The kings Advanced
level foundation


The Kings Advanced Level Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to leading UK universitie

Key facts

  • Start Dates: 6 September 2021
  • Course length: 1 Academic Years (3 terms)
  • Entry requirements:
    Completed 11-12 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent) or the Albanian Klasa 11.
    Minimum IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in Reading and Writing) or equivalent
  • Class size range: 4 - 12
  • Lessons:35 lessons per week, including complementary subjects, plus 90 minutes per day homework
  • Minimum age: 16.5

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain UK national university entrance qualification
  • Raise English to university level
  • Develop study skills required at degree level
  • Develop specialist subject expertise

Why choose the Advanced Level Foundation?

Kings works with a wide range of university partners. This is because our Advanced Level Foundation is based on, and linked to, A-levels. It is therefore automatically recognised and accepted by the widest choice of universities. Out of the Top 25 universities listed in the Times and Sunday Times 2019 rankings, 20 have accepted Kings Foundation students.

Pearson assured

The Kings Advanced Level Foundation has Pearson assured status, awarded after an annual Pearson audit of quality assurance.

Advisory Panel

Standards for the Programme are set by an external and independent Advisory Board which meets three times each year to ensure best practice, moderate marks where required and hear appeals.

Benchmarking against A-Level grades

ypical top 30 university offers to students following the Programme are based on their normal A-level offers.

The Programme is benchmarked against A-level grades as follows:

Typical A-level offer


Typical Kings Foundation offer












Course content and structure

Core subjects

These form the basis of all Advanced Level Foundation pathways.

They give you the vital platform you need to acquire subject specific knowledge.

Elective subjects

Choose three subjects from a range of electives.

Like A-levels, subject modules can be combined in any way according to your strengths, interests and degree entry requirements.

We will advise you on the best subject combination for your intended degree.

You can choose combinations which are not 'typical', for example Maths, Art and Physics, but which might be the best path to your specific degree.


Students are assessed at the end of each term and the results of each assessment go towards the final grade:

  • Term 1 Assessment: 30%
  • Term 2 Assessment: 35%
  • Term 3 Assessment: 35%

September Sample academic calendar (2019-2020)

Year 1


  • 9th: term starts
  • Student induction


  • 21 – 27th: half term
  • Progress tests


  • University fairs and talks


  • 13th: term ends
  • End of term exams


  • 6th: term starts


  • 13th – 14th: half term
  • Progress tests
  • University fairs


  • End of term exams
  • 20th: term ends


  • 6th: term starts


  • Progress tests


  • Exams
  • 12th: term ends