• Sixth Form Common Room

Individualised Study Programme

When choosing the right course, it is important to consider what the result of these qualifications will be. 

  • Our A Level pathway aims to support students who are hoping to apply to universities and wish to follow a pure academic course. 
  • Our Vocational pathway allows students a more practical and employment orientated learning experience. 
  • Our Professional pathway offers students the opportunity to learn and work in a professional setting within the Academy.

Choosing the right pathway…

Your pathway will be dependent on your outcomes at GCSE.


Minimum Entry Requirements

Course Choices

Place of Study

A Level Pathway

5 Separate GCSE subject passes at grades 4-9 with English and Maths at grade 5 or above

3 A Level courses

Consett Academy

Vocational Pathway

4 Separate GCSE subject passes at grades 4-9 with English and Maths at grade 4 or above

3 BTEC courses

North Durham Academy

Professional Pathway

2 separate GCSE subject passes at grades 3-9 and English and Maths at grade 3 or above

Level 1 or Level 2

Motor Vehicle Maintenance



North Durham Academy

Each student’s eligibility will be considered on an individual basis and some exceptions may apply depending on circumstance.

  • Students will be expected to enrol to study three subjects in Sixth Form
  • Students wishing to study Motor Vehicle or Hairdressing need not choose any other courses as these are full time qualifications
  • Students who do not achieve at least grade 4 in Maths or English will be required to re-sit these course in Sixth Form


Entry Requirements

As well as the general criteria it is important to refer to the individual subject guidance on subject leaflets.

Any personal issues regarding entry criteria and extenuating circumstances can be raised and discussed either prior to the application being submitted or during your meeting with the Sixth Form team.

For further details or information about Sixth Form please contact Ms Jackson regarding the ‘A’ Level offer or Mr Watson regarding the BTEC and Professional offer.  Alternatively you can request information by email:

Ms Jackson - enquiries@consettacademy.org.uk

Mr Watson – 16+@ndacademy.co.uk