• Sixth Form Science

Choosing the right courses

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

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


‘A’ level Biology may be required. 

Anatomy and Physiology

Two ‘A’ level Sciences: Biology and Chemistry are preferred.

Architecture and Building

‘A’ level Mathematics or Physics may be required.

Art & Design

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


Two ‘A’ level sciences - Chemistry and Biology.


‘A’ level Chemistry and another science.

Computer Sciences & IT

BTEC ICT is acceptable for most university courses, although some universities can specify more traditional ‘A’ level subjects.   ‘A’ level Mathematics or ‘A’ level Computing is often required.


‘A’ level Chemistry, plus one of the following at ‘A’ level: Biology, Physics, Mathematics.  ‘A’ level Biology is often required - although it is recommended to have all three Sciences at ‘A’ level. Relevant work experience is essential.


‘A’ level English Literature or Drama.


‘A’ level English Literature and or English Language.


‘A’ level Mathematics and Physics. ‘A’ level Chemistry is required for Chemical Engineering.

Geography and Environmental Sciences

‘A’ level Geography; one or more Science ‘A’ level subjects required for some courses


‘A’ level History (often, but not always required)


No specific requirements, although ‘A’ level English, History, Mathematics or a Modern Language is useful.


‘A’ level Mathematics, Further Mathematics also often required.

Media Studies

‘A’ level English, Sociology can be useful.  Relevant work experience is often considered.


‘A’ level Chemistry, plus one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics; Biology often required.

Modern Languages

Target Language always required


‘A’ level Music required often with graded examinations in at least one musical instrument or vocal performance.


A Science subject A Level. ‘A’ level Biology can be required at some universities.

Pharmacology & Pharmacy

‘A’ level Chemistry plus another Science.


‘A’ level Physics, Mathematics and sometimes Further Mathematics.


‘A’ level Biology or another Science subject or Physical Education


‘A’ level History, Politics, Modern Languages or English useful.


Traditional Science subject or ‘A’ level Mathematics often required.  Often a GCSE Mathematics requirement

Sports Science

Science subject and ‘A’ level 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 that feature in the national curriculum. Specific GCSE Maths, Science and English grades are often required by some universities.

Veterinary Science

‘A’ level 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 two 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 http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/

General advice on choosing subjects

If you are still uncertain as to what subjects 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 Sixth Form. If you are uncertain what subjects you need for University courses a good website to visit is UCAS.com and you can always contact individual Universities with specific questions. 

 For further details or information about Sixth Form please contact Ms Jobling, Head of Sixth Form regarding the ‘A’ Level offer.   Alternatively you can request information by email:

Ms Jobling - [email protected]

Mr Booth - [email protected] academy.org.uk