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...

Your options and entry requirements

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.

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