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Red Kite Learning Trust

The Sixth Form

Selecting your programme of study

A Level, Level 3 BTEC & Cambridge Technical

Selecting programmes of study

A Level, BTEC and Cambridge Technicals are Level 3 qualifications that take you beyond the Level 2 qualifications studied at GCSE. With 40 courses on offer, the Sixth Form provides a great deal of choice for you to construct a programme of study that suits your needs.

A Level

At A Level your final grade will be based on examinations taken at the end of a two year course.

Level 3 BTEC & Cambridge Technical

The BTEC and Cambridge Technical Qualifications are equivalent to one A Level. Two years of study must be completed to obtain accreditation. These courses contain significant project-based assessments.

What combination of courses will be right for me?

You will select three full subjects at the start of Year 12 along with one of the additional choices.

Selecting the most appropriate courses is one of the most important factors in achieving success at Sixth Form. Some subjects have a traditional exam focus and others are assessed through project-based assessments throughout the course.

You will be advised about choosing combinations of subjects, and those students with particular career aspirations, such as medicine, will be given guidance as to which subjects will be essential for further study. For students who are mainly achieving grades 4 or 5 at GCSE, we recommend a certain number of project-based courses to help balance workload.

We want all students to leave our Sixth Form having been successful in their subjects and being able to follow the university, apprenticeship or employment path.

Course Selections

A Level/BTEC - full 2 year qualification
Choice 1 2 year
Choice 2 2 year
Choice 3 2 year


One additional qualification from the choices below
Extended Project Qualification 1 year
Sports Leadership Level 3 1 year
BTEC Certificate in Applied Science 1 year
Applied Certificate in Medical Science 1 year
AS Maths 1 year
Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) 1 year
English Speaking Board, Certificate in Speech 1 year
Further Maths/Fourth A Level/BTEC for students with high average GCSE point score 2 year

Optional enrichment
GCSE Chinese 2 year
GCSE Italian 2 year
Sports Academy 1 year

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Exam-based subjects to choose from

Exam-based subjects

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese (GCSE) – optional enrichment
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Italian GCSE – optional enrichment
  • Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) – additional qualification
  • Mathematics AS Level – additional qualification
  • Mathematics A Level
  • Mathematics (Further) – additional qualification
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Project-based element subjects to choose from

Project-based element subjects

  • Applied Science (BTEC) – additional qualification
  • Art, Craft & Design
  • Business BTEC
  • Digital Media (Cambridge Nationals)
  • EPQ – additional qualification
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Graphics
  • Music Performance (BTEC)
  • Medical Science (BTEC) – additional qualification
  • Performing Arts-Acting (BTEC)
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Sport (BTEC)
  • Sport Academy - optional enrichment
  • Sports Leadership (Level 3) – additional qualification

Please note that all courses offered are subject to there being enough students opting for the course to make it viable.


For entry on to A Level and BTEC courses, we require a minimum of 6 GCSE grades 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or higher.

Level 2 BTEC qualifications will only count as 1 GCSE. If more than 1 is studied, only the best will count towards the entry requirements. GCSE short courses will not be included.

In addition, our courses have subject-specific entry requirements outlined in the prospectus.

Click here for Entry Requirements

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