A Levels are subject based academic qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training or work. You can normally study three or more A Levels over two years. They are usually assessed by exams.
Every A Level provider will have their own entry requirements but you should be aiming for at least 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English and Maths. Individual subjects will also have specific requirements and may require grade 6 in a related GCSE subject. For example, A Level Biology often requires GCSE Biology or GCSE Double Science at grade 6, A Level Spanish may require GCSE Spanish at grade 6, A Level Psychology may require GCSE Science and Maths at grade 5.
You can study A Levels at either a school sixth form or a further education college. It's recommended that you do attend open evenings at various providers as each one is different; from the size of classes, the buildings and facilities to courses they deliver. Some providers will only allow you to study A Levels whilst others you can mix with a vocational subject. You need to find the right environment that supports your way of learning and will help you achieve the best results to continue you on your career journey.
When choosing your A Level subjects consider what job or career you are aiming for, which subjects are relevant or transferable and also if planning to go to university, what are their entry requirements as some courses require specific subjects. If you are not sure what career or job you want to do, studying a selection of A Levels can be a good way of keeping your options open.
A Level Providers
Kirk Balk Academy is ideally located for access to a wide range of post 16 providers.
Here are just a few of the main providers* our students have progressed to for A Level courses:
- Barnsley Sixth Form College
- Chapeltown Academy
- Longley Park
- Sheffield College
- Thomas Rotherham College
- Wath Comprehensive Sixth Form
You can also search for the subjects you are interested in and find out where you can study using UCAS Progress
*Other sixth forms are available