Study A Levels in the UK at Highbury College Portsmouth.

The UK A level programme is an established and highly regarded academic route into Higher Education in the UK. A levels are valued by Universities and provide direct entry onto UK University programmes.

Typically 3 A level subjects are chosen from a range below and taught over a 2 year period of study. Each subject is taught for 4.5 hours per week over 36 weeks with additional supporting study programmes and tutorials on a wide variety of general topics.

Teaching includes small group work, project based learning and trips to Business or other related activities.

Subjects include:
  • Biology
  • Business studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English literature
  • English language & literature
  • Fine art
  • Geography
  • Government & politics
  • History
  • Interior design
  • Law
  • Maths
  • Further maths
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Economics.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19: £7,500 for 3 subjects (FREE for EEA Europeans - check entry requirements for more details)

More information about our A Level courses


This A Level provides you with an opportunity to develop and explore your own ideas in a variety of disciplines which could include painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, printmaking and photography.


An understanding of many contemporary issues, such as biotechnology and global warming, requires a grasp of fundamental biological ideas. This programme will develop your practical skills and broaden your understanding of concepts such as genetics, molecules and cells, reproduction and biodiversity.

Business Studies

Learn how to run a business. Planning and Financing a Business; Managing a Business: People; Operations Management; Marketing and Competition. Strategies for Success: Financial Strategies and Accounts; Marketing Strategies; Operations Strategies; HR Strategies; The Business Environment and Managing Change.


This A Level includes 6 modules. The 4 compulsory modules are in Pure Mathematics (C1 to C4) and the additional 2 modules are in Applied Mathematics (mechanics or statistics depending on student demand). The major topics in the Pure modules include algebraic techniques, trigonometry, differentiation and integration. Statistics includes the analysis and interpretation of data, presentation of data and probability.


The programme covers the study of both language and literature, with the opportunity to create your own texts. Language work analyses texts in different contexts and looks at the impact of specific devices and word choices, while literary work involves the study of three set texts and other pieces of writing including anthology pieces and unseen texts. There is a strong mix of the analytical and creative on this course.


You will learn about contract law, the civil law of tort and criminal law and understand the criminal justice system in the UK.


History provides the key to open the door to a wide range of careers from Civil Service, to Teaching and Lecturing. You will study two periods of history covering 100 years (one focusing on differing interpretations and one probing some aspects of the period in depth) and you will chose one topic to study in depth throughout your study.

Government & Politics

You will learn about the links between government and the public, the political parties, pressure groups and elections. You will also look at the concepts and institutions that underpin government and politics within the UK including the judiciary and the constitution.

During the second year of the course you will look at government and politics in the USA including voting behaviour, pressure groups, the constitution, US congress and the Supreme Court.


You will study everything from mechanics, electrical forces, and nuclear energy to theories of matter and the creation of the universe.


You will learn about a variety of behaviours, such as obedience in social psychology, cognitive abilities such as memory and the influence of brain structure and genetics. You will also study the research methods used to investigate behaviour and conduct your own investigations. To understand what data means, you will also learn about data analysis and you will study applied units about criminal psychology, environmental psychology and issues in mental health.


Sociology trains you to answer the ‘what’,‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about human societies. You will cover Education; Culture and Identity; Families; Health; Work, Poverty and Welfare; Beliefs in Society, Global Development; Media; Crime and Deviance; Stratification and Differentiation.

Additional support we offer…

  • Free English language lessons to help you further improve your English language level
  • Regular tutorials to discuss your progress and areas for improvement

Entry requirements

Age: Students must be over 16

Course length: 2 years

Start date: 3rd September 2019

English language entry requirements (IELTS for UKVI):

  • IELTS 5.5 with no component lower than 4.5 for a direct entry
  • IELTS 4.5 and 5.0 with no component lower than 4.0: A 4-week accelerated English language programme at the beginning of the course will be required (additional fees apply)

Academic entry requirements:

Five GCSE at Grade C or above in appropriate subjects or the equivalent in your education system. Contact our team to find out if your qualifications meet our entry requirements.

If you are a EEA (European Economic Area) student you will need to:

- have lived in the EEA for at least three years

- have proof that you are a EEA citizen. 

EEA countries include:   Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the UK.


Application process

Step 1 – Complete and return your Application Form

If you are doing a full-time National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3 (A-Level equivalent) or above course, please download and complete an application form (click here) and submit it to us together with the following supporting documents:

  • A copy of your academic qualification and transcripts
  • A copy of a recent secure English language test (SELT) certificate, e.g. an IELTS certificate for UK visa applications
  • A copy of your passport photopage
  • A copy of your current and previous UK visas if you have been to the UK before

If any of your documents are in a language other than English (including qualifications) you will need to provide an official translation.

You can submit your application form and supporting documents as attachments to or post to:
International Office, Highbury College, Tudor Crescent, Portsmouth, PO6 2SA, England

Step 2 – Await an offer letter

If you have met our entry requirements for your chosen course, we will send you a letter of acceptance confirming your place at the College and provide details about accommodation.

Step 3 – Payment

Full course fee payment is required before we issue you visa documentation, which you will need to apply for your visa. You will also need to pay a deposit of £350 if you require onsite accommodation.

Step 4 – Confirm your arrival

You should inform the College as soon as your visa has been issued and confirm your arrival date and time. This will enable us to ensure that your accommodation is ready for you when you arrive. If you require a taxi transfer from the airport this can be arranged for you at additional cost.