The A Level Route (A) Including Applied A Levels and BTEC

In order to study on the A Level route, students must first meet our general matriculation requirement of 5 A*-C GCSEs including a grade 5 or above in English. The majority of the A Levels that we offer require that the students obtains a grade B (or grade 6) or above in the subject (or related subject) at GCSE in order to study it at A Level.

Our Sixth Form offers you a very wide range of A Levels.  Virtually every combination of subject will be considered and timetabled if possible, though on the odd occasion this may lead to some limited clashes between lessons.  It should be recognised that you may be Course Counselled against certain combinations if experience shows that these are unsuitable for Higher Education entrance or that they limit your chances of academic success.

When choosing your A Level subjects you should consider:

  • Your ability in, and potential for, the subject
  • Your interest in, and commitment to, the subject
  • The overall combination of subject choices
  • Any formal requirements for Higher Education courses

(Russell Group ‘Informed Choices’ publication may be helpful for those students

applying to these types of institutions:


A Levels by first teaching 2017 will be 2 year Linear courses, externally examined in June 2019

A Levels

For new Linear A Levels, students will sit internally assessed examination at the end of the Lower Sixth and mid-way through the Upper Sixth, before sitting external examinations at the end of the Upper Sixth. The points scored in all exams combine to produce an overall grade for the full A level which ranges in grades from A* to E. In the AES International Sixth Form most students are expected to continue with 4 A Levels where appropriate into the Upper Sixth to maintain breadth in our student’s studies which we believe is valued by universities and employers alike.

Vocational A Level Equivalents

The Vocational A Level Equivalent (VAE) courses currently offered are Business, Digital Media, Financial Studies and Science. They differ from traditional A Levels because they are offered for more vocational subjects and their assessment is usually more weighted towards coursework than examinations (further details of the split in assessment can be found on the following subject pages) and therefore suit students who like to be assessed in this way. Note that each VAE carries the same UCAS weighting as a traditional A Level.  We normally recommend that an individual student only takes one VAE due to the significant amount of coursework involved.

Why study Vocational A Level Equivalents?

  • VAE’s are respected by universities
  • Employers value the qualities that VAE students develop, including organisation, time management, presentation and research skills.
  • Students have an opportunity to try a range of activities, such as designing projects, organising events, investigating how professionals operate and working in teams.
  • VAE’s are flexible so they meet the needs of a wide range of students and can be taken with other qualifications such as traditional A Levels, IB Standards, or as part of the IBCP


We currently only offer one BTEC course which is a BTEC Subsidiary in Sport and Leisure and is equivalent to one A Level in terms of UCAS weighting. The main advantage of this course is that it is assessed solely through coursework and would therefore suit students who are interested in this particular subject area but prefer to be assessed in this manner.