A-Level program in Ashbourne College
The "golden standard" of British education, the most common in the United Kingdom is the university preparation program for students aged 16-18. At Ashbourne College, the course is represented by a yearly intensity, a classical two-year course and a combined program of 1.5 years.
The curriculum includes a small number of disciplines - 3-5 for the entire academic period. In the first year (AS-level), each subject is given no less than 4-6 hours, in the second year this time increases to 8 hours weekly. The pupils choose their subjects independently, relying on their own interests and priorities, the requirements of the chosen faculty, university and specialty:
- Classical civilizations
- English literature
- Media and Media Studies
- Higher mathematics
- Foreign languages: French, German, Latin, Japanese, Spanish
- Art and design
- Law basics
- Government and politics
- Theatrical studies and dramatic art
- Computational Mathematics
- Graphic design
- Computer science
- The photo
- Cinema Science
- History of art
- Religious studies
Native speakers of some foreign languages - Russian, Arabic, Italian, Chinese - can also take the A-level exams in their native language, despite the fact that courses in these areas are not taught. In addition, there is an opportunity to work on a personal research, scientific project Extended project, which can significantly increase the chances of successful enrollment.
A unique feature of Ashbourne College is the period of "Easter recurrence" (Easter Revision). This special intensive classes in the spring on vacation in mini-groups (up to 5 people, 3 weeks for 15 hours of classes weekly). It is an opportunity to repeat the material as thoroughly as possible, to deepen and update your knowledge and sharpen practical skills, to pay more attention to the most difficult topics and fill the gaps in studying. Teaching is conducted, among other things, on the basis of exam materials from previous years: so children can get acquainted with the structure and features of A-level testing, learn how to properly allocate their time, to prepare a response form, and to receive individual advice on further development and studying.
After the completion of the first year (AS), students also have the opportunity to retake the exams if they are dissatisfied with their scores (but it is worthwhile to clarify how well the university chooses to take retakes).
Academic year in college is divided into traditional trimester for Britain:
- Autumn: September 4-December 15 (vacation from October 23 to 27)
- Spring: January 2 - March 23 (vacation February 12-16)
- Year old: April 16-May 25
- "Easter repetition" (Easter revision): March 23-30, April 2-6, April 9-13.