The College of West Anglia

CWA offers a variety of A-levels – specialist GCE (General Certificate of Education) Advanced Level courses. Students can study A-levels in subjects as varied as science and maths through to art and design and media studies.

In 2018, 78% of CWA students achieved A*-C at A-level, the highest in West Norfolk

What are A-levels?

A-levels are one of the main routes to higher education and university. They are assessed through examinations with some providing coursework modules and learners receive individual grades for each subject chosen. Most learners studying A-levels study the equivalent of at least three subjects (although some study more).


Why study A-levels at college?

College is very different from school or sixth form – you are treated as an adult and will learn how to manage your own time outside of lectures and develop new skills. There are no bells, assemblies or uniform – you are free to take control of your own learning in a sociable and mature atmosphere. You will be able to learn in a fun and dynamic environment and your lessons will be both challenging and stimulating. During your studies you will be supported by our highly-qualified staff, who will regularly review your progress against your targets and guide you in your next steps.


How do I use A-levels to apply for university?

Entry to university is calculated on the UCAS points system – the grades for each subject add up to give a total; universities stipulate the minimum total number needed to study their courses. For example, an A* at A-level is equivalent to 140 points, A is equivalent to 120 points and a B is equivalent to 100 points.


Which subjects should I choose?

Think about which subjects you’ve enjoyed and have had success in. If you think you know what you’d like to do as a career, find out what subjects would be useful and relevant. If you are planning to progress to university, think about the type of course you might choose and look up the subject requirements at UCAS. Talk it through with as many teachers as possible – include your teachers, careers advisor, family and friends. You can also discuss your subject choices further at your interview with us after you have applied.


What are the entry requirements?

Basic requirements

Our A-level programmes require 6 GCSEs at grades A* to C (minimum grade 4), including English Language and Maths with a grade B in the subject you wish to take (where possible). Additionally, some subjects have specific requirements; please see individual course information sheets here for further details. Level 2 vocational qualifications at merit or distinction will be treated as equivalent to one GCSE.

Exceptional entry

There may be some applicants, including mature learners, who do not possess all the necessary qualifications but are deemed to be worthy of being allowed entry to a given subject; this is done on an individual case-by-case basis.

Mature students

Although mature students (aged 19+) are welcome to study A-levels please be aware that we also offer 1-year Access to Higher Education courses specifically for mature students who are looking to progress to higher education.

Victoria Beltran

A-levels: Art, History & Sociology

“My tutors supported me throughout, but also taught me to be more independent and resourceful, too. These skills have been invaluable for university and will help me in any career path that I choose to take.”