Access Keys:

Breda Academy, Belfast

Subject Choices Post-16

Students in Year 13 take a minimum of the equivalent of three Post 16 subjects, but may choose four, depending on their GCSE results.  Post 16 students also take modules in a varied enrichment programme enhancing their personal development. 

A placement in sixth form is seen as an aspiration for all our GCSE pupils and we strive to maintain a high standard.  We view sixth form students as a special part of our school life.  As a young developing adult with your own beliefs, values, knowledge and skills, you will have made lifelong friendships, as well as having gained the skills, confidence and maturity to face the challenges in the years ahead.

Academic Requirements

All students must meet the criteria set for their chosen pathway.

Some subjects may be taken without having first studied them at GCSE, others will have a specific requirement. 


  1. If a class is oversubscribed, students will be chosen on the basis of their GCSE results in that subject
  2. If a class is undersubscribed it may not be offered.
  3. The preferred combination of subjects may not always be possible due to timetable constraints.



Academic Pathway:

Criteria:          5 GCSE’s grade C or above (including English grade C or above)

This is for students who would like to study 3 or 4 AS level courses from a wide range of subjects.  Students have access to all courses both academic and vocational.  GCSE results will determine choice of subjects.

 Access Pathway:

Criteria:          4 GCSE’s grade C or above (including English grade D or above)

This is for students who would like to study:

  • OCN Level 3 Information Technology ,
  • OCN Level 3 Creative Arts and Digital Technologies
  • along with a 3rd Level 3 course

(subject specific criteria will be applied and all choices are subject to discussion with subject teacher)

Please note criteria may be altered. 

All applications are dealt with on an individual basis.