Welcoming students of all faiths

We are a Catholic college that welcomes students of all faiths (or none) and from all backgrounds. Students come to Carmel from high schools from across St Helens and beyond including Warrington, Widnes, Liverpool, Knowsley and Wigan.


Level 3 Programmes

    • A Levels – You will need to aim for 5 grade 5s or above in your GCSEs (or equivalent)
    • T level Programme – You will need 5 grade 4s or above at GCSE (or equivalent) inc grade 5s in English & Maths
    • BTEC Programme – You will need 5 grade 4s or above at GCSE (or equivalent)
    • Individual subject entry requirements – Each subject has its own entry criteria, these can range from a grade 4 to a grade 7. Entry Requirements 2023
  • Course Combinations – Our timetable is very flexible enabling you to select the best combination of subjects for you. Almost any course combination is possible, including a mix of A Levels and BTECs.

GCSE Maths and English Language

It’s a government requirement that students continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade 4 in their GCSEs. However, you would only be able to resit either Maths or English Language at Carmel.

Entry requirements for all Programmes of Study will be discussed at your Guidance Interview and are negotiable on Enrolment Days.


Entry Level & Level One Programmes

Our Foundation Learning courses are tailored to individual needs. Please contact Caroline Oates, Head of Foundation Learning, for further information.

View our Welcome to Foundation Learning video


Admissions Process – 6 Steps to Joining Us!

  1. Investigate your options – read our prospectus, look at the website and talk to students and staff at one of our Open Events. Click here for Open Event dates
  2. Make your application – Apply by 31st January 2023. Click here for our Online Application (Applications for 2023 entry open on 1st Oct 2022)
  3. Attend your guidance interview – Book your place online for a convenient appointment time between October 2022 and March 2023. This is a very informal chat to discuss your career aspirations, predicted GCSE results, choice of subjects and entry requirements.
  4. Spend the day at Carmel – In May you’ll receive an email invitation to come to a Taster Day at Carmel in June/July where you can try out your chosen subjects.
  5. Enrol on your chosen courses – In August 2023
  6. Start college – in September 2023!

Welcome to Carmel Presentation 2023 Entry

2022 Open Event Dates

Prospectus 2022/23