A-Level Programmes and Pathways

Following discussions with universities, we found that there are certain subjects that when taken together, help students progress onto related degrees. This is why our A-Level pathways have been aligned to 9 key career areas.

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

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form entry requirements are 5 Cs/4s. Some specific A-Level subjects will have higher entry requirements, so please check a subject's course leaflet for more information.

How many A-Levels should I study?

You will either study 3 or 4 A Level subjects over the 2 years. Your study programme will also include academic skills development, employability based activities, curriculum specific enrichment and work experience.

Discover our A-Level Pathways

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
  • English Language/Literature
  • History
  • Religious Studies

Enrichment

  • British Sign Language
  • Debating Matters

Recent trips include

 Rome, Pompeii, Leeds Armouries and The Ribchester Dig
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
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics

Enrichment

  • Games programming
  • Coding Club

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
  • Photography
  • Art
  • English Literature

Enrichment

  • 3D workshop
  • TV studio workshop

Recent trips include

 

Tate Modern

Medicine Pathway

Our Sixth Form alumni includes doctors, pharmacists and dentists. If you want to follow in their footsteps, then this pathway is for you!

A-Level choices

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Pre-Medical course
  • Maths

Enrichment

  • Shadowing with the NHS
  • Visit by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Business & Legal Studies 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

  • Young Enterprise Competition
  • ICAEW Commercial Awareness workshop
  • Employment coaching with Marks & Spencer and Santander
  • 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

  • Politics
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Enrichment

  • British Sign Language Course
  • Debating Matters

Recent trips include

 

Houses of Parliament

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
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Pre-Teaching course

Enrichment

  • Work placement in a school
  • Maths Challenge Club
Engineering Pathway

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

A-Level choices

  • Computing
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics

Enrichment

  • Maths Challenge Club

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
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Media Studies
  • Law

Enrichment

  • Photography

Recent trips include

 

Lancashire Telegraph Offices, Blackburn Courts