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Which courses should I choose?

Which Course?

Choosing what to study after Year 11 is one of the most important decisions you will make. Get it right and your time in the Sixth Form will prepare you successfully for the next stage in life’s journey.

Our curriculum offers a huge range of possibilities, where you can follow A level, BTEC routes or a mixture of both these qualifications.  Such a design will give you the opportunity to specialise or to retain a breadth of choice, so you can select Post 19 a variety of courses at university or enter into the world of work on an apprenticeship.

In making the right choice of subjects ensure you opt for subjects you ENJOY and are good at. Consider the following questions and also speak to your Director of Learning or Head of Sixth Form who can give you the right information, advice and guidance.

Which subjects really interest you?

This is important because you will be studying them for the next two years and you will need to be motivated to consistently deliver your best efforts.

Which subjects are you good at?

Since this will increase your chances of success. This is crucial as access to the best universities and the best employment opportunities are becoming increasingly competitive.

Which subjects are you qualified to study?

Identify whether you meet the course entry requirements by looking at each individual subject guide.

Are there any new subjects which sound interesting (e.g. Psychology, Media)?

If so, talk to subject staff and carry out some further research into what each subject involves.

Which subjects fit well together?

Some combinations naturally work well together, for example, Maths and Sciences, History and English Literature, BTEC Sport, Psychology and/or  BTEC Business. However, you may prefer a more broad and balanced choice of subjects to keep your options open. If you are unsure ask for advice.

Do you have a particular career in mind?

If so, research which qualifications you might need in the future and therefore what subjects you might need to study in the sixth form.

Is there a particular apprenticeship, course or university you would like to attend? Research what subjects and grades you are likely to need. Look at apprenticeship programmes, university websites,, or speak with university admissions officers to find relevant information. Some of the more selective universities (in The Russell Group) are quite specific about the subjects you need to study at Level 3.