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Entry Requirements and Admissions Policy

 

There are several Pathways through the Sixth Form. Which Pathway you take will depend on your achievements in Year 11 and your intentions for education after Sixth Form. You must meet the entry requirements for the Pathway and specific subjects that you wish to follow.

 

According to the entry requirements below, students are offered a specific Pathway:

 

Pathway 1:

At least eight GCSEs grades 9-5

(minimum of six grade 7 or above) 

Students can opt to do 4 A Levels or 3 A Levels and EPQ  

Pathway 2:

At least eight GCSEs grades 9-4

(minimum of four grade 5 or above)

Students study 3 A Levels

Pathway 3:

At least eight GCSEs grades 9-4

(with fewerthan four at grade 5)

Students study two Level 3 BTEC qualifications and can study one A Level or a further Level 3 equivalent qualification.

Pathway 4:

At least five GCSEs grades 9-4

(including grade 4 in English or Maths)

Students study three Level 3 BTEC qualifications and may also retake GCSE Maths or English if they have not achieved a 4 in one or the other.

Pathway 5:

Fewer than five GCSEs grades 9-4

(below grade 4 in Maths and English Language)

Students follow the Level 2 Courses and retake both GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.

   

In addition to meeting the above requirements to follow each Pathway, students must also meet the entry requirements for each subject they intend to study.  You must meet the higher of the two entry criteria, between the schools, depending on where your lessons will be taught.

  • For A Levels, students must have a minimum of eight GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above including a 5 in English Language and Maths, and a grade 5 (or equivalent) minimum in each of the subjects they choose to study at this level.  For several subjects such as Maths and Sciences, there are additional conditions.
  • For Level 3 BTEC qualifications, students must have a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above including a 4 in English Language or Maths to study at this level.

Once students have been allocated a Pathway, they can then choose the subject they would like to study within the Pathway course.  There are a number of courses on which students can enrol provided they have demonstrated their academic ability at Key Stage 4 – even if they have not taken the subject at Key Stage 4.  In practical terms, this means that a student can enrol on some courses without having a GCSE qualification in them.

 

 

 A Level Courses

 

   Subject If studied at Key Stage 4 If not studied at Key Stage 4

Art and Design

(A Level)

 Grade 5 in Art

Grade 5 in at least 3 courses 

(or based on a portfolio)

Art Photography

(A Level)

 

Grade 6 in Art and Design

(or based on a portfolio)

Biology

(A Level)

Grade 6 in Biology OR Grade 7 in Combined  Science

AND Grade 6 in Maths 

 

Business Studies

(A Level)

Grade 5 in Business Studies OR Merit in BTEC Business Level 2

Grade 5 in English OR Maths

Chemistry

(A Level)

Grade 6 in Chemistry OR Grade 7 in Combined Science

AND Grade 6 in Maths 

 

Computer Science

(A Level)

 

Grade 7 in Mathematics

Drama

(A Level)

Grade 6 in Drama  

Grade 6 in English Language OR English Literature

Economics 

(A Level)

 

Grade 6 in English AND Maths

AND Grade B in Business Studies GCSE (if taken)

English Language

(A Level)

Grade 6 in English Language OR English Literature

 

English Literature

(A Level)

Grade 6 in English Language OR English Literature

 

English Lang/Lit

(A Level)

Grade 5 in English Language AND Grade 6 in English  Literature

 

Film Studies

(A Level)

 

Grade 6 in English Literature AND/OR Grade 5 in English Language

French

(A Level)

 Grade 6 in French

 

Geography

(A Level)

 Grade 6 in Geography AND Grade 5 in Maths 

 Grade 6 in English Language OR English Literature  

 AND Grade 5 in Maths

German

(A Level)

 Grade 6 in German

 

Government and Politics

(A Level)

 

Grade 6 in English Language OR English Literature OR  History

History

(A Level)

Grade 6 in History 

Grade 6 in English Literature OR English Language

Mathematics

(A Level)

Grade 7 in Mathematics

 

Further Mathematics

(A Level)

 Grade 8 in Mathematics

 

Music

(A Level)

Grade 6 in Music 

AND to be proficient in at least one instrument and/orvoice to grade 5

 

Physical Education

(A Level)

Grade 6 in Physical Education 

AND Grade 5/6 in Science

AND regular participation in at least one sport

 

 

Physics

(A Level)

Grade 6 in Physics OR Grade 7 in Combined Science

AND Grade 6 in Maths

 

Psychology

(A Level)

 

Grade 5 in Maths

AND Grade 6 in English Language OR English Literature

Religious Studies

(A Level)

Grade 6 in Religious Studies AND Grade 4 in Maths AND Grade 5 in English Language

 

Sociology

(A Level)

 

Grade 4 in English Literature or Language OR Grade 4 in Religious Studies

Spanish

(A Level)

Grade 6 in Spanish

 

 

 

BTEC Courses

 

Subject If studied at Key Stage 4 If not studied at Key Stage 4

Applied Science

(BTEC Level 3)

Grade 4 in English Language, Maths  AND Grade 4 in Science OR Merit in BTEC Science  Level 2

 

Business Studies

(BTEC Level 3)

Grade 4 in English Language OR Maths AND Pass in Business BTEC Level 2 OR Grade C in Business Studies GCSE

Grade 4 in English Language  OR Maths

Health and Social Care

(BTEC Level 3)

Grade BB in Health and Social Care GCSE OR Merit in BTEC Health and Social BTEC  Level 2

Grade 4 in English Language  OR Maths

IT

(BTEC Level 3)

Merit in ICT National Level 2 OR Grade 4 in Computer Science

Grade 4 in Maths