Sixth Form

Choosing Courses 

Windsor Sixth Form Offers an Extensive Curriculum

The Level 3 courses available ensure students have access to subjects that interest them and allow the required combinations to gain a place at University. Each type of course offers something different to the student. It is important these differences are taken in to consideration when making option choices.


Advanced Level courses

A Level courses are studied in Years 12 and 13 and examined at the end of Year 13.  Students will take 3 A Levels (except in exceptional circumstances where they may take 4).

To study A Level courses, students must have 5 A* to C grades (including English and Maths new equivalent grades).

BTEC Nationals

Studied over 2 years, the BTEC National can be taken as a Subsidiary Diploma, extended certificate, (1 A Level equivalent) or as a Diploma (2 A Level equivalent) or as an Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent). This style of course is very different to the A Level course. Consisting mainly of coursework assignments with a smaller exam element, the BTEC would suit those students who do not enjoy the exam process. Like all Level 3 courses good independent study skills are vital.

OCR National Level 3

OCR Nationals offer a different approach again to learning as students can study at their own pace. Learners receive certificates for individual units, full qualifications, or any combination of units, meaning they can gain recognition for their achievements as they progress.

To study the OCR National or BTEC courses students must have 5 A* to C grades or equivalent.

In some cases there are special entry requirements due to the demands of a course (see subject outlines or entry requirements page on website). Where possible we would prefer students to have at least a grade C at GCSE (or new equivalent) in any subject they are taking through to Level 3. Where a related GCSE has not been taken, the performance in the core subjects will be used as an indicator of suitability. Students should try not to start too many completely new subjects as this will create the added pressure of adjusting to something different.