All Level 3 qualifications are equivalent to A Level. Level 2 qualifications are equivalent to GCSE level.
We offer a variety of course level options including:
- A Level Qualifications (Level 3 Programmes of Study)
- BTEC Level 3 Qualifications (Level 3 Programmes of Study)
- BTEC Level 2 Qualifications (Level 2 Programmes of Study)
Your course choices will be determined by your GCSE results as you must meet the minimum entry requirements for each course. When you submit an application to the College, we will discuss course options and entry requirements in more detail to ensure you are on the best study programme to achieve your future ambitions. The final decision on your course choices will be made after you have achieved your GCSE results and attend your enrolment appointment.
To study a Level 3 Programme at Birkenhead Sixth Form College (over Two Years) you must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and/or Maths.
Level 3 Course options can include:
4 AS Levels (or 3 AS Levels plus Maths/English Level 2 qualification)
OR a Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate
OR Level 3 BTEC Diploma plus 1 AS Level
OR Level 3 BTEC Certificate plus 2 AS Levels (or 1 x AS Level and Maths/English Level 2 qualification)
Some subjects may have additional entry criteria and you are advised to refer to the individual course information available in our Courses section. Consideration will be given for the study of 5 AS Levels for exceptional students. Students’ without a Grade C or above in Maths and/or English will be expected to study an appropriate Level 2 qualification in the relevant subject.
To study a Level 2 Programme at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, you must have achieved Cs and Ds at GCSE. We advise students who have not met the entry criteria for the Level 3 programmes of study to choose a Level 2 BTEC course and study this alongside their Level 2 Maths and English qualification. Level 2 programmes last for one year with a view to a student progressing on to a two-year Level 3 programme.