The A Level Programme

NOA offers a wide range of A levels that provide students with the opportunity to gain qualifications across the full academic spectrum. For 2016/17 A levels will be available in the following subjects: 

 

Languages and Arts Science and Maths Business and Humanities
Art Biology Economics
Drama Physics Geography
English Language Chemistry History
English Literature Maths Psychology
French Further Maths R.E
Spanish Computing
Media
Music Tech / Music

  AS and A levels are the best known and most traditional qualifications offered by schools for 16-19 year olds. They’re designed for students to gain entry into university, but are also highly regarded by employers (for more information on universities and subject requirement for particular courses see p40 - 46 of The sixth form student / Parent Handbook.   AS and A levels tend to focus mainly on academic subjects and are primarily exam assessed qualifications, though most retain a coursework element.  

AS levels can be taken as a one year course (graded A to E and worth half an A level). AS levels are completed at the end of Year 12, and  A2 exams and coursework are completed at the end of Year 13. In the newly restructured A Level qualification AS and A Level are now separate qualifications. Most pupils take four subjects in Year 12. After AS level exams they may decide to drop one subject, depending on their grades, and continue with the other three in Year 13. 

Many of the top universities prefer students to complete four full A levels, although most accept applications from students with three. Students at NOA can choose to take three or four AS levels or to combine them with choices from the Career Zone or Football and Fitness Academy.   For more information on individual courses, download the Sixth Form Course Booklet. 


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