A Levels will suit you if you perform well in exams, you want to study a range of subjects or if you know that you want to follow a particular career path or study a particular subject at university. A Levels are two year courses with the whole of the course assessed through exams at the end of the two years. A Levels are mostly assessed by exams though some A Levels include coursework. We offer the widest choice of A Levels in the county – you can choose from 35 A Levels as well as 4 BTEC courses which are each the equivalent of one A Level. A study programme will normally consist of three A Levels/BTEC courses.
If you have achieved mainly grade 7+/A+ at GCSE you may want to consider studying four A Levels to stretch yourself or to improve your chances of winning a place at a competitive university or on a competitive courses. If you want to study A Level Further Maths you have to also study A Level Maths and you will normally need to study four A Levels.
One of the advantages of our A Level programme is that as the one of the largest A Level colleges in the country you will be able to study any combination of three subjects – you won’t find that your choices are restricted at the last minute because of timetable changes. After you apply to study with us you will receive a one-to-one advice and guidance interview to discuss your choices with you to make sure that they best meet your strengths and plans for the future. There are a small number of combinations of subjects which are not allowed by exam boards – see below.
Course Levels and entry requirements
To study A Levels you need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9/A*-G or equivalent
- A grade 4+/grade C+ in English Language
- Some subjects have additional entry requirements
If you do not achieve a grade 4+/C+ in Maths you will need to study GCSE Maths alongside your A Levels.
Please note, you cannot study
- A Level Combined English Language and Literature and A Level English Literature
- A Level Combined English Language and Literature and A Level English Language. (You can study both English Literature and English Language but this would only be sensible if you intended to study English at university.)
- A Level Business and BTEC Business.
For an academic Level 3 programme you can select up to 4 A Levels or a number of A Levels plus a single BTEC Certificate in Business, Health and Social Care, Applied Science or ICT. Where there is an option for either an A level or BTEC Certificate in the same subject (Business, ICT/ Computing and Science) select either the A Level or the BTEC and the choice you have made and the alternatives available will be discussed at your interview.
Please be aware that you can only study one Art related A Level. These include Fine Art, Photography, Textiles and Graphics.
If you are applying to study a Vocational Art course you only select one subject as this is equivalent in size to three single A Levels. These courses are Extended Diplomas in Art, Fashion or Photography.
If you would like to apply for both an A Level programme and an Art, Fashion or Photography Extended Diploma this is allowed as part of one application. You will be able to decide which route you take before enrolment. Please be aware that you cannot take any A Levels alongside an Art, Fashion or Photography Extended Diploma.
The 2+ Programme
If you want to study A Levels but did not meet the overall entry requirements or meet the subject entry requirements you can join our one year 2+ Programme. This allows students to build up their GCSE profile through studying GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths if needed, as well as studying Level 2 BTEC courses. At the end of the year if you have been successful you will be able to progress to study an advanced level programme.
Vocational courses will give you the knowledge, skills, work experience and qualifications to progress to a higher education course at university or at college, to an apprenticeship or into full-time employment. They will also provide you with the employability skills that will give you a head start in your chosen career.
Our Art vocational courses are all taught at the English Bridge campus of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.