Newton A-level pathway for Economics, Business and Actuarial Science

Learn the skills that you need from leading academics to prepare for your degree in economics, science and accounting related fields.

Newton A-levels include a range of unique enhancement activities created to boost your success at university and beyond.

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What will I study?

Compulsory A-level subjects on this pathway:

Mathematics

All students study Mathematics to AS-level, and take (P1) Pure Mathematics and either (M1) Mechanics or (S1) Probability and Statistics.

Most students will continue Mathematics to full A-level.

Economics

The CIE Economics syllabus covers: basic economic ideas; the price system and the theory of the firm; government intervention in the price system; international trade; theory and measurement in the macroeconomy; macroeconomic problems; and macroeconomic policies.

In addition to the key subjects above you will also study a programme of English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills.

Optional A-level subjects on this pathway:

Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics is only available to students who will study Mathematics to full A-level.

The CIE Further Mathematics A-level syllabus is divided into two parts – (Paper 1) Pure Maths and (Paper 2) Mechanics and Statistics.

Physics

The CIE Physics A-level syllabus covers: general physics (physical quantities and units, measurement techniques); Newtonian mechanics; matter; oscillations and waves; electricity and magnetism; modern physics (charged particles, quantum physics, nuclear physics); and gathering and communicating information (direct sensing and remote sensing).

Accounting

Aspects of the following subjects are studied: the accounting system; financial accounting; financial reporting; and interpretation and elements of managerial accounting.

Psychology

AS-level subjects: cognitive, social, developmental and physiological psychology; and psychology of individual differences.

At A-level, students will study how psychology is applied in two of the following areas: education; health; the environment; abnormality; and organisations.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Newton A-level Programme candidates must demonstrate potential for entry to top-ranked universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge and the US Ivy League or medical schools.

For entry on to the programme you must have completed your education to Year 11 level.

6 GCSE passes at grade B or above, or equivalent.

6 GCSE passes at grade A or A* (Newton Scholars).

English requirements:

5-term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and no subskill part less than 5.0), or GCSE English language grade A, or equivalent.

6-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with no subskill part less than 5.0), or GCSE English language grade A or B, or equivalent.

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

Age: You must be aged 16 or over when you arrive for your INTO Newton A-level Programme.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
6-term programme
(September 2017 start)
Year 1
Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018

Year 2*
Term 1: Mon 24 Sep 2018 – Fri 14 Dec 2018
Term 2: Mon 07 Jan 2019 – Fri 22 Mar 2019
Term 3: Mon 08 Apr 2019 – Fri 21 Jun 2019
Year 1: £23,700

Year 2: £23,700

Total: £47,400
5-term programme
(January 2018 start)
Year 1
Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018

Year 2*
Term 1: Mon 24 Sep 2018 – Fri 14 Dec 2018
Term 2: Mon 07 Jan 2019 – Fri 22 Mar 2019
Term 3: Mon 08 Apr 2019 – Fri 21 Jun 2019
Year 1: £15,800

Year 2: £23,700

Total: £39,500

* Provisional dates only - exact programme dates to be confirmed once exam boards have been finalised.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees include textbooks, laboratory materials, field trips and excursions, and exam fees (not including IEALS or UKCAT if required). Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)

What's the difference between the 5 and 6-term programme?

Similar academic content is taught on both programmes, however the pace of the 6-term programme is slightly gentler than that of the 5-term programme.

Students on the 6-term programme have more time to settle into 'Newton life' and will also receive additional teaching time in all subjects during their first year of study, with an emphasis on study and laboratory skills.


Academic assessment and supervision

Your academic progress will be closely monitored by your teachers and personal tutor, using information such as homework marks, class tests and mock exams. They will offer you guidance and advice on producing assessed work of the highest standard.

We provide a settling-in report to students and parents during the first term, and then a report at the end of each term. The reports cover student academic performance in class and examinations, and also on attitude and aptitude.


Homework and test preparation

Regular homework is compulsory and you will be expected to spend at least as many hours each week in private study as you do in the classroom.

Examination practice is an essential part of A-level study and will build your confidence as you develop your exam technique. Your teachers will help you understand the style of CIE examination questions, and you will have extensive practice at answering examination questions under timed conditions.

In addition to your A-level studies, you will develop your skills as you learn how to write in an academic style. You will also be carefully prepared to express yourself in interviews you can expect at the UK's top universities and medical schools, including Oxford and Cambridge.

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