16-18 Vocational Courses

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applying for a course at The Marple Sixth Form College has never been easier. If you know what course you’d like to apply for simply use our ‘Search & Apply’ feature to locate your course and then use the ‘APPLY NOW’ button to start your application.

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If you’re not sure what the entry requirements are for your course this information can be found by using the MORE INFO button for every course or scroll down this page to get a general understanding of entry requirements. And, if for any reason you’re struggling to apply online and want to register your interest in a course that’s listed on our website or prospectus, please contact our helpful Enrolment Enquiries team on 0161 484 6600

General entry requirements

Foundation Learning

There are no formal entry requirements for our Foundation Learning courses. All applicants will be asked to attend an assessment event, where the Foundation Learning Team will assess you to find out the most suitable course for you.

Level 1 Courses

Level 1 courses generally require 4 GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and maths.  Learners will be expected to study GCSE English and maths alongside their studies.

Level 2 Courses

Level 2 courses generally require 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and maths at grade 3. To prepare you for a higher-level qualification, employment or university you might be required to study a GCSE qualification in English and maths.

Level 3 Courses

Level 3 courses generally require 5 GCSEs at grades 9 – 4 including English and maths. To prepare you for a higher-level qualification, employment or university you will be required to study towards GCSE English and maths Grade 4 or above. 

A Levels

Most of our A-Level courses will require 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, covering a wide range of subject areas. These must include English Language and Maths. More details can be found on the subject pages. 

Academic Excellence

An average of Grade 7 or higher at GCSE. Students on the Academic Excellence Pathway will have all of their subject lessons as normal but they will also be placed in an Academic Excellence tutor group.