Study Pathways & A level reforms

Leeds Sixth Form

Study Pathways & A level reforms




This is the recommended study route for A level applicants with a GCSE (or Progress 8) average score of below 6.0. Virtually any combination of A level subjects is potentially possible. However, during application and at enrolment we will offer expert advice and guidance on the most suitable combination of subjects for your aims and aspirations. You will benefit from additional study support to help you bridge the gap between GCSE and A levels, including personal tutor support, academic skills workshops, subject workshops, and peer study groups. You will also participate in our PEP of activities, which will help to support your application to university.


This is the recommended study route for A level applicants with a GCSE (or Progress 8) average score of 6.0 or above. At the end of the first year, you may have the option to either drop one A level subject (‘cashing’ this out as a stand-alone AS qualification) or continue through to the second year in all four subjects. Students following this programme will benefit from personal tutor support and subject workshops, and can also access our PEP on an optional basis.


Designed for students aged 16-18 who aspire to study A levels, but who do not yet have the foundation at GCSE level to fully prepare them for this level of study. Students following this programme in year 1 will receive dedicated coaching tutor support, may participate in our PEP, and will also benefit from specialist guidance on A level subject choices. In year 1 of this programme, students will study a package of five GCSEs (following either a science or humanities pathway). Students who successfully complete year 1, demonstrate an appropriate attitude to study and gain five GCSEs at grades 9-4 equivalent are guaranteed progression on to A levels in year 2. Other progression routes are also available.


There are no fixed entry qualifications for this course, and applicants may or may not have previously studied GCSEs. Our experienced staff will consider the individual educational background, qualifications and experiences of each applicant. The requirement for entry is that students must have a reasonable chance of securing grade 4 or above in each of the subjects to be taken, at the end of one year of study. Prospective students undertake maths and English assessments during the interview process.