Academic Approach

Moving into the Sixth Form is an exciting part of a student's time at school. It is the opportunity to discover what subjects fascinate, and the best ways of studying them.

At Kent College we offer a wide range of options and different qualifications so students can choose the subjects that inspire and excite them. These include 23 A Levels, 3 BTECs and a Diploma in Food Nutrition. If students are studying the subjects they enjoy, in small classes with dedicated and enthusiastic teachers they are off to a great start.

Sixth Form students have the support of a highly experienced tutor team, many of whom are Heads of Subjects. The tutor groups are small and students meet with their tutors daily.

We aim to develop attitudes and skills which give our students the best chance of achieving the highest grades. These skills of Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude - 'VESPA' are delivered through workshops, assemblies and tutorials.

Pupils have exceptionally positive attitudes to all aspects of their learning. They have a ‘can do’ attitude and persevere at all ages, greatly enjoying working together.

Pupils are highly confident and are well prepared for the next stage of their lives.

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Bespoke Offer

Students are able to choose any combination of subjects from the A Level, BTEC and Diploma qualifications we offer, and a bespoke timetable is designed around each student's choice. Students are encouraged to select three subjects with a fourth option available to trial for the first half of term or longer.

Entry requirements are at least 6 or more GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, with Grade 6 or above in the subjects being pursued at A Level. Students are normally expected to achieve a Grade 7 or above in Maths and the Sciences if they wish to study these subjects at A Level.

Through dedicated teaching, a bespoke timetable, small classes (on average 5 students per class) and excellent facilities, our Sixth Form students consistently outperform compared to national standards, allowing them to achieve the highest grades and head to their university or college of choice.

A Level and BTEC Subject Videos

Results 2023

50% of grades were A*-A in Creative subjects (Art, Photography, Textiles and Drama), Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) and Humanities. 

In Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish and Chinese) 100% of grades were A*-B.

A*-A 30%
A*-B 66%
A*-C 86%


In 2023, 83% of students went to their first choice university to study a wide range of subjects including Architecture, Art of Computer Animation, Chemical Engineering, Criminology, English, Fashion Textiles, Film Production, Liberal Arts, Marketing & Management, Sport & Exercise Science.

Our recent leavers have headed to universities including Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes and Warwick.


Academic Scholarships are awarded to Sixth Form students who excel in an online assessment and scholar interview. Our Academic Scholars will demonstrate a passion for learning, an ability to think creatively and a curiosity to find out more. They will have a willingness to persevere, the rigour to achieve excellence and the desire to embrace new opportunities.

All Scholars are part of our Able Interested and Motivated Students (AIMS) programme designed to inspire students, nurture talent, and grow and challenge students in and outside the classroom. Further information can be found in the brochure.

AIMS Programme