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Choosing A Levels

At Sir Graham Balfour School we are proud to offer a wide range of courses suitable for all needs.  Via our collaboration in the Stafford Sixth Form Partnership our students have access to a wide range of successful A level and level 3 vocational courses

It is important that students select the courses that are appropriate to their needs in terms of both their ability and their plans for the future.  THE IMPORTANCE OF GATHERING INFORMATION IN ORDER TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS CANNOT BE OVER EMPHASISED.

Courses on offer in the Sixth Form

There are two different groups of courses:

Advanced Courses ('A' Levels)

  • 'A' Levels are based on a specific and detailed subject content, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Geography, etc. and are two year courses.  We do not sit AS exams at the end of Year 12.
  • Please see the Prospectus for entry requirements for each subject studied.
  • Most students will be guided to study 3 A levels.  Only in exceptional circumstances do Universities demand 4.  If in doubt, please see Mr Hancock.

BTEC National Certificate

  • These are taken over 2 years and are equal to 2 ‘A’ Levels. 
  • You must have at least four GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. 
  • The courses are based on a vocation, for example Health, Business, etc.
  • Level 3 BTEC courses satisfy many university entry requirements.