A-level students in classroom

A-level Program

Kaplan International Colleges’s A-levels programs are recognised entry qualifications for all UK universities. 100% of A-level students from Kaplan International Colleges in the UK achieved entrance to top 20 universities in 2007 (as ranked by the Times Good University Guide 2008).

UK Secondary
& University Preparation Program
Hours/Week Levels Length Location
A Level Program
(UK High School)
Dependent on subjects chosen IELTS 5.5 or Equivalent 2 school years Ringwood High School - near Bournemouth, UK

Kaplan International Colleges’s A-Level program is provided in partnership with Ringwood High School, a well-established British high school in South England with an excellent academic reputation. During the last Government inspection of the school, the Chief Inspector, David Bell said that Ringwood School is "one of the most outstanding in the country".

We welcome international students to immerse themselves in British school life by studying alongside British students. There are nearly 300 students now in the 6th Form with up to 10% coming from overseas.  www.ringwood.hants.sch.uk

Ringwood offers A-Level students a proven combination of high-quality teaching and extra-curricular opportunities which provide the perfect platform for students to win places at Britain’s elite universities. Students are invited to study up to 5 A-levels, and make full use of the school’s fantastic learning, arts, music, drama, sports and social facilities. Accommodation is available throughout the program in a welcoming Kaplan International Colleges homestay.

Read the latest Ringwood School newsletter here!

Students will choose 3 or 4 academic subjects. A-level subjects at Ringwood include:
Art & Design                   History
Biology                           IT
Business Studies             Leisure
Chemistry                      Maths
Critical Thinking              Media
English                           Music
Environmental Science     Photography
French                            Physics
Geography                      Psychology
German                          Sociology
Government and Politics   Spanish
Graphics                         Theatre Studies

Pass rates: 99% pass rate at A level
                   50% gained A's & B's at A level

University Placement rate: 100% of students in 2007 (all placed at top 20 universities as ranked by The Times online rankings). 83 out of 85 students gained their first choice university. Download a recent placement list!

Quality assurance: Full University recognition. Regular inspections from the Government Quality Assurance Team: Ofsted. Download a summary of the recent report here.

Assessment methods: Coursework, Assignments and Exams

Specialist subject areas:
See options listed above

Course length:
Pre-sessional course: 4 weeks minimum
A-Levels:                  2 years

Recommended ages: 16-18

Entry requirements:
Academic – Evidence of successful high school completion up to the end of Year 10 (GCSE equivalent)
English – IELTS 5.5 (6.0 for certain subjects)

Hours of tuition per week:
Depends on subjects taken; however students can be sure of stimulating and challenging lessons with inspiring teachers using a variety of teaching methods to promote active learning and encourage students to think for themselves.

Course structure and content:
Minimum 4 weeks’ pre-sessional English course to increase students’ cultural awareness, English proficiency and, if necessary, IELTS grade. Students will also become accustomed to UK High School study methods.

After the pre-sessional course, students will start their A-level course at Ringwood High School. Students choose 3 or 4 academic subjects (options listed above) and study them for 2 years, bringing themselves up to the level required for UK university entry. A-level subjects can be combined to prepare students for any degree they choose. All UK universities recognise good A-level grades as a strong entry qualification.

Students will receive between 3 and 5 full A-Level certificates.

A-Level students have the personal support of 

  • A Ringwood tutor to monitor progress and help in any school matters

  • An expert University Placement Service advisor to answer any questions about the different universities in the UK, and ensure students’ applications are targeted to the best possible universities in each individual’s chosen degree subject 

  • A personal tutor from Kaplan International Colleges to discuss academic issues, offer language support and offer comfort for any personal issues where needed.

Email UPO.admissions@kaplanaspect.com to find out more about the A-Level program.

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