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.


Please see an outline of our core entry requirements below:

To study a Level 3 Programme at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, students must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English Language and Maths.


Students at the College are required to study three course options. This can be a choice of three A Levels or a combination of A Levels and BTECs.


BTECs and A-levels can be combined adding up to three course options.
  • A BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to ONE subject option;
  • BTEC Diploma (Business, IT, Applied Science and Sport) is equivalent to TWO subject options
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (Health & Social Care) is equivalent to THREE subject options. 


To study a Level 2 Programme at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, students must have achieved mainly Cs and Ds at GCSE. 


New Grading System Information:
New GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G. The grades will be given for the first time in 2017 exam results, for specifications that first started teaching in 2015. By 2019, all GCSE results will be using the new system.The new system is intended to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students.