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Courses and Subjects

Athena Sixth Form College offers the opportunity to study A Levels or vocational courses

A Levels

A Levels are one of the main routes to higher education and university, although they are also useful if you want to go straight into employment. An A Level is a level 3 qualification consisting of four modules studied over two years.

 

Vocational Courses

Vocational courses focus on a specific subject area, combining practical and academic study. They are designed to give you the knowledge and skills relevant to a variety of jobs or may offer specialist qualifications for a particular industry sector. They can also be a route to higher education.

 

BTEC and Cambridge Technicals Level 3 qualifications have the same academic level as A levels and are assessed through coursework.

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is the equivalent of one A Level, a BTEC Diploma equates to two A Levels and a BTEC Extended Diploma is equal to three A Levels.

Entry Requirements

A Level Programme Entry Requirements – 2022 Entry

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 6 or above.

Minimum of a 6 in English and Maths and Science if taking A Level Sciences

The opportunity to study four Advanced level subjects will be offered to some particularly well-qualified applicants, currently defined as students who have achieved at least an average grade 7 across their best seven GCSE subjects.

 

Vocational and Applied Diploma Entry Requirements – 2022 Entry

Merit at Level 2 in chosen area of study
5 X 4s
4s in English and Mathematics

 

Additional Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Cambridge National Health and Social Care – None

BTEC Travel and Tourism – None

Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology – None

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early years, Childcare and Education – None

Subject

Requirements

Biology6 in GCSE Biology if doing single Sciences
Or 6-6 in GCSE Trilogy Science
6 in GCSE Maths
Chemistry 6 in GCSE Chemistry if doing single Sciences
Or 6-6 in GCSE Trilogy Science
6 in GCSE Maths
Computer Science6 in GCSE Maths
6 in Computing if taken at GCSE
Design Technology
6 in GCSE or a Merit in a level 2 vocational subject if taken in KS4
6 in GCSE Maths
5 in GCSE Science
Economics6 in Maths GCSE
English Literature 6 in either GCSE English Language or Literature
English Language and Literature6 in either GCSE English Language or Literature
Film Studies6 in a Humanities subject or English GCSE
Fine Art6 in Art if taken at GCSE
French6 in GCSE French
Geography6 in GCSE Geography
Government and Politics6 in a Humanities GCSE or English GCSE
History6 in GCSE History or a Humanities subject
Maths7 in GCSE Maths
Maths (Further)8 in GCSE Maths
Music6 in GCSE Music, if taken and at least one instrument/voice to Grade 5 standard minimum

If Music is not taken at GCSE then Grade 5 or above in an instrument and theory is required.
Physical Education6 in PE if taken at GCSE
Psychology5 in GCSE Maths or Science
6 in GCSE English
Physics6 in GCSE Physics or 6-6 in Combined Science
6 in GCSE Maths
Politics6 in a Humanities GCSE or English GCSE
Philosophy and Ethics6 in Religious Studies if taken at GCSE
6 in a Humanities subject
Sociology6 in a Humanities subject or English GCSE
Spanish6 in GCSE Spanish
Theatre Studies6 in Drama if taken at GCSE

Vocational and Applied Additional Requirements

Cambridge National Health and Social Carenone
Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity none
Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminologynone
Level 3 Applied Diploma in Tourismnone
Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Educationnone
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Servicesnone

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