Standard GCE A-levels programmes are two years long and completed in in F.6 and F.7 (Year 12-13) in the UK. The 1-Year A-levels is an intensive version of that and is designed to provide a second chance to tackle public exams for students who have completed secondary school education. Some British students would take the 1-Year A-levels, to re-take their A-levels and get better grades. For Hong Kong students, it’s a chance to tackle another widely-recognized public exam. If students have the ambitions and believe that they’re capable of getting into one of the world’s finest universities (such as Oxbridge, LSE and alike) or one of the highly competitive subjects (such as Medicine, Actuarial Science, Law, etc), then the 1-Year A-levels programme will be a good option to consider!
1-Year A-levels programmes are usually run by independent colleges, in which students will normally only study English and three A-level subjects. As these programmes are usually designed to enable high-achiving students to achieve more, many of them come with extra support for Oxbridge and medical school application, as well as interview training, to enhance students’ chances of getting in some of the most competive universities and courses.
- Worldwide reputation of the qualification enables students to apply to all top universities in most countries including universities in Hong Kong.
- Many of these programmes come with extra support for Oxbridge and medical school application, as well as interview training, to enhance students’ chances of getting in some of the most competive universities and courses.
Examples of Schools & Colleges that Offer 1-Year A-levels
- Abbey College Manchester
- Bellerby College Brighton
- CATS College Cambridge
- CATS College Canterbury
- CATS College London
- John Leggott College
- Kings College Bournemouth
- Kings College Brighton
- Kings College Oxford
- Kings College London
- MPW Sixth Form College (Birmingham)
- MPW Sixth Form College (Cambridge)
- MPW Sixth Form College (London)
- National Mathematics & Science College
Comparison of HKDSE & GCE A-levels
|Number of Candidates||50,809||218,398|
|% of 5 in HKDSE or A in GCE AL or above||12.3%||44.7%*|
|% of 555, 3As or above||N/A||27.5%*|
|University places:Graduates ratio||1:3.4
About 3-4 candidates compete for one place in universities.
|Supply outnumbers demand. Everyone gets in.|
|* Using information of boarding school candidates only. National achievement of A and 3As are 26.9% and 13.4% respectively. Source: HKEAA – 2020, DfE (UK) – 2019|
|Annual Tuition & Accommodation Cost|
|Independent Day School||HK$190K - 390K|
|State College||HK$150K - 280K|
|Independent College||HK$250K - 630K|
|Hong Kong Student||Mainland Chinese Student|
|Completed F.6||Completed F.6|
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