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Post-16 Entry Requirements

In the Sixth Form you will study subjects you choose within an agreed study programme. This may involve the study of purely academic A-Levels or Technical (vocational) subjects at either Level 2 or Level 3, or a mixture of these.

A-Levels and Level 3 qualifications are studied over two years with terminal examinations at the end of the second year of study.

In addition to your chosen subjects, your Study Programme will also include a daily mentor period, a weekly period of enrichment, and may include independent study periods as part of your timetable. You will also participate in a week of Work Experience during Year 12.

Entry Requirements for Year 12 

Study Programme

KS4 Minimum Attainment

Qualifications

Pathway 1 with 7+ in English and Maths

 

10+ GCSEs at Grade A*/A (9-7)

 

8+ GCSEs at grade A*/A (9-7)

Up to 4 A Levels and EPQ

 

Up to 4 A Levels or 3 A Levels and EPQ or  AS Level

Pathway 2 with 4+ in English and Maths

 

6+ GCSEs at grade A*-C (9-4)

 

5+ GCSEs at Grade A*-C (9-4)

 

3 A-Levels

 

Up to 3 A-Levels or  A-Level/Level 3 qualification mix

Pathway 3 with 5+ in English and Maths

4+ GCSEs at grade A*-C (9-4)

1 A Level and 1 Level 3 qualification

Pathway 4 with 4+ in English or Maths

 

5+ GCSEs at grade A*-C (9-4)

1 A Level, 1 Level 3 qualification and 1 GCSE retake

Pathway 5 with 4+ GCSEs at D [3]   Level 2 qualifications + GCSE retake(s)

‘English’ refers to either English Language or English Literature

Students with GCSE grade 3 or less in English Language and/or Mathematics will be expected to retake the subject(s) as part of their Study Programme. Students with Grade 4 in English Language and/or Mathematics, may wish to retake the subject with the intention of passing at Grade 5.

 

Subject Specific Eligibility Criteria

Subject Minimum Key Stage 4 Attainment

 

Art & Design (Fine Art)

 

4+ in Art/Art Graphics/Photography or portfolio evidence

Art & Design (Photography) 4+ in Art/Art Graphics/Photography or portfolio evidence
Art Fashion (Textiles)

4+ in Textiles or Art, or portfolio evidence

Biology 6+ in Biology or 6/6 in Trilogy Science and 5+ in Maths
Business Studies

4+ in English and Maths, C+ in Business Studies (if studied)

Chemistry

6+ in Chemistry or 6/6 in Trilogy Science and 5+ in Maths

Computing

5+ in Maths and 5+ in Computing (if studied)

Drama & Theatre Studies

4+ in Drama and 5+ in English

Economics

5+ in Maths

English Language and Literature

5+ in both English Language and English Literature

English Literature 

5+ in English Language and English Literature

Further Mathematics

8+ in Maths or 7+ in Maths and A* in Further Maths (if studied)

Geography

4+ in Geography and 5+ in English

History

5+ in History and 5+ in English

ICT (Level 3) 5 GCSEs at A*-C (9-4), including 4+ in English or Maths
Languages B+ in Chinese Mandarin or 6+ in French/Spanish (as appropriate)
Mathematics

7+ in Maths

Mathematical Studies (2 year AS) 4+ in Maths
Media Studies

4+ in English Language and Literature

Music Technology

5+ in Music or Music technology and 5+ in Maths

Philosophy

4+ in English

Physics

6+ in Physics or 6/6 in Trilogy Science & 5+ in Maths

Politics 4+ in English
Psychology 4+ in a Science or 4/4 in Trilogy Science and 4+ in English
Sociology

4+ in English

Sport (Level 3) 4+ in Biology or 4/4 in Trilogy Science. Must be involved in facilitating competitive sport(s). Eligibility to be discussed with Curriculum Leader

 

Progression to Year 13

Students must pass their Year 12 Pre-Public Examinations [PPEs] in order to continue studying the subject in Year 13, although it is desirable to achieve at least a D grade at this stage. If students are at risk of not achieving passes at the end of A-Level courses, students will be required to have a formal interview with the Head of Sixth Form. Students will be given the opportunity to retake any PPEs in which they have failed before the end of the Summer Term of Year 12. Students will not be excluded from the Sixth Form on the basis of their Year 12 PPE results, however, careful and independent information, advice and guidance will be provided to ensure students follow the best possible route for success. Students will not be permitted to repeat Year 12 except for in exceptional circumstances. Any restart will require students to study a different set of subjects. 

 

Russell Group Universities

To help in your Sixth Form decision making, please see the guide below produced by the Russell Group of universities regarding post-16 education.