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Due to unprecedented demand, applications for The Bedford Sixth Form have now closed for a September 2021 start.

You can pick and choose from our wide range of A-Levels, certificates and diplomas to ensure you achieve the best qualifications to progress on to university or work. We recommend you choose up to four subjects.

A-Levels
A-Levels are academic, examination-based qualifications recognised as a traditional qualification to gain entry to universities and higher education. A-Levels focus mainly on academic subjects and qualify for UCAS points.

Certificates and Diplomas
Certificates and diplomas are equivalent to A-Levels but are assessed through coursework and some examinations. Certificates and diplomas enable you to qualify for UCAS points or go on to a higher apprenticeship or employment.

Applying online

Please click the link to register for our waiting list if you wish to be notified should a place become available.

Entry requirements


All students must meet the minimum entry requirements which are:

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (one Vocational or Technical qualification at Merit or above may be counted), one of which must be GCSE English Language or English Literature AND
  • A minimum of a grade 3 in GCSE Maths (if you have a grade 4 or above in Maths this can count as one of your five GCSEs above) AND
  • At least grade 4 (or Merit for Vocational or Technical qualifications) in any subject(s) that you have taken at GCSE and wish to continue studying at A-Level.
  • In addition, some subjects have special entry requirements which you need to meet in addition to the above. For the most up-to-date information on subject specific requirements please visit:  www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/downloads

If you wish to start with four A-Levels, rather than three, then the following entry requirements apply:

• At least 8 GCSEs at grades 9-6, including English Language and Maths, and at least four GCSEs at grades 9-7. Students who meet these higher requirements may be eligible for our Academic Excellence Bursary​

Subject specific entry requirements

In addition, there are special entry requirements for certain subjects. Download here.