Courses

Studio 6 offers a wide range of Advanced General Certificate Education (A Level) and BTEC courses.

A level courses are now two year courses, with no AS exams at the end of the first year. Students who have not achieved a grade 4 or better in English and Maths GCSE are now required to continue to study English and/or maths post 16. BTECs have also changed to include an element of the final grade being assessed by examination. All our students benefit from a fully structured timetable, and are normally expected to study four options. Our students are expected to demonstrate high levels of motivation and hard work.

The reality is that Sixth Form study is demanding and we have very high expectations for all our students. We are an excellent choice for students wishing to study either academic or vocational courses, or a combination of both, leading directly to further education, training or university.

About the courses and options available

The Post 16 curriculum at Milton Keynes Academy is rich and varied. We offer a broad range of both A level and BTEC courses. Students study courses at level 3 based on their attainment at Key Stage 4. We offer a great deal of expert guidance to young people on the best combination of courses to suit their abilities and aspirations.

Selecting the right course

Level 3 courses are a significant step up from those completed at Key Stage 4. You must choose your subjects carefully. Try to choose subjects that you are good at; this is why we recommend a B/6 grade at GCSE in any subject studied at Key Stage 5. It can be hard to stay motivated if you are struggling with a subject. Look carefully at the subject syllabus and how it is assessed. Consider which subjects ‘fit together’ and complement each other. Not only does this help in developing skills, but may also reduce overall workload. Finally, make sure your subject combination prepares you for your future goal, be it the world of work or higher education.