• Sixth Form Common Room

Sixth Form Pathways

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