Subject Overviews and Pathways

Sixth Form

At the Academy we offer over 30 subjects for students at Year 12 and Year 13.

Sixth Form offers three different pathways:

  • AS and A Level
  • International AS and A Level
  • BTEC and BTEC qualifications

Our Sixth Form offer is underpinned by some core principles:

Accessibility: To ensure that students of all abilities and interests can select a combination of qualifications which they will find accessible and give them access to Higher Education institutions and the workplace.

A commitment to skills and service alongside the acquisition of knowledge. Sixth Form students will be expected to develop an awareness of their social responsibility and contribute to their own community and/or the broader community in which the academy is situated.

Greater responsibilities and freedoms for our Sixth Form students. Student leadership will be an important part of what we expect from our Sixth Form students, but alongside this will be greater freedoms, so that students are prepared for the independence they will enjoy at university.

A Level and International A level Qualifications  

As a guideline, students must achieve a Grade 6 in five GCSE or equivalent subjects to be able to study A Level-qualifications here at the Academy. However, due to the academic challenge of English, Maths and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), students must achieve a Grade 8 at or above at GCSE in these subjects.  

Currently, we offer twenty-two different A Level/International A Level subjects, providing a great variety of choice for students allowing us to build a programme that meets their needs. Most of our students will study 3 subjects as universities will look for a student’s best three results.  A student may choose a fourth subject if necessary or if a university demands it for a specific undergraduate course. It is therefore important to check this with our resident college counsellor before selecting the A Levels to study.  

The Difference Between A Levels and International A Levels 

Both are known and accepted by the best universities around the Globe. International A Levels are modular in nature, have an international content and are examined throughout the two years of study. A student may therefore complete a re-sit (although not recommended) providing this can be planned into their programme of study so that they don’t fall behind.  A Levels are linear in nature meaning that examinations are completed only at the end of the two years of study.  

We do not run AS qualifications. Students will however, sit rigorous ‘internal examinations’ at the end of year 12 to establish current performance and help us provide universities with accurate predicted grades.  

International BTEC Level 3 Qualifications 

The entry requirement for iBTECs at level 3 require 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 and above. iBTECs are a more practical, career-related international option and pathway to university and employment.  Students are required to build a portfolio of coursework throughout the two years. Work is externally moderated by Pearson (Edexcel) but there is no external examination.  

Currently we offer 5 International BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma qualifications worth the equivalent of one and two International A levels respectively.  



Pathway A 


International Career Related 

Pathway B 


Mixed International Career Related and Academic  

Pathway C 



Entry Requirements 

5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above 

5 GCSEs at Grade 5/6 or above 

5 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above (Grade 8 for Maths, English and Science) 


Year 12 and 13 Qualification Structure 

International Level 3 BTEC Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma (3 A Level equivalent) 


1 Diploma and 1 subsidiary Diploma in another subject 


A double Diploma in two subjects 


International Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma with 2 A levels or International Level 3 BTEC Diploma with 1 A level. 

3 A levels or IALs 



No external Exams 

External exams (A Level) at the end of Y13 and Coursework (iBTEC) 


External exams at the end of Y13.  


Internships / Work placements 

Enrichment or Internships / Work placements 


Future Aspiration 

Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Employment 

Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Employment 

Higher Education including Oxbridge, Russel Group and Ivy League 

Subject Options 



GCSE Grade Required

 A Level Arabic



 A Level Art and Design –Edexcel


 No Art GCSE - Interview and Portfolio

 A Level Biology - Oxford AQA

 7 Tri 8 Com

 Grade 7 in GCSE Biology Triple or grade 8 in Combined Science

 A Level Business


 Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and desired is a grade 5 in Maths

 A Level Chemistry – Oxford AQA

 7 Tri 8 Com

 Grade 7 in GCSE Chemistry Triple or Grade 8 in Combined Science with a grade 6 in Maths

 A Level Computing


 Grade 6 in GCSE Computing and desired is a grade 7 in Maths

 A Level Design and Technology


 Grade 6 in GCSE Design and Technology and desired is a grade 6 in Maths

 A Level Drama


 Grade 6 in GCSE Drama if studied, If not, a meeting with the Drama Team will be required

 A Level Economics


 Grade 6 in GCSE Economics - Grade 6 in English Language and Maths is desirable

 A Level English Language


 Grade 6 in GCSE in English, and desired is a grade 7

 A Level English Literature


 Grade 7 in GCSE English, and a love for reading. Desired is a grade 8

 A Level French


 Grade 6 in GCSE in French or Be a Native Speaker

 A Level Further Maths


 Grade 9 in GCSE Maths

 A Level Geography


 Grade 6 in GCSE Geography, with a grade 5 in Maths and English

 A Level History


 Grade 6 in GCSE History, and desired is a grade 6 in English

 A Level Islamic Studies


 60% in Ministry of Education Exam

 A Level Law


 Grade 6 in GCSE English

 A Level Mathematics


 Grade 8 in Mathematics

 A Level Media Studies


 Grade 6 in GCSE Media Studies or Grade 6 in English

 A Level Music Technology


 Grade 5 in GCSE Music

 A Level Music


 Grade 6 in GCSE Music and at least grade 6 in one instrument

 A Level Photography


 Grade 6 in GCSE Art or Photography. If no Art - Interview and Portfolio

 A Level Physical Education


 Grade 6 in GCSE PE, and a grade 5 in Biology

 A Level Physics

 8 Tri 8 Com

 Grade 8 in GCSE Physics or grade 8 in Combined Science, with a grade 7 inMaths

 A Level Politics


 Grade 6 in GCSE English

 A Level Psychology


 Grade 6 in GCSE Psychology, or grade 5 in English, and a grade 5 in Biology is desirable

 A Level Sociology


 Grade 6 in GCSE English

 A Level Spanish


 Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish or Be A Native Speaker

 BTEC Business


 Grade 4 in GCSE English



 Grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths

 BTEC Applied Science


 Grade 4 in GCSE Combined Science

 BTEC Performing Arts


 Grade 4 in GCSE Drama or Dance, or a grade 4 in English

 BTEC Sport


 Grade 4 in GCSE PE or English

 BTEC Hospitality Management


 Grade 4 in GCSE English - Grade 5 in GCSE Food or Business is desirable

 BTEC Engineering


 Grade 5 in Maths and grade 5 in DT - If no DT, Case by Case


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