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:
- English Literature
- Further Mathematics (taught only online)
- Art and Design
- Modern Greek (notes are offered to students)
- Information Technology
Although typical A-level courses at schools run over two years, we teach A-levels in one-year 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 school leaver). Second, our typical student is a better than average student who can complete one ot two A-levels in one year with high grades. Third, students who have already completed one or two A-levels before they apply to university can strengthen their prospects of receiving an offer by featuring the grades of their completed A-levels in their applications (otherwise they rely on predictions). 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. However, our Leoforos Kifisias centre at IMS offers the more conventional two year A-level courses. At present IMS teaches specific subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics, Biology and Physics A-level and completes the respective syllabus in 60 weeks spread over two years.
What makes our A-level programme different from that of conventional schools is that we incorporate a lot of exam preparation by teaching past-paper sessions right up to exam time. We are not happy to merely complete the syllabus and set a couple of mock exams; we want our students to be as well prepared as possible for the exams.
Our A-level programme is taught at Kifisia over a 32 week period starting around mid-September each year. At IMS premises in Leoforos Kifisias in Halandri the same course is taught over 60 weeks (two-year course). We offer live classes both in a physical class and online so students can study from home. Further Mathematics is offered only online. The courseload is a total of 4 teaching hours per subject per week shared between two class sessions. Class schedule is finalised in early September each year but, in general, classes start at 4:30 pm on weekdays and are organised so that each A-level is taught twice per week.
We believe that students should be happy with the teaching they receive. Unfortunately in most schools teaching is experienced only after students commit themselves to the school. What makes things worse is that students are obliged to take on the entire parcel of teachers that comes with a school. All this is now changing because with online classes you can switch from one shcool to another in a few seconds and, unlike the IB, you don't have to do all your A-levels at the same school. You can do your Maths with school A where you love the Maths teacher and your Chemistry with school B where the same applies. This is already true with private teaching. Nonetheless, by going private, students confuse personal attention (which they do get) with teaching quality (which they may not). Because we are confident that we are very good in what we do we offer trial online classes on a pay per class basis. This allows students to evaluate the teaching before committing themselves to the course.
Do you want to try us by joining one of our classes to see if they suit you? Get in touch with Popi Dimitroglou on +30-2105243600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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*. In the same year 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. In 2017 Manolis Angelidakis achieved A*A*A*A*A* in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and was admitted at Cambridge to study Chemical Engineering. In the same year Manolis won the Edexcel prize for scoring the highest grade in the world in Further Mathematics. In 2018 our students earned two country prizes by achieving the highest grade in International A-level Economics and the highest grade in International A-level Greek. In 2019 we had a student achieving A*A*A*A* at the age of 17 with one year to spare as she continued with her final year at school! Bearing in mind that we have a very small GCE programme with about 40 students studying A-levels with us each year, these outstanding achievements are indicative of the support we give our students. For more information contact Dr Valsamis on 210-5243600.
"The way the teaching was done, made me love subjects I never thought I would."
Management Studies, Surrey University