A-Levels at CARFAX


Program Description

A-levels are a ‘gold standard’ qualification, recognized around the world by universities and employers as a mark of academic excellence. Most students take three A-levels, and most universities require this, but other numbers between two and five are not uncommon.

Studying for A-levels is a demanding process and normally takes two full years of study in a school or college setting. However, this structure does not suit everyone.

For students who need non-standard dates, a higher level of individual support, or who want to take unusual combinations of subjects or optional modules, Carfax College is here to help.

A-level exams are currently in the middle of a process of significant change. From 2001 to 2015, exams were ‘modular’ – each subject was divided into four to six sections, and those could be taken or re-taken individually over any length of time. Now, from 2016 through to 2019, all subjects are moving in batches to a ‘linear’ format, whereby all the examinations must be sat in one session at the end of the course.

This change of format reduces flexibility in some aspects of course structure and delivery and makes it more important to adopt the right approach from the start. It also makes re-takes much more challenging, as students must re-sit every exam, not only those in which they underperformed, and so they need to make sure they are up to speed with the whole syllabus.

Carfax College’s experienced staff are available to guide each student and family through the options available to them.

Whatever the situation, Carfax can offer expert advice and personalized support to help find a suitable path forwards - everything from short revision courses to full-year programmes, which can be designed around any travel or work plans already in place.


  • Excellent, thorough tutors, who bring drive and enthusiasm to their subject
  • A high degree of personalization and flexibility within a structured, well-planned approach to course delivery
  • A pupil-centred approach to learning:
    • "We do not think that lecturing is a useful way of teaching.
    • Rather, it is important that each tutorial builds on a pupil’s existing knowledge and makes the pupil an active part of the learning process."
  • Building confidence in exam technique and time management


(typically 1 to 2 years)

Individual A-level programmes can be tailored to meet individual pupils’ specific needs very closely. With no fixed start dates and flexible completion times, pupils may begin their studies at any point in the year.

All A-level subjects and options are offered, with all the exam boards – AQA, Edexcel/Pearson, OCR, WJEC/Eduqas, and CIE.

(For subjects which require extensive practical work, please contact us in advance to discuss whether we can provide the appropriate facilities.)

Although the A-level is normally a two-year course, it is possible for a bright and motivated student to complete a set of A-levels over a shorter period via intensive one-to-one tuition. Such courses require an advanced level of English as well as high academic potential. Courses can also be delivered flexibly over a longer period if required.

The exam-focused curriculum is taught in individual sessions by experienced tutors, ensuring that each pupil’s strengths and weaknesses are noted and addressed, that they are fully engaged at all times, and that they receive constant constructive feedback. Even the exam boards are chosen on an individual basis during the course to reflect previous qualifications and different learning styles.

There is also regular exam practice, and arrangements are made for at least five hours of additional supervised study per week. Monthly reports are sent to parents or guardians. In addition to individual one-to-one A-level tuition, pupils at Carfax College receive full UCAS support and careers guidance.


  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Law
  • Government & Politics
  • Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Art and Design
  • History of Art
  • Ancient History
  • Classical Civilisation
  • French, German,
  • Spanish, Italian,
  • Chinese, Russian
  • and more


(2 years)

Designed to equip pupils with the A-level qualifications they need to secure places at good UK universities, this course offers closer academic and pastoral support that is available in a typical school environment.

Courses start in September.

The exam-focused curriculum is delivered by experienced tutors in small group sessions, ensuring that each pupil’s needs are taken into account, that they are fully engaged at all times, and that they receive high levels of feedback.

The programme consists of 15 hours of lessons per week, in 'tritorial' groups no bigger than three. Lessons take place from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays, with a lunch break from 1 to 2 pm. Supplementary individual tuition is available if needed. There are regular tests to monitor progress, and full, formal mock exams are set after the Christmas and Easter holidays. There are at least five hours of additional supervised study per week. Monthly reports are sent to parents or guardians.

In addition to their group A-level tuition, pupils at Carfax College receive full support with university applications and UCAS procedures as well as careers guidance.

Pupils choose A-level subjects for group tuition from this list:

  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Art & Design

Other subjects not listed here may also be available for tritorial-group study (depending on demand) or can be taken additionally through individual tuition.

Additional options

The following options can be taken through supplementary individual tuition:


For certain courses at certain universities candidates are required to take four subjects at A-level. Even when this is not the case, a fourth A-level will give any candidate a competitive edge. Furthermore, some subjects are only available through individual tuition and so must be taken additionally if the pupil is on a tritorial-group course.


Some universities, particularly Oxford, Cambridge, medical and veterinary schools, as well as most American universities, include admissions tests in their entry process. Carfax offers courses of supplementary tuition to prepare pupils for these.


Holiday tuition is available for those who would benefit from it. The College is open throughout the year and offers a range of revision and exam preparation courses during Christmas, Easter, and summer holidays as well as during all half-terms.


Pupils from overseas will often need ongoing support to ensure that they maintain and improve their standard of English. Supplementary English lessons also ensure that pupils are well prepared for the IELTS exam, which is often required for entry to university. Tuition in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) is conducted on an individual basis.

The number of hours needed depends on the pupil’s current level of English.


Since universities use GCSE results as part of their selection criteria and expect passes in the core subjects, pupils will sometimes be advised to re-sit certain of their GCSEs.

At Carfax, pupils can do this alongside their A-level studies. Some international pupils who have not completed their general secondary schooling choose to study for a small number of GCSEs alongside an A-level course.

For more rigorous academic preparation, IGCSE can be offered in place of some or all GCSEs.


Carfax College does not operate a selective admissions policy. Pupils of all levels are welcome to benefit from the very personal tuition and pastoral care. The College is equally suited to high-flyers and to those who have struggled academically. The levels of individual attention can also be of particular help to pupils with special educational needs.

The College has no formal age restrictions. The majority of GCSE pupils are between 14 and 16 years old, and most A-level pupils are between 16 and 19 years old. However, the College can offer

courses which are suitable for both younger and older pupils.

Group courses begin in September and January. Pupils on individual courses are encouraged to follow the normal pattern of the school year, but there is a great deal of flexibility in this and in principle, they can join at any time during the year. Short-term and part-time courses are also offered all year round, including weekends and holidays.

Next Steps

If you are interested in applying to take a course at Carfax College, or you would simply like to find out more, please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can submit an inquiry using the contact form or call 01865 200676 to speak to our friendly admissions team. An experienced member of staff will be happy to talk through your situation with you, to explore how Carfax should be able to help and to answer any questions you might have, all in total confidence. You are more than welcome to come in for a face-to-face meeting and look around the premises and facilities.

Should you wish to proceed and make an application, you will be asked to complete a Registration Form and to provide other information which may help to finalize the details of the course, such as reports and results from current or previous schools, as well as certificates or other evidence of qualifications already obtained.

Accommodation, sports, extra-curricular interests, and any other personal requirements will be discussed as part of this process. Once a course has been agreed upon, an invoice will be issued for the first installment of the course fees. The course can only begin once this first invoice has been settled. When new pupils arrive to begin a course, they are immediately welcomed into this small, friendly community. New pupils are given a full induction to help them feel at home at Carfax and in Oxford, as well as to make sure that all their needs are met.

International Pupils

Carfax welcomes pupils from overseas, some of whom will need a visa to study in the UK. The college offers comprehensive advice and support in all areas related to student visas, from preparing and submitting an application through to meeting important requirements after arrival in the UK. Carfax College is a UKVI-licensed Tier 4 Sponsor and can support pupils of all ages who require a Tier 4 visa to take long-term courses of study in the UK. The College can also support overseas pupils who need to obtain a Short-Term Study visa before coming for a shorter course (less than six months).

Unusually for an educational institution, Carfax has members of staff professionally qualified to provide immigration advice and services through being registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner and thus can offer an understanding of all intricacies of visa application process as well as unprecedented visa turnaround times. In addition, Carfax enjoys good relations with all of the leading London and global immigration law firms and can make appropriate referrals where necessary.

Please do not hesitate to contact the admissions team with any questions you might have about student visas.

Adult Learners

Adult learners, whether university students or older, are welcome and are not an unusual sight at Carfax College.

Carfax regularly provides tuition to under- and post-graduates who want extra individual support with their course requirements or before university examinations. The tutors offered to them are often Oxford dons or university lecturers.

Adults occasionally request tuition to help satisfy their intellectual curiosity, often with renowned tutors, or to prepare for GCSE, A level and other formal qualifications that they may be lacking.

With the advent of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by world-leading universities such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, or Edinburgh, increasing numbers of people request supplementary tuition to help them work towards obtaining certificates that these esteemed institutions offer. The ever-popular Open University courses can also be studied in conjunction with face-to-face tutorials.

Tuition and boarding fees

Please note that the fees below are only an illustration of the typical annual cost of a full academic year of tuition. Because of the highly personalized nature of the courses which Carfax offers, fees will vary depending on each pupil's requirements and the length of their programme. Sports and other extra-curricular activities are charged in addition to tuition fees. A definitive quote, applicable to your particular situation, can be provided after a discussion with the admissions team.


At Carfax College group tuition is still delivered through genuine tutorials, with no more than three pupils sharing a tutor's attention. The fees below are for one academic year of tritorial group tuition, based on three full terms. These tritorial courses can be combined with individual courses if required, with the appropriate adjustment to fees.

British & EU Pupils Non-EU Pupils
Tritorial Courses (Maximum of 3 Pupils) £18,900 per year £24,400 per year
Additional Individual Tuition from £65 per hour £78 per hour
Boarding Fee from £7,310 from £7,310
Mock and Public Examination Fees included in course fees included in course fees


Individual courses offer ultimate flexibility and infinite adaptability to each pupil's needs. The fees below are for an academic year of one-to-one tuition, based on three full terms. However, for individual tuition programmes, course start and end dates, as well as term and holiday periods, can be agreed to be set for any time in the year and the fees will vary accordingly. Tuition can be provided at different levels of intensity. A detailed quote can be provided based on the level of intensity and number of subjects required.

British & EU Pupils Non-EU Pupils
Standard Intensity Course £23,700 per year £35,500 per year
Flexible Individual Tuition from £65 per hour £78 per hour
Boarding Fee from £7,310 from £7,310
Mock and Public Examination Fees included in course fees included in course fees
Last updated Sep 2018

About the School

Carfax offers a structured learning environment and a friendly, responsive community. Here each pupil receives individual attention, support and encouragement, not only in pursuit of academic goals bu ... Read More

Carfax offers a structured learning environment and a friendly, responsive community. Here each pupil receives individual attention, support and encouragement, not only in pursuit of academic goals but also in terms of their personal well-being. Whether studying towards A-levels, GCSEs or other qualifications, revising for an exam or re-sitting one, pupils benefit from personalized programmes with teaching closely matched to their goals and needs, including specialized provision for those with special educational needs. Younger pupils follow an independent curriculum that has been expertly designed to prepare them for progression to leading senior schools. Read less