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Courses Available

Idsall Sixth Form offers a range of courses. The decision about which is more appropriate for you will depend on the grades you achieve at GCSE level.

The School reserves the right not to offer a course if the student numbers are too low.

A Levels

  • Students must achieve a grade total of at least 8 in English Language and Mathematics, with no grade less than a 4.
  • Students must achieve a grade 5 in subjects they want to continue at A Level except in English Language and Mathematics.
  • If a student wishes to study A Levels alongside any BTEC qualification they must achieve the minimum requirements to study A Levels and the criteria for the specific BTEC.

A Level Courses

Idsall Sixth Form Centre offers a range of subjects at A Levels, combinations of which can be chosen to prepare students for training and employment, or entry to courses currently on offer at Universities. A Level courses involve two years of full time study. 

A Level Subjects

Art & Design  
Biology Further Maths
Business Studies


Chemistry  Government & Politics 
Computer Science History
Economics  Maths
English Language Physics
English Literature


Film Studies Religious Studies - Philosophy & Ethics


Extension to A Level Studies

Extended Project Qualification

Students may choose to take the Extended Project Qualification as an extension from studies for any other qualifications at Level 3 (GCE (A Level), BTEC, NVQ, other academic or vocational qualifications including Modern Apprenticeships. 

The Extended Project will develop and extend from one or more of the student’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the student(s) and agreed as appropriate by the centre.



  • Students must achieve a grade total of at least 8 in English Language and Mathematics, with no grade less than a 4.

  • Students must achieve 3 other grade 4s or equivalent in any other subjects.

  • If a student has studied the subject at GCSE level they are expected to achieve a grade 5 or equivalent.

Vocational BTEC Level 3 Courses

Extended Certificate

(single option)


(double option)

Extended Diploma

(triple option)

Business Business  
Food and Nutrition    
Health and Social Care Health and Social Care    
Sport Sport  


Year 12 & Year 13

Course Requirements:  

  • All students will be expected to study no less than 3 academic subjects or the equivalent at A Level.  It is expected that a pass grade at BTEC will be achieved in each subject that is to be taken at A level.
  • Have an average GCSE points score of 42 or above.
  • Meet any entry criteria detailed in the subject specific information.
  • Have a grade 5 on a Higher Paper for a subject they wish to study.
  • Meet the entry criteria if they are studying a new subject.        
  • Students will be tested regularly and their progress will be monitored at regular intervals.
  • Reviews of academic progress will be sent home and there will be a Consultation Evening for Year 13 in October. 
  • All Year 13 students will sit A level mocks in January of Year 13.


Vocational Level 2 Course

Construction-Maintenance Operations-BTEC

Level 2 Qualifications in our Skills Centre

Students must achieve a grade total of at least 6 in English and Mathematics, with no grade less than a 3. Successful applicants must also have a reference that communicates they have a good attitude to learning, good behaviour and a good attendance record. Applicants must demonstrate a hard working attitude and enthusiasm for the subject. If applicants do not achieve grade 4s in English and Maths they will have to continue studying these with enthusiasm during the course.

Click here for the Sixth Form Course Guide-Entry Requirements