Choosing the right courses

If you are not certain on what you intend to do after A-levels then it is advisable to take a broad range of A-levels. However, you need to be aware that certain career and course options do require you to have studied certain A-levels.

Specific Course requirements

Please see the table below which highlights some of the possible subjects you may want to consider for your future career:

Degree / Career Choices

Essential/Desirable Subjects


Biology may be required

Anatomy and Physiology

Two Sciences: Biology and Chemistry are preferred

Architecture and Building

Mathematics or Physics may be required

Art & Design

Art or Product Design depending on area.  Portfolios of work are usually required


Two sciences, Chemistry and Biology

Business and Management

Can have Mathematics requirement at GCSE or AS/A2 level


Chemistry and another science

Computer Sciences & IT

Mathematics, Computing


Chemistry and usually Biology plus a second science


One form English Literature, Drama


English Literature and or English Language


Mathematics and Physics, Chemistry required for Chemical Engineering

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Geography; one or more Science subjects required for some courses


History (often, but not always required)


No specific requirements, although English, History, Mathematics or a Modern Language is useful


Mathematics, Further Mathematics also often required


Chemistry, plus one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics; Biology often required to at least AS

Modern Languages

Target Language always required


A Science subject (Biology preferred)

Pharmacology & Pharmacy

Chemistry plus another Science


Physics, Mathematics and sometimes Further Mathematics


Biology or another Science subject or Physical Education


History, Politics, Modern Languages, English useful


Traditional Science subject or Mathematics often required.  Often a GCSE Mathematics requirement

Sports Science

Science subject and Physical Education can be useful


Secondary Teaching will require A Levels in the subject you wish to specialise in. Primary school teaching will require mainly subjects which feature in the national curriculum. Health and Social Care or Child Care BTEC courses can also lead to Primary Education courses

Veterinary Science

Chemistry, plus one of Biology (preferred) Physics or Mathematics.  Although it is recommended to have all three Sciences at A Level.


Specific university requirements

The Russell Group Universities have identified some A-levels that they require you to study in order for you to be accepted into their institution. They have named these A-levels “facilitating subjects.” The facilitating subjects are: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, English (Language & Literature), Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography and Language (Modern and Classical). Most Russell Group Universities require students to have studied at least 2 of the facilitating subjects. Russell Group Universities have high levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research; examples of institutions that are in the Russell Group are Durham University and Newcastle University. Consett Academy Sixth Form offers the supported progression programme by Durham University and are partners with Newcastle University. For more information please refer to

General advice on choosing your A-levels

If you are still uncertain as to what A-levels to study please speak to your subject teachers and they will also be able to offer you subject specific advice. There will also be numerous taster sessions throughout the year where you can get an insight into what it is like to study the subject at A-level. If you are uncertain what A-levels you need for University courses a good website to visit is and you can always contact individual Universities with specific questions. 


For more information about Consett Academy Sixth Form or to discuss the courses available  please contact Mrs Somerville (Head of Sixth Form), alternatively you can request information by email via