A-levels are pre-university qualifications which most English students complete during their last couple of years of school (known as sixth form) in order to gain admission to university. Foundation College is now offering A-level courses as a teaching and examination centre for Pearson (Edexcel), one of the largest examination boards offering these qualifications. A-levels are the most accepted university admission qualifications in the UK. We offer one-year courses in:
- Mathematics (taught in both Athens and Kifisia)
- Physics (taught in both Athens and Kifisia)
- Chemistry (taught in Athens)
- Biology (taught in Athens)
- Economics (taught at both Athens and Kifisia)
- Psychology (taught in Kifisia)
- Law (taught in Athens)
- History (taught in Athens)
- English Literature (taught in Athens)
- Further Mathematics (taught in Athens)
- Art and Design (taught in Athens)
- Modern Greek (notes are offered to students)
Although typical A-level courses run over two years, we prefer one-year courses for a number of reasons. First, A-levels are flexible. They are mere examinations so there is no prescribed teaching time. Students can opt to focus their effort to just one A-level in one year (which is a relatively easy goal) or to three A-levels in just one year (which is demanding but suits an academically strong 18 year old Greek school leaver). Second, we target better than average students most of who can complete A-levels in one year and get a high grade. Third, students who have already completed one or two A-levels before they submit their UCAS application can strengthen their prospects of receiving an offer by featuring the grades of their completed A-levels in their UCAS applications (otherwise they rely on the increasingly vague predictions of their final grades). This means that for anyone planning to do three A-levels over two years we prefer to teach them one plus two or two plus one rather than the (more conventional) three A-levels over the entire period.
What makes our A-level programme different from that of conventional schools is that we incorporate a major exam preparation component by teaching past-paper sessions right up to exam time including prep classes during holidays. If the last exam paper on, say Mathematics, is on 21 June, we run classes up to 20 June. This way we ensure that our students get the best grade possible. In short: we are not happy to merely complete the syllabus and set a couple of past-papers; we want our students to be as well prepared as possible for the exams.
Our A-level programme is taught at both Athens and Kifisia over a 32 week period starting around 1 October each year. Many subjects are taught at both sites but some are taught at just one of our sites - see above list for information about where we teach subjects. The courseload is between a total of 5 and 6 teaching hours per subject per week. Class schedule is finalised in early September each year but, in general, classes start at 4 pm on weekdays and are organised in two sessions per week.
Successes at A-levels: Although our A-levels programme is relatively young compared to our foundation programme, it has already achieved some outstanding results. In 2011, Giannis Stylianidis was admitted to study Mathematics at Hughes Hall College in Cambridge, while in 2012 we had offers for Economics from St Edmunds College, Cambridge and for Economics and Mathematics from the London School of Economics and Warwick. In 2013 Michael Sinoplis was admitted at Imperial College to study Mechanical Engineering. In 2014 Rafael Koumarianos achieved A*A*A* and was admitted to study Mathematics at Cambridge University, Stefanos Agiotakis achieved A*AAA and was admitted to study Medicine at Manchester University and Tim Evans achieved A*AAA and went to study Mechanical Engineering at Southampton. In 2015 Giorgos Terezakis was admitted to study Mathematics at Cambridge having achieved A*A*A* and Ioannis Kalamaras achieved A*A*A and was admitted to study Economics at Bath. He also won the Edexcel prize of the year 2015 by scoring the highest grade in the world in A-level Mathematics. Bearing in mind that we have a very small GCE programme with about 20 students each year, these outstanding achievements are indicative of the support we give our students. For more information contact Dr Valsamis on 210-5243600.
What our students say
"The way the teaching was done, made me love subjects I never thought I would."
Management Studies, Surrey University
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