What subjects should I take?

Don’t worry if you’re not sure which subjects to choose as there is plenty of help available. We’ve been helping students make the right choices for many, many years so throughout your application process we will advise you on which course we think you are most likely to do well. We will guide you onto the most suitable course given your previous achievement and career aspirations. Our current subject entry requirements can be found here for A Level and Applied General. We have a wide range of courses to ensure you have the best possible chance of doing well at Bilborough.

Many of the courses will be familiar to you, but there are some you may not have heard of before. It may help you to consider the following questions:

  • What subjects do I think I will enjoy?
  • What way of learning suits me best?
  • What subjects am I likely to be successful in?
  • How well do I cope with exam pressure?
  • What subjects will I need to study for my chosen career?
  • Am I taking mostly GCSEs at school or a mixture of GCSEs and BTECs?

A Levels:

We offer over 30 A levels so there is lots of choice. Consider subjects that you enjoy and are good at. All A levels have exams as a big part of the assessment with only a few having a large coursework component so you will need to be able to cope with exam pressure.

Some of our A Levels have very specific entry requirements so please check out the individual subject pages.


BTECs have a more vocational focus so they are brilliant if you have a definite career path in mind. BTECs especially suit students who find exams challenging as more of the assessment is through coursework. These are no easier than A Levels though and still provide an excellent route into university, employment and apprenticeships.


To study at Bilborough Sixth Form College you must achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades 9 to 4 including English Language and Maths. We count BTEC Firsts as equivalent to one GCSE. Many courses have specific entry requirements so please check here for details: A Level & Applied General.