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Studying at Accrington Academy

At Accrington Academy we will encourage all students to pick the combination of subjects that are most suited to them and their intended destination.

A-LEVELS (Year 1&2)

Students will normally study 3 chosen subjects in Year 12 and continue to study these into year 13. Some students will have the opportunity to study 4 A-Levels.

Vocational (BTEC)

Students will study 1 subject to level 3 Extended Diploma (exceptions of Beauty, CPLD & Science). This gives students the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.

Combination (BTEC & A-Level)

For Some students a combination of BTEC & A-Level subjects may be the best route – this will be something to discuss at interview.

Studying A-Levels at Accrington Academy

Post-16 education is undergoing a seismic shift in the coming years. In short, A-Levels and AS-Levels have been ‘decoupled’ and now stand as separate qualifications.

The subjects that this affects come in various waves of reform (outlined below).

New AS and A-Levels to
be taught from:
First AS results will
be issued in:
September 2015Summer 2016ArtComputer SciencePhysics
Business StudiesEnglish Language & LiteratureSociology
September 2016Summer 2017DanceFrenchPhysical Education
Theatre StudiesSpanishReligious Studies (Ethics)
September 2017Summer 2018Product DesignComputer ScienceMathematics
TextilesLawMedia Studies

At Accrington Academy Sixth Form, we are working hard to keep up to date with the implications of this and looking at the best ways to ensure students can make informed decisions about their future. Our current position is that most students on academic routes will study three A-Level subjects in Year 12. Rest assured that when you need to make decisions, you will be informed and guided through the process by a team of dedicated tutors and a full-time Information, Advice & Guidance co-ordinator.

Studying a BTEC at Accrington Academy

For many students, the best post-16 option is a focused vocational programme. We offer Level 3 BTEC courses in the following subjects:

Most students will study the Level 3 Extended Diploma, an equivalent of three A-Levels. On BTEC courses, students will immerse themselves in their respective area through the following:


  • Placement in relevant workplace (one day per week on most courses)
  • Teaching assistance in subject areas & primary liaison where appropriate
  • Extra-curricular enrichment activities tied to subject area (e.g. radio show production, football coaching, working in The Salon)
  • Full BTEC kit is worn on most courses