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We've lots of great courses on offer at our Sixth Form. The first thing to do is find the level of study that's best for you. If you already know about 'levels', you may like to skip straight to Pick your course.

'Levels' explained

We've four course levels: entry level and levels 1, 2 and 3.

The course level that's right for you usually depends on the grades you expect to get in your GCSE exams. We give points to the grade you get for each subject, like this: [put this into a small, simple, coloured table]

GCSE grade Points GCSE grade Points
A* 8 D 4
A 7 E 3
B 6 F 2
C 5 G 1



Then we add up your points and divide the total by the number of subjects you take to give an average score.

  • Example: Hannah takes six GCSEs and gets three Bs and three Ds. We'll give her 18 + 12 = 30 points / 6 = average score of 5. [please use proper division symbol]

Courses at each level

Take a look at the table to see which courses are best for your score. You can click in the 'Level' column to find out more about courses at your level.

  • Example: we'd suggest that Hannah, with her average score of 5, looks at courses in the 'Level 3' rows.
Average GCSE points score Level Courses at this level How long is the course?
0 Entry level Foundation Learning Tier [how long?]
1.0 to 3.0 Level 1 Foundation Learning Tier [how long?]
3.0 to 4.5 Level 2 BTEC First Diploma 1 year
4.5 and over Level 3 BTEC National Diploma
BTEC National Award
2 years

5.5 and over

Level 3 International Baccalaureate
AS Levels and A Levels
2 years

Worked out which level is right for you? Now it's time to check out our courses or read more about life at our College.


[Table should link levels (in 2nd column) to explanations similar to info on pages 22 and 24 of prospectus - to be subpages of this main page?]