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Curriculum Pathways

At OBA students are able to choose from more than 25 A Level/BTEC subjects.
There are three suggested pathways to help you consider your subject choices:

The A Level pathway is the most common pathway with students studying four A Level subjects in Year 12 and continuing with three of these to A Level in Year 13.

As of September 2016, a number of A Level subjects will change to linear specifications. During Year 12, all students studying an A Level course will work towards completing the new AS qualification and move to the full A Level in Year 13. This will provide an accurate assessment point and ensure that all students remain on a successful learning plan. This academic pathway is best suited for students wishing to continue their education at university.

Entry requirements: Six GCSEs at grade A* - C, including English and mathematics.

A Level Pathway

blended pathway

The blended pathway provides you with real variety, as you can choose to combine A Level qualifications with BTECs. For example, you may select to study a double award BTEC subject, like creative media, alongside an A Level in English Literature and Language. Alternatively, you could choose to complete a single or double award BTEC subject alongside two A Levels. This pathway provides you with a balance of academic rigour and vocational experiences that will enable you to progress on to further training, university or employment. Most students who follow this pathway continue their studies at university.

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including English or mathematics.



The BTEC pathway is a purely vocational route, which allows you to study a combination of BTEC subjects or a triple award BTEC. For example, if you are passionate about pursuing a career in performing arts you can dedicate your study programme to completing the extended national diploma - which is the equivalent of three A Level subjects. This pathway will provide you with a professional vocational experience that will enable you to progress in to employment, apprenticeships or university. Most students who follow this pathway continue to pursue their chosen vocation at university or through an apprenticeship.

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including English or mathematics.

btec pathway

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