Why do AS/A Level?

An A Level in languages opens up a huge range of opportunities, both academically and elsewhere. As a facilitating subject, it is highly regarded by the prestigious Russel Group Universities.

Continuing languages studies at Sixth Form has numerous benefits in the short and long run:


  • Languages degrees have the highest rate of acceptance across the country - with a 44% acceptance rate at Cambridge and 32% acceptance rate at Oxford (2015);
  • Due to the attractive nature of linguists, university offers are on average a grade lower for potential languages graduates;
  • Once you have a languages A Level, you can start any foreign language you want from scratch at university - former Toot Hill Allumi have gone on to study Arabic, Portugeuse and Mandarin at university level;
  • Languages are a popular joint honours option, allowing students more than 500 extra degree options by studying any language with some of the following:
    • Business Studies;
    • Economics;
    • Corporate Finance;
    • Management;
    • Law;
    • International Law;
    • Sciences;
    • Geography;
    • Maths;
    • Politics;
    • Philosophy;
    • Pyschology;
    • Sociology;
    • English;

...and a variety of other options!

The World of Work

The British Chambers of Commerce has identified a shortage of language skills as costing the UK economy billions of pounds every year. Small and large businesses have identified those with a functional understanding of a foreign language as being highly attractive potential employes.


As part of studies or a year abroad, a languages A Level can allow you to study or work abroad, and languages degrees require a year abroad either in work or at university, giving students the ideal opportunity to broaden horizons, expand their CV and improve their confidence and linguistic skills.

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