Sale High School


There are lots of different avenues available to students at the end of year 11. Below is an outline of the choices you have. Please speak to our Connexions Adviser, Grainne, for more information. Don't forget to have a look at our Trafford College spotlight page for more information on the courses they have to offer.

Academic Courses

AS/A Levels

Study subjets similar to those you studied at school

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above to do A levels and will require Bs in the subjects you intend to study
Some 6th forms may require A/Bs
In Yr1 you choose 4 AS level subjects
In Yr2 you can go onto the A level course: you would usually take 3 subjects so you may drop one of your AS subjects
At the end of each year you take exams and get a grade A* -E for each subject

Vocational and Work Related Courses

BTEC Level 3

These are work related and in a wide range of subjects

You will need 4/5 GCSEs Grade C and above to do the course
Normally takes 2 years to complete
Extended Diploma = 3 A levels
Diploma = 2 A levels
Additional Specialist Learning

BTEC Level 2

These are work related and available in a wide range of subjects

You will need grades D-E in GCSEs to do the course
Take 1 year to complete
Equal to 4 GCSEs at grade C and above


An apprenticeship means you get qualifications and practical skills while you work.

You will be:

Employed by a company
Earning money (a minimum of £100 per week)
Study for your qualifications by day/block release at a local College or Training Provider
NVQ Level 2/3 and is some cases Level 4
You can also get qualifications in key skills such as communication, application of number and Information Technology
There aer nearly 200 different types of apprenticeships available - from Accounting to Youth Work

Talk to you Connexions Adviser for more information. For further info and to register and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit:

Thinking of going to University after further study?

It is important to consider your choice of A levels, BTECs and other qualifications carefully and consider if they can lead you to your chosen University and Degree Course. For information on the points awarded for each qualification visit: your Connexions Adviser for professional advice on how different courses and A level combinations can affect your University options.

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Sale High School, Norris Road, Sale, M33 3JR

0161 973 2713

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