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Qualification levels are determined by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), based on the knowledge and skills that you learn when you complete them.

Levels start at ‘entry-level’ and are numbered from 1 to 8, with level 7 being the highest level qualification that we currently offer.

You can generally ‘move up’ levels by completing lower level qualifications but to understand specific entry requirements for courses you are interested in, make sure you read the entry requirements on our course webpages. For some courses, we will take life and work experience into account when considering applications so if this applies to you, make sure you get in touch to discuss your options.

Level What does it involve
Level 3 A Levels, AS Levels, Advanced Apprenticeships, Foundation Entry Degrees and Access to Higher Education Diplomas

High Achievers Scholarship

Our High Achievers Scholarships are for new students who have gained or are expected to achieve a minimum of 3 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s in their GCSEs.

We recognise and want to reward eligible students with support and provide financial assistance so you can fulfil your academic potential. We want to remove the pressure to take on paid work so you can focus on your studies.

As part of the High Achievers Scholarship you will be asked to promote the Sixth Form and represent your fellow students by attending committees and College events.

When you receive your GCSE results, you will need to complete the application form and return to

We also have Scholarships for STEM, Sport and Creative Arts.

OXNET Course

We are delighted to be launching this new programme at Blackburn Sixth Form and to be the main hub for the local area.

What is it?

The OXNET course is an academic, 12-month, course for Year 12 students who are thinking of heading to a top university after studying A-Levels. The course has a direct relationship with The University of Oxford (Pembroke College) which makes it a great way to assist your university application, not only for Oxford or Cambridge, but other Russell Group and top universities. These is no additional cost for students who are successful getting onto this course.

On the course you will be taught by academics and study demanding content across a range of subjects like: Humanities and Social Sciences, Philosophy, Modern Language, STEM and Ordered Universe. This if for students who think originally, are academically curious and have an interest in these subjects.

How to apply?

The application process is highly competitive. To achieve a place you will have to fill out an online application form alongside a focused essay.

The opening period for application is from September through to November in your first term as a Year 12 student. It’s great to start early on your university application to the top universities.

If you’re interested or want more information, please contact David Jones, our dedicated High Achiever Coordinator, at

A-Level routes

Our main focus is to ensure you have the best route sand support in place to achieve your potential, progress to university and ultimately reach your desired career. We have a range of 30 subject courses to choose from. You can create your own bespoke A-Level study programme.

Our A-Level entry criteria

To study on any of our A-Level courses at Blackburn Sixth Form, you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language.

Some of our subject courses require a specific minimum grade criteria in certain GCSEs for students to be able to take the course.

Subject Entry Requirements
Accounting Grade 5 in Maths
Biology Grade 5 in Core and Additional Science and Maths, Grade 5 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
Chemistry Grade 5 in Core and Additional Science and Maths, Grade 5 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
Computing Grade 5 in Maths
Economics Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 5 in English Language
English Language Grade 5 in English Language
English Literature Grade 5 in English Literature
English Language and Literature Grade 5 in English Literature, Grade 5 in English Language
Further Mathematics Grade 7 in Maths
Geography Grade 5 in Geography
Law Grade 5 in English Language
Maths Grade 5 in Higher Tier Maths
Music Grade 6 in Music
Physics Grade 5 in Maths
Psychology Grade 5 in English Language
  • Lancaster University.
  • University of South Wales.
  • University of Central Lancashire.
  • Advance HE.
  • University of the Arts London.
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