At Virtus, students choose 4 A-Level subjects to study over the course of two academic years (Year 12 and 13). Unlike other systems, this allows students to specialise based on their strengths, thus maximising their chances of gaining a place at top-level universities.
A-Level subjects cover a very broad spectrum of topics and in greater depth than in other educational programs, something that universities highly value. In addition, the British system is internationally recognized, which means that an A-Level student can access any university in the world.
As a differentiating point compared to other British schools in Madrid, Virtus works with the International A-Levels (IALs); these allow students to sit exams in January and May of Year 12 and Year 13, thus dividing the content into four separate examinations series. It is also the only educational system that evaluates in a modular way.
Virtus offers a bespoke education, working in groups of an average of 5 students, with a maximum of 9 per classroom. Being a Sixth Form College, it is a school specialised exclusively in the A-Level stage, with all the resources needed by students between 15 and 18 years of age.
Unlike other British schools, our focus is exclusively on university and on making sure that each of our students gains access to the institution they are aiming for. For this reason we design a Roadmap (tailored two-year strategy) for each student, with the personal and academic objectives to be achieved during Year 12 and Year 13. Participation in the Co-Curriculum is a key element of this Roadmap and helps students acquire skills and competencies related to their future degree and which are highly valued by universities as a means of standing out from other candidates.
The Co-Curriculum is the cornerstone for equipping our students with transversal skills that allow them to face the challenges of the 21st-century, such as critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity and public speaking. They also develop a global perspective and a broader knowledge about their academic and professional interests.
Through our Co-Curricular Clubs, our students build links between the A-Level subjects they take and their university interests, undertaking hands-on projects that simulate their future university or work experience.
On the other hand, our focus on Debating, Public Speaking & Drama, through the Stage Space, offers our students multiple opportunities to develop their communication skills and self-management.
For those students with curricular interests that go beyond the scope of A-Levels, we provide support in completing the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), or preparing for the Maths or Physics Olympiad.
Admissions and fees
- At least 6 (I)GCSE’s with a minimum grade of C (4) including, mandatorily, Maths and English Language.
- A minimum grade of 6 (B) in the (I)GCSE subjects that the student wishes to study as A Levels.
- To study Mathematics, students must have at least a grade 7 (A) in Mathematics (I)GCSE.
- To study Further Mathematics, students must have at least a grade 8-9 (A*) in Mathematics (I)GCSE.
Further Maths, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Business, Geography, Psychology, Media, English, Spanish.*
*Spanish A-Level is compulsory for all native Spanish speakers.
Currently, thanks to the extensions in the homologation agreement between Spain and the United Kingdom, it is not necessary to take the EvAU (Selectividad) to get the maximum grade if your child is taking A-Levels (British system). That is, students can achieve the equivalent of 14 EvAU points just by completing their four A-Level subjects. This is because A-Levels are still recognized as the equivalent program to the Spanish Baccalaureate.
Students who study A-Levels can, therefore, access any career and university (private or public) in Spain.
A correct choice of A-Level subjects is essential and at Virtus this is a key aspect of the Vocational Profile process that we carry out with each of our students before starting Year 12. As such, we help our students to choose their subjects based on the results of different professional counselling and ability tests and by listening to their personal interests.