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A Levels

Study A Levels at our dedicated Sixth Form Centre, MC6! A Levels are the perfect option if you are academic and have ambitions to progress to University.

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Are A Levels for me?

A Levels are two year, linear courses which allow you to keep your options open, with focused study of three or four subjects.

They are a good option for academic students looking to progress to university study. We have a great selection of A Levels to choose from in our specialist sixth form centre, MC6.

Unlike school sixth forms, we offer an independent learning environment which allows you to get set for university life or employment. In 2023, 50% of our A Level students achieved high grades!

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Mix it up with a Vocational Course

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:


View course guides

Still considering your options? Take a look at our A Level guide and discover the advantages of studying at MC6, our dedicated sixth form.

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Your study programme

As a Middlesbrough College student, you’ll be signing up to more than just a qualification; you’ll attend a whole study programme designed to give you the skills to succeed. 

1. Main study programme

Our study programmes for school leavers are A Levels, T Levels and Vocational Courses. You can choose from a range of subject areas to suit your career goals and interests. We deliver courses across every sector area meaning whatever job you are hoping to progress into; we can help get you there.

2. Work experience

You will have access to a range of work experience activities including work placements, experience of work within the college and work related activities. Employers regularly visit the college to share their insights into the world of work and their industry knowledge. These visits and talks allow you to discuss employment opportunities and identify what skills and attributes employers are looking for when recruiting. Every student is assigned a dedicated Work Placement Co-ordinator who can provide you with support throughout the process, ensuring you get the most of your placement and it fits with your career ambitions.

If you are studying a T Level, you will be expected to complete at least 45 day work placements as part of your course.

3. English and maths

English and maths are essential skills to have for everyday life as well as in the workplace. If you did not achieve a grade 4 (C) or above in maths and English at school, you will be required to study these subjects as either Functional Skills or GCSEs. Maths and English are also embedded into our vocational curriculum so that the skills you learn are relevant to the industry you want to progress into.

4. THRIVE – personal development

These are extensive programmes of activities and events that run alongside your main study programme and support your personal development, preparing you for success in life, learning and work. Sessions include topics to help you stay safe and make the right life choices such as first aid, safeguarding and Prevent training and personal welfare. Thrive focuses on supporting you into Higher Education and/or employment, with sessions including UCAS application support, University talks and visits, progression opportunities and employability skills such as CV writing, interview skills and employer talks.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities, sports academies and trips and visits.

Talk to us about your next step

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