A Level Distance Learning and Home Study

A level distance learning student studying from home

A level Featured Courses

Books piled on top of one another next to a pen pot with a red book in front titled `English'.

English Literature A level

English Literature A level, as well as being a fascinating and enjoyable subject, will prepare you well for both university and the world of work.

View Course

Cibeles museo with Spanish flags outside

Spanish A level

Studying any Modern Foreign Language is fun, but it is also very attractive to employers worldwide.

View Course

Each of our A level distance learning courses are divided into two parts: the AS level and the A2 level. While both contain roughly the same amount of learning material, the conceptually more difficult elements will almost always be at A2 level.

Generally, AS and A2 will each include two units and an exam. Examinations take place each summer.

Student planning to complete their examination in 2017 and beyond will sit one terminal examination.  See A level changes.

 


In 2014, the Government announced alterations to A levels which will impact students who aim to sit their examinations from June 2017 onwards. From 2017, candidates are required to take both the AS and the A2 examinations in the same sitting to achieve an A level grade.

Oxford Open Learning is in the process of devising brand new A level courses for candidates aiming to sit their examinations in June 2017. Please see our New A levels page for further details.


For the majority of our A level courses, we recommend a set textbook to help students with their studying. By clicking on any of the book images on this web site, you will be taken to the relevant page on the Amazon (books) website where you can order a hard copy of the text. Some courses also include access to exclusive online resources.

In addition to the recommended text, each course includes a list of suggested further reading to help you gain a broader understanding of your subject.


The majority of our A level courses have specific entry requirements. For further information, please see individual subject details. Oxford Open Learning will usually permit entry onto our A level courses with a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. Preferably, these will include English and Maths.

A level FAQs

An A level is the gold standard of British Further Education.  Normally studied over two years by 16 to 18 year olds, the A level is the most common qualification needed to progress onto university.

You will sit your examination as a Private Candidate at a local school, college or tutorial centre.  Entering for examinations is your responsibility but our Exams team and Student Advisers will give you all the help you need.

This is very hard to answer as the definition of an online course is very broad and encompasses everything from an unsupported multiple choice testing engine to a virtual environment which attempts to carry out lectures via webcast.

We prefer to provide you with hard copies of your course materials, as we feel this is still the best way to study these academic subjects.

Each of Oxford Open Learning Trust’s courses are supported by a fully qualified, subject specific tutor to whom you will be able to submit your assignments and questions electronically by email. More importantly you will have a free phone contact number for your tutor, so you can receive personalised tuition on a one to one basis.

However the assignments from some of our courses, such as the Maths A level assignments, are much better done using pen and paper and so can be sent to your tutor either using the post or by scanning and emailing.

 

AS levels can be taken as a stand-alone qualification, or if you are studying towards an older syllabus, it can also make up the first part of a full A level course. The syllabus you are studying dictates whether you will be able to carry your AS mark over to count towards your full A level. If you are studying a new syllabus A level you will need to sit all of your exams in one sitting and so will not be able to carry over your AS grades.

If you are unsure about your subject or syllabus then please feel free to speak to one of our student advisers.

Different students will study for different lengths of time. Traditionally an A level is studied over roughly two years, however some students will feel that they have the time to study a course over one year or slightly less. Whilst we do enrol all throughout the year we do have deadlines in place for enrolling towards specific exam dates. To study an A level requires an average total of 700 study hours so it is important that you are realistic about the amount of time you can set aside for your studies in a given time frame.

What our students think…

The sense of achievement my two A grades have given me, the self confidence boost and sheer happiness were definitely worth the effort! I am only half way through to getting my A levels and getting A’s in my AS French and Spanish, means I may some day actually apply for a job as a teacher of foreign languages. And if I don’t, I have still bettered myself!

Gabriella Beard, French and Spanish AS level

Gabriella Bird, Successful Oxford Open Learning A level Student

Stay Connected