Students and teacher conducting practical in A-Level Chemistry class


Advanced Level courses, commonly known as ‘A-Levels’ are the most widely recognised qualification for entry to UK universities.

A Level Course durations and start dates

Duration Starts Every English Requirement (Minimum) Available At
18 month January IELTS 5.5 Abbey College Cambridge, DLD College London
2 year September IELTS 5.5 Abbey College Cambridge, DLD College London, Abbey College Manchester

Our pre-sessional programmes can be studied for either one, two or three terms prior to the two year A-Level programme.

Why study A-Levels?

Most students will take 3 or 4 A-Level subjects over the duration of their studies. A-Levels offer a good balance between specialisation and choice, allowing students to focus on the subjects that really interest them whilst
maintaining breadth of subject choice. A-Levels also offer progression to the widest range of universities and are the best option for students looking to join a top-ranked university.

How are they taught?

A-Level Course content is divided into different sections, and students are encouraged to develop and understand the links between them. Teaching is based upon developing an understanding of the key concepts and skills of the subject, with a strong focus on practical real-world application.


A-Levels have a linear structure, which means that all exams take place at the end of the final year. Most A Level subjects are assessed by written examination unless the course has a significant practical focus (such as in arts or the sciences).

A-Level Destinations 2021

Our A-Level students progressed to the following universities in 2021:

  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Durham University
  • University College London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Bath
  • Loughborough University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Southampton
  • King’s College London
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Liverpool
  • SOAS University of London
  • University of Reading
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Leicester
  • Quuen Mary, University of London
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Kent
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the Arts London
  • BIMM Institute
  • University of Buckingham
  • Concordia University (Canada)
  • University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Florida Institute of Technology (United States of America)
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Istituto Marangoni London
  • Kingston University
  • Luiss University (Rome)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Northumbria University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • University of Poznan (Poland)
  • Ravensbourne University London
  • University of Staffordshire
  • Three Rivers University (Canada)
  • UCLA (United States of America)
  • University of Westminster

Abbey DLD Group of Colleges A-Level Results 2021

A* A*-A A*-B A*-C A*-D A*-E
Abbey College Cambridge 43% 74% 93% 99% 100% 100%
DLD College London 26% 56% 82% 95% 99% 100%
Abbey College Manchester 34% 63% 86% 97% 99% 100%
All College Average 33% 63% 86% 97% 99% 100%

We offer the following A-Level subjects to choose from across our colleges.

Abbey College Cambridge DLD College London Abbey College Manchester
Accounting Yes
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Studies Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Classical Civilisation Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes
Drama Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes (Subject to Demand)
English Language Yes
Eglish Literature Yes Yes Yes
Film Studies Yes (Subject to Demand)
Further Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Geography Yes Yes Yes
Graphic Communication Yes
History Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Media Studies Yes
Music Yes (Subject to Demand)
Photography Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Politics Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Religions, Philosophy & Ethics Yes
Sociology Yes

The following langauge A Levels are available.

Abbey College Cambridge DLD College London Abbey College Manchester
Arabic Exam Only Exam Only
Chinese Exam Only Subject to Demand Exam Only
French Subject to Demand Subject to Demand
German Subject to Demand Subject to Demand
Italian Subject to Demand
Russian Subject to Demand Exam Only
Spanish Exam Only Subject to Demand Yes


Learn more about A-Levels and the UK Education system by watching our ‘Introduction to Studying and Boarding in the UK’ Webinar.