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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 2021/22 A levels will be available in the following subjects: 


Languages and Arts Science and Maths Business and Humanities
Art Biology Geography
English Language Physics History
Media Chemistry Psychology


We run Non-linear A Levels, which mean students take examinations at the end of Y13. This allows for a breadth of learning on each course to be delivered in a linear way, which allows for subjects to teach specifications in more depth. We do offer some AS levels on some courses (Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Physics) but these are for students who are studying 4 A Levels at the end of the first year and will look to drop down to 3.
We ask students to select x 4 subjects in their first year which allows for more flexibility over the year. At the end of Y12, students drop down to x 3 courses; students will be assessed and monitored throughout the year to ensure they are on track. In exceptional circumstances, students may continue with 4 into their second year, but many top universities only require three good A Levels, not four. It is important to recognise that the second year of A Levels are even more demanding and challenging than the first, so we do not advise this unless a university clearly stipulates that it requires 4 A levels for entry onto a course.

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