Admissions

Athena Sixth Form College offers the opportunity to study A Levels or vocational courses

A Levels are one of the main routes to higher education and university, although they are also useful if you want to go straight into employment. An A Level is a level 3 qualification consisting of four modules studied over two years.

Vocational courses focus on a specific subject area, combining practical and academic study. They are designed to give you the knowledge and skills relevant to a variety of jobs or may offer specialist qualifications for a particular industry sector. They can also be a route to higher education.

BTEC and Cambridge Technicals Level 3 qualifications have the same academic level as A levels and are assessed through coursework.

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is the equivalent of one A Level, a BTEC Diploma equates to two A Levels and a BTEC Extended Diploma is equal to three A Levels.

Entry Requirements

A Level Programme Entry Requirements – 2022 Entry

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 6 or above.
  • Minimum of a 6 in English and Maths and Science if taking A Level Sciences


The opportunity to study four Advanced level subjects will be offered to some particularly well-qualified applicants, currently defined as students who have achieved at least an average grade 7 across their best seven GCSE subjects.

Vocational and Applied Diploma Entry Requirements – 2022 Entry

  • Merit at Level 2 in chosen area of study
  • 5 X 4s
  • 4 or 5s in English and Mathematics

Additional Subject Specific Entry Requirements

  • Cambridge National Health and Social Care – None
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism – None
  • Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology – None
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early years, Childcare and Education – None

You can find our Admission Policy in the main Academy Policy Bank. 

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