Level 3 Courses

Back ground shotThe standard entry requirement for our Sixth Form is five or more GCSEs at grade C or higher. Joseph Swan Academy offers a wide range of courses in the Sixth Form, including GCE A Levels, Applied A Levels and BTEC National Awards.

Level 3 qualifications are required for admission into higher education, and will also increase your employment opportunities.

Each course also has an ‘additional entry requirement.’ If you do not attain both the standard and the additional entry requirements at the end of Key Stage 4, it is unlikely that you would be able choose that subject at Key Stage 5.

Please speak to our subject specialists as they can give you the best information and advice about the courses that are available in our Sixth Form.

GCE Advanced level subjects are studied in two parts. The first half is called AS and is studied in Year 12. The second half is A2or A level depending upon the course and is studied in Year 13. Each half is comprised of two or three units of work. Assessment is mainly through examinations. Students have to pass their AS course with at least an E to progress onto the second year.

Applied A levels have an AS/A2 structure. Although no longer known as vocational A Levels, these qualifications will continue to provide a broad introduction to a vocational area, and offer distinctive teaching and assessment approaches, using work-related contexts.

BTEC National Awards give students the opportunity to complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Students develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge. The course is equivalent to an A Level qualification.