A level is the gold standard of the British education system and our abilities, even in later life, are still measured against it.
Distance learning students are among the most successful candidates on A level courses. This is partly because of the flexibility of the examination system, but also because studying an A level course requires a broader understanding of a subject, and distance learning is particularly suited to this approach.
Currently each A level distance learning course is split into two parts: the AS level and the A2 level. Whilst both cover approximately the same amount of material, the conceptually harder elements will nearly always be found at A2. Generally, AS and A2 will each consist of two units. Each unit leads to a corresponding exam. Examinations are normally in June each year.
In 2014 the Government announced changes to the A level system which will come into effect for students who are aiming to sit their examination from June 2017 onwards. For examinations in 2017 students are expected to sit the AS and the A2 in the same examination sitting in order to get an A level grade.
Oxford Open Learning is in the process of writing brand new A level courses for students who wish to sit their examination in June 2017
Most of Oxford Open Learning’s A level courses recommend a textbook which students will need to obtain. By clicking on any of the book images in this web site, you will be taken to the relevant page on the Amazon (books) website where you can order a copy of the text. Some courses include access to online resources.
In addition to the recommended text, each course includes a list of suggested further reading to help you achieve a broader understanding of your subject.
Most of our A level courses have special entry requirements. Please see individual subject information for further details. In general, Oxford Open Learning will enrol students onto our A level courses with a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. Ideally, these will include English and Maths.