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 – 2020 Entry

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above.

Minimum of a 4 in English and Maths

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 – 2019 Entry

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above

4 in English and Maths


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

BTEC Sport Level 3 Extended Certificate /Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport – None

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 Language6 in GCSE English Language
English Literature6 in GCSE English Language
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
History6 in GCSE History or a Humanities subject
Maths7 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.
Maths (Further)8 in GCSE Maths
Physical Education6 in PE if taken at GCSE
Physics6 in GCSE Physics or 6-6 in Combined Science
6 in GCSE Maths
Politics6 in a Humanities GCSE or English GCSE
Psychology5 in GCSE Maths or Science, 6 in GCSE English
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

How to Apply