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Here at Kendal College, we have a culture of high expectations, creating an environment in which A-Level learners can thrive.

Our teachers work with our students in a mature learning environment to coach, support and challenge them to meet the ambitious targets they will be set.

We are very proud of the learning culture at the College and visitors often comment on the positive atmosphere, which is fostered by excellent relationships between students and staff. Our learners receive first grade academic and pastoral support so when challenges arise they stay on target.

A-Level or ‘Advanced Level’ is one of the next grades of qualification after GCSE level and is typically studied over two years. Throughout the UK, A-Levels are highly recognised by Universities and Colleges when assessing a student’s eligibility for degree-level study.

A-Level students typically choose three subjects and those with very high entry qualifications may apply to study four. An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) may be undertaken as part of your A-Level studies to help showcase your academic skills for university applications.

An A-Level can also be combined with a Level 3 Professional & Technical course, e.g. Engineering with A-Level Maths (equivalent to four A-Levels). Our students have progressed on to a variety of Russell Group Universities, full-time employment and higher-level apprenticeships.

We also have experience preparing students for Oxbridge applications. Recent A-Level students have gone on to study Law at Lancaster University, Physics at Leeds University, Teacher Training at the University of Cumbria and Chemical Engineering at Manchester University.

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.

We offer A-Levels in:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • French
  • Further Maths
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

    Additional Options

    • Level 3 'Core' Maths (particularly useful if you wish to study a degree programme with mathematical elements eg Science, Economics, Psychology, business etc)
    • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which enhances any university application

    Key Facts

    • Full-time (3-5 days) studied over two years
    • Up to four A-Level subjects can be studied as a cluster, or one A-Level could be combined with a Professional & Technical course
    • Academic and pastoral support to reach your full potential
    • Level 3 qualifications
    • Progression to university, apprenticeships or employment

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    If you have an identified learning need and feel you may require support at college, find out about our Learning Services and the support available at college.

    Meet your tutor

    Joe Capps, English Literature Tutor

    I graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in English Literature, during which I refined a particular interest in American and Modernist texts. I have been working at Kendal College since 2013 and recently directed and performed in a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet as part of a local theatre collective. I regularly perform and record with my band and exhibit my artwork in the community. I am interested in the cultural impact of Art, and I firmly believe that studying English Literature at A-Level affords students with an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between the self and the world in a meaningful way.

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    Fernanda Mawdesley, English Language Tutor

    After graduating with a degree in Linguistics from the University of Manchester, I became interested in the relationship between language and society, which I developed through my Postgraduate study. I researched the interaction between social mobility and the use of non-standard accent features, working alongside leading researchers in the field of Sociolinguistics and presenting my findings at international conferences. I have a passion for teaching and my background in research allows me to stay up-to-date on the latest advances in both linguistic and sociological theory, allowing for meaningful and interesting classroom discussion.

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    Charlotte Reynolds, Academic Mentor

    After studying Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology I moved into teaching, supporting and mentoring. Through these roles, I have worked with a wide range of students, which has given me the knowledge and experience to support a variety of learning styles. I am interested in helping students achieve their full potential, and inspiring them to get excited about their lives and goals after College.

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    Candice Van Der Merwe, Psychology Tutor

    My Bachelor of Arts degree specialising in Psychology and Communications, and after completing this, I undertook my PGCE and QTLS qualifications. In doing this, I found my passion lies in the teaching sector, where supporting learners to develop their skills and achieve their goals is a hugely rewarding role. I am an experienced Psychology lecturer for the new linear AS/A-Level specification and an examiner for AQA. I teach the Psychology delivery on Access to HE, A-Level and BTEC courses allowing me to apply my knowledge to a range of learners and levels.

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    Alice Reece, Head of Department and Biology Tutor

    After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology at Leeds University, I completed a Masters of Science in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham. These two qualifications allowed me to start a career in science journalism alongside travelling the world, producing imagery for conservation organisations and scientific publications. After returning to Nottingham to lecture on the MSc course, I decided to train as a teacher and have now been teaching A-level Biology for eight years and BTEC Applied Science for six years.

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    Alex Sibley, Politics & Philosophy Tutor

    After graduating with a degree in Politics and Philosophy and completing a Master’s degree in Philosophy, I trained as a teacher. I have taught in Adult Education for nearly 20 years, mainly teaching Maths and English in inner-city Leeds and prisons to improve their opportunities in life. I bring this passion to help students progress into a range of different fields and specialisms.

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    Daniel Millican, Law & History Tutor

    After achieving a Bachelor of Arts in History with a focus on the Cold War studies, I read postgraduate Law at the University of Exeter before completing further postgraduate study through the University of Oxford. I worked as a Solicitor in Criminal Defence and as a Private Consultant Solicitor, working in many different areas of the Law. I was an active member of the Royal Navy Reserves and maintained an interest in rugby, caving and local history, which informs and inspires the work we complete in the classroom.

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    Camilla Burke, Sociology Tutor

    After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology at Lancaster University, I decided to train to become a teacher. I have over 15 years’ experience of teaching Social Sciences at A Level in both school sixth form settings and colleges of further education. I also teach a variety of units on the BTEC Health and Social Care course and the Psychology/English components of the new Access to Humanities course here at Kendal College. I have also worked as an examiner for AQA.

    View our courses

    English Language A-Level
    Part-time 3 Enquire 2 Years

    Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

    Studying A-Level English Language allows you to become a skilled communicator and opens the door to a range of diverse careers. By studying a range of texts and theory you will learn about the link between language and social factors such as gender, age and occupation and language and power in society.

    French A-Level
    Part-time 3 Enquire 2 Years

    Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

    A-Level French is a good foundation for a variety of careers. This course aims to equip you to deal with everyday social and work situations in French-speaking countries. The course covers French Language and culture.

    Geology A-Level
    Part-time 3 Enquire 2 Years

    Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

    Geology is an applied science that seeks to understand Earth's 4.5-billion-year history as well as its uncertain future. Using a combination of practical and theoretical techniques, geologists play a role in solving some of society's most pressing concerns: our access to energy, clean water and mineral resources, and our response to floods, climate change, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

    Business A-Level
    Part-time 3 Enquire 2 Years

    Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

    A-Level Business will demonstrate the interrelated nature of Business using different business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of the modern business environment, issues and situations that impact on business.

    Environmental Science A-Level
    Part-time 3 Enquire 2 Years

    Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

    Studying Environmental Science will give you a clear understanding of how closely our human systems are linked with Earth's natural cycles. You will use this knowledge to come up with ways of developing sustainable lifestyles that are in harmony with the natural world. If we want to live happily on the Earth, we need to change the way we do things!

    Accounting A-Level
    Part-time 3 Enquire 2 Years

    Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

    Whether you want to work for big business, be the next Richard Branson or be in charge of your own business, knowledge of financial management is essential. This A-Level Accounting course equips you with the knowledge and skills to be able to assess the performance of all types of business organisations.

    Psychology A-Level
    Part-time 3 Enquire 2 Years

    Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

    Psychology is a complex and academic subject which studies how the mind works and how it affects human behaviour, mental processes, human interactions and the unconscious mind. Why do people think, act and feel the way they do?

    Sociology A-Level
    Part-time 3 Enquire 2 Years

    Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

    A-Level Sociology develops knowledge and understanding of how contemporary society works. To understand this, you will look at aspects of society from different points of view and develop an awareness of how society evolves. Sociology encourages independent thinking and fosters a lifelong interest in social issues.