Ashton on Mersey School has a reputation for delivering an innovative and effective curriculum to suit the needs of all learners. Our Sixth Form builds on this to provide a seamless transition through our 16-19 curriculum. Learning pathways include a combination of A level and BTEC qualifications.

Sixth Form Curriculum

Sixth Form Curriculum

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Post 16 Level 3 Pathways

The Sixth Form offers a choice of four pathways, to ensure that you achieve your full potential. All our pathways at Level 3 provide a platform for access to university, apprenticeship or  employment. If you already have a career in mind, you can select your pathway to match your career choice.

BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma and BTEC Extended Certificate qualifications

Business | Construction | Creative Digital Media | Sport

Additional Level 3 qualifications

Accountancy | Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Pathway 1Extended DiplomaFocus on a core subject, extending and deepening your knowledge
in a subject you have a passion for, or a career you’re aiming for.
Pathway 2Extended Diploma plus Extended Certificate/
Additional qualification
or Diploma plus Extended Certificate/Additional
This option enables you to focus on your main subject and widen
your opportunities by linking it with an additional subject.
Pathway 3Three Extended CertificatesIf you are unsure of which career pathway you may wish to follow,
this pathway gives you the opportunity to study three different
Pathway 4Diploma & DiplomaCombine two subjects which you have a passion for developing a
wider understanding and knowledge towards your chosen career.

University, Apprenticeship or Employment?

University – All our pathways at Level 3 provide a platform for access to university.

If you have a career in mind, you can select your pathway to match your career choice:

For example to study a degree in Sport and Business Management, you could follow Pathway 2 or 4 and select to study two courses, e.g. (Business and Sport), gaining valuable experience in both
subject areas.

If you have a passion for one subject area and wanted to pursue this at university, Pathway 1 would provide you with the right opportunity to develop your knowledge and experience to do this.
Our pathways provide a wide range of options to enable you to pursue your chosen degree pathway.


Following a career pathway into an apprenticeship or employment will allow you to develop your knowledge and experience in the world of work, where you can earn while you learn.

For example if you wanted to pursue an apprenticeship or career in Business and Finance you could chose to study Business and complement this with Accountancy by following Pathway 3.

Alternatively if your passion is Construction, then you can select a more subject specific route,
Pathway 1 and focus on your chosen career goal.

Minimum Sixth Form Entry Requirements

5 Full Course GCSEs at grade A*- C including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.