Your options & entry requirements
We offer several course options at The Bedford Sixth Form. Here’s a short guide to our qualifications and what they mean...
What to study and entry requirements
When you join The Bedford Sixth Form you will study at Level 3. This is a two-year study programme consisting of two options for you to choose from. For both options, you will need to have achieved the following results in your GCSEs:
- 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English.
- A GCSE at A*-C or a Level 2 Merit grade in your chosen subject if you have studied it previously.
You will also need a GCSE in Mathematics A*-C. If you don’t already have this, you will need to study this alongside your chosen study option. In addition, there may also be special entry requirements for certain subjects.
What are A-Levels?
A-Levels are academic examination-based qualifications at Level 3 offered by schools, sixth forms and colleges. They are recognised as a traditional qualification to gain entry to universities and higher education. A-Levels focus mainly on academic subjects. There are some changes taking place to the qualification from September 2015 - find out more. A-Levels qualify for UCAS points (maximum 140 points per A-Level).
What are Level 3 Certificates & Diplomas?
Certificates and Diplomas are equivalent to A-Levels but are assessed through coursework rather than examinations. Certificates and diplomas enable you to go on to university, a Higher Apprenticeship or employment. The Bedford Sixth Form currently offers certificate and diploma courses that are either 60 credits (equivalent to one A-Level) or 120 credits (equivalent to two A-Levels).
Study a total of four qualifications in our A-Levels or Level 3 Diplomas.
Example: You could study three A-Levels and one Level 3 Diploma, or two of each.
If you choose a combination that includes A-Levels you will need an average GCSE point score of 38 or above. Use our handy calculator below to calculate your score.