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A Level Tutors in London and Online
The A Level years can be particularly tricky for students, navigating academic pressures whilst making decisions about their future. The tutors we recommend at A-Level are all natural mentors, with the teaching experience to provide tailored lessons to reduce the pressure on your child and increase their attainment.
All of our A Level tutors are available for in-person tuition in central London and online anywhere in the world.
Sophie Taylor Barthorpe, our Director of Tuition, explains how a private tutor helps students prepare effectively for the A Level examinations.
SLT’s A Level Tutors
Alex specialises in tutoring Economics to A-level, as well as BSc and MSc level Economics and Business & Management. He also supports with university applications.
Anna specialises in teaching Philosophy and History, as well as Religious Studies and Sociology.
Ben's specialist subjects are Physics and Maths. He also prepares students for university applications.
Dween's specialist subject is preparing children for Entrance Examinations. He also teaches Key Stage 1-3 Maths & English, A Level Politics & Philosophy and University Politics.
Ed specialises in History, Politics and Geography exam preparation from 11+ up to and including A Level. He also prepares students for Oxbridge applications.
Issy specialises in English Literature and tutors the subject from 11+ up to A Level. She is also experienced in teaching English as an additional language.
James is a Maths specialist who also has experience tutoring Physics, Economics, 11+ Entrance Exams and Scholarship Exams.
James is a highly experienced English teacher and entrance exam specialist, from 11+ to university applications.
Joel tutors history, philosophy and politics from GSCE up to and including undergraduate level. He also prepares students for university applications.
Kate specialises in English GCSE and A Level. She can also support students in preparation for Oxbridge entrance.
Leia specialises in Maths, Science and Geography from 11+ up to A Level. She also tutors students in essay writing for University entry.
Luke specialises in Economics at GCSE level and above.
Matt tutors English, History and Philosophy GCSE and A Level. He also tutors undergraduates and supports students with university applications.
Phineas has been tutoring since 2007. He specialises in Humanities and Languages - French and German. He tutors from 7+ age up to A-level.
Rory specialises in Maths and Physics, preparing students for GCSE and A level exams.
Sara specialises in tutoring GCSE and A-Level science. She also helps students prepare for maths 11+ exams and sixth form entrance exams.
Tristan specialises in tutoring GCSE and A-Level geography. He also prepares students for 13+ and the TSA for Oxbridge applications.
What is covered in A Levels?
A Levels are exams taken by students in England and Wales, usually at the end of Year 13, following two years of study. Most students only take only three or four A Levels. Although the curriculum for each subject varies between exam boards, A Levels represent a significant step up in detail and difficulty compared to GCSEs.
Which exam boards can SLT help with?
We can provide tuition for all the leading A Level exam boards, including Pearson (Edexcel), OCR, AQA, and WJEC Eduqas. The expert tutors we introduce have helped students achieve top grades across each of the exam boards. They are highly familiar with the unique requirements of every exam board and tailor their tutoring to ensure your child is thoroughly prepared for their final exams.
Which A Level subjects can SLT provide tuition for?
We can provide tuition for every major subject at A Level, including:
- Maths and Further Maths
- Business Studies
- Religious Studies
- Modern languages (French, Spanish, Italian, German etc.)
- Latin and Ancient Greek
- Fine Art
- History of Art
Don’t see the subject you’re looking for in the list above? Please get in touch and one of our client managers will be able to assist you.
The tutors we work with have a wealth of experience preparing students for these subjects and more, with exceptional track records of success. Every tutor is hand-picked, highly vetted and qualified, and personally matched to your child.
Why is A Level tuition important?
A Levels represent a significant step up in academic rigour and difficulty from GCSEs. With most students taking only three or four A Levels (compared to around three times as many GCSES), A Levels are more detailed, demanding and intense. As such, many students can struggle to make the step up to the standard required.
Furthermore, A Levels are vital for admission to university and therefore have a huge impact on your child’s academic and career prospects. Universities will base their decision to offer your child a place in large part on their predicted A Level grades. Then, once they’ve made their offer, your child will need to secure certain grades in their A Levels to meet it and ensure admission.
Working with an experienced and qualified A Level tutor can take the pressure off, ensuring your child excels in their A Levels, receives strong predicted grades and meets their potential in the final exams.
What is an A Level Tutor?
An A Level tutor is a subject expert and an experienced and passionate teacher. Working one-to-one with a student, they can lead them through the A Level curriculum, reinforcing areas of strength and explaining any concepts or topics the student does not understand. A good A Level tutor should always have an eye on the exam, and use their in-depth knowledge of the exam board the student is taking to ensure they are thoroughly prepared for their assessments.
A Level retake tutors
A Levels are the most commonly retaken exams in the UK. If your child didn’t achieve the results they were hoping for or that they needed for their chosen university, an A Level retake and resit tutor will help them to improve their results second time around. We introduce the highest calibre of A Level tutors for retakes. They can consolidate your child’s knowledge, address any areas they struggled with at the first attempt, and provide new exam and revision techniques. A Level retake tutors ensure that one bad result won’t stand in the way of gaining a place at their chosen university.
How does a tutor help?
At SLT, all of our tuition is delivered one-to-one. In school, individual attention is limited – teachers move classes along according to the understanding of the ‘average’ student, meaning if your child finds a topic particularly easy or difficult, the class does not move at the right pace for them. A good A Level tutor will target the areas your child struggles with, tailoring their teaching style precisely to the student’s individual requirements. The effect is often transformative – students make rapid progress and reach their full potential in their final A Level exams.
How to choose an A Level tutor
There are many ways to be a great A Level tutor, but all tutors should have the following:
- A bachelor’s degree (at least) from a leading university
- Hundreds or thousands of hours of experience tutoring this subject at A level
- A great track record of success with previous students
- Knowledge and experience of the specific exam board your child is studying
- A great personality fit with your child – the best academic is not necessarily the best teacher if they and your child don’t ‘click’
At SLT, all of the tutors we introduce are highly qualified, hand-picked, and personally matched to your child. Get in touch if you would like to book in an A Level tutor or to find out more.
A Level and AS Level tuition can take place online, in person in London or live in. We can also introduce tutors for A-Level home schooling, including registering your child for their exams. If they need it, your child can have a tutor for each of their A-Level subjects. We keep in touch with you to hear how your child is doing and can increase or decrease tuition accordingly, depending on progress in each subject.
Every A Level tutor that we introduce will have an exemplary academic record, usually with a degree or postgraduate degree in the A Level subject that they tutor, plus experience with your child’s exam board and teaching effective exam technique.
We recommend working with A-Level tutors with a wealth of proven previous experience teaching at A-Level. They should have experience with your child’s exam board. For subjects like English and History, they’ll need to be familiar with the particular set texts and areas of History.
"We needed someone who could help Will in a short of period of time and would really focus on essay structure. With his focus on essay practice Will pushed his grade up from a C to an A – we are so grateful for all of Sean’s hard work".
Mr. B, A Level Philosophy and Ethics Tuition
"I would not hesitate to recommend Ellie. She is extremely patient, very helpful and organised and really knows her stuff. She will find a way for you to understand something even if she has to explain it in 100 different ways...I could not have found a better tutor".
Miss R, A Level Maths Tuition
"I am 100% convinced that without the help of Raymond, my son would not have gained the A grade necessary to achieve entry to York".
Mr. A, A Level Economics Tuition
"Fiona found your lesson very helpful. She said she learnt more during the 90 minutes with you than during the whole term at school".
Mrs. A, A Level Statistics Tuition
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