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. 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.

Level 3 Applied General courses (BTEC):

BTEC courses are assessed with a mix of assignments and examinations completed over the 2 years of the course and so are brilliant if you don’t want to leave all of your assessment to final exams at the end of 2 years. They often have a more practical or vocational angle too, getting you to use the skills you learn in real life scenarios. They represent an excellent route to university, employment and apprenticeships and can be taken in combination with other A levels or BTEC courses.


To study at Bilborough Sixth Form College you must achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades 9 to 4 including English and Maths. We count L2 BTEC merit as equivalent to one GCSE. Many courses have specific entry requirements so please check here for details.