All Level 3 qualifications are equivalent to A Level. Level 2 qualifications are equivalent to GCSE level.

We offer a variety of course level options including:

  • A Level Qualifications (Level 3 Programmes of Study)
  • BTEC Level 3 Qualifications (Level 3 Programmes of Study)
  • BTEC Level 2 Qualifications (Level 2 Programmes of Study)

Your course choices will be determined by your GCSE results as you must meet the minimum entry requirements for each course. When you submit an application to the College, we will discuss course options and entry requirements in more detail to ensure you are on the best study programme to achieve your future ambitions. The final decision on your course choices will be made after you have achieved your GCSE results and attend your enrolment appointment.


Please see an outline of our core entry requirements below:


To study a Level 3 Programme at Birkenhead Sixth Form College (over Two Years) you must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and/or Maths.


Level 3 Course options can include:

4 AS Levels (or 3 AS Levels plus Maths/English Level 2 qualification)

OR a Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate

OR Level 3 BTEC Diploma plus 1 AS Level

OR Level 3 BTEC Certificate plus 2 AS Levels (or 1 x AS Level and Maths/English Level 2 qualification)

Please note:

Some subjects may have additional entry criteria and you are advised to refer to the individual course information available in our Courses sectionConsideration will be given for the study of 5 AS Levels for exceptional students. Students’ without a Grade C or above in Maths and/or English will be expected to study an appropriate Level 2 qualification in the relevant subject.


To study a Level 2 Programme at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, you must have achieved Cs and Ds at GCSE. We advise students who have not met the entry criteria for the Level 3 programmes of study to choose a Level 2 BTEC course and study this alongside their Level 2 Maths and English qualification. Level 2 programmes last for one year with a view to a student progressing on to a two-year Level 3 programme.


New Grading System Information:
New GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G. The grades will be given for the first time in 2017 exam results, for specifications that first started teaching in 2015. By 2019, all GCSE results will be using the new system.The new system is intended to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students.
Please note: We are currently reviewing our entry requirements for students who will be receiving grades under the newly introduced numerical system. Once these requirements have been confirmed we will publish any updates here. In the meantime, please feel free to email us at if you have any questions.