A-Level Pathways

Our main focus in College is to ensure that our students have the support in place to achieve the best possible results and the opportunities to  progress to university.

Following discussions with Universities, we noticed that there are certain subjects that when taken together,  help our students progress onto related degrees. This is why our A-Level pathways have been set  up in 9 key career areas.

But does this mean you can’t choose your own A-Levels?

Of course you can still make your own choice of what A-Levels you would like to study – having the  opportunity to set up your own bespoke A-Level study programme is still available!

 

Humanities Pathway

Interested in a career that entails history, culture, mythology and much more? Then our Humanities pathway is a great route for you!

A-Level choices

  • Geography
  • Classical Civilisation
  • English Language/Literature
  • History
  • Religious Studies

Enrichment

  • Cambridge Latin course

Recent trips include

 

Rome, Pompeii, Leeds Armouries, The Ribchester Dig & Vindolanda

Technology Pathway

This pathway has been set up to offer students a range of skills and knowledge to progress into a technological career.

A-Level choices

  • Computing
  • Graphics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics

Enrichment

  • Games programming
  • The Maths Challenge

Recent trips include

 

The Battle of Ideas

Arts and Creative Industries Pathway

This pathway has been set up to offer students a range of skills and knowledge to progress into a career in the creative industries.

A-Level choices

  • Media
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Fine Art
  • Graphics

Enrichment

  • Printmaking workshop
  • 3D workshop
  • TV studio workshop
  • Industrial sewing room workshop

Recent trips include

 

Tate Modern

Medicine Pathway

Our Sixth Form Alumni include Doctors, Pharmacists and Dentists…and if you want to follow in their footsteps, then this pathway is for you!

A-Level choices

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Pre-Medical

Enrichment

  • Pre-Medical Course (worth 70 UCAS points)
Business & Legal  Pathway

At some point in your working career, you will either work for a business or run your own! This is a great route into careers and degrees in Accountancy, Law, Marketing, HR or becoming a manager.

A-Level choices

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Law

Enrichment

  • Enterprise Club – set up your own business! (worth 70 UCAS points)
  • National BASE Competition

Recent trips include

 

New York

Social Sciences Pathway

Interested in a career where you actively engage with society, looking at how people behave and work towards influencing the world around us? Then Social Sciences is for you!

A-Level choices

  • Government & Politics
  • PE
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Enrichment

  • Sign Language

Recent trips include

 

Chester Zoo

Teaching Pathway

Interested in gaining practical experience teaching in a Primary or Secondary school classroom? This pathway will help you gain both the practical and theoretical experience required to follow that dream.

A-Level choices

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Pre-Teaching

Enrichment

  • Pre-Teaching Course (worth 70 UCAS points)
Engineering Pathway

This is an enhanced route into Engineering as an alternative to the usual vocational route. Students leave with the technical ability employers want, as well as giving industry the skilled workforce it needs.

A-Level choices

  • Computing
  • Fine Art
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics

Enrichment

  • Technical Architectural Drawing  

Recent trips include

 

Visit to professional Engineering and Manufacturing organisations including the clinical engineering department at Blackburn Royal Hospital.

Journalism Pathway

If you’re interested in current affairs and you’d like a career using your excellent writing skills, this might be a career you’ll enjoy!

A-Level choices

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Photography
  • Government & Politics
  • Media Studies
  • Law

Enrichment

  • Photography

Recent trips include

 

Lancashire Telegraph Offices, Blackburn Courts

How to apply

Apply for your choice of A-Levels, and you will be asked at enrolment if you want to study one of the A-Level Academic pathways.