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The A level Programme

The A level programme provides an excellent preparation for university entry as well as higher apprenticeship programmes. In year one (Lower Sixth) you can choose three A level courses, in some cases, four choices may be possible. In year two (Upper Sixth), you will concentrate on completing three A levels.

What kind of GCSE grades will I need? 

For our A Level programme, we require at least two GCSEs at B (5) grade and three GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English language and maths. The pass grades need to be in academic GCSEs and relate to your chosen A level courses.

BTEC Programme

The BTEC programme will appeal to you if you want a more work-related focus to your studies than A level courses offer. These courses develop industry-relevant skills as well as having an academic focus and are also much more coursework-based than A levels. The core of the programme is a BTEC level 3 qualification in one of a range of occupational areas. This qualification will count the same as two or three A levels and is studied over two years. BTEC level 3 qualifications provide an excellent preparation for university, employment or higher level apprenticeships. Find out more on our website.

What kind of GCSE grades will I need?

As BTEC level 3 courses are advanced courses, we require five A*- C passes of C (4) grade or above (or equivalent) including English language or maths.

Mixed Programme

In some cases you will be able to combine BTEC courses with A level courses to complete your programme (this is called a ‘mixed programme’). This works well for grouping together related courses from both A level and BTEC qualifications. However, some students find that it is best to concentrate on one type of qualification. For the Mixed Programme you will need the same minimum grades as for the BTEC Programme and also meet the specific requirements for the individual courses you want to take.

The 2Plus Programme

This programme is ideal if you want to join Blackpool Sixth but are unlikely to have 5 A*-C grades when you leave school. The 2Plus Programme offers you the perfect chance to improve your skills and take highly respected qualifications in a range of job related areas. When you have completed this one-year programme, you will be ready for one of our advanced programmes. You will need at least 4 D (3) GCSE grades (or equivalent) and your English and maths need to be at no less than grade E (2).