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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 Science & Computer 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


Art & DesignEthics Music
BiologyFrenchPhysical Education (PE)
Business StudiesGeographyPhysics
Drama & Theatre StudiesMathematicsSpanish
English Language and Literature Media

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