UNION officials say more than 100 students a year will lose out because of a college’s decision to scrap A-levels.
From September, Huddersfield Technical College is getting rid of all A-level courses apart from sociology, psychology, biology and chemistry.
Those will only be available to students aged 19 and over.
The college says the move was prompted by poor results and low uptake of A-level courses.
But the University and College Union says that, based on the number of students currently taking A-levels, a high number of prospective students will miss out.
General secretary Sally Hunt said: “A large number of students and a significant number of older learners from deprived areas will be denied the opportunity to get A-level qualifications which, for the moment at least, are the passport on to higher education.”
The technical college historically serves deprived communities and offers a second chance to students who have not succeeded in the school system.
Its decision to drop A-levels comes after the Government raised the target success rate for the subjects from 50% to 75%.
The Learning and Skills Council said any courses which missed the target would no longer get funding.