Choosing your subjects

Choosing your subjects

We encourage all students attending Shireland CBSO Academy to study at least one Level 3 music qualification and two additional A Level/BTEC courses. If this is not possible, we expect all students to support and contribute to our music ethos.

We consider students wishing to study four A Level or equivalent qualifications on a case-by-case basis. 

Students are required to have: 

  • x5 GCSEs or equivalent, including English and Maths, at grade 5 or above 
  • Minimum of grade 5 or above at GCSE in order to be considered to study a subject at A-Level  
  • Met any additional entry requirements for specific subjects

In conjunction with other academies in the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, Shireland CBSO Academy can offer a wide range of courses for students to choose from to supplement their music education. 

These include:

  • Music
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Drama and Theatre


  • Music Technology
  • Applied Science
  • Health and Social Care (Single, Double and Triple Award)
  • Sport

Our post-16 courses are seamlessly offered across both Shireland CBSO and Shireland Biomedical campuses. This provides students with the flexibility to access a rich educational experience within our vibrant learning community, just a brief stroll away.