A levels are highly regarded by universities around the world and A level study is designed for able, confident students who aspire to university study. At NatMatSci we have two programmes of study available: our A level programme (2 years) leading to A level certification and our Pre-A level programme (1 year) which builds students’ knowledge and skill base in Science, Mathematics and English, enabling students to join our A level programme the following year.
Our Pre-A level programme is designed to act as a foundation for our 2 Year A Level programme, specifically for our non-native English speakers.
During the year all students study:
The purpose of the Pre-A Level programme is to establish a firm foundation to enable students to thrive in the two-year A Level programme. During the course of the year they will work intensively on their English language skills, and develop the practical science skills necessary to excel in A Level study.
This is not a 1 Year IGCSE programme, but should instead be viewed as the first year in a 3 Year A Level programme, with the latter two years being the main A-level programme. Students will however sit appropriate accredited examinations in English (PET, FCE, IELTS) and FSMQ Additional Mathematics.
All Pre-A students are entered for a range of academic competitions including Olympiads and participate in the College enrichment programme, which includes our range of clubs and societies, academic and cultural visits to British heritage sites (e.g. Bletchley Park), and STEM activity days (e.g. Oxford Space Design.) Pre-A students also develop confidence, public speaking and leadership skills through our bespoke STEM Communication Programme.