Advanced Level Foundation

A-level quality. Fast track results.

The Kings Advanced Level Foundation is a uniquely rigorous one-year pre-university programme.

It is based on A-levels and assured by Pearson.

That is why it recognised by the broadest range of quality UK universities.

This course is for:
  • Academically able international students who want to progress to a very good UK university.
  • Students who have completed 11 to 12 years of school in their home country.

Based on A-levels

The Advanced Level Foundation course is rigorous and demanding because it compresses a 2-year A-level into one intensive year.

Programme content is tailored specifically to the needs of international — rather than UK — students.

A-level quality

The one-year Kings Advanced Level Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, assessed against A-levels and taught by A-level teachers, many of whom hold a PhD or equivalent.

A-level subject flexibility

You don’t need to take subjects in set combinations. Just like A-levels, you can combine subjects in any way to suit your strengths and interests.

A-level benchmarking

Typical university offers are based on their normal university A-level offers.

Typical A-level offer Typical Kings Foundation offer
A*A*A* 80%
AAA 75%
AAB 70%
ABB 65%
BBB 60%
CCC 50%

Exceptional university acceptance

Top UK universities understand the quality of the Advanced Level Foundation and the students who successfully complete it.

Universities accepting students from this programme include:

  • University of St Andrews (ranked 3)
  • Durham University (7)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (9)
  • University of Warwick (10)
  • University of Leeds (11)
  • University of Exeter (12)
  • University of Bath (13)
  • University of Birmingham (14)

Highly qualified teachers

All our teachers are subject specialists.

Many hold a second degree or equivalent qualification, including PhD.

Tailored support

You will have regular personal progress testing and skills analysis.

Dedicated professional care and support teams are always available for help and advice.

We use the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT 4) to assess your abilities, academic potential and learning preferences.

Very small classes

There are only 8 to 12 students per class on the Advanced Level Foundation programme.

This means plenty of one-to-one contact with your teacher.

Flexible Course length

Standard one-year programme: 3 terms
Extended Foundation: for international students who need additional English language support before the main programme. 4 terms.

Broad subject choice

Follow your passion.

We offer a wide range of subjects across sciences, arts and humanities. We will help you decide on the ones which are best for your intended undergraduate degree.

Pearson assured

The foundation programme is reviewed annually by Pearson and assured as preparation study in the UK.

Pearson assures the quality of the processes under-pinning the design, delivery, quality assurance and/or assessment of the organisation’s own education or training programme.

Pearson do not assure specific qualifications or programmes offered by Kings.

Independent advisory board

A dedicated, impartial Independent Advisory Board oversees the delivery and assessment of the programme.

The Board comprises extremely experienced education professionals with a range of specialist expertise:

Elisabeth Carter

Advisory Board member

  • MA (Oxon)
  • PGCE
  • Formerly Principal of Bosworth International College, Northampton

Robin Laidlaw

Advisory Board member

  • MA
  • Formerly Chief Executive and Chief Inspector, British Accreditation Council

Carole Thomson

Advisory Board member

  • Cert Ed
  • Formerly Head of Sixth Form, the Cleve School, Cheltenham and examiner for UCLES and OCR 

Paul Langman

Advisory Board member

  • Distinguished career at prestigious UK schools
  • MA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Cambridge

Take the next step: apply today

Applying for the Advanced Level Foundation is simple and quick.

If you meet our entry requirements and criteria, we will confirm your offer within 48 hours.