A Level Programme

Sixth form students at RBIS study A level programmes through Cambridge and Pearson. Students choose four subjects in year 12 to take AS levels in, and after the summer exams they will move forward in year 13 with three of the subjects. Students choose subjects following advice from their teachers, considering their future career plans, and what they enjoy learning. It is important to consider what a student will need to enter university courses in their desired country on their desired course. We have a varied choice in subjects at RBIS which allows students to either stream their learning into the RBIS Science stream, Humanities stream, Business stream or Arts and communication stream. However the subject choices have been arranged so that there is flexibility for students to have a balanced diet of subject, choosing subjects from the different streams.


Science Stream

Business Stream

Humanities Stream

Art Stream




Art and Design


Business Studies






Digital Media and Design


Media Studies


Media Studies

Why A level?

International Advanced Level qualifications and A levels are British qualifications designed for international students. They are rigorous and challenging courses that help students to gain high levels of applicable skill and knowledge in key subjects areas; preparing students for the independent study of undergraduate degrees. Unlike the IB, A levels allow students to specialise their subject range and play to their strengths. Students are able to focus on the subjects that are most relevant to their journey toward university and work, and are not forced to complete subjects that they have no interest in. A levels are very challenging and rigorous courses that introduce students to the higher level undergraduate concepts needed for university study.


A level structure and assessment

The A level qualifications can be taken in several ways:

  • 2 year courses broken into AS and A level with exams/assessments at the end of year 12 and year 13.
  • 2 year courses in which the entire A level is assessed at the end of year 13.
  • One year courses in which the entire course is assessed at the end of year 13 (Please see our One year A level Programme)

Standardly, A levels are run as two year courses, and only those students who are year 13 age would embark on a one year A level course. Generally, students sit their AS exams in year 12, unless it may be beneficial for them to wait for the following year.

Some of our courses also have unitised assessments which means that students are able to take exams on individual units throughout the year. This way, they can see the grades they are achieving as they go along, and can just resit units rather than an entire A level if they have not reached the desired grade.

Every A level course has at least one external examination, but several courses have coursework elements as well, which can account for a large percentage of a students final grade.



The IA and A level qualifications at grade C and above are desirable qualifications at top universities around the globe. Completing the A level course opens up many opportunities for students due to international regard for the British qualification. The A level programmes allow students to gain entry into top universities in the United Kingdom, Thailand, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and many more.

Personal Pathways:
One year A level Programme

Media and Arts Programme

From August 2019 RBIS is excited to offer its first one year A level programme in Media and the Arts. The programme consists of 3 A levels studied in a single year to allow students to gain qualification to enroll on Media, Communication, Art, Photography and Design Degrees in universities across the world in 2020. We are the only school in Bangkok offering the one year A level pathway.

The programme of study includes enrolment on a combination of 3 subjects from the list below:

  • Media Studies
  • Photography
  • Art and Design
  • Media and Digital Design

This is an intensive course which is only suitable for pupils who have the commitment, drive and talent to succeed in the Arts. After completing the course students will obtain three separate A levels which will gain them the requirements to gain a place on international programmes at Thai universities or degree courses at top universities in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, China and many more.


Course Structure

Students studying the one year media and arts programme will complete the A level course in an intensive period. AS exams will initially be taken in the October/November exam series and the A2 exams in the May/June series.


Who is eligible:

Students need to be 17 years of age who are proficient in English. On application students will need to undergo cognitive ability testing (CAT4) and English proficiency assessments. As the course is centred on the media and the arts students must exhibit a natural talent and skill in this area to be enrolled. You may be asked to bring a portfolio of work and evidence of past success in key subject areas.


A level Retake students

If you have struggled to gain the grades you needed at AS level, a swap in courses may be the ideal solution. It is never advisable to continue down a path that is unlikely to gain you entry into university, our one year A level course may be suitable for you. Please contact us to discuss a pathway to university.