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Study A levels in the UK

A levels offer an excellent route to study at high ranking UK universities, or to help students achieve their career aspirations. It is a highly regarded qualification, and can open a wide range of opportunities for further study in the UK.

Why study with CATS?


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What are A levels?

It is a focussed programme of study with a minimum of three subjects studied, usually over two years, with examinations in the second year. The CATS programme is specifically designed for motivated international students with additional English language support to help you excel in your studies. You can also study your A levels in one year on the CATS Fast-track programme if you want to progress to university sooner. 

Quick facts

  Two year A level course One year A level course
What are the requirements 15.5+ years 17+ years
What are the English language requirements? IELTS 5.0+ IELTS 5.5+
How long will I study each week? 22+ hours of study per week 30+ hours of study per week
Where can I study?

You can study at our colleges in CambridgeCanterbury and London

Study the fast-track programme in London
When can I start?

September (6 term) All schools
January (6 term) Canterbury
January (5 term) Cambridge & London 
April (5 term) London only

September (3 term)
How much does it cost? Visit our admissions section for our A level fees.

Reasons to choose a CATS College

Study in a top university city

Study your A levels in London, Cambridge or Canterbury, close to some of the UK's most prestigious universities.

Study in a top university city

Prepare for your dream career

Prepare for competitive careers such as Medicine, Business and Law on the CATS Key Professions programme (KPP).

Prepare for your dream career

Small class sizes and expert teachers

Get individual attention from your teachers, who are all teachers of English and include published authors and examiners.

Small class sizes and expert teachers

Conditional progression to a UK university

Receive one-to-one guidance to help you prepare your application for university. You can also take advantage of conditional progression to one of over 30 universities.

University application support
  • "I had incredibly good teachers. They gave me resources and extension questions to help me develop."
    Yuliia from Ukraine
    is pursuing a degree in Mathematics
    at the University of Cambridge
  • "The university support is absolutely amazing. The college encourage us, which is great"
    Hiya from Portugal
    studying A levels
    at CATS Cambridge
  • "CATS Colleges is in touch with a lot of universities, so I was able to talk to many representatives"
    Ozair from India
    is going to pursue a degree in Medicine
    at the University of Central Lancashire

Choosing your subjects

Choosing your A Level subjects is important as universities look for students that have good grades in the right subjects. As well as this, it’s important that you enjoy studying these subjects, as you will only get high grades in your A Levels if you are really interested in the work you are doing.

At CATS, we work with you to choose the best combination to help achieve your university and career aspirations.

Subjects you can study

How will I be assessed?

In some subjects, there is a small amount of assessment during the course, but mainly you will take formal exams at the end of the course. These exams are set by government approved examination boards across the whole of the UK, so the grades you get are highly valuable formal external qualifications.

A level results are published nationally in August each year. Grades range from A* (pronounced A-star) down to E.

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