Combine A Levels with an A Level equivalent! 

Our Mix It Up programme offers students the opportunity to broaden their future career opportunities by studying a vocational course alongside A Levels.  

Students can combine 2 A Levels and 1 Vocational qualification, or 1 A Level and 2 Vocational qualifications (with one option an Applied subject), to create a solid foundation for further academic study.

Some of our Vocational courses require a combination of specific A Level subjects to ensure career progression.  

Vocational courses are equivalent to 1 A Level, providing you with qualifications to progress to University. All the subjects are taught within MC6 by our specialist A Level tutors.  

How Mix it up works 

Students pick a combination of 3 subjects; either 2 A Level subjects and 1 Vocational course, or 1 A Level subject and 2 Vocational courses (with one option an Applied subject).  

Take a look at the subject options:


Popular Combinations

Looking for some inspiration on what subjects to choose? Here are some popular choices. Vocational courses are highlight in bold.

Science combinations
Applied Human Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing), Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics

Humanities combinations
English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, History, Media Studies, Performing Arts (Acting), Religious Studies with Philosophy & Ethics

Social Sciences/Business combinations
Business Studies, Applied Business, Applied IT, Law, Applied Law, Politics, Sociology

Subjects that mix well across the different combinations
Art, Craft and Design, Applied Criminology, Health and Social Care, Photography, Psychology, Applied Psychology, Sport


Mix It Up Success Stories

Eve Gowing holding exam results

Eve Gowing

Course: A Levels (Mix it Up) - Art & Design, Film Studies and Journalism

"The support I received at College was great and I especially loved my art classes at the sixth form. We were encouraged to share new ideas and inspirations which was amazing."

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Hannah Woodhouse

Hannah Woodhouse

Course: A Levels (Mix it Up) - Psychology, Criminology and Law

"Studying A Levels has definitely inspired me and I’m now about to start studying a Criminology and Psychology degree at University."

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Essential Information

  • A Levels are academic based courses that are usually assessed through examinations at the end of your two years of study
  • They are very well regarded by universities and employers
  • They take two years to complete and also lead to UCAS points

  • Cambridge Technicals and BTECs are more vocationally orientated qualifications and are assessed primarily through coursework
  • These are one or two year courses that allow you to gain the knowledge and skills needed in a specific career area
  • These courses are ideal if you enjoy learning in a practical and work-related way
  • Practical assignments make up most of the assessments and lead to UCAS points for university applications