately benefits?

A Level Spanish

This course covers how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change.

Core Maths (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is designed for students who are not studying A Level maths but want to continue learning some form of mathematics.

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